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On Windows 10, the ability to configure your microphone settings have always been available but if your microphone isn’t working on Windows 10, you’ll need to go through the troubleshooting steps below for how to enable microphone in Windows 10. There could be a number of reasons like certain permission was not given to the browser or your headset is not properly plugged in or recognized in your machine or you have upgraded your Windows 10.

If you don’t know how to enable microphones in Windows10, then this guide will take you through each potential issue step by step.

  1. How to enable Microphone in Windows 10:
    • Firstly, make sure your microphone is connected with Windows 10.
    • Then, select the start menu and “manage audio devices”.
    • You will get the results, click on the sounds settings.
    • Now, to see all your connected device, click on the “Recording tab” in sound settings below.
    • Now, right-click on sounds settings dialog and go to the “show disabled devices” option.
    • Now to enable the microphone, right-click on Microphone device that you want to enable and then click enable.
    • Then, select the microphone device and select “set default” button and here is how to enable Microphone in Windows 10.
  2. To install a new Microphone:
    • Select the start button.
    • Then go to settings.
    • Select system.
    • And sound.
    • Now in sound settings, select Input.
    • And then select your Input device.
    • Then, select the microphone or recording device.
  3. Test your Microphone is working:  Now, if you have gone through to the above steps for how to enable microphone in Windows 10, then follow these steps:
    • Firstly, check your Microphone is connected to your PC.
    • Then again go to the Start icon.
    • And settings.
    • Choose system.
    • Now, tap on the sound.
    • In sound settings, select Input.
    • Now Test your Microphone and look for the blue bar, that rises and falls, while you speak into your microphone.
    • If the bar is moving, then it’s working properly.
    • Or if it is not, then go to troubleshoot.
  4. Check the sound settings:

    We will suggest you check the sound settings in the app you are using because standalone apps have their own controls.

    For example Skype:

    • Open Skype.
    • And go to settings.
    • Then go to Audio & Video.
    • Once you made the changes then restart the application.
  5. Rename your Microphone:

    If you have one or more microphones, or you want to rename and change their name, then follow these steps:

    • Open settings.
    • And click on the system.
    • Now select sound.
    • Under the input section, select the device properties.
    • Now type the name for the microphone.
    • And select rename.
    • After, the process the microphone you selected will appear with a custom name.
  6. How to fix microphone problems:

    If your Microphone isn’t able to recognize or it’s not working properly, then you can troubleshoot and fix most common problems using the Privacy settings and the troubleshooter tool.

  7. To allow the system and apps to access your microphone, go to step-by-step:
    • Firstly, open the settings.
    • Then select privacy.
    • Click on Microphone.
    • On the microphone page, click the change button.
    • Now, turn on the toggle switch to permit the access.
    • Now allow apps to access your microphone, the toggle switch is turned on.
  8. Use Troubleshooter:

    If your microphone isn’t working, try using the built-in troubleshooter tool to fix common problems. Here are the steps to use the troubleshooter:

    • Now, open settings.
    • Click on systems.
    • And after that select Sound.
    • Now, under the input system, you can see the troubleshoot button.
    • Select troubleshoot and continue with on-screen directions to resolve the issue.
    • After the process, you can able to start using the microphone with any application on windows 10.
  9. Now, if you want to adjust your computer settings to prevent this problem from happening again, then we will guide you for this. Here are some steps:
    • Open your “File Explorer” and select “Control Panel”. Now, click on the Hardware and sound.
    • Now select “sound” and click on the recording tab.
    • Then, choose your Microphone, and click properties.
    • And go to the Advanced tab.
    • Now, Click on the checkmark in the box, to allow applications to take exclusive control of this device to remove the checkmark from the box and click apply.
    • Now, you can access sounds settings from the control panel ad location of the settings vary depending on your windows version.

Author: John Miles

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