How to fix Microphone not working in Windows 10, 8.1, 7

Having a problem with microphone or recording audio on your Windows 10 Laptop? Or microphone not working after Windows 10 1903 update? This is probably because the installed driver for the microphone is not computable with current Windows 10 version 1903. And reinstall the driver with the latest version is probably a good solution. If you are also struggling form similar problem, Here solutions to fix symptoms like microphone not working, stuttering, jarring, crackling or choppy recording, intermittent issue with microphone recording, distorted recording,

Microphone not working

If you are using an external microphone device, we recommend First, unplug your microphone and then plug it back in. You should notice a sound to signify that Windows has recognized new hardware.

If the problem started after recent windows 10 May 2019 update here is working solution.

  • Press Windows + I keyboard shortcut to open the settings app,
  • Click on Privacy then select Microphone tab
  • Here make sure Allow apps to access your microphone is enabled,
  • Also, make sure the app you’re using has access to your mic.

Allow apps to access your microphone

Enable Microphone

  • Right-click on Volume icon on the system tray and select sound,
  • Under recording tab Right click on an empty area,
  • Here select Show disconnected devices and Show disabled devices.
  • Now Right-click on the Microphone and select Enable.
  • Click Apply followed by OK.

show disconnected devices

Run sound troubleshooter

Run the build in audio sound troubleshooter that automatically detect and fix the problems.

  • Right-click on the sound icon at the far-right corner of the taskbar
  • Select “troubleshoot sound problems.
  • This will automatically detect any fault that exists with your audio and recommend fixes for you.
  • You just need to read through the prompts and click the options that you think will work for you.

Troubleshoot sound problems

Install the latest Windows updates

Windows updates can solve specific problems, provide protection from malicious attacks, or even add new features to the operating system. Windows 10 is set to download and install the latest updates automatically. But you can manually check for and install if the latest available and that may contain the bug fix for the microphone problem.

  • Press Windows + I to open the settings app,
  • Select Update & security than Windows update,
  • Click on check for updates button to download and install latest updates,
  • And restart your pc to apply latest updates,
  • Check if the microphone problem solved.

Update sound driver

This is another working solution the probably fix the problem if the outdated audio driver or driver incompatibility causing the microphone to stop working.

  • Press Windows + X and select Device manager
  • This will display all installed device driver list
  • Expand sound, video and game controllers,
  • Right click on the installed audio driver and select update driver
  • Select “Search automatically for updated driver software” and let the process finish.
  • Restart Windows after complete and check if the problem solved.

update audio driver

If it wasn’t able to update your Audio drivers then visit the device manufacturer website, download and install latest audio driver from there.

Disable All Sound Effects

  • Right-click on the Speaker icon in Taskbar and select Sound
  • from the Playback tab right-click on Speakers and select Properties.
  • Switch to Enhancements tab and tick mark the option ‘Disable all enhancements.’
  • Click Apply followed by OK and then restart your PC to save changes.

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