12 Hacks To Fix Headset Mic Not Working

Problems with the microphone on headphones are somewhat prevalent. It doesn’t matter which brand you own; it can happen to everyone. The remedy can be much easier if you’re having issues for the first time. There’s no need to toss your headphones in the trash just yet.

The extra speaker isn’t the only benefit of adding a microphone. It also requires new cabling and a new jack, and the higher the brand, the more intricate the technology.

Fortunately, filth and lint are the most typical causes of any problems. It can lead to significant issues in the long run. If you maintain proper headphone hygiene, they should last a long time.

Methods To Fix Headset Mic Not Working

  1. Set Your Microphone Device As Default
  2. Update Your Audio Drivers 
  3. Allow Apps To Access Your Microphone
  4. Ensure Headphone Mic Isn’t Muted.
  5. Make Sure The Mic Is Enabled
  6. Clean Your Headphone Jack
  7. Windows Recent Update
  8. Try To Use A Different Jack
  9. Increase Your Microphone’s Volume
  10. Ensure Hardware Is Compatible With Mic
  11. Check the female jack.
  12. Clean Your Microphone’s Mesh Screen
Fix Headset Mic Not Working

1. Set Your Microphone Device As Default

Your headset mic may be disabled or not set as the default media device on your computer. Alternatively, the microphone volume is so low that it cannot record your voice. To double-check these, go to settings:

  • Open the Run dialogue, hold down the Windows logo key, and press the R key on your keyboard together. Then type “control” and click Enter.
Control panel
  • Select Large icons from the View by drop-down option in the Control Panel.
  • Go to sound and Select the Recording tab.
  • Right-click anywhere in the device list that is empty and select Show Disabled Devices.
Show Disabled Devices
  • Enable the Headset Microphone by right-clicking it.
  • Select Set as Default Device from the context menu when you right-click it again.
  • Right-click Headset Microphone and select Properties from the drop-down menu.
Headset Microphone and select Properties
  • Toggle to the Levels tab, then move the volume slider to the highest setting.
volume slider
  • Try it out now that your headset’s microphone is enabled and configured as the default device. You’ve increased the microphone volume. If it does, you’ve found the solution.

2. Update Your Audio Drivers 

Your laptop or motherboard maker should have an audio driver for your hardware on their official website. You should go there, download and install the appropriate official driver, and then restart your computer. That should suffice.

If you can’t download the official driver, the one you installed isn’t working. Please take these procedures to adjust the default driver:

  • Select Device Manager by right-clicking on your Start button or pressing Windows logo key + X.
device manager
Update driver
  • Choose the second alternative: Look for driver software on my machine.
  • At the bottom, select this option: Allow me to choose a driver from a list of options on my PC.
 driver software on my machine
  • Then click Next after selecting High Definition Audio Device.
  • A warning message will appear. Then, it will ask to affirm you to change this driver. Please click Yes.
  • Restart your computer and check whether the microphone is working properly.

3. Allow Apps To Access Your Microphone

Allow your mic to hear your audio. First, you must enter the Windows 10 system settings. You may need to manually grant the program access to your headset mic from time to time. Follow these simple instructions to modify your settings:

  • To access your Settings, press the Start button and gear symbol.
  • In the pop-up window, select Privacy.
privacy settings
  • By adjusting the privacy settings on your headset microphone, you can allow access to it.
  • On the left panel, scroll down until you see the Microphone. It should be opened.
privacy settings and selecting the microphone
  • You can access your headset mic by going to the privacy settings and selecting the microphone.
  • Check that the “mic for this device” is turned on by clicking Change.
  • Allow access to your headset mic Windows 10 by going to the privacy settings.
  • Also, ensure the setting “Allow apps to access your microphone” is enabled. It’s located directly beneath the Change button.
allow apps to access mic
  • By adjusting your privacy settings, you can access your headset microphone.
  • Remember that the instructions may vary slightly depending on your Windows version.

4. Ensure Headphone Mic Isn’t Muted

Try the following solutions to address the headset mic not working problem:

  • Ensure the mute button on your device isn’t turned on. 
  • Gamers use this to mute their audio, so they don’t bother their teammates until they have something vital to say.
  • To disable mute on your computer, check if your headset is correctly connected to your computer.
  • Ensure your headset’s mic is set as the system’s default recording device.
  • Follow these procedures if you’re using Windows 10:
  • First, go to Settings > System > Sound from the Start menu by clicking on the Start button.
system settings
  • Ensure your mic is selected under “Choose your input device” under the headline “Input.”
Choose your input device
  • Finally, test your mic by selecting the “Test your microphone” option and speaking into it to ensure sound is received.

5. Make Sure The Mic Is Enabled

It could cause problems if your headset mic has been deactivated for any reason or isn’t listed as the default device on your computer. Check the following settings to make sure everything is turned on:

  • Using the Windows + R keyboard shortcut, open the Run Dialog. Then press OK after typing “control.”
  • Change the view to Large icons once you’ve entered the Control Panel.
  • In Windows 10, press and open the Sound settings.
  • Right-click any open area under the list of recording devices on the Recording tab. 
  • How Disabled Devices and Show Disconnected Devices are your two options. Make sure that number one is turned on.
  • Make sure your Headset mic is “activated” by right-clicking on it.
  • It will give you a choice to enable it if it isn’t already:
  • Ascertain that your primary headset is set to Default Device.
  • Finally, right-click on your Headset mic and select Properties to ensure total volume is enabled.
  • Open the levels tab and set the volume slider to 100%. Then, move the slider to the right all the way.
  • To make the change permanent, click OK and Apply.

