How to Boost Microphone Volume in Windows 10?

Microphone volume in Windows 10 is by default set to a lower level than its full capacity so that the people listening to you would not feel uncomfortable. However, because of this, the person on the other side with a low-powered audio source won’t be able to listen to the person speaking.

The issue can be more frustrating while talking in a group meeting, in a noisy environment. For example, while presenting something on a Zoom call or during gaming on Discord. 

Although most communication services like Skype, Zoom, Discord, and others have built-in options to enhance the microphone levels, still the impact is not that good. You still require the microphone boost in Windows 10. 

Luckily, you won’t need any third-party application for that, as Windows 10 has an inbuilt option to boost the Microphone volume level to make the voice clearer and louder.

In this guide, we would learn how to perform the microphone boost in Windows 10 using the settings and enhance the mic’s voice clarity.

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How to perform Microphone Boost Windows 10?

Here is how you can boost microphone volume in Windows 10 without using any third-party applications:

  1. On the Windows taskbar, right-click on the volume icon and select Open Sound settings.
    sound settings

  2. Most laptops and modern PCs have an in-built microphone. However, many people use the external mic for more clarity. Before you begin to boost microphone volume, ensure that the correct microphone is selected.
    choose correct microphone

  3. After selecting the correct microphone, click on Device properties.
    increase the volume level

  4. On the next window, you will see that the volume is lower by default. You can set the level according to your preference.
    additional options

  5. For boosting the volume, on the same window, scroll down and click on Additional device properties.
    Microphone Boost

  6. Under the Levels tab, set the Microphone Boost level as per your convenience.
    exclusive mode settings

  7. Click Apply and OK.

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What if the problem persists?

In some cases, even performing the microphone boost in Windows 10 would not enhance the volume level. If that is the case with you, then follow these tips:

Change Exclusive Mode Settings

  1. Under the Microphone Array Properties, switch to the Advanced tab.
  2. Under Exclusive Mode settings, uncheck the option “Allow applications to take exclusive control of this device.exclusive mode settings
  3. Click Apply and OK.

Run Recording Audio Troubleshooter

  1. Open the Windows Settings app and select Update & Security.update & security
  2. From the left pane, choose Troubleshoot option. troubleshooot
  3. On the Troubleshoot page, scroll down and click on Additional troubleshooters.additional troubleshoots
  4. A new window would be launch with Additional troubleshooters. Scroll down and click on Recording Audio.recording audio troubleshoot
  5. Click on Run the record audio troubleshoot
  6. Follow the on-screen instructions to finish the microphone troubleshooting.

Update the Recording Drivers

  1. Right-click on the Windows start icon and select Device Manager.Device Manager
  2. Open Audio inputs and outputs and select the Microphone driver.microphone drivers
  3. Right-click on Microphone Array and choose Update Driver.update microphone drivers
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions to update the microphone driver.

If manually updating the driver seems overwhelming, you can download and install the third-party driver updater software. It would automatically search for outdated drivers and provide you the option to update them.

Bottom Line

The low volume of the microphone can be really frustrating, especially when you are presenting your views in a virtual meeting. It can also create problems while playing online games, where your gaming partner won’t be able to listen to your voice.

If you face such difficulties, this guide has provided every step to shoot such troubles and boost microphone volume in Windows 10.

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2 thoughts on “How to Boost Microphone Volume in Windows 10?”

  1. Hi Peter,
    it seems it doesn’t work with headsets …
    I am using a Creative Aurvana Trio and at the above item 5) no Microphone boost cursor is present 🙁
    Thanks & cheers,

    • Hi, Fabio
      Make sure you have selected the headset’s Microphone from the setting as mentioned in step 2 of the first procedure.
      If the correct Microphone is selected and still you cannot get the boost option then this might be because of one of the following reasons:
      – Microphone is connected to the wrong port
      – Your headset does not support the boost
      – Outdated drivers


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