[Fix] Realtek HD Audio Manager Mic Not Working on Windows 11/10 (100% Working)


Microsoft has launched Windows 11 recently and it already has become popular among users because of its user-friendly interface and lots of features. However, the users are also facing several issues with this operating system, and the Realtek microphone not working problem is one of them.

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If you are facing the same problem on your computer, then don’t take stress because you can learn almost everything to fix the mentioned issue from this article.

Why Is Realtek Audio Not Working?

There are several reasons that trigger the Realtek audio not working issue. Here are some of the main reasons:

  • The jack of the microphone is not connected correctly.
  • The Microphone has no sound because it is muted.
  • Some particular application has denied the microphone.
  • The audio driver is corrupted or outdated.
  • The audio port of your device is damaged or not working.
  • The audio enhancement is not compatible with Realtek audio driver.
  • There are issues with the operating system.

How to Fix Realtek HD Audio Manager Mic Not Working Issue?

You are not alone in who is facing this issue and according to the static of the users, the solutions below are effective to solve the Realtek audio mic problem issue. Let’s apply the solutions to fix the problem.

Solution-1: Check The Volume of Your Microphone

Many users mute their audio devices and forget to turn on the volume again. If you have gone through the same case, you need to check the system volume and increase the mic volume to ensure that the volume is not the cause of the mic not working problem.

  • Press Windows key + I to open Settings.
  • Then, click on System
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  • Select the Sound tab from the left menu.
  • Now tap on your mic and check if the blue line is jumping on the indicator bar or not.
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  • If it not jumping, then increase the system volume and check the physical volume button of your microphone.
  • If you still facing the same issue, then click on the Troubleshoot button below the bar and follow the further procedure of troubleshooting.

If this method is unable to fix the problem on your computer, then try the next solution below.

Solution-2: Reconnect Your Microphone Correctly

As you know the Realtek mic not working error can pop up on your screen because of a faulty connection between the jack of your microphone and the port of your computer. So, check the connection if you are using an external microphone on your device.

First, put the jack of your mic to another device and ensure that the jack is not faulty.

Second, check the port of your device and ensure that it is not damaged and working properly.

Third, put the green jack to the output port and the red jack to the input port of your computer. If you are using the mic of your headset and your device has only one port where your headset’s mic has two jacks, then you need a microphone jack splitter converter adapter to connect your microphone to your device. On the other hand, if your headset has only one jack, then you also need another type of converter to connect it to your device. Here are given the picture of two kinds of converters:

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 Solution-3: Check the Microphone Properties

Here are the steps to check the setting of your microphone on Windows 11/10:

  • Right-click on the ‘Speaker’ icon on the right side of the taskbar below your screen.
  • Then, click on the Sound option from the list.
  • Now, click on the Recording tab.
  • For Windows 10 – Select Microphone then click on Properties.
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  • For Windows 11 – Click on Microphone & Properties.
  • Then, on the Microphone Properties tab, click on the Levels tab and increase both the Microphone and the Microphone Boost to the max level.
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  • Finally, go to the next tab named Enhancements and enable the check box of Immediate mode (For Windows 11 users only).

Press Apply and Ok then check if the issue is vanished or not. If you still see the issue remaining, then try the next method.

Solution-4: Enable Microphone and Set It Default on Your Device

If the microphone that you are using is not set to default on your device, then your mic will not work. Also, you need to check whether your mic is disabled on your device if you see the Realtek mic not working error. Here are the instructions to check the mic setting to help you fix the problem:

  • Open the Sound window again by right-clicking on the ‘Speaker’ icon on the right side of the taskbar below your screen as you did earlier.
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  • Then, on the Recording tab, right-click and tick the options named Show Disabled Devices.
  • Now, right-click your connected microphone and click Enable if it was set to Disabled.
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  • Finally, highlight the Microphone by clicking on it and then click on Set Default.

Solution-5: Allow Apps to Access Your Microphone

If you facing the mic not working issue in a specific application, then this solution is just for you. You need to allow your microphone on that particular app. Here is how you can do that:

  • Open the Settings app by pressing the Windows key + I simultaneously and then click on Privacy.
  • On the privacy window, click on the Microphone from the left menu bar.
  • Then, click on the Change button to ensure that the switch is turned on for Microphone access for this device.
  • Ensure that the switch for the Allow apps to access your microphone is turned on.
  • Scroll down and check which apps are allowed access to your microphone. Turn on the microphone for all the apps on your computer.
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Solution-6: Update Audio Drivers

Outdated drivers often trigger Realtek mic not working problem. So, updating the driver may fix the problem on your computer. Here are the steps to update the audio driver:

  • Press the Windows key + X simultaneously and click on the Device Manager.
  • Then, find Sound, video, and game controllers in the Device Manager and click on it.
  •  It will expand a drop-down list and right-click on Realtek High Definition Audio.
  • Click on Update driver.
  • in the next Window, click on Search automatically for updated driver software.
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Now wait a few minutes and it will automatically install the latest driver on your device. Restart your computer after completing the process and check if the issue is still existing on your computer or not. Hopefully, the Realtek mic not working problem will be fixed this time.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Do I Set My Microphone as Default Device in Windows 11/10?

To set your microphone as a default device first you need to right-click on the sound icon from the right side of your taskbar and click on ‘Sounds’

It will then open a wizard and you need to go to the ‘Recording’ tab. 

There, you will be able to see your microphone. You have to right-click on the icon of your microphone and there you will find the option – ‘Set as Default Communication Device’. Click on it and your microphone will be the default device to receive audio input.

Why Is My Microphone Not Showing Up in Device Manager?

It happens for many users that they can’t find the microphone that they have connected to their device. If you are facing the same then you can fix it easily.

The device that you are not finding may be disabled by your system and the wizard has hidden the disabled devices. In that case, you need to do the followings:

  • Right-click on the speaker icon on the down-right corner of your screen and click on ‘Sound’.
  • Then go to the ‘Recording’ tab and right-click on a blank space under the recording devices.
  • There, tick the ‘Show Disable Device’ option and your microphone will be now visible on the device manager.
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  • Now, right-click on your disabled microphone icon and select ‘Enable’.
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How Do I Enable My Microphone from the Device Manager?

Follow the instruction to enable your microphone from the device manager on your computer:

  • Press the Windows + X key simultaneously and select Device Manager from the WinX menu.
  • Expand Sound Video and Game Controllers.
  • Right-click on the mic that you have connected to the PC and choose Enable.
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  • Restart your computer to complete the process.

Note: If you see a yellow warning icon beside the name of the driver, then the driver is either damaged or uninstalled.

How Do I Enable My Microphone from Windows Settings?

Here is the instruction to enable your microphone from Windows settings on your computer:

  • Press the Windows Key and I key simultaneously to open Settings. 
  • Then, click on Privacy.
  • On the next window, choose Microphone from the left menu bar. 
  • Under the option named Allow apps to access your microphone, toggle the button On.
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Microphones and audio devices are vital things that everyone needs active on their computer. It is really a matter to worry if the Realtek High Definition Audio Manager Microphone stops working. But the solutions given in this article will resolve this issue.

We can hope that you can fix this problem by implementing one of the provided solutions in this article. If you failed to fix the mic not working issue even after trying all the solutions above, then it is probably the problem with your system. You can take three steps in this case –

  1. Run Sound Troubleshooter
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  1. Update Your Windows
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  1. Downgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 11
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If you have any better solutions or any further queries, then feel free to tell us in the comment section below.

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