3 Solutions to Fix Windows 10 Built-in Microphone Not Working Issue

/ Posted by Ruby Johnson to Windows 10 Tips

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Part of users recently reported that their Windows 10 laptop microphone not working. But actually, you may not know, this issue is more likely a settings error rather than the problem of microphone itself. After knowing this, now let’s work through 3 simple ways to troubleshoot the issue and get your computer’s microphone to start working again.

Method 1: Check Microphone Settings

As we stated above, this issue is derived from a settings problem. Hence, to fix Windows 10 microphone not working we suggest you to check the microphone settings first, below is how:

Right-click the Volume icon in the taskbar at the bottom right of the screen, then select “Recording devices” from the dropdown menu.

recording device

Next, right click on a blank area and choose “Show disabled devices” or “Show disconnect devices”

Then, select Microphone>>Properties. After that, make sure that the dropdown menu under Device Usage is set to Use this device (enable).


If these steps do not get the issue fixed, go to Method 2.

Method 2: Uninstall Your Audio Driver

Uninstalling the audio driver also has the possibility to get your microphone working when the realtek microphone is not working on Windows 10. You do not need to worry about this will affect your computer as Windows will automatically reinstall into after restart.

You just need to go to the Start Menu button at the bottom left of the screen, then hit Search option and type in Device Manager in Search bar, after that press Enter button to have it opened.

device manager

Then select and click on “Audio Inputs and Outputs” from the list and locate your audio driver, like Realtek Digital Output(Realtek High Definition Audio), right click on it and select uninstall Device from dropdown menu. After these, restart your computer.


After the reboot, Windows will load with default drivers and reinstall it automatically, and your microphone should start working again after that happens.

Method 3: Run the Windows Troubleshooter

If it still does not resolve the issue, you may try to run the Troubleshoot option to solve the internal mic stops working on Windows 10. Here are the steps:

Head over to Start menu. Type Troubleshoot in the search box and press Enter.
Select Hardware and Sound from the Troubleshoot Window.


Next, click on Playing Audio under Getting up and running, then hit on Run the troubleshooter to start troubleshooting.

playing audio

I hope at least one of these solutions helped you fix desktop computer/laptop microphone not working on Windows 10

If you have any other issues, like your computer cannot boot up after you uninstall the audio driver as some users have encountered, you may need help of the Windows Boot Genius, which can assist you to solve all Windows boot issues. Just give it a free try.

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