6. Clean Your Headphone Jack

Your headphone’s male jack might also get dirty. If dirt, even a little film of oil, gets caught on your jack, it can damage its conductivity.

Get a small cotton or a dry lint-free cloth to do this. Soak the cotton in isopropyl alcohol for a few minutes and then press out the excess.

Dry the jack after wiping it down. Allow it to dry completely before reusing it.

After that, proceed to the socket. You can blow out the worst of it using compressed air first.

Then wipe the inside with isopropyl alcohol. It’s best to send it in for service if it’s gotten too deep.

7. Windows Recent Update

As a Windows user, you might also deal with a faulty update while updates are generally beneficial. Unfortunately, we’ve all had a few irritating Windows upgrades. The issue with your mic is that the settings may have changed, requiring permission to be granted again.

If your mic isn’t picking up after a recent Windows 10 upgrade, try these steps to allow your apps access to it again:

  • Firstly, go to Start on your computer.
  • Select the mic under Privacy in your Settings (the gear symbol). 
  • Turn on “Allow apps to access the microphone” by pressing the Change button.
  • You can pick which programs have permission to access your mic under “Choose which apps can access your microphone,” and provide your operating system access to the mic on your headset.
  • Check to see that everything you use regularly is turned on. It’s worth noting that restricting access to specific apps will impact their functionality.

8. Try To Use A Different Jack

It is a test to see whether the problem is caused by something other than your microphone. The jack is required to connect the microphone’s audio to your computer. That signal isn’t going anywhere if the jack is scraped, unclean, or broken.

Use A Different Jack

Whether your cable is detachable, try an alternative one to see if the problem is resolved. If your jack isn’t detachable, we’ll need to go through all of the other processes first before replacing the jack. If your headphones are under warranty, I’d recommend sending them in before doing surgery on them.

We can try to tackle a few other jack-related issues first, aside from a damaged jack.

9. Increase Your Microphone’s Volume

This issue has occurred to us all you’re speaking, but no one can hear you. Follow these instructions to “speak out” if the volume on your mic is too low.

  • Double-check that your headset is plugged into your computer by lightly pressing the jack into the socket.
  • Next, double-check that your mic is in the right place. It should be open, with the mic turned out to receive sounds.
  • Follow these six steps to increase the loudness of your microphone in Windows 10:
    • Select Settings > System > Sound from the Start menu. Alternatively, get to this by right-clicking on the speaker icon in the bottom right corner and selecting Properties.
    • Check that your mic is still selected as your Chosen input device under the Input tab.
    • To open the popup, select Device Properties.
    • Play with the Microphone and Microphone Boost sliders in the Microphone Properties window’s Levels tab as needed. When you’re satisfied with the volume, click OK.
    • Speaking into your microphone when the “test your microphone” box is ticked is an excellent way to test it.

10. Ensure Hardware Is Compatible With Mic

Microphones are divided into four categories:

  • Two-in-one headset or earphones with only one jack (microphone and audio in the same 3.5mm jack)
Two-in-one headset
  • A headset has two 3.5mm jacks: one for the microphone and the other for the audio.
headset having two 3.5mm jacks
  • A microphone-equipped USB headset/headphones.
USB headset/headphones
Bluetooth headset

If your headset/headphones have two 3.5mm jacks, your computer/laptop should have two 3.5mm ports. One for audio and the other for the microphone. One jack is insufficient.

If your computer only has one jack. You’ll need a single-jack headset or a converter that converts two 3.5mm jacks to a single 3.5mm jack.

If your headset/headphones only have a 3.5mm socket for audio and microphone. Your laptop should also have a single 3.5mm headset port to capture audio and sound from the microphone. The headphones that came with older iPhones are an excellent example of this.

The following are examples of other types of converters:

  • Convertor from a single 3.5mm to a double 3.5mm (this one is for single jack headsets to connect them to a laptop with dual audio ports)
  • A single 3.5mm USB converter is all you’ll need.
  • A two-in-one 3.5mm to USB adapter

11. Check The Female Jack

The conductive substance lining of the socket (or female jack) is the same. It collects the audio signals and sends them back to your computer. However, if a small amount of dirt, lint, or dust gets inside, it might scrape the surface, interrupting or blocking the signal.

The “locking system” might also be disabled, permitting the male jack to pop out. When the male jack is inserted, this simple spring and ball mechanism locks it. It ensures that the connection is stable and that the audio signals are sent to your computer.

You may need to send your media device in for repairs if you can visibly feel the jack not inserting correctly into the jack socket.

While replacing the socket on many devices is technically doable, having prior experience and the necessary tools is not recommended. It’s also possible that tampering with the equipment will void your warranty.

12. Clean Your Microphone’s Mesh Screen

You know your ear-pods get clogged with earwax and dust if you’ve looked inside them. The same thing happens to your microphone mesh. It’s clogged mainly by lint and dust. It’s possible that removing all of the gunk will solve the problem.

It’s easy to clean the microphone mesh screen on your headset. The screen isn’t too fragile.  You can gently brush off any lint or debris with an old toothbrush (or something similar). 

Loosen certain difficult portions. You could use anything pointed to get into the corners, such as a toothpick, a paper clip, or a needle. 

If you don’t have a toothbrush, you might wrap these in a piece of toilet paper to remove any debris. First practice on another device.


Ensure your headphone’s mic works correctly by using the preceding troubleshooting tips.

Some headphones feature a built-in microphone that you can use with your computer, smartphone, etc., to establish a voice chat. Unfortunately, these headphones frequently have trouble with the microphone for various reasons. But, most of the time, the issues are straightforward to address.

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