How to Test Microphone on Windows 10 to see if it’s working

Published by Nyau Wai Hoe - Updated on

If you can’t get a friend to test if they can hear your voice over skype, discord or in game, another good way to test if a mic is actually working is by hearing it yourself. You can easily do this with the help of an option called “Listen to this device” in Windows 10 Microphone properties. Detailed instructions are below.

This method should work regardless of whether you are using a HP, Dell or Lenovo laptop, or a desktop PC, as long as it’s running on Windows 10. It should work on most microphones, be it from a headset, headphone or a standalone mic, as long as it is properly connected, detected and enabled in Windows.

How to Test Microphone on Windows 10

Without further ado, here’s how to listen to your own voice from your own microphone to see if your mic is actually working correctly.

  1. In the notification area on the taskbar (lower right corner of your desktop screen), right-click on the speaker icon, then click on Open Sound settings.
    Test Mic Windows 10 open sound settings
    • Alternatively, you can open the sound settings by going to the Start menu > Settings > System > Sound.
  2. In the Sound settings window, click on the Sound Control Panel link under Related Settings on the right.
    how to test microphone windows 10 sounds control panel
  3. In the sound control panel window, go to Recording tab, and then select your Microphone that is currently in use. Right-click it and select Properties.
    Test headset mic Windows 10 Microphone Properties
    • If you have multiple Microphones on the list, you should enable only the one that you are going to use (or set it to “Default device”) and disable the rest if you are not going to use them.
    • Some headsets and headphones may come with built-in mics that you may not be aware of. If you have multiple mics enabled when an app or game needs a mic, Windows will simply use the one that was set to be the default device.
  4. In the Microphone Properties window, go to the Listen tab, and enable the checkbox that reads “Listen to this device“. Click Apply for it to take effect.
    Test headphone mic listen to this device windows 10
  5. Now, try to speak into your microphone. You should be able to hear your own voice. It’s recommended that you do this on a headphone instead of a speaker to avoid echos.
  6. When you are satisfied testing with the microphone, disable the “Listen to this device” option so that you don’t hear your own voice all the time.

Bonus: Microphone’s volume too low or hardly can be heard…

In the same properties window, go to the Levels tab and check on the volume level of your Microphone. Increase it to your preference. If there is another level called Boost, you can also try to increase it to your preference. Boost helps to amplifies the input of your mic to pick up even more sound. It’s useful if your Mic’s volume is still too low even when its volume is set 100.

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What are the common causes of microphone issues in apps or games

Make sure your app or game has the right microphone selected if you have multiple microphones (possibly from one of your headsets that you are not aware of). Like Windows, an app can only use one Microphone at a time. So, the correct one has to be selected.

Make sure your microphone is not muted by accident in the game’s setting, by the server or whoever is in the game.

Some microphone/headphone has a hardware switch to quickly mute and unmute your mic. Make sure it’s in the unmute state.

Description for sharing: Suspect that your headset microphone not working in Skype, Discord or in games? Here's how to test microphone on Windows 10 laptop or desktop.