How to set up a microphone in Microsoft Teams

For comfortable communication in meetings Microsoft Teams, it is important to make sure that the interlocutors will hear you enough loudly and without extraneous noise. You do not need to buy an expensive microphone for these purposes, even the cheapest one will do. But it is important to set it up and remember to turn it on when you enter a video meeting. In this article, we will understand how to set up a microphone in Microsoft Teams correctly.


This procedure is very different for the computer version of the program and for the mobile application. So we have prepared two separate guides. Jump straight to the section of the article that interests you.

Computers and laptops

First you need to get to the Microsoft Teams settings page. There are two ways to open it, depending on the operating system:

  • In the case of Windows, you can open the system tray, right-click on the program icon and select the appropriate item: Go to Settings Microsoft Teams via system tray
  • On Windows, Mac OS or Linux, you can click on the user’s profile picture in the program window itself and select Settings from the context menu.Settings menu item in Microsoft Teams for Mac OS

Now go to the Devices tab. Here it is important to select the correct device in the “Microphone” item. Then click the Make a test call button.Microphone settings in the Microsoft Teams program Wait for the beep and say any phrase in a normal voice. After a few seconds, it should repeat itself in the headphones or speakers. This indicates that everything is configured correctly. If not, then change the device.

Unmute in Microsoft Teams will be released the moment you join or create a meeting. To do this, activate the highlighted slider and then click “Join Now”.Turn on microphone when Microsoft Teams is connectedYou can also do this in the conversation itself by clicking on the marked icon: Turn on the microphone in a meeting in Microsoft Teams

Also, to mute and restore sound, there is a key combination Ctrl + Shift + M for Windows and Command + Shift + M for Mac OS.

Problem solving

Often, on Windows PCs and laptops, simply setting up Microsoft Teams doesn’t work. This means that something is wrong in the system settings. We invite you to check them out:

  1. Press Win + R on your keyboard.
  2. Enter the command mmsys.cpl in the text box.Execute mmsys command
  3. Click on the OK button.
  4. Go to the Recording tab.
  5. Left-click on the connected microphone and click Properties.
  6. In the Levels section, adjust the audio volume.
  7. In Advanced, activate noise reduction and other options as desired.
  8. Alternately click on the Apply and OK buttons.Complete the microphone settings in Windows

Mobile devices

In the case of the Microsoft Tims mobile app, microphone setup is not needed at all. It is only important to know how to turn it on and off during a conversation. This opportunity appears directly at the moment of connection to the meeting. In the login window, click the appropriate icon and then the “Join” button.Connect to a meeting with microphone in the Microsoft Teams appYou can later enable or disable the Microsoft Teams microphone by clicking the checked icon:Unmute in a meeting in the Microsoft Teams mobile app

If the icon is crossed out, then the interlocutors will not hear you. Otherwise, everyone will have sound.
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