Can I disable my computer microphone

You will find below the steps to disable or Turn Off the Microphone on your Windows 10 Computer, in case you do not use the Microphone at all and want to Disable the Microphone on your computer for security reasons.

Disable Microphone in Windows 10

Most laptops are equipped with an in-built internal Microphone, in order to allow users to make Calls and hold Video conferences using applications like Skype and Google Voice.

However, there are many users who never use the Microphone and prefer to disable both the Webcam and Microphone on their Windows 10 computer for security reasons.

As you must be aware, there are many reported cases of people being watched, heard, recorded and monitored via the webcam and the Microphone on their own computers.

Hence, we are providing below the steps to disable the Microphone on your Windows 10 computer and also the steps to Enable or Turn On the Microphone back again, in case you have a reason to do so at any time.

Turn Off Microphone in Windows 10

Follow the steps below to Turn Off the microphone on your windows 10 Computer

1. Right-click on the Windows 10 Start Button and then click on Device Manager in the menu that appears.

2. On the Device Manager screen, click on the down arrow next to Audio inputs and outputs. You should be able to see your Microphone listed in the expanded list of Audio devices (See image below).

3. Next, right-click on Microphone and then click on Disable in the contextual menu that appears.

4. Next, you will see a pop-up, asking you to confirm that you do want to disable the Microphone on your Computer.

5. Click on the Yes button to disable the Microphone on your Windows 10 computer (See image above).

Turn On Microphone in Windows 10

At any time, you can Turn ON the Microphone on your Windows 10 Computer by following the steps below.

1. Right-click on the Windows 10 Start Button and then click on Device Manager in the menu that appears.

2. On the Device Manager screen, click on the down arrow next to Audio inputs and outputs, in order to expand this item (See image below).

3. Next, right-click on Microphone and then click on Enable in the contextual menu that appears.

This will enable the Microphone back on your Windows 10 computer and you will be able to use it for Skype and Google Voice calls to your friends and relatives.

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