How to Turn Off Microphone in Windows 10

You can do this task using one of the following methods. Let’s see what those ways are.

Method #1

Launch the Device Manager.

Expand “Audio inputs and outputs.”

You can find the entry “Microphone” there.

Right-click on it and then press the “Disable device” option.

Click “Yes” in the confirmation popup.

Note: For activation, follow the steps above and then press the “Enable device” option.

Method #2

You will find the Settings app by pressing Windows + I. Click System > Sound.

Alternatively, you can open the sound settings directly.

Click the “Device properties” link in the “Input” section.

Select the checkbox next to “Disable”.

Note: To activate it, follow the steps above, but unselect it instead of selecting it.

Alternatively, you may disable the microphone by following these steps:

Open the Sound settings.

Within the “Input” section, find and click the “Manage sound devices” link.

Click on “Microphone.”

Click the “Disable” button.

Note: To activate it, follow the steps above and then press the “Enable” button.

Method #3

Right-click on the “Volume” icon in the taskbar system tray and select “Sounds”.

Navigate to the Recording tab in the Sound pop-up window.

Now you see “Microphone.”

Right-click on it and then press the “Disable” option.

Note: In order to activate it, follow the instructions above and then click “Enable.”

Alternatively, you can follow these steps:

Go to the Recording tab using the steps above.

Select “Microphone” and then click “Properties.”

You will now see a drop-down list next to “Device usage.”

Open it and select “Don’t use this device (disable).” Press the OK button.

Note: To turn it on, follow the steps above, but select “Use this device (enable).”

Method #4

Open the Settings app.

Hit Privacy.

On the left sidebar, click “Microphone” between “Camera” and “Voice activation.”

Under “Allow access to the microphone on this device” click the Change button.

Turn off the toggle switch.

That’s it.

Note: If you want to activate, activate the toggle switch.

Method #5

Open Registry Editor. I suggest you take a backup of the Registry before proceeding.

Expand the following keys: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SOFTWARE > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion > MMDevices > Audio > Capture.

Now expand the first subkey of the “Capture” key.

Click on the “Properties” sub key.

Check the Data column in the right pane to see if it belongs to your microphone.

Perform the above two steps for the remaining subkeys of the Capture key until you reach the one associated with your microphone.

Once you have found it, press the key of the Properties subkey you are currently in.

Double-click DeviceState now.

Enter 10000001 in the “Value data” field and then click OK.

That’s all.

Note: To activate, you must specify 1.

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