PC users rely on microphones and cameras more than ever. After all, apps like Zoom and Microsoft Teams allow us to collaborate remotely. They also make it easier than ever to stay in touch with relatives and friends who live far away. However, these programs are only as good as the device you use. You may need to tweak your microphone settings to get the right sound before speaking with friends, family, and coworkers.
To help you test your microphone, Windows 11 has a built-in utility. Here’s how to first set up your microphone before you go ahead and test it in case of any system glitches.
How to Setup a Microphone in Windows 11
Before you begin, make sure your mic is working properly on your PC.
Step 1: The first step is to ensure that your device is correctly connected. Check that your USB ports are working and that any cabling is correctly connected. If the microphone is built-in, make sure it is activated and functioning in Device Manager.
If you’re using a Bluetooth device, connect and pair it with your PC first. Before you attempt this, ensure your Bluetooth radio is turned on. Whether you’re using a USB or Bluetooth microphone, make sure your device drivers are up to date.
Step 2: Configuring Your Microphone as an Input Device
If you’re certain the microphone is connected and ready to use, check the sound settings menu to see if it’s detected. To access this, right-click the sound icon in the taskbar’s bottom-right corner and select Sound Settings.
Your microphone should display as a device in the Input selection in the Sound menu. Select it as your active input device if it isn’t already by clicking choose a device for speaking and recording and selecting it from the list.
How to Test a Microphone on Windows 11
At this point, your microphone should be ready to use, which means it’s connected, turned on, and has the necessary drivers loaded. In your sound settings, you should have been able to choose it as an input device.
The next step is to test your microphone and modify your input settings such that it sounds clear and sharp while conversing or recording. The simplest approach to accomplish this is to utilize the sound settings menu’s built-in testing tools.
To test a microphone on Windows 11, follow these steps:
Select Settings from the Start menu.
Navigate to System > Sound in Settings. In the Input area, choose your microphone.
In the mic’s Properties menu, verify the input volume settings by sliding the slider up or down.
If necessary, confirm other settings, such as audio format settings. Press the Start test button to begin testing your microphone.
Speak into the microphone for a few seconds before pressing the Stop test button. If your microphone accurately picked up the sound, you should see a percentage next to the Start test button.
If the result percentage is less than 75%, adjust the input volume slider upwards to raise the volume.
At this point, your Windows 11 microphone should be functional. You may start by recording, streaming, or making voice calls.
The steps outlined above should help you in testing a microphone on Windows 11. If you’re having problems, be sure to check for the new system and device driver updates.
If you’re still having problems, make sure to tweak your input volume settings even further. Consider utilizing applications from your microphone’s maker, which may provide more options and a configuration tool.