Fix microphone not working after Windows 10 1803 and 1809 update

With Windows 10 version 1803 (April 2018 update) and version 1809 (October 2018 update), Microsoft changed the behavior of microphone app access setting so that it affects desktop applications as well.

To fix this do the following:

1. Go to Windows settings and select Privacy

2. Select Microphone and switch on the “Allow apps to access your microphone” toggle.

3. Restart those applications where you’ve wanted to use the microphone.

4. (Optional) To block apps access to microphone you will have to toggle microphone off for each app. You will have to do this after each new app you install.

Useful for Skype, TeamSpeak, Discord, WhatsApp, Steam Voice chat, OBS Studio, Adobe Audition, Audacity etc.

Thanks to Shane for the tip.


  1. Stephen14 Nov 2018 @ 17:07

    Thank you! Don’t know why it did this but good lord it was driving me crazy.


  2. Kiwi17 Nov 2018 @ 12:24

    Thank you so much.



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