How to Listen to Microphone through a Playback Device in Windows

Due to the various problems that arise with microphones, it can often be necessary to perform a mic test, but those wondering how to hear yourself on mic in Windows 10 are often left stumped. Microsoft’s OS doesn’t make it especially intuitive to listen to microphone playback or play the microphone through speakers.

As well as testing, mic playback can be used to listen to a music player or other device connected to the microphone jack through your headphones or PC speakers. This can be useful if you have a device with poor speakers but an extensive music collection. Or you want to use your Windows notebook or tablet with connected speakers for karaoke or like a megaphone. 

This tutorial will know you how to hear yourself on mic and also how to get playback from a mic so that you can do either at your leisure. However, it won’t cover how to record Windows system audio with stereo mix, how to use a Windows equalizer for mic input, or to increase mic volume via microphone boosting. For those, check the linked tutorials. With that said, let’s get started:

How to Hear Yourself on Mic in Windows 10

It only takes a few minutes to perform a mic test or get mic playback from an external device in Windows 10, but the feature is hidden behind un-intuitive settings menus.

  1. Open Sound settings

    Right-click the volume icon on the bottom right of your taskbar and choose “Open Sound settings”.

    Windows 10 - Open Sound Settings

  2. View your microphone’s device properties

    Under the “Input” heading, select your playback microphone from the drop down and then click “Device properties”.

    Windows 10 - Sound Settings - Open Input Device Properties

  3. Click “Additional device properties”

    Windows 10 - Device Properties - Open Additional Device Properties

  4. Enable mic playback to hear your own mic

    In the “Listen” tab, tick “Listen to this device”, then select your speakers or headphones from the “Playback through this device” dropdown. Press “OK” to save the changes. You’ll now hear your microphone through your headset or speaker.

    Windows 10 - Device Properties - Additional Device Properties - Activate Listen to this device