After upgrading to Windows 10 October 2018 Update, a number of users have reported a strange issue that the Microphone not working in certain apps like Skype, Discord etc. The issue affects all types of devices including laptops, tablets, and desktop PCs. When we try to find out the reason behind this “Microphone not working after Windows 10 update” We found Application/Apps access permissions for the hardware microphone causing the issue.

Windows 10 Microphone not working

As Starting with Windows 10 version 1809, Microsoft included a number of new options under Privacy. These include the ability to control user permissions for your Library/data folders. Another option allows managing access permissions for the hardware microphone. As result your apps and programs not able to access your microphone.

Also Sometimes incorrect configuration, Outdated/Corrupted Audio driver also cause sound and microphone not working on windows 10 PC. Whatever the reason here some solutions you may apply to get back  Microphone not working on windows 10.

Allow apps to access your microphone

With Windows 10 version 1803 (April 2018 update), Microsoft changed the behavior of microphone app access setting so that it affects desktop applications as well. If the problem started after recent windows 10 version 1803 upgrade then you must first follow steps below to get back microphone working back.

Open Settings (Windows Key+I ) > Privacy > Microphone
1. Set allow access to the Microphone on this device
2. Allow apps to access your microphone – Make it ON
3. Choose which apps can access your Microphone – If needed make required to ON.

Allow apps to access your microphone
Allow apps to access your microphone

Run Hardware & Devices / Audio Troubleshooters

Type Troubleshoot in Windows Start Search box > Click Troubleshoot >
A. Click Hardware & Devices > Run the Troubleshooter
B. Click Playing Audio > Run the Troubleshooter
C. Recording Audio > Run the troubleshooter
D. Speech > Run the troubleshooter

This will check and fix if any problem causing to stop windows sounds and microphone.

Hardware and Device Troubleshooter
Hardware and Device Troubleshooter

Check Microphone is not disabled and is set as default

Open control panel > Hardware and sound > Click Sound > Under Recording tab, right click on an empty space and select, Show disconnected devices and Show disabled devices > Select Microphone and click on Properties and make sure that the microphone is enabled > You may also check if the microphone that you are using is set as default.

Show Disabled Devices
Show Disabled Devices

Set up microphone

Type microphone in Windows Start Search box > Click Set up a Microphone > Select required type of microphone (for internal mic, select Others) > Follow the onscreen directions to set it up.

Set up microphone
Set up microphone

Check microphone’s driver

First of all, make sure your microphone is well connected to your PC. Check if your PC detects the microphone correctly by going to the Sound setting from the taskbar. If everything connected and configured properly but still microphone not working properly then there is a chance the Audio Driver is not compatible with current windows version or its get corrupted while windows 10 upgrade process.

We recommend to update the driver from Windows Key+X > Device Manager > Sound, Video & game controllers > Right Click on the entry below > Properties > Driver Tab >

update reinstall audio driver
update reinstall audio driver

Update – Update Driver > Click Browse my computer for driver software > Click Let my pick from a list of device drivers on my computer > Choose the driver > Click Next to update

If this does not work, select Search automatically for the updated driver in place of Browse my computer for driver software > Restart your computer

Roll Back – If Roll back driver is enabled, roll it back

Uninstall – Uninstall Device and restart to reinstall it automatically

Or visit Device manufacturer website, Download and install the latest available driver for your Audio sound / Microphone device. After that restart windows and check problem resolved.

If all above method fails to fix the problem then the last option simply roll back windows to the previous version and let the current build to fix the bug which may cause microphone not working.

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