How to Use Headphone Mic on PC? Complete Guide

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With the unexpected pandemic came an unexpected change that most of us wished for, but it all seemed an illusion. Working from home has been a dream for many, and the unfortunate incidents, fortunately, fulfilled this dream for them.

Despite being a dream, it sometimes comes across as a nightmare when your resources won’t work.

Let us discuss the most common issue we face every other day, “Mic issues”!

This is a very frequently occurring problem. But it can be avoided by properly setting up your microphone on your PC!

How to Set Up Your Headphone Mic on Windows 10

Setting up your headphone mic on your windows is a piece of cake if you follow the correct steps. So, let us guide you through the steps below:

Step 1: Plug in the headphones and right-click the sound icon to open the sound settings.

Step 2: Therein, you will find “Choose your input device” Make sure your device’s name appears under this.

Step 3: Unmute your mic and try speaking. If the microphone bar moves as you speak, it means your microphone is working correctly. If the bar isn’t moving, you need to click on the “Sound Control panel” on the right side of your screen.

A pop-up box appears like this:

Sound Control panel

Step 4: From the list, find your device, right-click on it, and select ‘enable.’ You can also set it as the default audio device if you want to.

default audio device

Step 5: If your device’s name is not on the list, make sure to see the ‘Disconnected and Disabled’ devices by right-clicking and checking the options.

Step 6: If you’re still not getting your microphone, check whether you’re using the correct port or the connection isn’t broken somehow.

Step 7: If you haven’t found the device’s name yet, you may try checking if you’ve allowed your microphone to be used by checking the microphone privacy settings.

Step 8: If Windows detects your microphone but it isn’t working, you can click on the ‘Sound control panel,’ go to the ‘Recorder’ section, double-click on your microphone, and check if the microphone level isn’t set to ‘Zero’ or too low. Also, ensure the boxes in the ‘Advanced’ tab are ‘Unchecked.’

Do not forget to click ‘Apply’ after making the necessary changes. The steps above should be able to set up your microphone with your PC.

set up your microphone

How to Set Up Your Microphone in Windows 11

Now that we know how to set up the microphone in Windows 10. Let us move ahead and learn the steps to do the same in Windows 11.

The methods below should help you connect your device to your PC via USB, Bluetooth, or any other wired connection. Ensure the headsets are compatible with your device and inserted correctly and in the correct ports.

Step 1: Search ‘Settings’ in the search bar and go to ‘System settings’ on the left of your screen, wherein you’ll find ‘Sound’ settings.

Sound settings

Step 2: Scroll down to the section called ‘Input,’ which says ‘choose a device for recording or speaking,’ where your device’s name will appear. If there are multiple devices, choose the one you want to connect to by clicking the box to the left of its name.


Step 3: If your device’s name isn’t there, you can scroll down and click on the section named ‘all sound devices,’ look for your device in the ‘Input’ section, click on it, and choose ‘allow’ on the next page.

all sound devices

It should now appear in the ‘Input’ section of the main sound setting page. You can customize the microphone or rename your device, if you want to, by clicking once on the microphone.

If, by any chance, the above steps didn’t work for you, you may proceed with following the steps below, and I’m sure they’ll serve the purpose.

Step 4: Search ‘Control Panel’ in the search bar and click on it. In the control panel, go to the ‘Hardware and Sound’ settings.

Step 5: Click on ‘Sound’ to open a separate window for you. In the ‘recording’ tab, right-click on the microphone to see if it’s ‘enabled.’ You can then go to ‘Properties’ to update drivers and explore the different tabs for further customization if you want to.


How to Setup Your Microphone on MacBook

Moving further, we’ll now set up our microphone on our MacBook. You can use a USB cable or the regular 3.5 mm port connector. If you have a new set of MacBook, you might need an adapter. Follow the steps below to know further.

Step 1: GO to ‘Apple logo’ on the top left, choose ‘System Preferences, ‘ then click ‘Sound.’

Step 2: In the ‘Sound’ settings, click on the ‘Input’ tab, and the list of devices that have been connected to your Mac should be there.

Step 3: Click on the one you want to use, and you can set the microphone’s sensitivity by moving the ‘Input volume’ slider below the list of devices.

You can see the volume of the mic when you speak in the ‘Input level’ bar while you speak.

Step 4: You should keep in mind that you might need to select the mic within the application you want to use. The settings will be available in all the apps.


It wasn’t that Complex, you see! Though all laptops come with Built-In mics, we often prefer setting up another set of microphones for better sound quality.

The steps to connect your microphone may vary with different Operating Systems. We’ve still tried our best to include the relevant details and hope that it helps you.

 Ensuring that the microphone is inserted properly and in the right port is important and might solve half of the problem. If that doesn’t, we’re here to help you.