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Fix microphone not working in Windows 10 1803 (April 2018 update)

With Windows 10 version 1803 (April 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.

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10 Comments

  1. HUrON05 May 2018 @ 21:52

    Fantastic, thx bro.

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  2. skilleras16 May 2018 @ 23:04

    Thanks for the fix.

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  3. Maikoli18 May 2018 @ 17:58

    Thanks

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  4. Antal30 May 2018 @ 18:49

    excellent. missed an interview because of 1803 update disabled my microphone. Your article made sure I won’t miss the next one.

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  5. pc06 Jun 2018 @ 00:44

    THANK YOU!

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  6. Kiam16 Jun 2018 @ 10:59

    Thank you so much! Searched for 5 hours to find this solution!

    Reply

  7. Roman25 Jun 2018 @ 18:38

    Not working for Discord!

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    • CarvedInside25 Jun 2018 @ 19:16

      Then your microphone problem is from something else. Maybe some bug with Windows 10 1803. Does your microphone work with other applications?

      Reply

  8. Isaac19 Jul 2018 @ 03:51

    My microphone is not working for any applications on my pc, I can hear other people talking but they cannot hear me, and in these settings listed above the applications (discord, streamlabs obs, obs, etc are not listed)

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    • CarvedInside19 Jul 2018 @ 15:17

      Discord, Streamlabs obs, etc. fall under the general microphone toggle from step 2.
      Things you should try:
      Check that your microphone still works. Try it in another PC.
      If you have a dedicated sound card, connect the microphone in the onboard audio card.

      Reply

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