[Solved] Microphone Not Showing Up In Recording Devices

Obsolescence of the driver could result in microphone not showing up in recording devices and the best solution is to update the driver. Other solutions include changing permission, enabling the mic, running the Hardware and Devices troubleshooter, checking out the mic and mic port, etc. You don’t know how to carry out the solution on your own? In that case, you should find this article helpful.



For your information, drivers facilitate communications between computers and devices like microphones. Thus, if the mic driver is corrupted, damaged and so on, microphone not showing up in recording devices is one of the consequences. 

Disabled Mic

All in all, Microsoft designs Windows so disabled devices don’t show up by default. That means if you have disabled your mic, it’s only natural the device is nowhere in sight. 


In layman’s terms, access to the microphone on Windows is restricted for privacy reasons. Thus, to make use of the mic, it’s essential that you remember to grant permission. Unable to get Windows to detect your mic? Then there is a good chance that you have yet to grant permission.


Generally speaking, for Windows to detect the microphone, the mic must be in working order. Besides that, the port that you use to connect the mic needs to be in top shape as well. That is why if your Windows cannot detect the mic, you should add the mic and mic port to your list of suspects.


Solution 1: Update Driver

  • Step 1: Go to Search bar, type devmgmt.msc and press Enter to open Device Manager. 
  • Step 2: Expand Sound, video and game controllers, right-click your sound card driver and pick Update driver.
  • Step 3: Hit Search automatically for updated driver software then allow the process to run from start to finish. 
  • Step 4: Restart your computer.
  • Step 5: When the screen comes back on, determine whether the issue persists. 

Note: You recently updated the driver of your sound card? Then it’s possible that the driver update is responsible for the disappearance of the mic and you should roll back the driver to a previous version. 

  • Step 1: Go to Search bar, type devmgmt.msc and press Enter to open Device Manager. 
  • Step 2: Expand Sound, video and game controllers, right-click your sound card driver and pick Properties. 
  • Step 3: Go to the Driver tab, hit Roll Back Driver and follow onscreen instructions.
  • Step 4: The moment the process completes, restart your computer.

Solution 2: Enable Microphone 

  • Step 1: Go to the Search bar, type Control Panel and press Enter. 
  • Step 2: In Control Panel, change View by to  Large icons.
  • Step 3: Hit Sound, go to Recording tab, right-click an empty space in the device list and click Show Disabled Devices.
  • Step 4: If your mic shows up, right-click it and pick Enable. You should use the opportunity to select your mic and choose Set as Default as well. By doing so, your mic is going to become the default device for recording on the computer. 
  • Step 5: Select Apply, choose OK and witness the result.

Solution 3: Grant Permission

  • Step 1: Press Windows + I to open Settings, select Privacy and choose Microphone.
  • Step 2: If you see Microphone access for this device is off under Allow access to the microphone on this device, hit Change and toggle the switch to on. 
  • Step 3: If you see the switch under Allow apps to access your microphone is off, feel free to toggle it to on. 
  • Step 4: Grant apps you need permission to use the microphone by toggling their switches under Choose which Microsoft apps can access your microphone.
  • Step 5: Right-click the speaker icon, pick Sound and see if your mic is present in the Recording tab.

Solution 4: Run The Hardware And Devices Troubleshooter

  • Step 1: Go to the Search bar, type Control Panel and press Enter. 
  • Step 2: In the Control Panel, change View by to Small icons, select Troubleshooting and choose View all.
  • Step 3: Click Hardware and Devices, pick Next and follow onscreen instructions.

Solution 5: Check Out Mic And Mic Port

None of the above works? Then it’s widely advised that you take a look at the mic as well as the mic port. If you come across damages, you have to conduct repair to be able to get the most out of the mic. In the case of the mic, if the damage is extensive, you should consider picking up a mic replacement.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it possible to test the quality of my microphone?

Once it comes to testing microphone quality, a couple of options exist: audio interfaces, reference microphones, online mic test tools, recording software, …

What must be done to reduce the background noise while using the microphone?

To eliminate background noise, you could use condensers, pop filters, shock mounts and so on. If you have the means, you could invest in soundproofed environments.

How come my microphone is producing so much static?

If your microphone produces a lot of static, the gain must have been set too high. As a result, you have to think about changing the gain to get rid of the static.

What is a dynamic microphone?

A dynamic microphone is a microphone that transforms sound waves into vibrations on a coil or wire. The vibrations occur in a magnetic field and create a current.

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