“Microphone Driver Windows 10” is essential software required to communicate your Microphone/Mic hardware with your Operating System (OS) version installed in your computer. For example, if you want to use Microphone/Mac connected to your Windows 10 PCs for recording sound and/or for similar purposes, then you should make sure that “Microphone Driver” is properly installed in your device.
You can check whether Microphone Driver is installed on Windows 10 PCs or not in “Device Manager”. To do so, go to “Device Manager”, expand “Audio inputs and outputs” category, click on your recording device or your microphone, and check if it shows “Yellow Exclamation Mark” or “Yellow Questioned Mark” on your microphone. If yes, then something went wrong in your System that causes problem with Microphone Driver. In this case, you need to update or reinstall Microphone Driver on Windows 10 to fix this issue.
“Microphones” or “Mics” were initially used to amplify the human voice to address larger groups of people, and first devices were known as “Megaphones”. Nowadays, “Microphones” offers speed recognition features, sound recording, used to speak with friends, family and colleagues using various applications and devices.
In most of the modern laptops, Microphones are integrated so there is no need of any additional microphones to connect to laptops. “Microphones” on PCs/laptops can be used for various purposes like communicating with other peoples on Skype and/or other platforms.
If Microphone hardware (Either external or Internal) is in good conditions and its drivers software is also properly installed, but still you are facing some problem with your Microphone like “Microphone not working”, “Microphone not recording sound”, “Unable to use Skype and/or other apps due to Microphone issue”, and/or other similar issues.
One possible reason behind “Microphone not working Windows 10” problem is Microphone privacy settings that are not allowing specific application to access your microphone or Mic. In this case, you need to allow the apps like Skype and/or other apps to access your microphone.
In Windows 10 PCs/laptop, you can check microphone privacy settings in “Settings” App and can change the privacy settings that will allow the app to access your microphone. But if the specific app likes Skype and/or other apps are already allowed to access your Microphone in the “Settings” App, then you can check for next problem.
Sometimes, missing/corrupted, and/or outdated Microphone Driver on Windows 10 PC/laptop can cause several issues like “Microphone not working” or other similar issues. So, you can fix the issue by updating or reinstalling Microphone Driver. Let’s go for the solution.
How to update Microphone Driver Windows 10?
Step 1: Press “Windows + X” keys together from keyboard and select “Device Manager”
Step 2: In the opened “Device Manage” window, locate and expand “Audio inputs and outputs” category
Step 3: Right-click on your microphone device or recording device and select “Update Driver”
Step 4: In next window, select “search automatically for updated driver software” and follow on-screen instructions to finish the updating process.
Step 5: Once done, restart your computer to save the changes and check if the trouble is resolved.
How to reinstall Microphone Driver on Windows 10?
Step 1: Open “Device Manager” and expand “Audio inputs and outputs” category
Step 2: Right-click on your Microphone or recording device and select “Uninstall Driver”
Step 3: Follow on-screen instructions to finish uninstall process and then restart your computer
Step 4: After restart, open “Device Manager” again and click on “Action > Scan for hardware changes”. This will reinstall the missing Microphone Driver.
How to enable Microphone in Windows 10 using “Settings” App?
Step 1: Press “Windows + I” keys together from keyboard to open “Settings” App in Windows 10
Step 2: In the opened “Settings” App, go to “Privacy > Microphone”
Step 3: Toggle under “Let Apps use my microphone” option to turn ‘ON’
Step 4: Find the specific app like Skype and/or other app in the list of apps which you want to allow for microphone access, and check that toggle is switched to turn “ON”. Once done, please check if the trouble is fixed.
How to set your microphone as default device?
In most of Windows 10 laptop, there is internal microphone integrated in your laptop and it is default microphone device. But in case if you add/connect external microphone to your laptop, then it is not necessarily mean it is set as default microphone device. So, you can set your microphone as default device manually to fix “Microphone not working” issue.
Step 1: Right-click on “Speaker/volume” icon in “Notification Area” in Taskbar and select “Recording Devices”
Step 2: In the opened “Sound” window, under “Recording” tab and select your microphone
Step 3: Now, click on “Set Default” button to set it as default recording device
Step 4: Finally, click on “Ok” and “Apply” button to save the changes and check if the problem is resolved.
If Microphone is not appearing on “Recording device List”, then
Step 1: Follow the ‘step 1’ of above method to open “Sound” window or “Recording Devices” window
Step 2: Under “Recording” tab, right click on the empty area and select “Show Disabled Devices” and “Show Disconnected Devices” options to enable.
Step 3: Now, you can follow ‘step 2 to step 4’ of above method to set your microphone device as default recording device. Once done, please check if the problem is resolved.
Check if Microphone volume is set to minimum or muted
“Microphone not working Windows 10” issue can also occur if microphone volume is muted or set to a minimum. So, you can fix this issue by unmated and/or increase volume to maximum.
Step 1: Right-click on “Speaker” icon in the Taskbar
Step 2: Select “Recording Devices”
Step 3: In the opened “Sound” or “Recording Devices” window, under “Recording Devices”, select your microphone and hit “Properties” button
Step 4: In the “Properties” window, click on “Levels” tab and set the volume of Microphone to maximum and/or unmute the microphone by clicking on “Red Sign on Microphone”
Step 5: After that, click on “Apply” and “Ok” to save the changes. And check if the “Microphone not working Windows 10” issue is resolved.
Restart “Windows Audio” Service to fix “Microphone not working Windows 10” issue
Step 1: Press “Windows + R” keys together from keyboard to open “Run Dialog Box”
Step 2: In the opened “Run Dialog Box”, type “services.msc” and hit “Ok” button
Step 3: In the opened “Services” window, locate “Windows Audio” service
Step 4: Right-click on it and select “Restart”. Or Right-click on it, select “Stop” and after few seconds, right-click on it again, and select “Start”. Finally, check if the problem is resolved.
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