How to quickly fix microphone problems on Windows 10

Although setting up a microphone on Windows 10 is as easy as connecting the peripheral to your computer, sometimes it may just stop working right before a Skype call or before you start recording a podcast, or Windows 10 may just refuse to detect it.

Whatever the problem it might be, and you’ve covered all your basics troubleshooting steps, such as double-checking connectivity and restarting your computer, Windows 10 offers a tool to quickly fix many common problems with microphones.

In this guide, you’ll learn the steps to troubleshoot and fix your microphone when it’s not working on Windows 10.

How to fix microphone problems using Settings

On Windows 10, there are at least two ways to access the troubleshooter to fix microphone problems automatically using the Settings app.

Fix microphone problems using Sound settings

  1. Open Settings.

  2. Click on System.

  3. Click on Sound.

  4. Under “Input,” click the Troubleshoot button.

    Microphone troubleshoot on Sound settings

Then follow the on-screen directions to get the microphone working again on your computer. (If this option isn’t available, it’s probably because you’re running Windows 10 version 1803.)

Fix audio problems using Troubleshoot settings

Alternatively, you can access the tool from the Troubleshoot page.

  1. Open Settings.

  2. Click on Update & Security.

  3. Click on Troubleshoot.

  4. Select the Recording Audio option.

  5. Click the Run the troubleshooter button.

    Microphone troubleshoot on Troubleshoot settings

Then follow the on-screen direction to detect and fix any microphone issues on your device.

If after trying everything, you still can’t get sound to work on Windows 10, you can submit your questions in the Pureinfotech forums to get more help.