Voice communications over the internet are a great way to keep in contact with friends and loved ones that are too far away to see often. Programs like Discord are great for gamers and Skype is great for communicating with family. One factor required for any voice communications is a microphone. One of the worst things that can be wrong with your microphone is the input volume being too low. So, how can you increase the volume of your microphone in Windows?
To configure your microphone settings, you need to go into the Settings app. If you search for “Sound settings” in the start bar, the Settings app will open in the right place. The sound settings page controls both input and output. To manage the properties of your microphone, you need to click the second “Device properties” link, the one under “Input”.
Once you’re on the device properties page you can configure the microphone volume. If you’re already at 100% volume there are a couple of other options available. To access further options, you need to click “Additional device properties” in the top right corner.
In the new “Microphone Properties” window, the “Advanced” tab has a tick box to “Allow applications to take exclusive control of this device”. In some cases, unticking this box can resolve the issue of a microphone being quiet. In the levels tab there may also be a “Microphone Boost” option, this option only shows up for some microphones and is based on the device driver installed.
Tip: If the boost option is present, you should try to keep the boost level as low as possible. A microphone boost will amplify background noise and white noise, degrading overall audio quality.