Windows 8 Microphone Settings

Learn how to check if your microphone is correctly configured, fix the settings if it isn’t.

If your microphone doesn’t seem to be working, or if you tried our microphone test and the line wasn’t moving, something might be wrong with your microphone settings.

Follow the steps below to see what went wrong:

Step 1: Take the cursor to the top-right corner of your desktop screen. A menu will appear. Click Settings on the menu as shown in the image below.

Accessing the settings menu

Step 2: The Settings menu will appear. Click Control Panel.

Clicking Control panel in the settings menu

Step 3: Click Hardware and Sound.

Clicking on Hardware and sound in the control panel

Step 4: Under Sound click Manage Audio Devices.

Clicking Manage audio devices under Sound

Step 5: Click the Recording tab.

The recording tab under Sound

Step 6: The list of recording devices will appear. Try speaking into your microphone, and look for green bars rising while you talk (see screenshot).

Checking if the green bars are rising

Step 7: Check if you can recognize which one of the devices in the list is your microphone. Click on the relevant device to highlight it, and then click Set Default.

Setting your actual Mic as the default input device

Step 8: Double-click on the device from the list. The Microphone Properties window will appear. Click the Levels tab.

The levels tab in the sound menu

Step 9: Drag the slider all the way to the right, until the number ’100′ is displayed beside it.

Dragging the volume slider all the way up
  • Click OK.

Step 10: Now check again if you see green bars rising when you talk into the microphone: if you do, your mic is now properly configured. If you tried following this procedure for all the devices but still don’t see any green bars, click here

Checking for rising green bars again

What To Do If You Did See Green Bars Moving But Your Microphone Still Isn’t Working In Some Program

If you saw green bars moving then that means that the mic definitely works and is being picked up by Windows. To verify that, you can test your mic on our home page. The problem is now with the settings of the specific program - it might be listening to the wrong microphone, or perhaps its input volume is too low.

Try tinkering with the program's settings, and if you can't get it to work, contact the program developers' support team.

What To Do If You Don’t See The Green Bars Rising On Any Of The Devices?

If your microphone doesn’t seem to be working, or if you tried our microphone test and the line wasn’t moving, something might be wrong with your microphone settings.

Follow the steps below to see what went wrong:

Step 1: Right click inside the Recording tab (Steps 1-4). A menu will appear. Click and select the Show Disabled Devices option.

Show disabled devices in the sound menu

This might add extra devices to the list. Perform steps 5-13 on those devices too, until you see the green bars when talking into the mic.

This is the end of the guide.