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How to fix auto muting microphone on Windows 10?

May 08, 2021

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My internal microphone automatically sets itself to mute. After that, I open Properties and click unmute, but after a few seconds, it sets itself to 0 and gets muted again.

I really don’t know what to do. Could you please help?

Many people encounter a problem related to the auto muting microphone (both internal and external).

Although this issue prevails on Windows 10 OS, the microphone may start malfunctioning on the older Microsoft products as well.

Typically the microphone works fine for a long time, but the starts randomly muting it and going to zero levels.

According to Microsoft experts, this might happen due to improper sound settings or outdated device drivers.

Nevertheless, the version of malware/virus infection should not be rejected as well.

Therefore, if you cannot have a proper Skype conversation or record something due to continuously auto muting microphone, try the methods that we have listed below.

How to fix auto muting microphone on Windows 10?

Usually, an internal or external microphone sets itself to mute automatically due to the incorrect sound settings.

Even if you haven’t modified those settings, they might have been changed automatically after the installation of some updates or malware infection. stop microphone from muting itself

Therefore, the first thing you should try is a thorough system scan with a professional anti-malware / fixer. We would recommend using Reimage.

This tool will also ensure that all Windows Registry files are correct.

Besides, it will fix damaged/corrupted system files. If the scan did not help to stop the microphone from muting, here’s what you should try:

Method 1. Update device drivers

1. Right-click on Windows key Device Manager.
2. Expand Sound, video, and game controllers all device drivers from that list.
3. For this purpose, right-click on driver and click Update Drivers.
4. Finally, reboot your PC.
5. In case you prefer an auto driver update method, a handy tool could be DriverFix

After upadating driver check your microphone working or not by conducting online mic test on your browser.

Method 2. Modify microphone’s settings

1. Right-click on the speaker icon placed next to the taskbar (near date/time).
2. Select Recording Devices.
3. When the Sound control window opens, select the Communications tab.
4. When the question When Windows detects communication activity emerges, select Do nothing.
5. Then click Apply. After that, check your microphone if it stopped muting itself. If the problem did not stop, please do the following:
6. Open the Recording tab on the Sounds window again.
7. Right-click on the microphone Properties.

8. Click the Advanced tab on the new window.
9. Uncheck the Allow applications to take exclusive control of this device option.
10. Click Apply to save the changes.

Method 3. Change the format of the Microphone

1. Right-click on the speaker icon placed next to the taskbar (near date/time).
2. Select Recording Devices and double-click on the microphone that you are currently using.
3. Open the Advanced tab any of the 16-bit options on the list.    

If none of the previous methods did help, you should try to fix auto muting microphone by disabling your anti-virus. Many people have reported that they were using Norton anti-virus. If you are using it as well (or any other third-party antivirus), try to disable it temporarily and check if the issue persists.

Finally, the microphone error may be fostered by svchost.exe file. To check that, open Task Manager and check how much CPU this process is consuming.

If it sucks up more than 30%, there is a high probability that this process is the culprit. Here you may find a helpful article for removing the corrupted svchost.exe file.