How to Set up and Test a Microphone in Windows 10

Get your microphone working in just a few steps

What to Know

  • Plug in the mic, right-click the speaker icon and go to Sounds. Set it as a default device under Recording and configure from there.
  • Windows 10 comes with generic drivers that make every microphone a pretty easy plug-and-play experience.
  • If you're using a USB mic with its own driver software, though, install that first and then restart your PC.

This article explains how to install a mic on Windows 10 devices (including Bluetooth mics) and how to test the mic.

How to Set Up a Microphone on Windows 10

If you purchased a USB microphone that came with its own driver software, you'll want to install that first, then restart your PC.

There may be some extra steps involved if your microphone is a Bluetooth device. See the next section instead.

Otherwise, start by plugging your microphone into the appropriate port on your computer.

  1. After the microphone is plugged in, right-click the speaker icon in the taskbar and select Sounds.

    Sounds selection in Windows 10
  2. In the Sounds window, select the Recording tab to see all connected microphones. If it isn't already selected as the Default Device, right click the microphone you've connected (you can recognize it by the listed brand), and select Set as Default Device.

    Setting for a default microphone on Windows 10
  3. Select the Microphone and then select Configure to open the Speech Recognition window.

  4. Select Set up microphone to open the Microphone Setup Wizard.

    The Speech Recognition window
  5. Select the type of microphone you've connected to your computer and select Next to continue through the wizard. Read the instructions, then select Next again.

    Microphone Setup Wizard
  6. On the next Microphone Setup Wizard screen, speak into the microphone as you read the text on the screen. If the microphone is working, you should see the lower sound bar move as you speak.

    Test of the microphone on Windows 10
  7. Select Next again. You should see a confirmation window that your microphone is set up. Select Finish to exit the Microphone Setup Wizard.

    Microphone setup confirmation window

How to Set up a Bluetooth Microphone in Windows 10

If you purchased a Bluetooth microphone or a headset that includes a Bluetooth microphone, you need to pair that device with your Windows 10 PC.

  1. Make sure your Bluetooth microphone is turned on and then right-click the Bluetooth icon in the Windows taskbar and select Add a Bluetooth Device.

    Selection to add a bluetooth device in Windows 10
  2. In the Bluetooth & other devices window, make sure the Bluetooth toggle switch is enabled. Next, select Add Bluetooth or other device.

    Bluetooth & other devices screen in Windows 10
  3. In the Add a device window, select Bluetooth as the type of device you want to add.

    Adding a bluetooth device in Windows 10
  4. On the next window, you should see your Bluetooth device in the list. If it doesn't appear, confirm your device is turned on and ready to pair. When it's listed, select the device from the list to start the pairing process.

    Connecting to bluetooth device in Windows 10
  5. Once the device is paired, you'll see a confirmation window that your microphone is ready to use. Select Done to exit the screen.

    Confirmation of a connected bluetooth device in Windows 10
  6. Back in the Bluetooth & other devices window, you should see your Bluetooth microphone displayed in the list of Audio devices. If the microphone is working properly, you should at least see a "Connected voice" tag underneath the device.

    list of bluetooth devices in Windows 10
  7. In the Windows taskbar, right click the sound icon again and select Sounds > Recording. You should now see your Bluetooth microphone listed. If it isn't already the default device, right click the microphone and select Set as Default Device.

    setting default audio device in Windows 10
  8. Test your Bluetooth microphone by talking. The sound bar to the right of the microphone should display green bars, indicating it's working and ready to use.

How to Test a Microphone in Windows 10

If your microphone has been working but stops, you can test the microphone in just a few steps.

  1. Right click the Speaker icon in the taskbar, then select Sounds > Recording. You should see a list of microphones, with a vertical sound meter to the right of your enabled microphone.

    Recording Sounds tab in Windows 10
  2. If the microphone is grayed out and labeled as Disabled, this may explain why the microphone isn't working. Right-click the microphone and select Enable.

    Microphone enable button in Windows 10
  3. Speak into the microphone. You should see the sound meter to the right of the microphone display green bars, depending how loud you're speaking.

    Microsoft sound meter in Windows 10
  4. Your microphone is now connected and tested as working properly. Select OK or Cancel to close the Sound window.