How to turn on microphone in Windows 10 [Simple Guide]

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  • It can happen that the microphone is not working after installing Windows 10 updates.
  • In this article, we will see how you can fix this, so keep on reading.
  • We covered even more common issues in our Windows 10 Hub as well, so don't forget to have a look.
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After installing Windows 10, the microphone can be disabled. If this happens, there are a few things you can troubleshoot before going out and buying an external or internal sound card.

The free upgrade for Windows 10 was available to everyone at one point. This gift did not come with no strings attached. The upgrade disabled microphone in PCs across the world.

Some users will get frustrated easily and go out to buy an external sound card but for those users who would like to troubleshoot the issue take a look at the following solutions.

How can I re-enable the microphone on Windows 10?

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2. Enable the microphone from the Device Manager

  1. Access the Winx Menu by simultaneously pressing the Windows+X key.
  2. Select Device Manager from the list.
  3. Click on Sound Video and Game Controllers.
  4. Click on the sound card that is currently installed on the PC.
  5. Right click and choose Enable.
  6. Restart the computer to finish the process.

Note: If there is a yellow warning icon beside the name of the sound controller, the drivers for that controller are either damaged or uninstalled.


3. Enable microphone from the Sound Settings

  1. At the bottom right corner of the windows menu Right Click on the Sound Settings Icon.
  2. Scroll up and select Recording Devices.
  3. Click on Recording.
  4. If there are devices listed Right Click on the desired device.
  5. Choose enable.
  6. Right Click anywhere in the screen and select Show Disabled Devices
  7. Select the microphone from the generated list.
  8. Click on Properties.
  9. Under Device Usage select Use this Device (Enable).
  10. Click on Apply and OK.

4. Enable the microphone from Windows Settings

  1. Access Windows Settings by simultaneously pressing the Windows Key and I.
  2. Click on Privacy.
  3. On the left menu choose Microphone.Fix sound recording problems in Windows 10
  4. Under Let apps use my microphone ensure that the indicator is set to On.

If these solutions do not work to resolve the issues with the microphone there may be damage to the computer’s hardware.

Hardware issues can be resolved by buying external components or having new internal components installed.

Buying external components to resolve this issue may be the inexpensive way to fix the issue. Resolving sound issues can take a few restarts and re-installations.

Be sure to exhaust all options before buying new hardware.

If you have any other suggestions or questions, don’t hesitate to leave them in the comments section below and we’ll be sure to check them out.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in August 2017 and has been since revamped and updated in September 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

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