How to fix Google Meet microphone issue: Google Meet is a video and audio conferencing tool originally focused and marketed to be used for businesses. Like many other video conferencing alternatives, it also aims to provide users with a simple UI that allows them to easily create or join meetings.
Currently, everyone with a Google account can use Google Meet to create free meetings of up to 100 people for an unlimited amount of time. It is completely free during the pandemic. Along with its video and audio conferencing capabilities, it also offers compelling features like end-to-end encryption, HD audio, HD video, and much more. Lately, Google Meet is not just restricted to businesses anymore but now being used by a lot of organizations and other users including teachers, around the globe.
Each online conferencing platform goes about their own way but it is normally an easy process. Although Google Meet is a reliable performing application so creating or joining a meeting is simple like in other alternatives. But there are instances when certain issues can occur while managing the audio and video.
How to fix Google Meet microphone issue
If you are new to Google Meet and are facing issues with your microphone then you are not alone. Many users have reported microphones issues like they are unable to speak or hear other participants during a meeting because of various reasons. For instance, the audio on their system isn’t set up correctly, they have a firewall that may block audio streams, an app is unable to connect to the device.
In this latest article of ours, we will tell you how to troubleshoot the Google Meet microphone not working issue. We have also compiled a list of some of the most common fixes that you can use to solve your issue. Let’s take a look at them.
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Restart your system
Try restarting your device first. This action assists in fixing various microphone aberrations in Google Meet.
To run the mic check, use a voice recording app. Notice if your microphone is working in other apps or not. Open the stock app in Windows 10 called Voice Recorder and speak into the mic.
If you can successfully record your voice, the mic is working fine. Otherwise, fix it if the mic is not detected
Use the Voice Memo app on mac OS to test the mic.
Check mic mute/unmute status
Don’t rule out the fact that the meeting host can mute you. Aside from that, you can also mute yourself. Make sure your mic is on. If you think the host has muted you, message them and confirm. In both cases, you can unmute yourself.
Take a look at the bottom of the screen during a meeting. A red-colored microphone icon with a slash indicates a muted microphone.
Simply click on the icon to unmute yourself. This will allow your meeting members to hear you.
Troubleshoot microphone (Windows)
Windows 10 comes with a built-in troubleshooter that can detect and resolve various microphone anomalies.
- Go to the Windows Settings.
- Click the System icon, it will open a drop-down on left.
- Choose Sounds from the drop-down. Scroll down to the Input section.
- Select your preferred microphone from the menu under ‘Choose your input device,‘ and then click Troubleshoot.
- In case the troubleshooter identifies any problems within your microphone, follow the steps shown in the prompts to fix them.
Check the preferred mic in Google Meet
Google Meet gives freedom to its users so they can choose the mic in use. Here’s how you can select the mic of your liking:
- First, join a Google Meet meeting.
- Click the three dots menu button
- Choose Settings from the Menu
- Open the mic dropdown and select the mic you want to use.
Check audio input device
On Windows 10 and macOS, multiple audio devices can be connected and users can switch between them when they desire. But there is a catch, you cannot use two devices simultaneously. You must choose one. To make sure your mic is set as the default audio input device follow these steps.
- Launch Control Panel.
- Go to Hardware and Sound.
- Select Sound.
- Go to the Recording tab.
- Click your mic and choose Set as default device.
- Click it again and select Set as a default communication device.
- Click OK and run the mic check.
Use Google Meet In Chrome
It is a good idea to use Google Meet on Google Chrome. Google products and services work best on Google’s web browser and it will resolve microphone glitches.
Alternatively, you can also consider using Microsoft Edge.
Restart Chrome or any Web browser
Try closing and relaunching Chrome as it is an outstanding solution to persistent microphone-related issues. For instance, if there is an audio lag of a few minutes into a Google Meet session. Once you restart and rejoin the meeting, this problem will be pretty much solved.
Check permission for microphone
Before joining any Google Meet session, make sure that the browser, as well as the PC you are using, has access to the mic. Additionally, enable the mic permission for Google Meet.
- Launch Google Meet.
- Go to the Settings in the bottom next to the mic icon.
- After going to the Settings, use the search bar to find the meet.google.com domain.
- In case you can’t find the setting, close and rejoin the Google Meet session and the browser will prompt you for mic permission.
Release microphone (Mac)
For Mac users, the microphone doesn’t work effectively on Google Meet when it is being used in other apps or browser extensions. Release the microphone for it to function better.
With these simple microphone fixes, you can easily use this collaboration tool. It is completely free during the pandemic. Along with its video and audio conferencing capabilities, it also offers compelling features like end-to-end encryption, HD audio, HD video, and much more. Lately, Google Meet is not just restricted to businesses anymore but now being used by a lot of organizations and other users including teachers, around the globe.
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