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Built-In Laptop Microphone Not Working Fix

Having trouble with your built-in laptop microphone not working? Let’s discuss some possible fixes.

Ensure Microphone Access and Volume Settings

Laptop microphone settings menu

To ensure your built-in laptop microphone is working properly, the first step is to check the microphone access and volume settings on your device. Open the Control Panel on your Windows operating system and navigate to the Sound settings. Make sure the microphone is set as the default recording device and that the volume levels are not muted or set too low.

If the microphone is still not working, check the Device Manager to see if there are any issues with the microphone driver. Update the driver if necessary to ensure it is functioning correctly. Sometimes a simple driver update can resolve microphone issues on a laptop.

Additionally, make sure that the microphone is not physically blocked or damaged. Dust or debris can sometimes interfere with the microphone’s functionality. Clean the microphone with a soft cloth or compressed air to remove any obstructions that may be causing the problem.

If you are using an application that requires microphone access, such as a video conferencing app or a voice recording software, check the app’s settings to ensure that the correct microphone is selected and that the app has permission to access the microphone on your laptop.

In some cases, the microphone may not be working due to privacy settings on your device. Check the privacy settings in Windows to make sure that apps are allowed to access the microphone. Adjust the settings as needed to give the necessary permissions to the apps that require microphone access.

If you are still experiencing issues with your built-in laptop microphone after checking these settings, it may be helpful to restart your computer to see if that resolves the problem. Sometimes a simple reboot can fix minor technical issues with hardware components like the microphone.

Select the Correct Default Microphone

Brand Model Default Microphone
Dell Inspiron 15 Internal Microphone Array
HP Pavilion x360 Internal Microphone Array
Lenovo IdeaPad 330 Integrated Microphone
Asus VivoBook S15 Built-in Microphone

Update or Roll Back Audio Drivers

Update Audio Drivers:
1. Right-click on the Start menu and select “Device Manager.”
2. Expand the “Sound, video and game controllers” section.
3. Right-click on your audio device and select “Update driver.”
4. Choose “Search automatically for updated driver software” and follow the on-screen instructions.
5. Restart your laptop after the driver update is complete.

Roll Back Audio Drivers:
1. Follow steps 1 and 2 from updating the audio drivers.
2. Right-click on your audio device and select “Properties.”
3. Go to the “Driver” tab and click on “Roll Back Driver.”
4. Select a reason for rolling back the driver and then click “Yes.”
5. Restart your laptop to apply the changes.

If updating or rolling back the audio drivers does not solve the issue, you may need to troubleshoot further by checking the microphone settings in the Control Panel or testing the microphone with another application.

Professional Repair for Persistent Issues

If you are experiencing persistent issues with your built-in laptop microphone not working, it may be time to seek professional repair services. Before taking your laptop to a repair technician, there are a few troubleshooting steps you can try on your own.

First, check the device driver for your microphone. You can do this by going to the Device Manager in your Windows operating system. Look for the microphone under the “Audio inputs and outputs” section. If there is a yellow exclamation mark next to the microphone, it may indicate a driver issue.

Next, try updating the driver by right-clicking on the microphone and selecting “Update driver.” If that doesn’t work, you can try uninstalling the driver and then restarting your computer to let Windows reinstall it automatically.

If the driver update doesn’t resolve the issue, you may need to check the physical connection of your microphone. Make sure it is properly plugged in and not damaged. You can also try using a different microphone or headset to see if the issue is with the hardware.

If none of these troubleshooting steps fix the problem, it’s time to seek professional repair services. Look for a reputable technician who specializes in laptop repairs to diagnose and fix the issue.

Professional repair technicians have the tools and expertise to identify the root cause of the problem and provide a lasting solution. They can also recommend any necessary hardware replacements if needed.

Don’t let persistent issues with your laptop microphone affect your productivity. Seek professional repair services to get your device back in working order.


How do I fix my built in microphone not working?

To fix a built-in microphone not working, ensure it is set as the default and not disabled, troubleshoot the issue, check the “Listen to this device” option, adjust the volume settings, and update drivers from the manufacturer’s support site or Microsoft.

How do I enable my built-in microphone?

To enable your built-in microphone, go to Settings, then Privacy, and select Microphone. Make sure that Microphone access for this device is turned on.

Why is my mic not working even though it is plugged in?

Your mic may not be working even though it is plugged in due to a muted button, incorrect connection, or not being set as the default recording device on your computer.

Why is there no sound coming from my mic?

There is no sound coming from your mic because it may not be set as the default recording device or the recording levels may be incorrect. Restart your device and ensure it is charged (if using a mobile phone). If the issue persists, contact the microphone’s manufacturer for further assistance.

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