How to tell if my computer has a microphone

Updated: 03/13/2021 by Computer Hope
Computer microphone

When referring to computer microphones, there are two varieties: external or internal. An external mic is a peripheral outside your computer, such as a desktop device (shown right), or as part of a headset. Essentially, if you do not have one of these devices attached to your sound card or USB port, you don't have an external mic.

Internal microphones, as the name implies, are built into the body of a laptop, or the bezel of a computer monitor or laptop screen. You can find them by physically examining the hardware and looking for a few small holes that are close to one another. However, we find it easiest to confirm with software. To proceed, select your operating system from the list below and follow the instructions.

Windows Vista, 7, 8, and 10

The information in this section helps you determine if you have an internal or external microphone on a Windows-based PC.

  1. Press the Windows key, type Control Panel in the Windows search bar, and press Enter.

Or, open the Windows 10 Start menu, and choose Windows System > Control Panel.

Windows 10 Control Panel in Start menu

  1. In the Control Panel, click Hardware and Sound.

Hardware and Sound selector

  1. Click the Hardware and Sound tab, then click Manage audio devices near the center-right portion of the screen.

Manage audio devices

  1. At the top of the window that appears, click the Recording tab. If you have an internal or external microphone, it displays in the middle section.

Audio input device selection.

  1. If you have more than one input device, you can switch to another by selecting it, and then clicking the Apply button and OK button buttons.

macOS

The information in this section helps you determine if you have an internal or external microphone on a computer or laptop running macOS. For example, a MacBook or iMac.

  1. In the menu bar, click the Apple icon to open the Apple menu, and choose System Preferences.

System Preferences selector in macOS.

  1. Click the Sound icon in the System Preferences window.

Sound shortcut icon

  1. In the Sound menu, click the Input tab. If you have an internal or external microphone, it displays in the middle section.

Sound input menu

  1. If you have more than one input device (microphone), you may change between them by clicking a different device.

Smartphones and tablets

All smartphones and tablets come equipped with a microphone or device capable of recording a voice.

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