The default sound input device is the device that Windows uses for speaking or recording.
When you connect more than one microphone or other recording devices to your PC, you can select which device you want to use by default.
This tutorial will show you different ways to change the default sound input device for your account in Windows 11.
Open Settings (Win+I).
Click/tap on System on the left side, and click/tap on Sound on the right side. (see screenshot below)
Under Input < Choose a device for speaking and recording on the right side, select (dot) the device you want to set as the default sound input device. (see screenshot below)
You can now close Settings if you like.
Open the Control Panel (icons view), and click/tap on the Sound icon.
Click/tap on the Recording tab, and perform one of the actions below you want to use to set the default sound output device. (see screenshots below)
- Select a recording device, and click/tap on Set Default.
- Right click or press and hold on a recording device, and click/tap on Set as Default Device.
Click/tap on OK when finished. (see screenshot below)
Open the Game Bar (Win+G).
Click/tap on the Audio icon on the Game Bar to open the Audio widget. (see screenshot below)
In the Voice tab of the Audio widget, click/tap on the current Windows Default Input device.
Select the device you want to set as the default sound input device.