How to fix Microsoft Teams doesn’t recognize your microphone

If the microphone does not work in Microsoft commands, you have several options to solve the problem in Windows 10. Although the application offers a useful system for communicating and interacting with other people, it has its shortcomings and you will eventually encounter problems caused by a number of factors.

For example, sometimes you may find that Microsoft commands are unable to detect the USB microphone or the one built into the webcam that you want to use. Or the application may recognize the device, but you can’t use it for voice or video calls with the add-ons.

Whatever the reason, if you’re having trouble using the microphone, you can use the settings available in Windows 10 and Microsoft Teams to solve the problem.

In this Windows 10 guide, we’ll walk you through how to solve and repair microphone problems using Microsoft Teams.


Why is the microphone not working in Microsoft Teams?

Why is the microphone not working in Microsoft Teams?

After reviewing feedback from network support customers, we found the following list of reasons for this problem:

Disconnected microphone: In many cases, users are not technical experts. Therefore, it is possible that their microphone may have been disabled (without their knowledge) by Windows or MS TeamsSettings, which ultimately leads to this problem.

Incorrect device connection: Sometimes when we connect microphones to a computer via USB or 3.5mm jacks, the system initiates connection processes in the background. When these processes fail, the microphone is not added to the Windows devices and MS teams cannot use it for MS team meetings.

Corrupted Microsoft Teams: Sometimes installation errors are not noticeable enough to be noticed. Users do not get any warning messages, but some program files are corrupted, which can lead to numerous errors. Also, if the installation of MS Teams was unsuccessful, it is very likely that you will get this error.

Miscellaneous: It could be hardware errors, problems with microphone drivers, etc. All of the above causes are the result of extensive online research by our technical researchers. Let’s get on with it.


Here’s how to fix a microphone that doesn’t work in Microsoft Teams

Here's how to fix a microphone that doesn't work in Microsoft Teams

Check your microphone privacy settings
  1. Click Start and select Settings.
  2. Select the Privacy option.
  3. In the left pane, scroll down to the Apps Permissions section and click Microphone.
  4. Scroll down to Allow Desktop Apps to access the microphone.
  5. From the list, enable microphone access for Microsoft Teams.
  6. Run Microsoft Teams and see if the client detects the microphone.

If the microphone is already enabled for Microsoft Teams, cancel the access. Restart the computer and reactivate the microphone for Microsoft Teams.

Microphone access can be disabled when you install new updates or Microsoft Teams. Make sure that you get the necessary permission to resolve the problem.

Disable Skype autorun
  1. Right-click on the taskbar and task manager.
  2. Click on “Autorun.
  3. You can find Skype under Autorun applications.
  4. Select Skype and click the “Disable” button.
  5. Close the Task Manager and restart your computer.

Run Microsoft commands and see if Skype for Business detects the microphone. Once the problem is resolved, start troubleshooting the microphone.

Troubleshoot the audio problem
  1. Right-click the speaker icon in the taskbar.
  2. Select the “Fix Audio Problem” option.
  3. A troubleshooter will perform an initial analysis.
  4. When prompted, select your microphone and click Next.
  5. Follow the instructions on the microphone troubleshooting screen.
  6. Apply the recommended patches and see if the problem has improved.

If disabling Skype at startup fixes the problem, it may be software-related.

Try installing the latest updates available for Microsoft commands and Windows updates.

Reinstall the Microsoft Teams
  1. Type control in the search bar and open the Control Panel.
  2. In the Control Panel, go to Programs -> Programs and Features.
  3. Select Microsoft Teams from the list and click Remove.
  4. Restart your computer after uninstalling it.
  5. Download and install the latest version of Microsoft Teams.

Reinstalling Microsoft Teams can solve many problems that can occur due to corrupted files and errors. Install the new version of Microsoft Teams and check for improvements.

Turn on your Windows microphone

If your computer’s microphone is turned off, you may not be able to use it with Microsoft Teams or another application on your computer. Make sure that your computer’s microphone is turned on and that your computer recognizes it as a standard input device. Follow these steps to check the status of your computer’s microphone.

  1. Right-click the speaker icon in the lower right corner of your PC’s taskbar.
  2. Select the “Open Audio Settings” option.
  3. Under “Input”, click on the “Manage Audio Devices” option.
  4. See the “Input Devices” section. If it says microphone off, tap the device/microphone.
  5. Tap “Activate” to make the computer microphone work again.

To confirm that your computer microphone is working, return to the Sound Settings page and go to “Microphone Test”. Say a few words or make a sound on your computer and see if the microphone indicator light moves. If so, your microphone is ready for use with Microsoft Teams.

Launch the Microsoft Teams applications and verify that you can now communicate using your computer microphone (or external audio device). If the microphone was not disabled but was not working in Microsoft Teams, you can turn it off and on again.


Frequently Asked Questions

On the left pane, scroll down to the Allow Application Access option and click Microphone. Scroll down to Allow desktop applications to access the microphone. From the list, enable microphone access for Microsoft Teams. Launch Microsoft Teams and make sure the client recognizes the microphone.

To allow Microsoft Teams to access the microphone in Windows 10, click the Windows Start button -> select Settings -> Privacy -> Microphone and check the "Allow applications to access the microphone" box. You can then open the Microsoft command and click Settings -> Devices to see if your microphone is now available.

In the Windows search box, type "sound" and then open Sound Settings. Under "Select Input Device," make sure that your microphone appears in the list. If you see "Input device not found," click the "Manage Audio Devices" link. Under "Input Devices," locate your microphone.

If the volume on your device is off, the microphone may be malfunctioning. Go to the sound settings on your device and check to see if the volume of your call or media is very low or muted. If so, simply increase the ringer and media volume on your device.

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