For people using video conference applications, a good webcam and microphone are a must. Unfortunately, many people find that their personal PC is not as good as it should be.
One of the most common problems stems from micro PCs. All microphones, whether you’re using internal or external speakers, have fundamentally different volume levels when transmitting your voice to the other parties. If you find that people often complain about not being able to hear your voice in meetings, then the most likely culprit is the volume of the micro PC. Luckily, it’s easy to increase microphone volume in Windows 10.
Adjust microphone volume
The first thing you need to do is check your microphone output volume. As the post mentioned earlier, not all microphones are configured to output 100% sound immediately. If someone else complains that your voice is too low, the first thing you should do is check your microphone volume.
To get started, click on the Sound icon found in the taskbar at the bottom right of the screen. Right-clicking on the speaker icon brings up a menu. Here, click Open Sound Settings .
When doing so, a new window will appear with the audio settings on the computer. Scroll down to Input. Here you will see a drop-down box that allows you to select your input device. If you are using an external microphone, make sure it is selected. Also, if you’re using your PC’s built-in microphone, it’s selected by default.
With the correct microphone selected, click Device properties. Here, you can increase the volume of your microphone by adjusting the slider labeled Volume. Move the slider so the microphone volume is at 100%. Finally, test the microphone to determine if the sound level has been changed. If the microphone volume has been set to 100% or adjusting the volume doesn’t fix the problem, you can try increasing the microphone level (microphone level – voltage is generated by the microphone when the sound is emitted).
Increase the microphone level
If your microphone volume is still too low, you can try increasing the microphone level. Follow the instructions outlined above. When you get to the window that allows you to adjust the microphone volume slider, click Additional device properties . Doing so opens a window labeled Microphone Properties. Next, click the Levels tab . Here, you’ll see two sliders, one for microphone volume and one called Microphone Boost.
As you can see, the microphone volume will be at 100%. If for some reason the volume is not at this level, move the slider to 100%. The Microphone Boost slider can be found just below the volume slider. A Microphone Boost option can be used to increase the microphone output volume by an additional 30 decibels. We recommend gradual increments (for example, adding 10dB) and then checking the micro level before stepping up.
Alternative method: Control Panel
Alternatively, you can adjust the microphone volume and increase its output through the Control Panel. Simply type control panel in the Windows taskbar search field and click Control Panel . From there, select Sound.
A new window labeled Sound will open. In the tabs at the top of the window, click Recording. Here, you will see microphones connected to your PC. Highlight what you are using and click Properties.
This will open a new window labeled Microphone Properties. Here, select the Levels tab . You’ll see two sliders: one for microphone volume and one for boosting its output.
Run the troubleshooter
Some Windows 10 users have reported that the Microphone Boost option is not available on their machines. This is usually due to a combination of factors. Fortunately, there are some simple steps you can take to try and restore access to Microphone Boost in Windows 10. First, try running Windows 10 Audio troubleshooter . This is an automatic function built into Windows 10 that can check and fix many different problems. To run the troubleshooter, open Control Panel.
Once the Control Panel opens, please View by clicking the option in the upper right corner of the window. This will open a drop-down menu. Here, select Large icons. Next, find the Troubleshooting icon and click on it. Under Hardware and Sound , click Troubleshoot audio recording and let the troubleshooter do the job. When finished, follow the steps above to see if you’ve restored access to Microphone Boost options.
Update the audio driver
If running the Windows 10 troubleshooter doesn’t fix the problem, you can try updating the microphone driver. Right-click the Start button and select Device Manager from the menu. Alternatively, you can press
X and select Device Manager. When the Device Manager window opens, look for Audio inputs and outputs and expand this option by clicking the arrow next to it. Next, right-click on your PC’s microphone and select Update driver.
In some cases, you will need to update the sound card driver. In Device Manager , locate Sound, video and game controllers and expand this option by clicking the arrow next to it. Right-click on the sound card and select Update driver software . Once you’ve updated the drivers for your hardware, reboot your computer and check the micro level.
If your microphone is not working, here’s how to fix it. If you are using Windows 7 operating system, please refer to instructions: Amplifying microphone volume in Windows 7 for instructions.