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How to Increase Mic Sensitivity in Windows 10

The mic on your Windows 10 laptop is an important factor while attending a video conference or online meeting. However, many laptop users often complain about the lower mic sensitivity in Windows 10. You can fix the mic volume low issue on your computer using various methods.

In this article, we will show you how to make your mic louder in Windows 10 and fix some common issues.


  1. Clean the Mic to Increase Volume
  2. Make Your Mic Louder for Others from Windows Settings
  3. Boost Mic Volume in Windows 10 with Audio Manager
  4. Fix Mic Sensitivity in Windows 10

Clean the Mic to Increase Volume

Before we mess with the software, it is important to make sure the issue with your mic is not something as trivial as a dust particle blocking the vent. This is very much possible when you’re using the built-in microphone on a laptop.

If your laptop’s mic has some dust or lint covering the vent, the performance drop can be more than 50%. On most laptops, the built-in mic is right next to the webcam. Both of these are generally located on the top of the screen. Your laptop may even have multiple mics. On some newer thin-bezel laptops, these may be located on the bottom as well.

Windows 10 Laptop Mic Microphone

To clean the mic, use a wet cloth but make sure it’s not so wet that water enters the mic through the vent. External mics, if required, can also be cleaned similarly.

Make Your Mic Louder for Others from Windows Settings

Windows Settings allows you to control various system components including the microphone. Sometimes, the microphone input volume will be lowered in Windows 10. If it is the case, you can increase mic volume from Windows 10 settings.

Windows 10 Settings app

  1. Launch Settings and click on System.
  2. From the left column, select Sound. Sound Settings on Windows 10
  3. On the right, click on Device properties under the Input heading.
  4. On the next page, you can increase mic volume using the slider. Increase mic volume on Windows 10
  5. If you’re still not satisfied, click on Additional device properties.
  6. Go to the Levels tab in the properties dialog. Windows 10 legacy mic volume increase
  7. Here you can further adjust the Microphone boost values to better suit your needs.

There should be a volume boost on the microphone input in your laptop after this. Read further if the issue still persists.

Related: How to Fix Microsoft Teams No Sound Issue on Windows 10

Boost Mic Volume in Windows 10 with Audio Manager

Windows 10 has a builtin audio and microphone manager. It helps you tweak the sound at the software level. What if the issue is with the hardware? Well, hardware manufacturers now provide extra tools to tweak sound settings on Windows 10 PC. 

These tools from driver manufacturers override the default mic volume and help you make your mic louder in Windows 10.

Boost mic volume from Conexant SmartAudio

This software is obviously different for different manufacturers. Realtek Audio Manager is one of the more popular ones. On my Lenovo made laptop, I have the Conexant SmartAudio. You may have something entirely different on your laptop.

Most of the settings you’ll find here are pretty much the same as you’ll find in Windows settings. It is quite possible that the manufacturer of your sound card didn’t include an audio manager. But you may also fail to find one if you don’t have the proper drivers installed.

Fix Mic Sensitivity in Windows 10

It’s possible that your mic is fine. But what you want is to adjust some other issues than loudness. This could be some hissing sound in the mic input, noise reduction, etc. Unfortunately, not all sound cards support such enhancements. If your sound card does support such enhancements, you can fix mic sensitivity in the Windows settings. 

Microphone Enhancements on Windows 10

  1. Press Windows+R.
  2. Type mmsys.cpl and hit enter. 
  3. From the Sound control panel head to the Recording tab. 
  4. Select your microphone and click Properties
  5. In the Properties dialog, go to the Enhancements tab. 
  6. Check or uncheck the enhancements and click OK.

You will see the Enhancements tab only if your sound card supports it. So, make sure your laptop features an advanced sound card and audio system to enable enhancements.

With all the above methods, you can fix mic sensitivity in Windows 10 and learn how to make your mic louder.

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  1. If you still can’t get your mic loud enough for certain programs (in my case Left 4 Dead 2 and VRchat) after putting your microphone at 100% volume and increasing the boosting (as well as doing the rest of the stuff in this article), then I wrote a fairly long but detailed tutorial that’s lets you boost your microphone volume to levels greater than what Windows normally allows and with less noise:


    Not trying to subtract from the article here. It just seems like this has been an open issue with Windows for many years now.


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