Why Your Headset Mic is Not Working

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How to Fix Window 10 Microphone Issues

A lot of you guys had microphone issues in Windows 10 Anniversary Update.

This post aims to help you fix the 10 common problems and error messages you might get when using your microphone and headsets in Windows 10, including:

Windows 10 Microphone is Not Working.

Windows 10 Microphone Not Showing Up.

Windows 10 Microphone Volume Too Low.

Windows 10 Microphone Doesn’t Pick Up.

Windows 10 Microphone Crackling Sound.

Windows 10 Microphone Stops Working After a Few Seconds.

Windows 10 Microphone Not Working in Skype.

Windows 10 Microphone Not Working in TeamSpeak.

Windows 10 Does Not Recognize Microphone.

Windows 10 Not Recognizing my USB Headset / Headphones + Microphone.

If you get any of them you will be able to deal with it using the solutions below.

Also, some of the solutions also work on How to Fix Discord Mic Not Working problem and How to Fix Skype Microphone Not Working problem. And one works on How to Fix Alt Tab Not Working in Windows 10, too.

I will first show you how to make sure your microphone is working properly. Then I will tell you about how to make sure the problem isn’t with your microphone hardware.

How to Fix Xbox Mic Issues

The mic is a crucial piece of hardware that needs to be in working order at all times if you are a serious gamer.

If your headset mic isn’t working when you want to play online, it can be incredibly frustrating; nearly as frustrating as when the controller just stopped working.

I can’t stress enough how much easier playing modern online games on a console is when you can communicate with your teammates.

One of the reasons why Xbox headsets are so great is because you can use them on the console, your computer, tablets and phones and even with other gaming consoles. What’s not to love?

One of the best things about the headsets designed for Xbox 360 and Xbox One is that they are compatible with Windows 10. This means you can use them with basically any gaming device you have. Plus, if you’re using a headset for an Xbox One, it’s also compatible with Oculus, allowing you to easily switch between gaming and watching from the comfort of your couch.

But sometimes, headset problems creep in. You may find that your headset mic is working, but that you can’t hear anyone. You may find that your headset isn’t charging properly or that it is not powering on.

Other Reasons Why Your Headset Mic May Not Be Working

The headset mic should be the simplest part of your entire gaming setup. It should be the one thing that works all the time without any problems. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. Sometimes you will experience problems getting your headset mic to work. Generally, those problems are easy to fix if you can diagnose them.

The headset mic didn’t work right out of the box. Sometimes your new mic won’t be faulty but just not set up properly. If that’s the case, then all you need to do is take it out of the box and set it up correctly. Open up your audio settings and make sure that you have the right microphone plugged in.

An update caused your headset mic to stop working. There’s a strong possibility that your headset is fine. It’s more likely that it’s just not compatible with the latest update. Updating your software can cause such kind of problems.

Fortunately, there are some simple ways to work around this issue. Restore your headset drivers if you’ve updated your Windows OS.