It’s happened to all of us. You’re on a video call and someone says “you sound quiet”. There are a surprising number of things that could be causing this in Windows 11. Let’s see what’s going on.
Your first instinct is probably to check that your microphone is selected in the input settings of the app you’re using. But what happens next when you realize your correct microphone is being used? We’re going to highlight a few things you can check out.
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Check the input volume
We’ll start with the most likely culprit, the input volume. This is the setting that determines the maximum input volume of your microphone. Unfortunately, this setting is sometimes changed for no apparent reason.
First, right-click on the start menu and open “Settings”. Go to the System > Sound section.
Scroll down to the “Input” section and select your microphone.
You can now set the input volume to 100% or another desired volume that suits you.
After that, you can run a microphone test to see if it is detected at the right level.
Disable “Enhance Audio”
Windows 11 has a feature that tries to improve the clarity of audio coming from microphones. If you’re having trouble, it’s worth disabling this option to see if it interferes. Open Settings and go to System > Sound.
Scroll down to the “Input” section and select the microphone you are using.
Disable “Enhance Audio”.
Check microphone permissions
The next thing we can do is make sure that the app you are using has permission to access the microphone. Open Settings and go to Privacy & Security > Microphone.
Find the app you’re using and make sure it’s enabled.
Outdated drivers can sometimes cause problems, so let’s make sure yours are up to date. Open the Start menu and type “Device Manager” to launch the application.
Expand “Audio Inputs and Outputs” and right-click on your microphone.
Select “Update Driver” from the menu.
Click “Search automatically for drivers”.
Windows will go online and automatically check for updates. They will either be installed or Windows will say “the best drivers for your device are already installed”.
Run the audio troubleshooter
The last thing we’ll do is run the Microphone Issues Troubleshooter. Open Settings and navigate to System > Troubleshoot.
Select “Other convenience stores”.
Scroll down and click “Run” for the “Audio Recording” troubleshooter.
The troubleshooter will ask you which device you want to use. Select your microphone and click “Next”.
If any fixes were found, you will need to restart your PC to apply them.
With these fixes, you should be able to get to the bottom of your microphone issues. Windows is notorious for its random crashes and Windows 11 is no exception. Many audio features can cause this.
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