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How To Test Microphone in Windows 11/10 if It’s Working

Have you plugged in your microphone and are wondering if it’s working? In this article, I will tell you how to test a Microphone in Windows 11/10 if it’s working?

Speaking can be faster and more precise than typing, whether you’re dictating with speech recognition, talking to a family member, or gaming buddy over voice chat. Luckily, setting up a microphone on Windows is simple and easy to do.

How to Test Microphone in Windows

Why Should We Test Our Microphone?

It can be for various reasons that people want to test their microphones. The following are just a few:

  • I recently purchased or connected a new microphone, and I would like to verify that it works properly.
  • I want to check if the headset microphone is enabled.
  • Test whether the microphone on their computer distorts their voice.
  • Find out if the webcam has a built-in microphone.
  • Ensure that other applications can detect their microphones.
  • The mic visualizer is something I want to admire.

How To Test Microphone in Windows 11/10 if It’s Working

Once you install a microphone on Windows, you’ll need to configure it. Changing the level of audio, input types, and ensuring the sound is crisp are all essential. It’s a good idea to test some audio effects for your microphone if you’re setting up for gaming or streaming.

So, here are some methods that tell you how to test your microphone in Windows 10 before you start using it.

  1. Windows Sound Settings
  2. Mic testing with the built-in Voice Recorder app

Let’s try these methods one by one.

1] Windows Sound Settings

Follow the steps below to test your microphone in Windows audio settings:

Windows 10

  • Right-click on the speaker icon in the bottom-right corner of your Taskbar > Select Sounds > Go to the Recording tab.
  • Choose the microphone you want to test, then speak into the microphone to make sure it works. There should be some green in the bar on the right if it is working.
  • Click OK to close the window after testing.

Windows 11

  • Right-click on the Speaker icon in the System Tray, and select Sound Settings
  • It will take you to System Sound. Locate input section, and select Microphone
  • Here you will have the option to Test Your Microphone
  • Click on the Start Test button, and speak into your Mic.  You should see volume level on the volume bar
  • Click on the Stop test button, and it will show the result i.e., percentage of the total volume

Check out if this works for you.

2] Mic Testing With the Built-in Voice Recorder App

Additionally, you can test your microphone with the integrated voice recorder app in Windows 11/10. How to do it is as follows:

  • Press the Windows logo key on your keyboard > Type recorder.
  • You need to click Voice Recorder in the search results list to open it.
  • Click the record icon to start recording. Try speaking into your
  • Click the stop button to stop recording.
  • Click the recording file to replay it. You may be able to hear yourself if your microphone is delicate.

Now, check if your microphone works.

Why Is My Mic Not Working on Windows 11/10?

A mute or minimum volume control is another common cause of microphone problems. To check it, follow this simple step given below:

  • Right-click the speaker icon in the taskbar
  • Select Recording devices > Select the Microphone > Click Properties.

In Windows 11, you need to go to Settings > System > Sound. Locate the Input section and then the microphone. You can increase the volume and also test.

Now set the volume and see if it works.

How Do I Enable My Microphone?

Open Audio Devices and Sound Themes by

  • Go to the Start button > Click on Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Click on Sound. 
  • Click the Playback tab > Select Speakers > Click on Properties.
  • Now go to the Levels tab, and then, under Mic, click the Mute button to enable sound for it.

How Can I Hear Myself on the Mic?

Steps to set up the headphones to detect microphone input are as follows:

  • Right-click on the volume icon in the system tray > Click Recording devices.
  • Double click Microphone listed.
  • On the Listen tab, check to Listen to this device.
  • On the Levels tab, you can change the microphone volume.
  • Click Apply and then click OK.

How Do I Fix My Microphone on Windows?

Here’s how to do this in Windows 11/10:

  • Select the Start button > Select Settings > System > Sound.
  • Under Input, ensure your Microphone is selected under Choose your input device.
  • You can then speak into your Microphone and check the Test your Microphone button to see if Windows hears you.

How Can I Reset the Microphone on Windows 11/10?

Here are the steps you need to take:

  • Right-click the sound icon in the taskbar.
  • Select Open sound settings.
  • Choose the Sound control panel on the right.
  • Select the Recording tab > Choose the Microphone.
  • Click Set as default > Open the Properties window.
  • Click on the Levels tab.

How Do I Set Up a Microphone on Windows 11/10?

Follow these steps to set up Microphone in Windows 10:

  • Right-click the volume icon on the taskbar > Select Sounds.
  • Select the Recording tab > Select the microphone or recording device you’d like to set up > Click on Configure.
  • Go to the Microphone Setup Wizard, and then select Set Up Microphone.

How Do I Reinstall My Microphone Driver in Windows 11/10?

If updating the Microphone driver doesn’t work, then follow this step given below:

  • Right-click on the Star button > Click on Device Manager.
  • Right-click on the icon of your sound card again > Select Uninstall.
  • Your driver will be removed.
  • Now, restart your computer, and Windows will try to reinstall the driver.

I hope this post will help you know how to test the Microphone in Windows if it’s working as expected.

Nandini Keshri is a student, writer, and tech enthusiast. She loves to write poetry and explore the world when not writing about tech.



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