Whether you’re on a business call, talking long distance to family, or simply having a gaming night, one of the most important pieces of equipment on your side is your laptop or computer’s microphone. There is nothing more frustrating than the other person saying “what” again and again while you’re speaking as loudly as the surroundings allow.
There are two possible reasons why you might be facing this issue; a slow internet connection or a lower sensitivity setting for your microphone. If you’re sure your internet connection isn’t the issue, you’re bound to wonder how to adjust your microphone’s sensitivity.
Here, we have put together an extensive guide to troubleshooting your microphone, including adjusting microphone sensitivity in Windows 10 and updating drivers. If, however, you’re looking for how to increase your headphone’s volume beyond what windows normally allows, we recommend reading our article on “How to make your headphones louder on PC.”
Asking your friends or family what the problem is goes a long way in helping to determine what might be wrong and whether the problem is hardware or software-related.
For example, if the voice seems muffled or is distorted, there might be debris in the mic or problem with the port respectively. Similarly, if the voice is very low or shifts between high and low volume constantly, you might have to adjust microphone sensitivity.
Following are some steps you can take to fix software-related issues;
Let’s go for the easiest option first. If your friends are telling you that your voice’s volume is way too low or high to a point where the sound is distorting, you should increase or decrease the sensitivity respectively. Here’s how you can do it.
If, despite changing the settings, the problem persists, it might be driver-related issue. Symptoms include distorted, low volume, broken, or no sound at all. To tackle this;
Once done, call a friend to test your microphone. If you’re experiencing trouble with the volume levels again, follow part one of this guide on how to adjust your microphone’s sensitivity.
There can also be hardware-related issues with headphones that can lead to audio problems. These might include a loose headphone jack (if you’re using a headphone mic), debris in the microphone, or even a damaged mic.
To clean out debris, we recommend using a blow drier and blowing out any dust that might have gotten into the mic. While PCs don’t enjoy that luxury, laptop microphones can be from anywhere between the front (under the mouse pad), sides (next to the ventilation grill or headphone port) or next to the screen hinges.
You should consult your laptop’s handbook to learn where the mic is and clean it out thoroughly.
Following our above guide on how to adjust your microphone sensitivity, you should be able to communicate with your loved ones clearly and worry-free!