How To Increase Microphone Volume: 2 Easy Ways
When dealing with microphone volume, we want to make sure we're making the most of its input. Whether you're using the microphone for an audio recording or talking to someone over the phone, these are two surefire ways on how to increase microphone volume on Windows and Mac.
A Quick Guide To Increasing Microphone Volume In Different Operating Systems
Making sure you take advantage of your microphone has a lot to do with adjusting its volume. But because systems vary, we can't apply the same techniques. Let's do it one at a time.
Increasing Microphone Volume In Windows 10
Step 1 - Go to the lower right corner of your screen.
Step 2 - Right-click on the 'speakers' icon.
Step 3 - Select recording devices to see different microphones used.
Step 4 - To find out the microphone that is currently active, you will see the fluctuating volume to the right that indicates it is picking up your sound.
Step 5 - Make sure the microphone you are about to use is set to default.
Step 6 - Right-click on your chosen microphone and go to 'Properties.'
Step 7 - Click on the 'Levels' tab and increase the volume from 'Microphone Array' or 'Microphone Boost.'
Note: If you have two high output level microphones, people you are communicating with will hear loud background noise. It is recommended to keep it at 80 instead of 100.
You can also disable a microphone from the list, ensuring you use the right microphone. Here’s how:
- right-click on the microphone
- select 'Disable
Additional troubleshooting on how to increase microphone volume in Windows:
- If you cannot see the microphone in the list, right-click on any item on the list and make sure the 'Show Disabled Devices' option is selected.
- Some programs change your sound levels, making you inaudible. To address this issue, do the following:
- Step 1 - Right-click on the microphone
- Step 2 - Select advanced
- Step 3 - Untick the following boxes under Exclusive mode:
- uncheck: "allow applications to take exclusive control of this device"
- uncheck: "give exclusive mode applications priority"
As a result, programs will not be able to change how you sound, relying only on your set levels.
Increasing Microphone Volume In Mac
Step 1 - Go to 'System preferences.'
Step 2 - Select 'Sound.'
Step 3 - Select the 'Output' tab, which will show you the speakers or sound output used.
Step 4 - Move to the 'Input' tab so you can adjust microphone sensitivity.
Step 5 - Select the microphone you are using - in here, you will also see your Mac's built-in microphone.
Step 6 - Adjust the input level by dragging it to the right to increase your microphone volume.
Communication is becoming more and more digital nowadays, so knowing how to increase microphone volume is a vital thing to consider in ensuring quality input, which contributes to better communication.