Chromebook Microphone Settings [ Chromebook microphone not working ]

In today’s regular workload, cameras and microphones have become a necessity, just like food, clothes, and shelter. With the pandemic limiting people to their homes, video conferences are becoming the next thing and now these two have become even more important than the previous years. Thus, more and more of our readers have been looking for the Chromebook microphone settings to use them and also fix in case of any issues. In our blog for the day, we would be discussing on the microphone settings for Chromebook and what can you do in case of your Chromebook microphone not working properly.

Chromebook Microphone Settings

First of all, we shall learn about finding the settings for adjusting your device microphone. Go for the steps mentioned below:

  1. Hit on the profile picture at the bottom-right corner of the screen.
  2. A dialog box appears with device information and in it, you can find the audio settings.
  3. Check the volume level, mute or unmute option, and the output destination of the audio.

You can also decide on the privacy settings of your microphone. Use the following steps for it:

  1. Click on the gear icon in the system tray to open up your Chromebook settings.
  2. Go to the Privacy and Security section.
  3. Click on Site Settings and you would be able to see a list of choices that can be changed as per the options given.
  4. Go to the Permissions part and you would find a heading for Microphone.
  5. In this, you can change the settings for your in-built microphone and also for any external one if it is currently plugged into the system. Just select the device from the drop-down menu at the top.
  6. Switch on the permission of Ask before accessing, so that every time any change in the settings can be prompted to the user.
  7. Additionally, you can also select the list of websites that can be allowed or blocked to access your microphone.

So, you can not only adjust the settings but also the privacy rules associated with them.

Troubleshooting tips to Resolve Chromebook Microphone Issues

Let us say that all of a sudden you find that your in-built microphone is not working properly. Like, either the voice is getting distorted in the middle or you are not able to hear any. In that case, there is nothing to panic about and you can troubleshoot it via some basic techniques as follows: 

  1. Check the Sound settings first, like the sound level, mute/unmute check, and the output. This would be the preliminary step to understand if the issue is basic or serious.
  2. Sometimes the cache data might also cause microphone issues. In this case, go to Chrome and open up Settings->Tools->Clear Browsing data. Specify the time duration for which you want to clear and click on confirm to complete the process.
  3. You can also check from the current extensions installed in the Chromebook. Disable all of them in one go and then activate one by one to find out the faulty one.
  4. In case if you are using an external microphone, then check like the plugging point, unplug and plug for few times,or change of the entire external device can be done.
  5. If any of these are not working, then the issue is serious and you can straightway write to your manufacturer for the cause analysis and fixing.

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