Is your voice inaudible while attending a meeting in Google Meets? Or is your voice stuck or glitching when speaking? This likely happens when your Google Meet microphone is not working well. Internet connectivity also plays a huge role in such cases.
Faulty hardware can also cause this error. So, check whether the speakers, USB cables, and Microphones are plugged into your device properly. Any loose cable or faulty Bluetooth might also cause your Microphone not to work.
Why is Google Meet Microphone Not Working?
There are various reasons why your Google Meet might not be working. Let’s look through the list below to figure out what might be the cause for you.
- Poor internet connection
- Faulty hardware
- Dust build up
- Denied access to use Microphone
- Corrupt drivers
- Older incompatible version of application
- Corrupted cache and cookies
- Flawed Meet settings
Sometimes, the problem might be with the other user’s device. You can ask the other person to troubleshoot their speaker or device if that’s the case.
How to Fix Google Meet Microphone Not Working?
If rejoining the call doesn’t work, end the call and try making the call again. You can also call other users to ensure the problem is on the other person’s Google Meet or not. Most of the time, restarting the browser, application, or device tends to fix issues with the Microphone.
Before we get into this article, verify no other apps or software is using the Microphone. Also, make sure your device has access to Google Meet to use the Microphone and check that your Microphone is in perfect condition.
Grant Microphone Access
To use the microphone, you need to grant microphone access. Here’s how you can allow your device to use the Microphone.
- Click on the Start button and go to Settings.
- Tap on Privacy and scroll down to Microphone.
- Go to “Allow desktop apps to access your microphone” and turn it on.
- Now, go to Meet and make the phone call again.
- Click on the Apple Menu and go to System Preferences.
- Click on Security & Privacy.
- Go to Privacy and select the Microphone option.
- Search for the browsing app you use to access Google Meets.
- Select the box beside it to enable it.
- Go to Settings.
- Tap on Apps > App Management and search for Google Meet.
- Go to Permission and tap on the Microphone.
- Select the “Allow only while using the app” option.
- Open Meet and make calls again.
- Go to Settings.
- Scroll down to Google Meet and tap on it.
- Tap on Microphone to allow access. It should be lit green.
- Open Meet and try calling again.
On Web Browser
To enable the Microphone for Meet site specifically, follow these steps for Google Chrome:
- Open Google Chrome.
- Click on the Three dots next to your profile on the top right.
- Select the Settings option.
- Go to Privacy and Security and select Site Settings.
- Search for Google Meet.
- Scroll down to Permissions and allow Microphone.
Here’re the steps for the Safari website:
- Go to Settings.
- Scroll down to the Safari app and tap on it.
- Scroll down to Settings For Websites and tap on Microphone.
- Select the Allow option.
When you troubleshoot your Microphone, it identifies the issue in your microphone. It tends to find the problem and tries to fix it. Here’s how you can do it.
- Tap on the Start button and click on Settings.
- Go to System and click on Sound.
- Scroll down to Input and tap on Troubleshoot.
- Select Yes on the Get Help tab and take the diagnostic test.
This option is only available for Windows.
Clear Cache and Cookies
When you remove cache files and cookies, it removes all the unnecessary temporary files stored on your device. Not only will clearing these files help you fix minor bugs causing your microphone not to respond, but it will also create extra storage in your device.
This is how you clear the cache and cookies of your web browser if you use web-based Google Meet.
- Open Google Chrome.
- Click on the Three Dots and select More Tools.
- Select Clear Browsing Data.
- A tab for Clear Browsing Data appears.
- Select Cookies and other site data and the Cached images and files option.
- Click on Clear Data.
Below, we have mentioned the steps to remove cache files of the Google Meet application cache files from your device. This is only applicable to Android Phones.
- Go to Settings.
- Tap on Apps and scroll down to Google Meet.
- Tap on Storage/Storage Usage.
- Press on the Clear Cache option.
Update Google Meet Application
Issues with phone calls and Microphones may arise when you are not using the latest software version. So, you can try updating the software if available. Here’s how you can update the Google Meet Application on your device.
- Go to the App Store/Play Store.
- Search for Google Meet on the search bar.
- Tap on it and press the Update button.
You can also uninstall and reinstall the application if updating doesn’t solve your issue.
Update Microphone Drivers
Outdated Microphone Drivers can corrupt your files. When this happens, you will face multiple bugs and glitches. You can try updating your microphone drivers in windows in that case. An updated driver eliminates all such glitches and fixes your problem.
Updating your microphone driver can fix errors and glitches, and it also prevents your device from malicious viruses.
- Go to the Start button and search for Device Manager.
- Press the Enter key.
- Double-click on Audio inputs and outputs on the tab.
- Right-click on your Microphone on the drop-down menu.
- Tap on the Update driver.
- Select “Search automatically for drivers.”
Once you’re done, close the tabs. Call the user again and check if the Microphone is working.
In contradiction, Mac automatically installs the best drives for your device, so you won’t have to update the microphone Drivers.
Restart Windows Audio Services
Window Audio service manages your audio devices. It might not work properly if your driver is outdated or the hardware malfunctions. When this happens, the audio device stops responding, which might cause your Meets Microphone not to work. Restarting the Audio Service should fix this issue. This method is only applicable to Windows.
- Click on the Search icon on the taskbar.
- Search for Run and press the Enter key.
- Type “
services.msc” on the search bar and press the OK button.
- Under the Services tab, scroll down to Windows Audio and right-click it.
- Select the Restart option.
Modify Microphone Settings
Sometimes the problem can be with your computer’s Microphone rather than Google Meet. You can try fixing the microphone or using a different microphone in such cases. Let’s see how you can set a different Microphone as your default Microphone here.
- Open Control Panel.
- Click on Hardware and Sound and tap on the Sound option.
- Open the Recording Tab and tap on a different microphone.
- Click on the Set Default option.
- Click on the OK button.
Follow the same steps again and try a different Microphone if changing to this doesn’t work. Try to join the meeting again and see if it’s working this time.
- Click on the Apple menu and go to System Preferences.
- Select the Sound option and go to the Input tab.
- Select a different Microphone.
Adjusting Microphone Level
If your microphone volume is too low or off, you won’t be able to hear anything. To increase the volume, here’s what you can do.
- Click on the Start button and search for the Control Panel.
- Press the Enter key and select Hardware and sound.
- Click on the Sound option.
- Go to Recording and select your Microphone.
- Click on Properties and go to the Levels tab.
- Adjust the Microphone Volume and click on OK.
- Again, Click on the OK button.
- Click on the Apple menu.
- Go to System Preferences.
- Select the Sound option and click on the Input tab.
- Select your Microphone and adjust the input volume.
Change Default Microphone in Meet
When your Microphone is on mute, it tends to suppress the audio. Your voice won’t pass through, and the other person won’t hear you. So, make sure you have not muted your audio if that’s the case. You can simply tap on the microphone icon to unmute it. However, if that isn’t the case, you can try toggling microphone input. There are various options available for you.
- Open Google Meet.
- Join or host a meeting.
- Click on the three Dots.
- Select the Gear icon.
- Under Audio, go to Microphone.
- Select a different Microphone and see if the dots under the blue circle beside the Microphone are moving when you’re speaking.
- If it is, close the tab and ask if you’re audible to the other users in the meeting. If not, follow the same steps using a different microphone.
Report the Issue
If none of the methods work, you can send a report to Google Meet about your issue. While on the call, tap three dots and select the Feedback or Report a Problem option. Select Report an issue > Speak or hear and mention your queries regarding the Microphone not working.
Google Meet will get back to you soon and try to fix your problem. You may also talk about this on the Google Meet Help Forum.