FIX: Microsoft Teams microphone not working

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Microsoft teams microphone not working

Microsoft Teams comes with Skype integration allowing the users to make calls via Skype business. However, some users have reported Microsoft Team does not recognize the microphone in the desktop client.

This issue can occur due to several reasons, one of them being software glitches. It can also occur if there are permission issues that prevent access to your microphone.

In this article, we walk through the steps required to resolve Microsoft Teams microphone issues.

How can I fix Microsoft Teams microphone issues?

1. Update Skype for Business client

Microsoft Teams does not recognize Microphone

  1. Go to Skype for Business download page.
  2. Click the most recent available update.
  3. Download and install the compatible update package.
  4. Once done, reboot the computer and check for any improvements.

Update from Microsoft Office settings

Microsoft Teams does not recognize Microphone

  1. Launch any Microsoft Office app.
  2. Click on File and select Account.
  3. Select Update Options > Update Now.
  4. Download any pending update and restart the computer once the installation is complete.

In case Microsoft has made changes to the Skype for Business HiD controls, some functionalities like the Microphone access may not work. So, updating to the latest available version of is recommended.


Want to migrate from Skype for Business to Teams? Check out this guide and learn how to do it with ease.


2. Check microphone privacy settings

Microsoft Teams does not recognize Microphone

  1. Click on Start and select Setting.
  2. Select the Privacy option.
  3. From the left pane, scroll down to App Permission and click on Microphone.
  4. Scroll down to “Allow desktop apps to access your microphone” section.
  5. From the list, enable microphone access for Microsoft Teams.
  6. Launch Microsoft Teams and check if the client recognizes the microphone.

In case the microphone is already enabled for Microsoft Teams, revoke the access. Reboot the computer and enable microphone for Microsoft Teams again.

Access for the microphone can get disabled when new updates are installed or Microsoft Teams. Make sure the required permission is given to resolve the issue.

If you’re having trouble opening the Setting app, take a look at this article to solve the issue.


3. Disable Skype autostart

Microsoft Teams does not recognize Microphone

  1. Right-click on the taskbar and Task Manager.
  2. Click “Startup”.
  3.  Locate Skype from the startup apps.
  4. Select Skype and click the Disable button.
  5. Close Task Manager and restart the computer.

Launch Microsoft Teams and check if Skype for Business recognizes the microphone. If the issue is resolved, run the microphone troubleshooter to fix any issues.

If you want to know how to add or remove startup apps on Windows 10, check out this simple guide.


Can’t open Task Manager? Don’t worry, we’ve got the right solution for you.


Troubleshoot sound problem

Microsoft Teams does not recognize Microphone

  1. Right-click on the speaker icon in the Taskbar.
  2. Select “Troubleshoot sound problem” option.
  3. The troubleshooter will perform an initial scan.
  4. When prompted, select your microphone and click Next.
  5. Follow the on-screen instructions to troubleshoot the microphone.
  6. Apply any recommended fixes and check for any improvements.

In case disabling Skype during startup resolves the issue, the issue can software related. Try to install the latest available updates for both Microsoft Teams as well as Windows updates.

The troubleshooter fails to load with an error? Follow this useful guide and fix it in just a couple of simple steps.


4.  Reinstall Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams does not recognize Microphone

  1. Type control in the search bar and open Control Panel.
  2. In the Control Panel, go to Program > Programs and Features.
  3. Select Microsoft Teams from the list and click Uninstall.
  4. Once uninstalled, reboot the computer.
  5. Download and install the latest version of Microsoft Teams.

Reinstalling Microsoft Team can resolve many issues that can occur due to corrupted files and bugs. Install the new version of Microsoft Teams and check for any improvements.

You can’t open Control Panel? Take a look at this step-by-step guide to find a solution.

Conclusion

Microsoft Teams not recognizing the microphone can occur due to several reasons. By following the steps in this article, you can resolve the problem with your desktop client in no time. Let us know which step helped you fix the issue in the comments.

Also, leave there any other questions or suggestions that you may have and we’ll surely check them out.

FAQ: Learn more about using microphones on Microsoft Teams

  • How do I mute microphone in Microsoft Teams?

To mute your microphone while using Microsoft Teams, you need to navigate to the meeting control bar. Check out our thorough guide.

  • How do I unmute all Microsoft Teams participants?

If you want to unmute the microphones of all the Microsoft Teams meeting participants, go to your meeting roster and select the option Unmute all. Participants will then receive a notification informing them they can join the conversation.

  • How do I change the audio settings in Microsoft Teams?

To change your Microsoft Teams audio settings, click on your profile photo and go to Settings > Devices and select the microphone you want to use by default.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in January 2020 and has been since updated for freshness and accuracy.