FIX: USB Computer Microphone Not Working (Windows 10)
Devices that connect using USB are simple to operate. They usually have generic drivers that are already installed, making the device plug and play. If a USB Computer Microphone Not Working, or if a microphone you’ve connected via an audio jack to a USB adapter isn’t detected, try the workarounds below.
1. Restart app/system
It’s conceivable that the app won’t identify the new device if you connected the USB mic to your system after starting the app you want to utilize it in.
- Disconnect the microphone from the system.
- Close the app you want to use it with.
- Connect the microphone to the system.
- Open the app and check if the mic is detected.
If this doesn’t work, try the same steps but with the system.
- Disconnect the mic from the system.
- Shut the system down.
- Connect the mic to the system.
- Boot the system up.
- Open an app and check if the mic is detected.
2. Select the microphone from Sounds
Although the microphone may have been properly configured, it may not have been selected as the preferred or default device in Windows 10. From the Sound options, you must make it the default device.
- Open Control Panel.
- Go to Hardware & sound.
- Click Sounds.
- Go to the Recording tab.
- Right-click the mic and select Set as default device.
- Restart the system and check if the mic is detected.
3. Reinstall USB Microphone
Reinstalling the Microphone may be helpful in resolving difficulties.
- Open Device Manager.
- Expand Audio Inputs and Outputs
- Right-click the USB mic and select Uninstall device.
- Disconnect the mic.
- Connect the mic again.
- Windows 10 will detect and install drivers for the device.
4. Run hardware troubleshooter
One of the reasons the USB Computer Microphone Not Working could be a problem with the USB port. The hardware troubleshooter must be used to troubleshoot the UBS port.
- Tap the Win+R keyboard shortcut to open the Run box.
- In the run box, enter
msdt.exe -id DeviceDiagnosticand tap the enter key.
- Run the Hardware troubleshooter and apply all fixes that it recommends.
- Restart the system and connect the mic again.
5. Run audio troubleshooter
It’s possible that the audio issues are unrelated to the USB port. In order for the mic to work, other audio-related settings may need to be checked. The audio troubleshooter is the simplest way to examine and fix problems with audio settings.
- Open the Settings app with the Win+I keyboard shortcut.
- Go to Update & Security.
- Select the Troubleshoot tab.
- Click Additional troubleshooters.
- Select and run the Audio troubleshooter.
- Apply all fixes that it recommends.
- Restart the system and use your mic.
6. Check power source
Some USB-connected devices, such as microphones, require an external power source. Check to see if your microphone requires an external power supply. It will include the necessary cable as well as instructions on how to attach it. Connect it to the same USB port you use to charge your device, such as the charging port on a Windows 10 computer.
Mics that connect via USB typically have greater audio quality than those that connect by audio jack. This is especially true with less expensive microphones. A more costly microphone will perform admirably regardless of the port it employs. Check to see if the microphone model you’re using has any known difficulties. Check out forums dedicated to the device and how to set it up to be sure you’ve done everything right.