How to Fix the Microphone Muted by System Settings Issue on Windows 10

Do you have a problem with your microphone being muted by system settings on Windows 10? If so, don’t worry – you’re not alone. This is a common issue that many people experience. In this blog post, we will discuss how to fix the microphone muted by system settings issue on Windows 10. We will also provide some tips to help you prevent this from happening in the future. Let’s get started!

What does “Microphone muted by system settings” mean?

This is a common error associated with Google Meet that usually occurs when you use Google Meet. This error indicates that you have disabled the microphone in your system settings, and instructs you to go to settings and disable the microphone to correct the error.

What causes the “Microphone muted by system settings” error message?

  • Outdated device drivers.
  • Your microphone is disabled.
  • Microphone hardware issues.
  • There are conflicting programs on your device.
  • Your microphone is disabled in the device settings.
  • Your applications do not have permission to access microphones.
  • Your meeting organizer may have enabled the mute function on their side.
  • Your speakers are muted, preventing you from speaking during the meeting.
  • Your microphone is disabled, preventing you from hearing your voice during the session.

How to resolve the “Microphone muted by system settings” error

Perform hardware and device troubleshooting

Follow these steps to run hardware and device troubleshooter on Windows 10:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Update & Security.
  3. Click on Troubleshoot from the left column.
  4. Under Find and fix other problems, click on Hardware and Devices.
  5. Click the Run the troubleshooter button.
  6. Wait while Windows 10 scans for hardware issues and attempts to find a fix. If a fix is found, follow the instructions on the screen to apply it.
  7. If no fix is found, you’ll be asked if you want to open Hardware and Devices troubleshooter results in the Control Panel so you can view more detailed information about what might be causing the problem.
  8. Close the troubleshooter when you’re done and restart your computer if prompted to do so by the troubleshooter.

Update your device drivers

Updating device drivers is an important part of maintaining your computer’s performance. However, it can be a bit confusing to figure out how to do it on Windows 10. Here’s a quick rundown of the steps you’ll need to take:

  1. First, open the Start Menu and search for “Device Manager.”
  2. Once you’ve found it, open the program and locate the device you want to update the driver for.
  3. Next, right-click on the device and select “Properties.”
  4. In the Properties window, go to the “Driver” tab and click “Update Driver.”
  5. Windows will then search for available updates and install them automatically.

That’s all there is to it! Updating your device drivers is a crucial part of keeping your computer in good working order. By following these simple steps, you can ensure that your system stays up to date and running smoothly.

Check the microphone properties

  1. Right-click on the sound icon in the lower-left corner.
  2. Select Sounds from the pop-up menu.
  3. Switch to the Record tab at the top.
  4. Select the default microphone device, and then click the Properties button in the lower right corner.
  5. Now click on the Level tab.
  6. If the volume icon indicates that your microphone is turned off, click on it to turn it off.
  7. Click OK to confirm and close the Properties window.
  8. Click OK again to close the Sound window.
  9. If the microphone is not disabled, you must drag the volume slider to the right to increase the volume, then click OK.

Allow access to the microphone

  1. Press Windows + I.
  2. Select Privacy.
  3. Select Microphone under App Permissions.
  4. Enable Allow apps to access your microphone.

Allow Microphone in Microphone Privacy settings

  1. Go to Start > Settings > Privacy.
  2. Click on Microphone in the left column.
  3. In the right column, make sure that App permissions is set to On.
  4. Scroll down to the bottom of the list and click on the toggle next to Allow apps to access your microphone. This will turn on microphone access for all apps on your computer.
  5. To allow a specific app to access your microphone, click on the toggle next to that app in the list. This will turn on microphone access for that specific app.

You should now be able to use your microphone in Windows without any issues.

Launch the system file checker

Windows 10 has a built-in tool for scanning and repairing corrupted system files, and it’s called the System File Checker (SFC). The SFC is a command-line utility that can be used to scan all protected system files and replace them with working copies if they are found to be corrupt. In this article, we’ll show you how to use the SFC command-line tool to scan and repair corrupted system files on Windows 10.

  1. Press the Windows key + X to open the Power User menu, and then click Command Prompt (Admin).
  2. In the Command Prompt window, type the following command and press Enter: sfc /scannow
  3. The SFC scan will now start. Depending on the number of files that need to be scanned and repaired, the process can take anywhere from a few minutes to an hour or more.
  4. Once the scan is complete, you’ll see a message that says “Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files and successfully repaired them.”

Frequently Asked Questions

If you're not sure whether or not your microphone is muted by system settings, you can check the properties of your microphone to see if the volume is turned off. To do this, right-click on the sound icon in the lower-left corner and select "Sounds" from the pop-up menu. Then, switch to the Record tab at the top and select the default microphone device. If the volume icon indicates that your microphone is turned off, click on it to turn it off.

There are a few things you can try to fix this error. First, make sure that your microphone is not disabled in the Windows Sound settings. To do this, go to Start > Settings > Privacy and click on Microphone in the left column. In the right column, make sure that App permissions are set to On. Then, scroll down to the bottom of the list and click on the toggle next to Allow apps to access your microphone. This will turn on microphone access for all apps on your computer.

The main difference between disabling and muting a microphone is that disabling a microphone completely prevents it from working, while muting a microphone only temporarily stops it from picking up sound. Muting a microphone can be useful if you need to quickly stop your computer from recording sound, such as when you're on a video call and someone starts making a lot of noise in the background. Disabling a microphone can be useful if you're not using it and don't want it to pick up any sound.