One of the most frustrating things you can experience is a disconnected microphone. It’s especially annoying when you’re in an important meeting and suddenly realize that your microphone is off. So, if your microphone is constantly muted on your Windows 11/10 PC, this article will help you solve the problem.
What causes a microphone that mutes itself”?
This problem usually occurs on Windows 10 PCs, but it’s not limited to that operating system. There are many causes for this problem, but it’s definitely an issue that needs to be addressed, especially if you depend on your microphone for work or want to stay in touch with friends and family.
This problem occurs with both internal and external microphones, so it doesn’t matter if you’re using a laptop or a computer.
How to solve the “microphone keeps going off” problem?
Update the microphone device driver
- Right-click on the Start button and select Device Manager from the context menu.
- Expand the Sound, Video, and Game Controllers category, right-click the audio device you wish to update, and select Update Driver.
- Select the option Automatically check for updated drivers.
- Then follow the instructions on the screen to complete the update.
- Windows will then automatically search for available updated drivers and install them for you.
Changing your microphone format
- Open the Sound Control Panel again using the method described above, select the disabled microphone, and click Properties.
- Click the Advanced tab and select the format of the other 16-bit settings from the drop-down list.
- Click Apply to save your changes.
Perform a clean reboot
Third-party applications or services may be conflicting with the micro driver. In this case, you can perform a reboot to check for conflicting programs and remove them.
End Svchost.exe processes
- Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager, then click the Details tab and arrange the processes in alphabetical order.
- Check if svchost.exe processes have a high CPU load. If so, you should terminate those processes.
- Type cmd in the search box, right-click the command line application, and select Run as administrator.
- In the window that appears, type the following command and press Enter to end all svchost.exe processes.
taskkill /F /PID #### (replace #### with the four digits in the PID column of the Task Manager).
- Now check if the microphone is turned off or not.
Frequently Asked Questions
Usually, the internal or external microphone is automatically turned off due to improper sound settings. Even if you haven't changed these settings, they may have been changed automatically after installing updates or being infected with malware.
Click Sound and stay on the Playback tab. Click on Speaker and open its properties by clicking on the button below. Click on the Level tab and disable the mute button if it is active, then use the slider to set the minimum microphone value to 75. Check to see if the problem persists.
- Select Start -> Settings -> System -> Sound.
- Under Input, make sure that your microphone is selected under Select Input Device.
- To test the microphone, speak into the microphone and turn on Test Microphone to make sure Windows can hear you.