Featured - How to Change Microphone Volume in Windows 10

Microphones can be a fiddly thing. Sometimes they’ll come out of the box too loud, but most of the time they’ll be too quiet.

This is especially true because Microsoft tends to set the default mic volume at 50 rather than its max of 100. Today we’re going to show you how to increase mic volume in Windows 10 to remedy this.

Naturally, though, as well as showing you how to make your mic louder, we’ll reveal how to make it quieter. We’ll also reveal how to test your microphone volume before you jump into a voice call so you can avoid accidentally blowing your friend’s eardrums.

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Mic too quiet? Use this two ways to increase microphone volume

There are two main methods to decrease or increase mic volume in Windows 10 – Windows 10 sound settings and the legacy microphone properties. We’ll be showing you how to use both today:

How to Increase Mic Volume in Windows 10 Sound Settings

The Windows 10 sound settings UI is perhaps the most intuitive way to make your mic louder or quieter. The settings menu also includes a handy microphone test button that can help you to determine whether your volume is correct.

  1. Open Settings

    Press the Start button, then click the settings cog above the power button. Alternatively, press Windows + I.

    Windows 10 - Open Settings

  2. Click on “System”

    Windows 10 - Settings - Open System

  3. Click “Sound” in the sidebar, choose your microphone in the main pane, and press “Device properties”

    Windows 10 - Settings - System - Sound - Select Input - Open Device Properties

  4. Decrease or increase mic volume and press “Start test”

    Once the test starts, speak into your microphone at a normal volume. You want to find a balance between loudness and distortion or noise in your microphone.

    Windows 10 - Settings - System - Sound - Select Input - Open Device Properties - Adjust Level Start Test

How to Turn up Mic Volume in Windows 10 Microphone Settings

If your Windows 10 microphone is too quiet but you aren’t a fan of the new settings UI, you can use the legacy volume settings instead. This is generally faster to access and adjust:

  1. Right-click the volume icon on your taskbar and press “Sounds”

    Windows 10 - Speaker Icon - Sounds

  2. Click on your microphone and press “Properties”

    Windows 10 - Speaker Icon - Sounds - Recording - Select Device - Properties

  3. Move the volume slider up or down and press “OK”

    If your mic is too quiet, you can also increase the “Microphone Boost” dB. Bear in mind, however, that anything over 20 dB is likely to cause extreme distortion. 

    Windows 10 - Speaker Icon - Sounds - Recording - Select Device - Properties - Levels - Adjust - Accept

  4. Press “OK” again in the main sound settings panel

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    Windows 10 - Speaker Icon - Sounds - Recording - Select Device - Properties - Levels - Adjust - Accept

How to Perform a Microphone Test or Set up a Headset

Now that you’ve learned how to make your mic louder, you may want to test it further. You can follow our microphone test guide to learn how to hear yourself. Assess for things like quality, background noise, and distortion to determine whether your mic volume is at its sweet spot.

Meanwhile, if your microphone isn’t providing any audio at all, you may need to follow our guide on how to set up a headset on your PC.

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