Windows 10 is one of the most preferable OS developed and marketed by Microsoft Corporation. It became popular among users due to its user-friendliness. But in reality, it is not free from technical glitches. Several glitches are taking a toll on it. Sometimes you can notice that mic not working Windows 10. You are not alone, several users may face this problem. If you are not aware of the process to fix this issue then you can follow this article, it consists of several guidelines with the help of which you will be able to fix this issue on your own. But before focusing on that part, at first, let’s focus on the error description as well as possible causes to encounter this error.
Symptoms To Encounter Mic Not Working Windows 10
This error generally occurs after performing an anniversary update of Windows 10. After updating your Windows once you enter your Windows graphical user interface and try to record something with the help of an internal microphone, then you realize that the internal microphone of your laptop is not working. Due to several reasons, you can encounter this error with your system.
Reasons To Come Across Mic Not Working Windows 10 Error
There are more than one possible reason which you can encounter this error with your device. They are listed below.
- Outdated Driver- If you have installed a fresh version of Windows 10 but do not install the latest version of your microphone driver, then you can encounter this error with your Windows 10 system.
- In Correct Microphone Settings- You can also encounter this error if the microphone settings of your laptop are incorrect.
- Otherwise, you can encounter this error due to hardware issues.
As you come to know the possible causes to get this error, now let’s focus on the solutions to fix this error on your own.
Easy Methods To Fix Microphone Error On Your System
Here are some expert provided solutions to fix this issue on your own. Try to follow all of them, hopefully, it will help you out.
Method 1: Turn On The Microphone From The Windows Settings
You can encounter this error due to in configuration of your Windows settings. In that case, try to follow the steps as follows to fix the issue.
- Boot into your Windows system.
- To turn on settings, press Windows + I at the same time on your keyboard.
- Now choose the Privacy option situated at the middle right side of the window.
- Tap on the Microphone tab situated on the left side of the screen.
- After performing the steps, now, turn on the microphone in the right section. In that case, you can also turn on or off apps to use the microphone.
- Save the changes and exit from the window.
Hopefully, your work will be done. If this tip won’t work, then let’s focus on the next method mentioned below.
Method 2: Check The Microphone Using Sound Settings
You can also check the status of your internal microphone using the sound settings and fix this issue on a quick note. In this case, try to focus on the steps mentioned below. In that case, you can try to set the microphone as your default hardware for the input device for the input of voice. If you have plugged in an external console or device then these settings can be changed as a result you are facing this error.
- Boot into your Windows interface. Go to the Start option.
- In the search box type “ Control Panel” and hit Enter. You will get several search results, click on the appropriate one.
- You can also use another method to open the Control Panel. In that case, Press the Windows + X key and select the Control Panel from the option. You can also press Windows + R and type “Control Panel” in the dialogue box to launch the settings option.
- Now, open through the option and click on the “Sound”.
- Sound settings will open, locate the Recording tab and select the Microphone from the recording devices list. (If you can’t find it, right-click on the list and select Show Disabled Devices. Then right-click the Microphone and select Enable.)
- Choose the Microphone and click the button Set Default preset at the bottom of the screen.
Now, you have to try to disable all the enhancement/sound effects from your settings. In that case, take note that, your hardware will not support the additional functions present which is the main reason to encounter this mic not working Windows 10 error.
- Now, choose the Enhancements tab and in the same tab and make the box against “Disable all sound effects” be checked.
- Click on the OK button and save the current changes and exit the Window.
After completing all the steps try to restart your computer and check whether the problem has been fixed or not. If not, then go for the next step described below.
Method 3: Run Windows Troubleshooter
You can also try to troubleshoot this issue using an inbuilt Windows hardware troubleshooter. In this case, Windows will automatically detect the problem present in the hardware using this tool and will resolve them quickly. To perform this action, now, let’s focus on the steps mentioned below.
- Boot your Windows system.
- Go to the start button and in the search bar type “Control Panel”.
- You will get several search options, choose the prominent alternative from that list.
- You can also open this Control Panel from the run dialogue box as described in the previous method.
- Once you invoke in Control Panel, choose the option named ‘Troubleshoot’ from that window.
- Under the subheading named Hardware and Sound, tap on Troubleshoot audio recording option.
Now follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process. After performing the step, try to restart your device and check the status of the error. It will be surely fixed. If not or if you want a better option to troubleshoot your problem then let’s focus on the next method mentioned below.
Method 4: Check The Device
You can also try to check the device manually to fix this issue quickly. Try to follow the steps mentioned below.
- First, place a right-click on the speaker icon present at the bottom-right corner of your screen and tap on ‘Recording Devices”.
