Microphone input device is supported and suppose to work flawlessly on Windows 10 however many users have reported that their microphone is not working properly after the recent Windows updates. Well, there many factor that resulting microphone failure like driver issues, wrong settings, hardware problems and etc. Whatever the reason is, we’ll be providing 4 common solutions to overcome the microphone not working on Windows 10.
1. Update Microphone Sound Driver
We should always update the hardware driver whenever there is a problem with it. To update the microphone sound driver, Click on the Windows Search in the bottom-left and type device manager. Click on Device Manager under the best match. Expand the Sound, video and games controllers; select your sound card and right-click. Select Update driver.
2. Microphone Privacy Settings
Windows 10 comes with microphone privacy settings which allow you to control which app will have the access to microphone on your computer. Microphone device might not be working properly if the access permission is not granted. Click on the Windows Search in the bottom-left and type Privacy Settings. Select Privacy settings from the best match. Click Microphone under the App Permission.
Change the permission to ON for Allow access to the microphone on this device, Allow apps to access your microphone, and also Choose which apps can access your microphone.
3. Microphone Settings in Sound
A modification to the microphone settings could probably fix the microphone not working issue. Many times, you may accidentally turn on or off the microphone settings and therefore prevent it from working properly.
i. Set Microphone as default recording device:
To run the microphone settings, Click on the Windows Search in the bottom-left and type Control Panel. Click on Control Panel under the best match. Under Adjust your computer settings, click on Hardware and Sound, Sound. Click on the Recording tab. From the list of available recording devices, you shall see Microphone (right-click and select Show disabled devices if you are unable to see Microphone from the list) listed on the list. Right-click on it and select Set as Default Device.
ii. Check Microphone volume level
Double click on the Microphone and switch to the Levels tab. Make sure the Microphone level is not set to value 0.
iii. Disable All Microphone Effects
Lastly, Click on the Enhancements tab and check Disable all sound effects. Click on Apply and Ok to apply the changes. Now test your microphone hopefully the issue is resolved by now.
4. Replace the Microphone
If you've followed all the above steps and still couldn't get your microphone to work, perhaps you may try to replace the microphone or send it for repairing. The problem could be due to hardware issue and not because of the drivers or settings.