How to Fix Skype Windows 10 Microphone Not Working

Conferencing apps have grown leaps and bounds amidst this pandemic and Skype is one of them. Every app has its own advantages and a few issues and Skype users face mic problem at times. 

While the microphone issue isn’t permanent, it can turn out to be a nightmare if you’re in an important call or planning to have one on Skype. 

This could potentially be due to sound driver issues or some basic mistakes in the Windows 10 settings or Skype audio settings. 

To start with, you always need to get the basics right to fix Skype Windows 10 microphone not working issue! 

Get the basics right!

  • Check whether Skype services are running normal or not. You can check Skype status from here and you can verify if there’s an issue related to microphone.  
  • If you’re using Skype for the first time on your Windows 10, make sure your PC meets the system requirements to use Skype, which is having at least a dual-core processor and a 2 GB RAM. 
  • Check internet connectivity on Skype (if it shows Poor network connection). Ensure your router has strong Wi-Fi signal or you can use wired connection to solve the internet connection issue. 

If you’ve checked the above-mentioned things and if microphone on Skype is still not working on your Windows 10 PC, keep reading to know few of the technical fixes that can help you out. 

7 Ways to Fix Microphone Not Working in Skype on Windows 10 PC

 A few of these are basic fixes and a few are a bit technical. So let’s start with the basic fixes that can help you get rid of microphone issues on your Skype app. 

1. Allow All Apps to Access Your Microphone

This is the most common mistake users make while having a call on Skype. A lot of them get frustrated but little did they know about this simple fix. Here’s how you can do it. 

  • Press Win + I on your keyboard or select Windows icon on your keyboard and search for Settings
  • Now, click on Privacy option and then click on Microphone
  • Click on Change if the Microphone option is turned off. If it’s turned on, do not change anything and proceed to the next step. 
  • Check if microphone permission is turned on for Skype or not by scrolling down through the list of available apps. If it’s not, you can toggle it on to allow microphone access

While this could be the potential fix to the problem, there are times when the root cause can be something else. In such case, you can proceed to the further fixes. 

2. Select a Proper Input Device and Set Master Volume

By default, the input device is Microphone. But if you’ve connected a Bluetooth headset (that has built-in microphone), you need to follow the settings given below. 

  • Press Win + I on your keyboard or select Windows icon on your keyboard and search for Settings
  • Now, click on System option and then click on Sound.
  • Make sure the Master Volume isn’t Zero. It can be anywhere from 30 to 100 for better listening.  
  • Select the input device (your connected microphone, in my case, it was OnePlus Bullets Wireless Z) as shown in the above image from the Input option. 
  • Once done, the settings will be automatically saved. 

Alternatively, you can also test your microphone from below the Input option (in the same Sound settings window). 

3. Modify the Microphone Settings in Windows 10

By modifying few settings in the sounds section, you may be able to fix this issue. Do give this a try! 

  • Head over to the audio icon in your taskbar and right-click on Sounds option
  • Now, head over to the Playback tab (it is the default one) in the Sound window. 
  • Double-click on the headphone to open properties and click on the Advanced tab. 
  • Next, disable the option which reads “Allow applications to take exclusive control of this device.”
  • Click on Apply to make the changes and move on to the Enhancements tab.
  • Click (check the box) on Disable all Enhancements and click on Apply to see if your microphone starts working. 

While this should mostly fix the issue, but if you’re facing the same, proceed to the further steps. 

4. Check Windows Audio Service and Restart It

To ensure that Microphone is working properly while using Skype check whether the Audio Services are running fine in the backend. Here’s how you can do it.

  • Press Win + R to open Run on your Windows. 
  • Now, type services.msc in the Run box and click on Ok
  • This now opens the Services window. Find Windows Audio from the list and check the status whether it’s running or stopped. 
  • Right click on Windows Audio option and click on Restart.

This will restart the Windows Audio service and should fix the microphone not working issue on your Skype app on Windows 10. 

5. Modify Microphone Settings in Skype App

You keep fixing the error by tweaking every Windows 10 setting possible but at times, the culprit might be the Skype app itself. Here’s how you can fix it. 

  • To get started, click on the three dots on the left hand sidebar (top-left) and click on Settings
  • Click on Audio & Video option from the left-hand menu. 
  • Click on Default Communication Device and select your microphone (in my case, OnePlus Wireless Bullet Z) instead of default audio device. You can repeat the same for Speakers too. 
  • Set the noise cancellation to Auto (don’t change that if it’s by default) and once done, make a free test call and see if the issue is solved or not. 

6. Update the Audio Driver

Keeping your Audio Driver updated is essential to fix such common problems. Here’s how you can do it. 

  • Press Win + X button on your keyboard or right-click on your Start option in taskbar and click on Device Manager from the list of menu. 
  • Expand the “Sound, video and game controllers” option by clicking on it. 
  • Right-click on Intel (R) Display Audio (that’s my driver name, it might be different for you) and click on Update Driver option. 
  • Click on “Search Automatically” option in the next window to search driver updates and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process. 
  • Install the driver and see if the issue is fixed or not.  

7. Use Windows Audio Troubleshooter

This should be your final chance to fix the issue if none of the above methods have worked. 

  • Press Win + I on your keyboard or select Windows icon on your keyboard and search for Settings
  • Now, click on Update & Security
  • Click on the Troubleshoot option from the left-hand side menu and click on Additional troubleshooters.
  • Click on Playing Audio option and click on Run the troubleshooter
  • This now detects the issues in your system and you need to follow the on-screen instructions to ensure that Windows diagnoses the problem. 

Closing Thoughts!

It isn’t that difficult to fix such a minor issue when you have multiple methods (explained above) to get rid of it. If you’re still facing any issues with your microphone during Skype calls or meetings, it’s better to get it checked with a technician as it could be a hardware issue as well. 

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