How to Turn on Microphone on Mac

Alicia Santos

Mac, Tutorials

Are you having trouble turning on the microphone on your Mac? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!

In this tutorial, we will walk you through the step-by-step process of how to turn on the microphone on your Mac. Let’s get started!

Step 1: Check Microphone Connection

If your microphone is an external device, make sure it is properly connected to your Mac. Ensure that the cable is securely plugged into both the microphone and the appropriate port on your Mac.

Step 2: Adjust Microphone Settings

Now that you have checked the physical connection, let’s move on to adjusting the microphone settings on your Mac.

Option 1: System Preferences

To access the microphone settings through System Preferences:

  • Click on the Apple menu in the top left corner of your screen.
  • Select “System Preferences” from the dropdown menu.
  • Click on “Sound”.
  • Navigate to the “Input” tab.
  • Select your desired microphone from the list of available devices.

Option 2: Control Center (macOS Big Sur or later)

If you are using macOS Big Sur or a later version, you can access microphone settings through Control Center:

  • Click on the Control Center icon located in the menu bar at the top right corner of your screen (it looks like a series of small squares).
  • Select “Microphone” from the available options.
  • Choose your desired microphone from the dropdown menu.

Step 3: Test Your Microphone

Now that you have turned on your microphone, it’s time to test it to ensure everything is working correctly.

Option 1: Voice Memos

If you want to quickly test your microphone, you can use the built-in Voice Memos application:

  • Launch the Voice Memos application from your Applications folder or by using Spotlight search.
  • Click on the red record button and speak into your microphone.
  • Click on the stop button when you are finished recording.
  • Play back the recording to verify that your microphone is working correctly.

Option 2: Video Conferencing Applications

If you frequently use video conferencing applications like Zoom, Microsoft Teams, or Skype, you can test your microphone by joining a test meeting or making a call to a friend or colleague. They can confirm whether they can hear you properly.

Congratulations! You have successfully turned on and tested your microphone on Mac. Now you can enjoy crystal clear audio during all your virtual meetings, recordings, and online conversations!

We hope this tutorial was helpful to you. If you have any further questions or need additional assistance, feel free to reach out. Happy recording!

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