How To Fix Windows 10 Not Detecting Microphone

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If you have a problem with Windows 10 not detecting microphone, it can be extremely annoying when you want to use voice chat using a plugged headset on applications like Skype, Messenger, or Discord. This problem is usually due to a problem with the settings of the speech recognition options on Windows 10 following an update or a faulty driver on your computer.

How To Fix Windows 10 Not Detecting Microphone By Allowing Apps To Access Microphone

Following an update, Windows 10 may ask you to choose your privacy settings, one of these options is to disable the use of the microphone for applications without your permission by preventing them from detecting or using your microphone by default. This helps protect you from spyware applications that could be used for improper purposes to listen to you using your laptop integrated microphone or your plugged headset’s mic without you being aware of or consenting to it.

Follow the steps below to solve Windows 10 not detecting microphone due to privacy settings:

How to solve Windows 10 not detecting microphone by allowing apps to access the microphone

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Click on the Start menu and open Settings

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Left-click on the Start menu button then click on “Settings” to access Windows 10 settings.

Select Privacy

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Click on Privacy to access Windows 10’s privacy settings which allows you to configure Windows and Apps permissions.

Click on Microphone

Under the Privacy menu, click on Microphone to open microphone permission settings.

Allow access to your Microphone

Turn on microphone

Under the Microphone menu, make sure that “Allow access to the microphone on this device” and “Allow apps to access your Microphone” options are ON.

After enabling access to the microphone on Windows 10 and allowing applications to access it you will be able to use it on softwares like Chrome or Skype. A small notification might be displayed asking you to allow the use of the microphone by an application or website whenever Windows detects that you are trying to use it, grant permission to start using the microphone.

How To Fix Windows 10 Not Detecting Microphone From Sound Settings

A problem that can cause Windows 10 not detecting microphone is simply your microphone being off, muted or at a too low volume. You can check that your microphone is turned on and properly configured by following these steps:

  1. Open the Start Menu
  2. Start typing “Sound” and click on Sound Settings
    Open sound settings
  3. Under “Input”, make sure that your Microphone is selected
    Select microphone
  4. Click on Device Properties
    Click on Device Properties
  5. Make sure that the “Disable” option is off and the volume is set to 100%
    Make sure that the "Disable" option is off and the volume is at 100%

Windows 10 not detecting microphone problem should be fixed after selecting the correct microphone and making sure that it’s not disabled and that its volume is set to 100%. If you are using a headset, make sure to select the appropriate mic on the list. You can test the proper functioning of your microphone by clicking on TEST and try to speak into your headset or laptop microphone. If your microphone is working correctly you should see the microphone volume bar move as you speak.

If you can see that your microphone is working correctly it means that the problem with Windows 10 not detecting microphone problem is just an authorization issue with applications unable to access your microphone.

How To Fix Windows 10 Not Detecting Microphone From Device Manager

Windows 10 won’t detect your microphone if the device is disabled in Device Manager. You may have previously disabled your microphone from the Device Manager. If this is the case, you can reactivate your microphone by following these steps:

Open Device Manager

Click on the Windows button on your keyboard and start typing “device manager”, search for the Device Manager and click on it.

Open device manager

Expand the Audio inputs and outputs section

In the list of devices, click on the little arrow before “Audio inputs and outputs” to expand it

Right-click on your microphone device and click on Enable

In the list of Audio inputs and outputs devices, right-click on your microphone device and click on Enable

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How To Fix Windows 10 Not Detecting Microphone By Updating Drivers

One of the problems that can cause Windows 10 not detecting the microphone is a problem with the installed drivers. One way to make sure you have the latest drivers for your microphone is to keep them up to date by using the Device Manager or by downloading the drivers directly from the manufacturer’s website. Follow the steps below to update your microphone drivers on Windows 10.

Open Device Manager

Click on the Windows button on your keyboard and start typing “device manager” and click on Device Manager

Open device manager

Right-click on your microphone device and click on Update

In the list of Audio inputs and outputs devices, right-click on your microphone device and click on Update driver

Update microphone device

Physically Check Your Microphone If Windows 10 Is Not Detecting Your Microphone

If Windows 10 does not detect your microphone check that it is properly connected to your computer, sometimes you have to force it a little to fully insert your microphone into the jack port. If you have a USB microphone, change the port and test it, it can be simply a problem of a bad USB port.

Check that Microphone is correctly plugged
Check that Microphone is correctly plugged

One last thing to make sure that your microphone is not faulty is to test it on your phone or another computer to make sure.
If you have a USB microphone, these types of microphones usually have a physical button to mute it. Check that you did not simply press this button accidentally.

Mute microphone

Select The Right Microphone If Windows 10 Is Not Detecting Your Mic

Your computer may have several mirror sources. For example, if you use a laptop and a headset, your computer can record using one of the two microphones. Check-in Settings->Sound->Input that you have selected the right microphone to use. Some applications or sites ask you which microphone to use from their interference, select the right device each time. You should also be aware that some software installs virtual devices such as microphones. You should never choose these devices as an input source in your applications or websites in order for your real microphone to work properly.

How To Fix Windows 10 Not Detecting Microphone Using Record Audio Troubleshooter

If none of the previous solutions worked, use Windows’s Record Audio Troubleshooter to have your system automatically look for problems preventing your microphone from working properly. To run Windows’s Record Audio Troubleshooter follow the steps below:

  • Settings > Update & Security > Troubleshoot
  • Select the “Recording Audio” troubleshooter
  • Click on “Run the Troubleshooter
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