If you use your Windows 10 computer to host or attend video conferences, or record audio and podcasts, you definitely need a reliable microphone. Your computer’s built-in microphone is not capable of capturing high-quality audio input, so you need to buy an external mic and connect it to your PC or laptop.
Well, sometimes Windows 10 may fail to detect your microphone. The OS usually displays an error message saying the microphone is not plugged in. The good news is that you can fix this problem with the help of this guide.
Fix PC Says Mic Is Not Plugged In
⇒ Quick tips:
Tip 1. Make sure there are no specks of dust inside your microphone jack or the USB port you’re using for connecting your USB microphone to your computer.
Use a can of compressed air and dust off your computer jack and USB ports.
Tip 2. Check the contact points of the microphone port. If they’re damaged in any way, that could explain why you computer keeps saying the microphone is not plugged in.
Tip 3. Check your microphone or headsets, inspect the cord for any traces of physical damage that might prevent the mic from working properly.
If dust and the port contact points were not the root-cause of your problem, pursue the following troubleshooting solutions.
1. Disconnect other peripherals
If other peripherals are connected to your computer but you don’t actively use them, disconnect them. Restart your device and check if you’re still getting the same error.
Sometimes, other USB devices might interfere with your microphone and even prevent the OS from recognizing it.
2. Check your microphone settings
If you disabled your microphone from your sound settings, your computer may not detect it.
Steps to check if your microphone is enabled:
- Open the Control Panel → select view by small icons
- Go to Sound → Recording tab.
- Right click in the empty space → select Show disabled devices
- Enable your microphone if it’s disabled.
Speaking of mic settings, check if Windows and other apps are allowed to use your microphone.
- Go to Settings → Privacy → Microphone
- Locate Allow access to the microphone on this device
- If Windows says microphone access is off, select Change and enable microphone access
- Toggle on the option Allow apps to access the microphone as well.
2. Run the Speech troubleshooter
Windows 10 comes equipped with a built-in troubleshooter that you can run to repair general microphone issues that might be preventing your computer from hearing you.
To run the troubleshooter:
- Go to Settings → Update & Security
- Click on Troubleshoot in the left-hand pane
- Locate and launch the Speech troubleshooter.
You can also run the Recording Audio troubleshooter.
3. Update or reinstall your audio drivers
Outdated, missing or corrupted audio drivers may also prevent your PC or laptop from detecting your mic is indeed plugged in.
Here’s how to update or reinstall your audio drivers:
- Open the Device Manager app and expand the Audio inputs and outputs list
- Right-click on your microphone driver and select Update driver
- Restart your computer and check if the issue is gone
- If it’s not, right-click on your audio driver again and select Uninstall device this time
- Restart your machine to install the latest audio driver.
Feel free to update your operating system as well, if you’re not already running the latest version. Go to Settings → Update & Security → Check for updates.
Let us know if you managed to fix the problem.