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How to disable speakers and microphone on Windows 10

The Settings app finally offers an easier way to disable or enable speakers and microphones, and in this guide, you'll learn how to do it.

On Windows 10, you’ve been able to disable speakers and microphones for a long time, but the settings were buried deep into Control Panel making it a task somewhat difficult to accomplish for most regular users.

Starting with Windows 10 version 1809 (October 2018 Update), the Settings app has been updated to offer an easier way to disable input and output devices connected to your computer.

In this guide, you’ll learn the steps to quickly disable (or enable) speakers and microphone on Windows 10 version 1809.

How to disable speakers and microphone using Settings

To disable the speakers and microphone using the Settings app on Windows 10, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.

  2. Click on System.

  3. Click on Sound.

  4. Click the Manage sound devices link.

    Sound settings on Windows 10 version 1809
    Sound settings on Windows 10 version 1809
  5. Under “Output devices,” select the speakers.

  6. Click the Disable button.

    Disable speakers option on Windows 10
    Disable speakers option on Windows 10
  7. Under “Input devices,” select the microphone.

  8. Click the Disable button.

Once you’ve completed the steps, depending on your configuration the speakers and microphone will be disabled on your device.

Alternatively, in the Sound page, you can also click the Device properties link under “Sound” or under “Input” to disable each peripheral.

Speakers settings on Windows 10 version 1809
Speakers settings on Windows 10 version 1809

If you want to enable your speakers and microphone again, you can use the same instructions, but make sure to click the Enable button on step No. 6 and step No. 8.

If you don’t see the options to disable your input and output devices, it’s likely because you’re not running the version of Windows 10 that supports this feature. The ability to control these settings is available starting with the Windows 10 October 2018 Update.