Microphone Keeps Muting Itself? Top 5 Solutions to Fix It

Ariel Mu
4 min readOct 28, 2020

The microphone is very important especially for those who want to play games, attend online interviews and webinars. However, you may encounter various issues like Microphone Auto Adjusting, Astro A10 Mic not working, Rainbow Six Siege Voice chat not working, and the one discussed here.

Why microphone keeps muting itself? According to a survey, the mute microphone Windows 10 might occur due to the improper sound settings or outdated audio device driver. In addition, the third-party apps and services can conflict with your microphone.

Now, let’s see how to fix Windows 10 mute microphone.

Solution 1. Modify the Advanced Settings of Your Microphone

The microphone keeps muting itself if the sound settings are configured improperly. To fix the issue, follow the steps below to modify the settings:

Step 2. Navigate to the Communications tab inside the Sound control panel window. Then select the Do nothing option When Windows detects communication activity.

Step 3. Click on Apply to execute these changes. After that, you can check if the microphone keeps muting itself. If the problem still persists, keep reading the steps below.

Step 4. Navigate to the Recording tab inside the Sound control panel again, and then select the microphone and click on the Properties button.

Step 6. Click on Apply to execute the operation.

Now, check if the Windows 10 mute microphone issue is fixed. If the method fails to work, move on to the following methods.

Solution 2. Change the Format of Your Microphone

Some users reported that changing the format of your microphone can fix the issue. You may have a try. For that:

Step 3. Click on Apply to save the changes.

Solution 3. Stop the Svchost.exe Processes

Microphone keeps muting itself when malicious software is inferring with your microphone. Svchost.exe is one of the most common processes that can lead to microphone mutes. If the svchost.exe is consuming more than 30% CPU or memory, it is very likely that the process throws the problem.

Here’s a quick guide to stop the process.

Step 1. Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys to open Task Manager, and then navigate to the Details tab and align your processes in alphabetical order.

Step 2. Check if the svchost.exe processes are consuming high CPU usage. If it is, you need to kill these processes.

Step 3. Type cmd in the search bar, and then right-click the Command Prompt app and select Run as administrator.

Step 4. In the elevated window, type the following command and hit Enter to kill all these svchost.exe processes.

Now, check if the mic keeps muting itself or not.

As pointed out in the above, an outdated sound driver is also responsible for mute microphone Windows 10. To fix the issue, you can try updating the driver by following the steps below:

Step 3. Select the Search automatically for updated driver software option. Then follow the on-screen prompts to complete this update. After that, Windows will automatically any available updated driver and install it for you.

Tip: Alternatively, you can download the sound device driver from the manufacturer’s website and install it on your computer

Solution 5. Perform a Clean Boot

It is very possible that your third-party applications or services are conflict with the microphone driver. In this case, you can perform a clean boot to check if there are any conflicting programs and uninstall them. Here you can refer to this post “ How to Clean Boot Windows 10 and Why You Need to Do So “.


Position: Columnist

Fall in love with the hardware technology in early 2008. Now, Ariel has been a professional columnist for partition management publications. Graduated from Purdue University in 2010, Arial has about 10 years of working experience in the field of hardware technology. As a columnist on MiniTool, Ariel has provided numerous solutions ranging from data backup, disk management, and data recovery. These solutions helped millions of users fix all kinds of tricky problems. Ariel was born in Pennsylvania and lives with her husband and a lovely dog. She always says “Life is full of magic, but writing means the world to me.”

Originally published at https://www.partitionwizard.com on October 28, 2020.