How to Turn Off Microphone on Mac

Alicia Santos

Mac, Tutorials

Do you find yourself needing to turn off the microphone on your Mac? Whether it’s for privacy reasons or to prevent unwanted background noise during an important meeting or presentation, disabling the microphone can be a useful feature. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the steps to turn off the microphone on your Mac.

Method 1: System Preferences

If you prefer using the built-in settings of your Mac to disable the microphone, follow these steps:

  • Step 1: Open the Apple menu by clicking on the Apple logo in the top-left corner of your screen.
  • Step 2: Select “System Preferences” from the dropdown menu.
  • Step 3: In the System Preferences window, locate and click on “Sound. “
  • Step 4: Go to the “Input” tab.
  • Step 5: Find your microphone device in the list of available input devices.

    It will typically be labeled with its model name or as “Internal Microphone. “

  • Step 6: Uncheck the box next to your microphone device to disable it.

Note: If you don’t see an “Input” tab in your Sound preferences, it means that your Mac does not have a built-in microphone. However, if you have an external microphone connected, you may need to refer to its specific instructions for disabling it.

Method 2: Menu Bar Option

If you prefer quicker access to toggle your microphone on and off without going into System Preferences every time, follow these steps:

  • Step 1: Click on the speaker icon in the menu bar, located at the top-right corner of your screen.
  • Step 2: A dropdown menu will appear. Click on the “Input Device” option.
  • Step 3: Select “Internal Microphone” or your specific microphone device from the list.
  • Step 4: To disable the microphone, click on “Off.”

This method allows you to quickly enable or disable your microphone directly from the menu bar, providing immediate control whenever you need it.

Method 3: Keyboard Shortcut

If you prefer using keyboard shortcuts for quick access to system settings, follow these steps to create a shortcut to toggle your microphone:

  • Step 1: Open System Preferences by clicking on the Apple logo in the top-left corner of your screen and selecting “System Preferences.”
  • Step 2: Go to “Keyboard,” located in the System Preferences window.
  • Step 3: Select the “Shortcuts” tab.
  • Step 4: In the left sidebar, click on “App Shortcuts.”
  • Step 5: Click on the “+” button below the right pane to add a new shortcut.

A new window will appear with three fields: “Application,” “Menu Title,” and “Keyboard Shortcut.”

  • In the “Application” field,
  • If you want to create a shortcut for all applications, select “All Applications.”
  • If you want to create a shortcut for a specific application, select “Application-specific” and choose the desired application from the list.
  • In the “Menu Title” field,
  • Type “Mute Microphone” or the specific name of your microphone device.
  • In the “Keyboard Shortcut” field,
  • Press the keys you want to use as your shortcut. For example, Command + Shift + M.
  • Step 6: Click on “Add” to save your new shortcut.

Your custom keyboard shortcut will now be available to quickly toggle your microphone on and off, providing an efficient way to control your audio settings.


Now that you know multiple methods to turn off the microphone on your Mac, you can choose whichever option suits your preferences. Whether it’s using System Preferences, the menu bar option, or creating a keyboard shortcut, you have full control over managing your audio input settings. Enjoy a quieter and more private experience on your Mac!

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