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Skype Audio or Microphone not working after Windows 10 update 2018

As Microsoft Released its fifth major update to Windows 10 As April 2018 update with a number of new features such as new timeline, nearby share, focus assist and more, But as like previously this update also bring some new bugs such as chrome application freezes, black screen, Avast antivirus and Intel, Toshiba SSD incompatibility and more. Also, new problem users report on Microsoft forum as installing windows 10 version 1803 “internal Microphone not working on their laptop ”

Mic. Stopped working after update Windows 1803

After the most recent major windows 10 content update version 1803, my microphone no longer picks up any audio. Plugging it in brings it up in my device manager, but I cannot get it to show any green bars representing its function.  I’ve tested other recording programs and they recognize the microphone as plugged in, but never pick up any sound.

Audio or Microphone not working after Windows 10 update 2018
Audio or Microphone not working after Windows 10 update 2018

There are a various reason that causes “Microphone Stopped working on your Laptop” some of the very commonly reported reasons are incorrect settings, broken or obsolete drivers or some hardware issues. Whatever the reason here some solutions you may apply to fix If your built-in Microphone or Skype Audio is not working in Windows 10/8/7.

Fix Microphone not working in Windows 10

With Windows 10 version 1803 (April 2018 update), Microsoft changed the behavior of microphone app access setting so that it affects desktop applications as well. If the problem started after recent windows 10 version 1803 upgrade then you must first follow steps below to get back microphone working back.

Allow apps to access your microphone

Simply Open Settings ( press Windows + I ).

Then click on Privacy to access all your privacy settings.

Select Microphone and switch on the “Allow apps to access your microphone” toggle.

Also make sure microphone access for this device is on, or you can turn on by click on change button as show image below.

Allow apps to access your microphone
Allow apps to access your microphone

Finally, in the app list, make sure to turn on microphone access for every app you want to give permission to access your microphone.

choose which apps access your microphone
choose which apps access your microphone

This is very useful solution recommended by users on Microsoft forum, Reddit as applying this microphone started working.

Run windows Audio Troubleshooter

Run the windows audio troubleshooter from settings -> update & security -> troubleshooting -> click on playing audio and run the troubleshooter as shown image below. This will check and fix if any problem causing to stop windows sounds.

Run Windows audio troubleshooter
Run Windows audio troubleshooter

Adjust the Microphone Setting

  • Go to the audio icon in your taskbar, right-click and select Recording devices.
  • Select microphone and double tap to open the properties.
  • Here you can adjust the levels and adjustments like Noise Cancellation, DC Offset Cancellation, Echo Cancellation and more.
  • Disabling all the sound effects also fixes the Microphone issues sometimes.
  • Under the Advanced tab, disable the check box Allow applications to take exclusive control of this device.
Allow applications to take exclusive control of this device
Allow applications to take exclusive control of this device

Set microphone As Default Device

Right-click the speaker icon in the System Tray and select Sounds. Go to the Playback tab, and make sure your default device is set. If all the listed devices are disabled, enable them and then set a default device. Repeat these steps for the Recording tab. If it isn’t present run the Hardware troubleshooter at Settings > Update & Security > Troubleshoot

Restart Windows Audio Service

Some minor issues in your Windows Audio Service can also be the reason for microphone bugs and restart it is the best possible fix.

  • Open Run command and type services.msc.
  • This will open the entire list of Windows Services on your PC.

Here check Windows audio and AudioEndpointbuildert service is running. If not start the service and change its startup type automatic. Also If the service is already running state simply right click on it and select restart.

restart audio service
restart audio service

Update/reinstall the Audio driver

This is one of the most common reasons of any malfunctioning in a PC. Your Microphone won’t work properly if the drivers are broken or outdated. especially the problem started after recent windows upgrade there is a chance, the audio driver is not compatible with current windows version or its corrupted during the upgrade process. So you need to install or update your device driver.

  • Run Device Manager (devmgmt.msc ) and expand “Sound, video and game controllers”.
  • Right Click on the installed Audio driver “Realtek High Definition Audio”  
  • Select Update Driver. click on Search automatically for updated driver software and follow on screen instructions to let windows check and install the latest available audio driver.
Search automatically for Driver software
Search automatically for Driver software

Also you can visit device manufacturer website to download the latest available Audio driver version for your System. Then again open device manager, Expand “Sound, video and game controllers”. right click on the installed audio driver and select uninstall, restart windows.

Now on next login install the latest Audio driver and check Windows Audio And Microphone Started working.

Did applying these solutions help to fix ” Audio or Microphone not working after Windows 10 update 2018″? Let us know which option worked for you, Also Read 3 ways to fix windows 10 camera app problems.

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