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Why is my mic not working on Windows 10 Zoom app?

Having trouble getting your microphone to work on the Zoom app in Windows 10? Let’s explore some common reasons why this may be happening.

Updating Software and Applications

To troubleshoot your mic not working on Windows 10 Zoom app, start by updating your software and applications. Check if Windows 10 and Zoom are both up to date by going to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update. Make sure your microphone is selected as the default recording device in your system settings. You can do this by right-clicking on the speaker icon in the taskbar, selecting Open Sound settings, and choosing your microphone from the dropdown list. Additionally, check Zoom’s audio settings by clicking on the gear icon in the top right corner of the app and selecting the correct microphone under Audio.

Granting Microphone Access Permissions

If your mic is not working on the Windows 10 Zoom app, it may be due to microphone access permissions. To grant microphone access permissions, follow these steps:

1. Open your Windows Settings by clicking on the Start menu and selecting Settings.

2. Click on Privacy, then select Microphone on the left-hand side.

3. Make sure that the Allow apps to access your microphone toggle is turned on.

4. Scroll down to the Choose which Microsoft Store apps can access your microphone section and make sure Zoom is listed and enabled.

Adjusting Microphone and Audio Settings

Adjusting microphone settings

Step Instructions
1 Open the Zoom app on your Windows 10 computer.
2 Click on the “Settings” gear icon in the top right corner of the app.
3 Click on the “Audio” tab on the left side of the Settings window.
4 Under the “Microphone” section, make sure the correct microphone is selected from the drop-down menu.
5 Adjust the microphone volume slider to the desired level.
6 Test your microphone by speaking into it and checking the input level bars in the Settings window.
7 Under the “Speaker” section, make sure the correct audio output device is selected.
8 Adjust the speaker volume slider to the desired level.
9 Click “Save” to apply the changes and close the Settings window.

Troubleshooting Blocked Access Issues

  • Open Settings on your Windows 10 computer.
  • Click on Privacy and then select Microphone.
  • Make sure that the Zoom app has access to your microphone.

Update Zoom App

  • Open the Microsoft Store on your Windows 10 computer.
  • Search for the Zoom app and click on Update if available.
  • Restart your computer and try using the microphone on Zoom again.

Check Audio Drivers

  • Open Device Manager by pressing Windows key + X and selecting it from the menu.
  • Expand the Audio inputs and outputs category.
  • Right-click on your microphone and select Update driver.


How do I fix my microphone not working?

To fix a microphone not working issue, you can check if your laptop mic is muted, test it or try an external microphone, set the correct microphone as default, give apps access to your microphone, turn on the microphone in Device Manager, update or roll back audio drivers if needed.

Why is my mic not picking up my voice well?

Your mic may not be picking up your voice well due to a few reasons. First, ensure that you have granted access to the microphone. Also, check if you are muted or if the mute switch on the cord is on if using a headset. Lastly, speak loudly enough or adjust the microphone volume in your computer settings if needed.

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 various reasons such as a malfunctioning port, microphone, driver issues, or Windows interfering with the microphone’s driver.

Why isn’t my phone mic working?

Your phone mic may not be working because the microphone access settings need to be activated. Check your phone’s settings, specifically in the “Privacy” or “Security and privacy” section to ensure that the microphone access is turned on. Also, review the “Application permissions” menu to manage access for specific apps that may be using the microphone.

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