How to Adjust Microphone Settings on PC? [Boost Volume or Adjust Sensitivity]

Imagine that others have trouble hearing you when you are participating in a video conferencing session, a Zoom call, or a Skype conversation. There is a potential that there is an issue with the microphone on the computer or the headphones you are using.

In this guide, we will explain how to modify the volume settings for the microphone in Windows 10. We are going to go through three different solutions to any problems that you may be having with the microphone, and once we are done, we hope that you might sound lot more distinct while you are on the phone.

How to Adjust Microphone Settings? [Methods and Fixes]

On Windows 10, you may quickly modify the signal input level if the volume coming from your microphone is either too low or too high. This will show you how to adjust the volume of your microphone in either direction.

Method #1: Change Microphone Volume Using Settings

In Windows 10, adjusting the volume of your microphone can be done in Windows Settings, which is one of the simplest and fastest methods to do so. Here’s how you can change microphone volume using settings:

Step 1: To access it, go to the “Start” menu and then click the gear symbol that is located on the left side of the screen. This will bring up the “Settings” menu. You may also launch it by pressing the Windows key plus the letter i.

Step 2: You may also speed things up by right-clicking the speaker icon in the notification area (system tray) on the taskbar and selecting “Sound Settings” from the context menu that appears. The window for configuring the sound settings will appear.

Step 3: Select “System” from the drop-down menu in the “Settings” box.

Step 4: Choose “Sound” from the menu on the sidebar.

Step 5: Within the Sound window, locate the “Input” option by scrolling down. Make your selection from the “Choose your input device” drop-down menu to set the device that you would want to use. After that, choose “Device properties” from the menu.

Step 6: Adjusting the input level of the microphone may be done by dragging the “Volume” slider found in the “Device” parameters for the microphone.

Note: When you utilize the microphone, the input signal will be louder in proportion to the volume setting of the device. However, if the signal is excessively loud, your voice will get distorted. In this case, louder is not always better. Make an effort to locate the volume level at which your voice (or any other sound source) can be heard clearly without suffering from any form of distortion.

Step 7: Should you want assistance, please click the “Start test” button and then talk normally into the microphone after doing so.

Step 8: After selecting “Stop test,” you will be presented with the greatest percentage level that the test computer has recorded for you.

Step 9: After that, you may make the necessary adjustments to the volume slider.

Note: If you consistently reach 100 percent when speaking at a typical volume, the Volume slider may be set to a level that is too high. Turn down the volume, and give it another go.

Method #2: Change Microphone Volume Using the Control Panel

Altering the level of the microphone input may also be done using the traditional Control Panel. Here’s how you can do that in simple steps:

Step 1: You may open this application by clicking on the speaker icon that is located in the notification area of your taskbar, which is located just to the left of the Start button.

Step 2: To begin, give the icon of the speaker a right-click, and when the context menu opens, choose “Sounds.”

Step 3:  Click the “Recording” tab that appears in the window labeled “Sound” when it opens.

Note: You will be presented with a list of all the microphones that have been installed on your system.

Step 4: After making the selection of the one whose properties you want to modify, click the “Properties” button.

Step 5: To access the “Levels” tab in the “Properties” box that has shown, click here.

Note: Adjusting the input volume of the microphone may be done via the “Levels” tab by dragging the Microphone slider. The greater the level, the louder the signal will be coming from your microphone when it is being used. That guarantees that your voice will be heard more clearly.

Sub-Note: However, a signal that is too loud can cause distortion, so you should work toward finding that sweet spot where it is loud enough without being so loud that it causes your voice to be distorted.

Step 6: After that, shut the “Sound” window by clicking “OK” twice in quick succession to complete the process. If you find that the volume has to be changed once again, you may access the Microphone settings by clicking the speaker icon on the taskbar.

Method #3: Fix Microphone Issues Using Settings

There are two ways with which you can do so. Let’s take a look at them:

1. Use The Troubleshooter

You can also try using the built-in troubleshooter tool, which is designed to fix common issues by following these steps: If the microphone isn’t working, use the tool.

Step 1: Open Settings.

Step 2: Select the System menu item.

Step 3: Select the Sound option.

Step 4: Click the Troubleshoot button that is located in the “Input” section of the menu.

Step 5: Follow the instructions that are displayed on the screen to solve the problem.

Note: After you have finished these steps, you should be able to use the microphone with any program that runs on Windows 10.

Tip: If you’re still having trouble getting the microphone to function properly, you can try connecting it to a different port on your computer or a cable of a different type.

2. Use Privacy Settings

Follow these steps to provide access to your microphone to the operating system and applications:

Step 1: Open Settings.

Step 2: Select the Privacy option.

Step 3: Select the Microphone option with your mouse.

Step 4: On the tab titled “Microphone,” you have the option of deciding whether or not other users may select whether or not their applications can access the microphone.

Note: After clicking the Change button, the toggle switch must be activated before access may be granted.

Tip 1: Be sure that the toggle switch labeled “Allow apps to use your microphone” is set to the “on” position if one or more programs are unable to use the microphone.

Tip 2: In the event that just one app is unable to access the microphone, the reason for this is most likely due to the fact that the app may only have restricted access.

Note: If this is the case, locate the app in the list, and then activate the toggle switch that is located under the heading “Choose which applications may use your microphone.”

[BONUS SECTION] Method #4: Change Microphone Sensitivity in Windows 10

Windows 10 has a variety of sound control capabilities that may be used by both experienced audio engineers and novices.

Unfortunately, if you do not correctly set and repair the mic sensitivity (really, gain) on Windows 10, your recordings may suffer from background noise, annoying breath sounds, sound pop-in, and other audio difficulties. This can be avoided by properly configuring and fixing the mic sensitivity.

You will be relieved to know that Windows 10 provides a straightforward method for adjusting the sensitivity (gain) of your microphone.

Step 1: On the main screen of your desktop, locate the “Start” button and click on it with your left mouse button. This button, which resembles the Windows logo, is often positioned in the bottom left corner of the home screen when it is in its default state.

Step 2: Left-clicking on the gear symbol in the list that displays will bring up the “Settings” option for selection.

Step 3: After that, you will need to bring up a list of system options by clicking the left mouse button on the word “System.”

Step 4: Choose “Sound” from the list on the left side of the screen.

Note: Make sure that the microphone that you want to use is chosen as the active input device in the “Input” section of the menu.

Step 5: Left-click on the option that says “Device Properties.”

Step 6: Simply use your left mouse button to select “Additional Device Properties,” which is located on the right side of the display.

Step 7: This will open a new window with properties for the microphone, which will contain options organized into tabs. Left-click on the “Levels” menu option to access it.

Now, you will be able to change the microphone level, and there may also be a setting for the microphone boost, which can determine the volume of the mic signal that is being received by your computer.

Tip: Please be aware that the ability to change all of the settings described above may or may not be available on the particular device you are using. There are audio drivers and audio processing units that each have their own unique, in-house configuration options.

Note: In the event that you are unable to locate the settings necessary to modify the input or sensitivity of your microphone, please get in touch with the manufacturer of your mic for more information.


Many people now conduct virtual meetings via online chatting and video conferencing software, making a good microphone an absolute necessity. Unfortunately, not all computer microphones function in the same manner.

When others can’t hear you, turn up the microphone volume on your PC, whether you’re using the built-in or an external one.

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