If your microphone seems too quiet or too loud in Windows 10, you can easily adjust the signal input level. Here’s how to increase or decrease your microphone volume.
How to change microphone volume using settings
Windows settings are one of the fastest and least confusing ways to adjust your microphone volume in Windows 10.
To open it, click on the “Start” menu, then select the gear icon on the left. This will open “Settings”. You can also press Windows + i to open it.
To speed things up, you can also right-click on the speaker icon in the taskbar in the notification area (system tray) and select “Audio settings”. The Sound Settings window will appear.
In the “Settings” window, click “System”.
Select “Sound” from the sidebar.
Scroll down to the “Input” section in the Sound window. Select the device you want to configure using the “Choose your input device” drop-down list. Then click on “Device properties”.
In the microphone’s “Device” properties, use the “Volume” slider to adjust the microphone input level.
The higher the volume, the stronger the input signal will be when you use the microphone. However, louder is not always better – if the signal is too strong, your voice will be distorted. Try to find the ideal volume where your voice (or other sound source) is loud enough without any distortion.
If you need help, click the “Start Test” button and speak into the microphone at a normal volume. When you click “Stop Test”, you see the highest percentage level recorded by the test program.
You can then adjust the volume slider accordingly. If you continue to reach 100% while speaking at a normal volume, the Volume slider is set too high. Reduce the volume and try again.
When you’re happy, close “Settings” and you’ll be good to go. If you ever need to adjust it again, just open “Settings” and go back to Sound> Input> Device Properties.
How to change the microphone volume using the control panel
You can also adjust the microphone input volume using the classic control panel.
You can launch this tool from the speaker icon in the notification area of your taskbar, which is in front of the Start button. First, right click on the speaker icon and select “Sounds” from the menu that appears.
In the “Sound” window that opens, click on the “Recording” tab.
You will see a list of microphones installed on your system. Select the one you want to adjust, then click the “Properties” button.
In the “Properties” window that appears, click on the “Levels” tab.
In the “Levels” tab, use the Microphone slider to adjust the microphone input level. The higher the level, the stronger your microphone signal will be during use. It means your voice will be louder. But too strong a signal will distort, so try to find the sweet spot where it’s strong enough but not too strong to distort your voice.
After that, click “OK” and then click “OK” again to close the “Sound” window. If you need to adjust the level again, revisit the microphone properties via the speaker icon in the taskbar. Good luck!