How to Enable Microphone on Mac

Alicia Santos

Mac, Tutorials

Are you struggling to enable your microphone on your Mac? Whether you need it for video calls, voice recordings, or any other audio-related tasks, we’ve got you covered.

In this tutorial, we will walk you through the steps to enable your microphone on a Mac. Let’s get started!

Step 1: Check Microphone Hardware

Before diving into the software settings, ensure that your microphone is properly connected to your Mac. Check if it is securely plugged into the appropriate port, whether it’s a USB port or the headphone jack.

Step 2: System Preferences

To enable your microphone on a Mac, you need to access the System Preferences. You can do this by clicking on the Apple logo in the top-left corner of your screen and selecting “System Preferences” from the drop-down menu.

Step 2.1: Sound Preferences

In the System Preferences window, locate and click on the “Sound” icon. It should be represented by a speaker icon.2: Input Tab

In the Sound preferences window, navigate to the “Input” tab. This tab allows you to configure audio input settings such as microphones.

Step 3: Select Microphone

In the Input tab, you will see a list of available input devices including your microphone. If your microphone is connected and recognized by your Mac, it should appear in this list.

  • If Your Microphone Is Not Listed:
    • Make sure that your microphone is properly connected and turned on.
    • If using an external USB microphone, try disconnecting and reconnecting it.
    • If using a built-in microphone, ensure that it is not muted or disabled.
  • Selecting the Microphone:
    • Click on the microphone you want to enable. It will be highlighted.
    • If you have multiple microphones connected, choose the one you want to use as your default.

Step 4: Adjust Input Volume

Once you have selected your microphone, you can adjust its input volume using the slider provided in the Input tab. Move the slider to increase or decrease the input volume as per your preference. You can also check the “Input level” below the slider to see if your microphone is picking up any sound.

Step 5: Test Your Microphone

To ensure that your microphone is working properly, click on the “Sound Effects” tab in the Sound preferences window. Under “Play sound effects through:”, select your microphone from the drop-down menu. Now, try speaking into your microphone and see if you can hear yourself through your speakers or headphones.

Note: If you cannot hear yourself or experience any issues with audio playback, check your speaker/headphone connections and volume settings.


Congratulations! You have successfully enabled your microphone on your Mac.

Now you can use it for various audio-related tasks without any hassle. Remember to check your input volume and test your microphone regularly to ensure optimal performance.

We hope this tutorial has been helpful to you. Feel free to explore other audio settings in System Preferences for further customization of your audio experience on a Mac. Happy recording!

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