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How to increase your microphone volume on Windows 10, so others can hear you better through your computer

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  • You can increase the mic volume on Windows 10 when others are having difficulty hearing you through your computer. 
  • To increase your microphone volume, navigate to the Sounds icon in the bottom bar of your screen — when you click through, you’ll be able to adjust a few different microphone and volume properties. 
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With working from home becoming increasingly prevalent, the ability to talk with colleagues over a computer is especially important. 

But there are often communication issues with online chats, and you should know your way around quick fixes in case technical difficulties arise. For this reason, Windows 10 has an easy way for you to adjust your microphone volume when others can’t hear you. 

Here’s how to do it. 

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How to increase your mic volume on Windows 10

1. Right-click the Sounds icon in the bottom bar of your desktop. It looks like a single speaker.

2. Click on the “Recording devices” tab when the Sounds window opens.

3. You’ll see your internal microphone plus any other microphones installed. The top microphone should be your default internal mic. 

4. Right click on that microphone and scroll down to “Properties” in the right-click menu. You could also click on “Properties” at the bottom of the pop-up.

5. In the properties pop-up, click on the “Levels” tab. This will show you the mic volume and boost sliders.

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6. Grab the top slider to raise the volume. 

7. Grab the bottom slider to raise Microphone Boost — though be careful with this one, it may actually make it harder for others to hear you. Test it with someone first to make sure. 

8. Click on Apply and then OK at the bottom to confirm the new volume. If the “Apply” button doesn’t show itself available, likely the changes will be confirmed just by clicking on “OK.”


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