How to Increase Mic Volume on Windows 10

Turn up the volume on your computer’s microphone

What to Know

  • Start Menu: Click Settings > System > Sound > choose mic > Device Properties. Use slider to increase mic volume.
  • Control Panel: Click Hardware and Sound > Sound > Recording tab. Right-click the Microphone > Properties > Levels.
  • Use the slider to change the volume or enter a higher number in the text box to increase it. Click OK.

This article explains step-by-step how to increase the microphone volume on your Windows 10 computer. You can do this in your Settings or Control Panel.

Change the Microphone Volume in Settings

You can navigate to the settings for your microphone from the Windows Start Menu using the steps below.

  1. Open the Start menu and click Settings.

    Click Settings in the Start Menu.
  2. Select System.

    Select System in Windows Control Panel.
  3. Choose Sound on the left side.

    Choose Sound on the left side.
  4. In the Input section, pick a Microphone in the drop-down list if you have more than one. 

    Selecting a microphone under Input.
  5. Click Device Properties.

    If you have a headset that includes a mic, the option is called : Device properties and test microphone.

    Click Device Properties below your microphone.
  6. Use the slider to increase the microphone Volume.

    Use the slider to adjust the Volume.

You can then test your microphone volume level if you like. Hit the Start Test button and speak into the microphone. You’ll then see the volume level your computer recognizes for the device. Or, you can close your Settings.

Alternatively, right-click the Speaker Volume icon in your taskbar and pick Open Sound settings. Then, pick up with Step 4 above.

Change the Microphone Volume in Control Panel

If you prefer to use Control Panel to adjust your microphone settings, this is an option too. 

  1. Open Control Panel as you normally would and click Hardware and Sound.

    Select Hardware and Sound in Control Panel.
  2. Select Sound

    Choose Sound.
  3. Go to the Recording tab.

    Click the Recording tab.
  4. Right-click the Microphone you want to adjust the volume for and choose Properties. Alternatively, select the Microphone and click the Properties button.

    Right-click the Microphone and pick Properties.
  5. Go to the Levels tab and use the slider to change the volume or enter a higher number in the text box to increase it.

    Select the Levels tab and use the slider or enter a number for the volume.
  6. Click OK to close each pop-up window and apply the volume change.

For a fast way to open the microphone settings in Control Panel, right-click the Speaker Volume icon in your taskbar and pick Sounds. Then, follow the remaining instructions from Step 3 above to adjust your microphone volume.

If you notice after increasing the volume that your microphone does not appear to be working, check out these troubleshooting steps to fix your microphone on Windows 10.

  • How do I change my microphone volume on Skype in Windows 10?

    You can change your audio settings in the Skype desktop app. Select your profile picture and go to Settings > Audio & Video > Microphone. Toggle off the Automatically adjust microphone settings toggle so you can adjust your microphone volume manually. 

  • How do you boost microphone levels in Windows 10?

    Go to Start > Settings > System > Sound. In Input, make sure the mic is selected and then choose Device Properties. Go to the Levels tab, adjust Microphone Boost, and select OK.

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