- You will notice a list of all the recording devices connected to your computer and it will pop up on your screen. Now, try to speak in the microphone and check whether the green bar is rising next to one of them while you are talking.
- If you can’t see any green bar then focus on the next method given below.
- If you see green bars when you are talking in the microphone, then, it can be possible that your microphone is not correctly configured on Windows. It is possible that your device is listening to the incorrect listening device. In that case, try to change the system settings.
- In that case, check whether you can detect, which one of the devices is yours from the list. Once you detect it, click on that device to highlight it and then click on the Set Default button present at the bottom of the screen.
- After performing this step, try to check again the green bars are rising when you are talking in the microphone. Now, you will notice that your mic is now correctly set up. If not, then go through with the next step.
- Now, double-click on the device which will be present on your microphone. You will notice a new window will pop up here you can see the microphone properties. Choose the Levels tab from the top of the screen.
- Drag the slider completely towards the way to the right, till the number says 100 in the levels tab. Tap on the OK option and save the changes.
- After that, check whether the green bars rise when you are talking or not. Now, your microphone is properly configured. If you still can’t see any green bars then focus on the next method or in the next step.
- You can also do a left click on the recording tab and be sure that the box against “Show Disabled Devices” is checked or not. You will be able to disable all the devices. Perform the steps repeatedly to notice the green bars.
After performing this step, try to check whether your mic is working or not, you can also try to reinstall the audio drivers to get rid of this error.
Method 5: Update Audio Drivers
You can also try to update device drivers to overcome this issue. In this case, try to focus on the steps mentioned below.
- Boot into your system.
- Now, go to the Start button.
- In the search bar type Update Drivers.
- You will get several search results.
- Choose the correct alternative.
- Now, in this window, update the sound drivers.
- Once completed, try to restart your device.
After completing, this step, try to check the status of the error, if it still persists then try to focus on the next method given below.
Method 6: Check Your Installed Audio Software (Factory Installed)
Now, most of the laptops come with preinstalled audio software from the manufactured house. They are Realtek Audio Manager, Dell Audio, Alienware Audio etc. Here we have provided checking methods for all installed audio software. In that case, try to follow the steps mentioned below.
Nowadays, Alienware Audio is present in most of the Alienware laptops. This sound manager comes with a wide range of controls to control your audio and configure it as per your need.
In Alienware, most of the people suffer from this problem when they attach a headphone and try to use the external microphone. In that case, try to check the settings and reinsert the headphone again. To check the settings, try to follow the steps mentioned below.
- Launch into the Alienware Audio manager using the guidance as follows: Press Windows + S to launch the search bar.
- In the search bar type “Alienware Audio”. Now, select the correct alternative from the list.
- Once this manager arrives, open the Advanced tab. It will be available at the top of the new window.
- In this window, you will be able to see a submenu named “Jack Information”. Click on it to continue.
- Now, make the checkbox against, “Enable auto popup dialogue when the device has been plugged in” be checked.
- After completing the previous step, you will be able to see connect your device will open and will ask you the device name you have plugged in. You have to select the “Headset (with microphone)” and click on the OK button to continue. You can also press the button named “Set default device”.
- Now, check whether your mic is working or not.
Nowadays, most of the Dell system comes with an inbuilt software of Dell audio. If you are facing this problem with your Dell system then using the steps you will be able to check the settings of this software and will be able to fix this issue on your own.
- Invoke in the Dell Audio manager, by pressing Windows + S to launch the search bar and in the search bar type the “Dell Audio”. Select the first result which pops up.
- Once you invoke in the manager, open the Speaker/Headphone section. You can also try to disable the Maxx Voice pro as sometimes it prohibits your headset to perform its own work.
- Now, tap on the Microphone tab present at the top of the screen.
- There is an option which will ask you to provide the proper device as your default microphone device. Follow the onscreen instructions.
- Check the status of your mic.
Realtek Audio Manager
Many of the devices come with Realtek Audio Manager as their audio device. In that case, you can also try to check the settings to overcome the issue. In that case, try to focus on the steps mentioned below:
- Turn on the Realtek Audio manager from the Run dialogue box. Type this audio manager name in the search box and hit Enter to continue.
- If you have a desktop, then, you will see two options present on the desktop. One will be for the port at the front of the computer and the other will be for the port on the rear.
- Plug your device into one port and test the status of your microphone using the microphone button present in the front of the recording volume. Click OK and save changes and exit from the Window.
Hopefully, using these steps, you will be able to fix this issue. In that case, take note that, you have to perform each and every step carefully. In the future, if you encounter any kind of errors with your system then you can follow the post on our website to get further troubleshooting steps. If you have any further queries related to this post then you can post your queries and we will get back to you with viable solutions.