FIX: Blue Yeti mic not recognized on Windows 10

Vlad Turiceanu
by Vlad Turiceanu
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  • If you work in a studio and you need some professional recording equipment, buying a Blue Yeti microphone is a good way to start.
  • Unfortunately, faulty system settings or outdated drivers can cause your PC to not be able to detect your Blue Yeti microphone.
  • Check out our dedicated hub for troubleshooting System Errors for more detailed guides, and maybe even consider saving it for future reference.
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How to fix Blue Yeti Mic Not Recognized on Windows 10

Blue Yeti microphones are well-known between Youtubers and users that record audio or have a podcast. The reason is that the price to quality ratio is amazing. But many of them experience some connection or driver problems that make the mic unusable. From a faulty USB cable to some corrupted drivers or anything in between, the issues pile up.

For more info on how to do that, check the guide below.

How to fix the USB device not recognized Blue Yeti error

1. Inspect the hardware

  1. Check your hardware – verify that everything is in working condition.
    • Make sure your mic is turned on and functioning, and your Windows 10 PC doesn’t have any unknown problems.
  2. Check the connection – one of the most common problems is the cable.
    • Try connecting the mic to another PC, if possible, and see if that helps.
    • If not, change the cable and verify the integrity of the cable on both ends.usb cable blue yeti mic not recognized
  3. This seems like an obvious and quite silly fix, but you have to know that Blue Yeti mic’s only work on a USB 2.0, and not on USB 3.0.
    • Changing the USB helped the majority of users, and it could also help you save a lot of time and hassle.

2. Run the Playing Audio troubleshooter

  1. Go to Start > Settings.
  2. Click on Update & Security.
  3. In the left side-bar, select Troubleshoot.Troubleshoot blue yeti microphone not recognised
  4. In the right section, click on Playing Audio and then on Run the troubleshooter.
  5. Wait for the process to finish.

We’ve written extensively on microphone issues. Check out these guides for more info.

3. Set Blue Yeti as default device

  1. Right-click the Speakers icon in the bottom left of your Windows 10 display.
  2. Click on Sounds.
  3. Select the Recording tab.
  4. Find your Blue Yeti microphone, right-click it, and select Set as Default Device.sound settings microphone blue yeti mic not recognized
  5. Click Apply and then OK.

If this solution didn’t work or your Blue Yeti wasn’t in the list, then go to the next solution.

4. Update, Uninstall, orReinstall Blue Yeti drivers

  1. In the Windows search box type Device Manager and hit enter.
  2. In Device Manager find Sound, video and game controllers and expand it.Sound, Video and Game Controllers blue yeti microphoneperi
  3. Find your device, right-click it and choose Update driver.
  4. When the new window appears, choose Search automatically for updated driver software and wait for the process to finish.

You can follow the same steps to disable or uninstall the device. Also, you can uninstall you mic > disconnect it from the PC > reconnect it > let Windows 10 install the drivers.

  1. Download the driver from the manufacturer’s website.
  2. After the download has finished, right-click the installer and choose Proprieties.
  3. Go to the Compatibility tab.
  4. Under Compatibility mode, check Run this program in compatibility mode for and choose Windows 7.compatibility mode windows 10 blue yeti mic not recognized
  5. Click Apply and OK.

After this, your Blue Yeti mic should work perfectly on Windows 10.

  • What are Blue Yeti mics?

Blue Yeti is a brand of microphones most suited for studio and professional use. Of course, there are other great manufacturers out there, such as the one who’s products are showcased in this amazing list.

  • Are Blue Yeti mics any good?

Blue Yeti mics are regarded as some of the best both in terms of quality and performance, featuring models from an extremely wide price range.

  • How do I fix mic issues?

One fast way to fix many microphone issues is to keep your drivers updated. For more information on how to do this efficiently, check out this detailed guide on the matter.

If you have any more questions about Blue Yeti mic’s on Windows 10, feel free to drop them in the comments section below.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in June 2019 and has been since revamped and updated in April 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

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