Many video conferencing tools aim to give users a basic UI that allows them to easily create or join meetings. Each web-based conferencing platform heads out in a different direction yet it’s anything but an easy interaction.
While creating or joining a meeting is basic, managing the audio and video for it tends to be an issue. If the audio on your system isn’t set up effectively, you have a firewall that may obstruct audio streams, or an app is unable to connect to the device, you will not have the option to speak or hear others during a meeting.
Fix Google Meet microphone not working
If your mic isn’t working after you join a Google Meet meeting, there are a couple of things you can do to fix the issue. Go through each thing recorded underneath to get the mic working.
1. Mic check
We need to initially check if the mic is working in other apps. The easiest way to do this is to open a voice recording app. Windows 10 has a stock app called Voice Recorder. Launch it and speak into the mic. If you’re able to record your voice, the mic is working. If you’re unable to record your voice i.e., the mic isn’t identified, you should fix it before you can join a meeting.
On macOS, use the Voice Memo app to run the mic check.
2. Check audio input device
Windows 10 and macOS allow users to connect numerous audio devices and switch between them when they need to. That said, you cannot use two devices at the same time. You should pick one. Make sure your mic is set as the default audio input device.
On Windows 10;
- Open Control Panel.
- Go to Hardware and sound>Sound.
- Go to the Recording tab.
- Right-click your mic and select Set as default device.
- Right-click it again, and select Set as a default communication device.
- Click OK and test the mic again.
- Open System Preferences.
- Go to Sound.
- Select the Input tab.
- Select the mic you want to use.
- Test the mic again.
3. Check mic in Google Meet
Google Meet allows users to choose the mic that is being used.
- Join a Google Meet meeting.
- Click the more choices (three spots) button and select Settings from the menu.
- Open the mic dropdown and select the mic you want to use.
4. Check program consent
Make sure the program that you’re using to join the meeting has access to the mic. Additionally, make sure that the Google Meet site is allowed to use the mic.
- Visit Google Meet.
- If you’re using Chrome, click the padlock symbol in the URL bar and select Allow for the mic.
- If you’re using Firefox;
- Paste this in the location bar: about:preferences#privacy.
- Click Settings close to Mic.
- Use the search bar to discover the meet.google.com domain.
If you can’t discover it, quit and join the Google Meet meeting and the program will prompt you for consent.
5. Check mic quiet/unmute status
A meeting host can quiet you. You can also quiet yourself. Make sure your mic is on. If you think the host has quieted you, message them and affirm.
Google Meet works in the program so as long as your mic is working, you ought to have the option to use it in any advanced program of your decision. If you have mic issues, look at these tips for fixing a mic on Windows 10.