How to Setup and Test Microphone in Windows 10

The Microphone could be used for various purposes, be it either dictating a speech to someone, or for conversing over a voice/video chat, and more. However, if you’re just got one and are not sure how to set it up or if you’ve installed one correctly and would like to test it out before an important call or meeting; This post will guide you on How to Setup and Test Microphone in Windows 10.

Setup and Test Microphone Windows 10

How to Setup and Test Microphone in Windows 10

Setting up a new microphone is a fairly simple task and doesn’t require a lot of time or attention. Further, you could also test the microphone directly by either joining a voice call or just using a simple web application, as mentioned below.

  1. Setup Microphone in Windows 10
  2. Test Microphone
  3. Run Microphone Troubleshooter

These should work without the need for an admin account.

1] Setup Microphone in Windows 10

Setup Microphone Windows

As mentioned previously, setting up a new microphone isn’t a tedious task and can be done in quite a few ways. Here’s a compilation of the best possible solutions:

  • Open the Settings Panel in Windows 10 (Win + I)
  • Navigate to System -> Sound
  • Here, under Input -> Choose your Input device, choose your newly connected Microphone.

Further, you could also give the second method a try:

  • Right-click the Sound/Speaker icon on the taskbar and choose Sound from the drop up menu
  • Here, navigate to the Recording tab, and make a single click on the new microphone.
  • Next, click on the Configure button, and choose Setup Microphone on the next page.
  • Follow the on-screen instructions, and you should be good to go.

Setup Microphone Windows Control Panel

2] Test Microphone

If you’re sure that you’ve connected the Microphone properly with your Windows PC, here’s how to check whether you’ve configured it properly or not:

Settings Menu

Test Microphone Windows

Windows offer a built-in tool, using which one can easily check the functioning of a microphone. Here’s how:

  • Open the Settings Panel in Windows 10 (Win + I)
  • Navigate to System -> Sound
  • Once you speak something into the Microphone, you should be able to notice the bar’s moving left and right based on your audio levels, under Input -> Test your Microphone.

 Web Application

Many online tools could be used to check the microphone; this could certainly come in handy when you want to make sure that there are no issues with the Microphone when you’re on a call from your browser. Here’s how to check:

  • In a web browser, head over to mictests.com
  • Click on the ‘Click here to allow Access to Microphone’ button on the webpage and then choose the Allow button on the top, to grant access.
  • Next, click on the Test My Mic button, and speak something into the Mic.
  • If you’re able to hear back what you’ve spoken, your microphone is all set and ready to rock.

3] Run Microphone Troubleshooter

Microphone Troubleshooter Windows

If you’re facing issues with the Microphone on your Windows computer, running the Troubleshooter could surely come in handy. Here’s how:

  • Open the Settings Panel in Windows 10 (Win + I)
  • Navigate to Update and Security -> Troubleshoot.
  • Here, click on the Additional Troubleshooters button to bring a list of the same.
  • Scroll down and choose Speech and run the Troubleshooter.

That said, how much of a difference does a microphone make to your user experience? Do let us know by dropping a comment down below.

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