Devices Enable or Disable Microphone in Windows 11


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When you are not using the microphone (mic) on your PC, you may want to disable it for privacy and security reasons, as it can get hacked and the hackers would be able to hear everything you say.

This tutorial will show you different ways on how to enable or disable the microphone on your Windows 11 PC.


Contents






OPTION ONE

Enable or Disable Microphone using Keyboard


1 Press the Microphone key on the keyboard to toggle enable or disable. (see screenshot below)

The actual key you press on the keyboard may vary per manufacturer.

Not all keyboards will have a microphone key or switch available.


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OPTION TWO

Enable or Disable Microphone in Settings


1 Open Settings (Win+I).

2 Click/tap on System on the left side, and click/tap on Sound on the right side. (see screenshot below)

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3 Click/tap on the Microphone you want to enable or disable on the right side. (see screenshot below)

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4 Click/tap on Don't allow (disable) or Allow (enable) for what you want. (see screenshots below)

Don't allow will remove the microphone from Device Manager.

If you close Settings after clicking on Don't allow, this microphone will no longer be available to Allow again.

You will have to use Option Three to enable the microphone again if wanted.


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5 You can now close Settings if you like.





OPTION THREE

Enable or Disable Microphone in Control Panel


1 Open the Control Panel (icons view), and click/tap on the Sound icon (control mmsys.cpl,,1).

2 Click/tap on the Recording tab. (see screenshots below)

3 Right click or press and hold on the Microphone you want, and click/tap on Enable or Disable.

4 Click/tap on OK.

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OPTION FOUR

Enable or Disable Microphone in Device Manager


You must be signed in as an administrator to use this option.


1 Open Device Manager (devmgmt.msc).

2 Do step 3 (enable) or step 4 (disable) below for what you want.


3 To Enable Microphone

This is the default setting.


A) Click/tap on the arrow next to Audio inputs and outputs to expand it open. (see screenshot below)​

B) Right click on the Microphone device you want, and click/tap on Enable device.​

C) You can now close Device Manager if you like.​

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4 To Disable Microphone

A) Click/tap on the arrow next to Audio inputs and outputs to expand it open. (see screenshot below)​

B) Right click on the Microphone device you want, and click/tap on Disable device.​

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C) Click/tap on Yes to confirm. (see screenshot below)​

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D) You can now close Device Manager if you like.​





OPTION FIVE

Enable or Disable Microphone in PowerShell


You must be signed in as an administrator to use this option.


1 Open Windows Terminal (Admin), and select Windows PowerShell.

2 Copy and paste the command below you want to use into PowerShell, and press Enter. (see screenshots below)

(Enable microphone - default)​
Get-PnpDevice | Where-Object {$_.FriendlyName -like '*Microphone*'} | Enable-PnpDevice -Confirm:$false

OR​

(Disable microphone)​
Get-PnpDevice | Where-Object {$_.FriendlyName -like '*Microphone*'} | Disable-PnpDevice -Confirm:$false


3 When finished, you can close Windows Terminal (Admin) if you like.

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That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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