If microphone not working in Windows 10/8.1/8/7 on your system, here's how to fix. This issue might occur due to disabled microphone or outdated drivers.

We’ve earlier shared you the fix, if audio is not working on your device. Now this article will show you, how to fix, if microphone is not working on your Windows 10 or earlier running machine.

Microphone is the recording device present on your system. Either you’re recording your voice clip, or talking to Cortana, or video calling on Skype or using voice search on Google, all of these tasks are completed using microphone. So if microphone not working on your system, it might block you to perform these day-to-day tasks.

Here is how you can fix microphone issues in your Windows operating system.

FIX: Microphone Not Working In Windows 10/8.1/8/7

FIX 1 – Enable Microphone & Set It As Default Device

1. Right click on volume or sound icon present in taskbar and select Recording devices. If volume icon missing on taskbar, refer this fix.

FIX Microphone Not Working In Windows 10

2. Then in next window, right click on blank space and check Show Disabled Devices, Show Disconnected Devices options.

FIX Microphone Not Working In Windows 10

3. Now right click on the microphone device and select Enable. This should activate microphone on your system.

FIX Microphone Not Working In Windows 10

4. Again do a right click on your microphone device and select Set as Default Device. Click OK.

FIX Microphone Not Working In Windows 10

Check if the issue you’re facing with microphone is resolved by this. If not, carry on below mentioned fixes.

FIX 2 – Unmute Microphone

1. Right click sound icon on taskbar > select Recording devices > right click on microphone and select Properties.

FIX Microphone Not Working In Windows 10

2. On the property sheet, switch to Levels tab. If volume is disabled or microphone is mute, click on the sound icon to unmute microphone (refer below screenshot). Click OK to save you settings.

FIX Microphone Not Working In Windows 10

If the issue still persists, something might be wrong with audio drivers. Go ahead with FIX 3 to reinstall driver.

FIX 3 – Reinstall Sound Driver

1. Press W8K + R and type devmgmt.msc in the Run, hit Enter key to open Device Manager snap-in.

Device Manager Windows 10

2. In the Device Manager window, expand Sound, video and game controllers and right click on your sound device and select Uninstall device.

FIX Microphone Not Working In Windows 10

3. In the confirmation prompt appeared next, click Uninstall.

FIX Microphone Not Working In Windows 10

4. Finally, click Action > Scan for hardware changes. This should reinstall audio driver and consequently fix the issue.

FIX Microphone Not Working In Windows 10

You can close the Device Manager and return to Desktop, if you like.

Hope this helps!


  • I tried this, but unfortunately, it doesn’t work. Have any other suggestions? (Astro A10 headset)

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Please run Recording Audio troubleshooter from Control Panel > Troubleshooting > View all.

  • does not help at all. it says it is disabled but it is not, I have it plugged in.

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ What happens when you enable it?

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