Mic Not Working With Skype Voice Call

by Rohit Khurana on November 12, 2010


Many of us use Skype, which is a popular VOIP software for free PC-to-PC voice and video calls across the world. Most of the first time users, or people who just bought a new desktop computer or a laptop feel annoyed with the Skype audio problems. Its not a problem with Skype most of the times. The problem lies in the fact that most of the computers we use these days have multiple microphones and speaker ports. For example, my laptop has a built in microphone and a mic port to connect external headphone mic. At a time, only one of these microphones will be used and other will not be used.


In this post, I will share a very easy and quick way of solving this problem, trust me, it won’t take more than 2 minutes to fix the mic problem following this tutorial.

Just follow these two simple steps to solve the mic problem. Before following these steps, if you have an external mic, or headphone mic, please ensure that it is correctly connected in correct port. Refer to your computer’s manual for any help.

Step 1 : Login to Skype with your user id and password. Click on Tools > Options.



Step 2 : On the Options screen, click on the Audio Settings panel on the left. Click on the small drop-down arrow in front of the Microphone settings on the right of the screen. Select another mics on this list if your mic is not working. Click on the save button on this Screen. As you speak, you will see the Volume bar on this screen moving. If its moving, it means you have selected the correct mic. Try all the microphones in this list if the one which is selected is not working.


This is it. You can also change the speaker settings if you are using headphones on some other port, or internal computer speakers etc. We hope you find this small tutorial easy to follow.

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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

mai November 19, 2010 at 11:23 am

i already follow all the step but still my microphone is not working

Krihna Kumar August 1, 2011 at 12:36 am

Dear Sir,

I go through the ways of setting procedure at last mic sound is not going to our friends. Other people sound ealy received. pleae suggest how can I get full access of Skipe.

Krishna Kumar

abdul maleek August 13, 2011 at 9:46 pm

Dear sir
I refer to all ways of setting procedure and finaly my friends couldnt hear my voice through mic phone and its always showing microphone is muted in skype skreen but i hear their voice clearly from my headset.please help me to sort this problem and get full access of skype

abdul maleek

crichards January 15, 2012 at 8:10 pm

you beauty. I think you may have reslved my problem. Thank you!!

Xyzqwerty June 4, 2012 at 7:15 pm

thank you solved my problem

anand November 1, 2012 at 4:05 am

I had windows7 upgraded to windows8. skpe was working on win7 but when I loaded win8 mic is not working. That is there is nothing under microphone dropdown. it has none.
but video is fine.

the person cant hear anything on the other end.
help me asap!!!

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