In the wake of the Pandemic, many jobs were shifted from office premises to Home. Everyone these days working remotely using different audio and video communication apps. While communicating through these apps, if the audio is impaired, it will affect communication and cause disturbance in your daily work. Recently, several users joined an online meeting and reported that their Zoom microphone was not working in Windows 10/11.

There are several reasons for the “Zoom microphone not working on Windows 10/11”, such as disabled Microphones, device connection failure, outdated drivers, and many other reasons. If you are also suffering from the same error and searching for a solution to escape from this mess, then you are on the right path. In this article, we have listed some solutions to tackle the issue as soon as possible. So for further discussion, we can move to the detailed solutions. Let’s see,

Note: You must unplug and plug in the Microphone before moving on to the definitive solutions. Sometimes this simple strategy works to solve the problem. You can then restart the Zoom application, and if that does not help you, restart the system.

Fix 1: Allow access to Microphone:

If the apps in your system restrict you from accessing your Microphone, you may find that the Zoom microphone is not working on Windows 10/11. Here permitting Zoom to access the Microphone will help you to resolve the issue. To allow access to Microphone, follow these steps,

  • Firstly, press Windows + I to launch the Settings app.
  • Inside the Settings app, select the Privacy category and click on Microphone from the left pane menu.
  • Then under the Microphone access for this device is on, click on the Change tab and turn ON the option.
  • Now turn ON the option Allow apps to access your Microphone. In the same window, scroll down and locate and turn ON the Allow desktop apps to access your Microphone.
  • Once done, restart the system and check for the said error.

Fix 2: Update Audio Driver:

As we mentioned earlier, the outdated or damaged audio driver might cause the Zoom microphone not working on Windows 10/11 issue. In this context, you need to update the audio driver to escape from the same issue. To update the audio driver, follow these steps,

  • Firstly, right-click on the Windows icon in the taskbar and select Device Manager from the context menu.
  • Then inside the Device Manager window, expand the option Sound, video and game controllers and select your audio driver.
  • Right-click over your audio driver and select the Update driver option.
  • Once done, restart the system and check the said issue is resolved in your case or not.

Fix 3: Check Microphone Settings:

If there is any issue in Microphone Settings on your system, your Microphone does not work properly. In this situation, you need to verify the settings, to check Microphone settings, follow these steps,

  • Firstly, in the taskbar search box, type Control and open Control Panel search result.
  • Inside the Control Panel window, select View by as Small icons and select the Sound option.
  • Now in the Sound window, select the Recording tab from the top horizontal menu and right-click on anywhere in the white space and select Show Disabled Devices.
  • Then verify the Microphone is Enable; if not, then right-click and click Enable option from the drop-down menu.  
  • Check that the Microphone is set as default; if not, you need to click on it and click on the Set Default tab.
  • Further right-click over it and select its Properties from the list.
  • In the Properties window, select a Level tab from the top horizontal menu and click on the Speaker Icon to Unmute the Microphone (if it is muted)
  • Now drag the slider next to the Speaker icon and set the microphone volume to the max.
  • Finally, click on the OK button. 
  • Once done, restart the system and check the said issue is resolved or not.

Fix 4: Verify Zoom Audio Settings:

Sometimes the Microphone will work smoothly with other applications, and the issue occurs only on the Zoom app; in this context, the problem lies in the app itself. Here to escape from the Microphone not working issue, you need to make changes in Zoom settings. To modify Zoom audio settings, follow these steps,

  • Firstly, open the Zoom app on your system and click on the Cogwheel icon from the top right corner of the screen.
  • Now inside the settings, select the Audio option from the left pane menu and select the Exact Microphone you are using from the right pane menu beside the Microphone section-Test Mic option.
  • Then tick the checkbox beside the option Automatically join audio by computer when joining a meeting.
  • Further click on the Advanced tab from the bottom of the same screen.
  • Here change the settings; set Suppress Persistent Background Noise as Moderate or Disable.
  • After that, set Suppress Intermittent Background Noise as Moderate or Disable. 
  • And set Echo cancellation as Auto.
  • Once done, again launch the Zoon app and join in any meeting and check your Microphone now working properly or not. If you see the Microphone icon with a red mark, then click on the icon and unmute it.  

Fix 5: Reinstall Zoom:

If any of the above solutions did not give you a positive result, then you need to uninstall and reinstall the Zoom app to get rid of the Zoom microphone not working on Windows 10/11 issue. to reinstall the Zoom app, follow these steps,

  • Firstly, in the taskbar search box, type Apps and Features and open the relevant search result.
  • Inside the newly opened window, locate and click over the Zoom app and select Uninstall tab to remove the application from your system. Then you can follow the instructions that appear on the screen and complete the process. 
  • Once the process is completed, download the latest Zoom application from its Official Website and install it on your system.
  • Now the issue gets resolved for you.

Now you are able to resolve the “Zoom microphone not working on Windows 10/11” issue without the help of any technical hands. If you have any queries or doubts after reading this article, please write down the comment in the below comment box.