Microphone not usable by applications

My microphone activity shows in the Windows Sound Settings but is unusable by applications.

The privacy settings are enabled.

In multiple applications the device is selectable as Default or Microsoft Array. None are showing application usage of the audio when testing or using.

The audio recording troubleshooter detects no problems. It seems the security and privacy settings are not being implemented if there is audio pickup in the settings but not in applications.

Hi there! I am Louie, a Microsoft Community member and a fellow Windows 10 user like you. Hope you're doing well and safe there.
We recommend you to follow the steps provided by Greg Carmack on this link:
https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/for...

Hope this helps

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Louie

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Unfortunately I've done all these things. I uninstalled the mic from the device manager and reinstalled it, updated the audio drivers, attempted to troubleshoot, have no startup applications that would interfere, use built in MS antivirus, the mic is working as intended in settings but is not being accessible by applications. The recent update which probably broke it is not allowed to be uninstalled in the Update History section.  

This is the built in array on a Spectre x360.

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Hi, I'm Bianca, an Independent Advisor for Microsoft, an expert and a Microsoft user like you. I'm happy to assist you.

Looks like you haven't received an answer that's solved your problem. I hope I can help. You might need to give permissions for the apps to use it. Follow the steps on this link:

https://support.microsoft.com/en-ph/help/403488...

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As noted above, the desktop apps have access to the microphone in settings (see the screen snip). It is not a headset so there is no mute button. The microphone volume is set to 100% (I tried 90% just to see if there was a bug at 100%).

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Oh. Sorry to have missed that information. Have you tried that in another computer? And does it work?

To narrow down the source of the problem, please start Windows in Safe mode. Follow the steps here:

https://support.microsoft.com/en-ph/help/12376/...

See if you will have the same problem under Safe mode and let me know.

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Last updated August 5, 2020 Views 22 Applies to: