How to enable or disable the notebook microphone

There are numerous situations where you need to turn your notebook microphone on or off, especially when it comes to security. There are cases where some malware can take control of the hardware and capture some information even if you are not using it.

But there are also cases where you just want to mute the microphone in a videoconference. Regardless of the reason, know that it can be done on Windows or Macbook extremely quickly and conveniently. Check out more information below!

How to Enable or Disable Your Windows Notebook Microphone

This procedure was performed on a PC running Windows 11, but the steps work similarly for Windows 10.

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Access the “Microphone” tab in Windows “Settings”

After opening the “Settings” tab of Windows, go to the “Privacy and security” option in the left menu and click on “Microphone”.

Go to the Windows “Settings” tab, select “Privacy and security” and click on “Microphone” (Image: Matheus Bigogno/Screenshot)

Enable or disable the microphone in Windows

Once that’s done, enable or disable microphone access. If you want, see and choose which apps can use your notebook’s microphone.

On the next tab you can enable or disable the Windows notebook microphone (Image: Matheus Bigogno/Screencapture)

Turning the MacBook Microphone On or Off

Go to the “Sound” tab in “System Preferences”

Open the “System Preferences” tab on your MacBook and click “Sound.”

Go to the “System Preferences” tab and click on “Sound”(Image: André Magalhães/Screenshot)

Enable or disable the microphone on macOS

Go to the “Input” tab in the upper corner, locate the “Output volume” item and check or uncheck “Mute” to enable or disable the notebook’s microphone.

Check or uncheck the “Mute” option to enable or disable the MacBook’s microphone (Image: André Magalhães/Screenshot)

How to enable or disable the notebook microphone from the keyboard

If you want to enable or disable the microphone using a keyboard shortcut, the option is to install the program on your PC MicMute.

With the program installed, the default command to perform this action is “Ctrl + Alt”, but if you want to change it, right-click on the “Microphone” icon, select “Setup shortcut” and enter a new shortcut of your choice.

Install the MicMute program to enable or disable the notebook microphone from the keyboard (Image: Matheus Bigogno/Screenshot)

How to turn the notebook microphone on or off on Google Meet

To enable or disable the notebook microphone while you are on a call on Google Meet, use the “Microphone” icon, or the shortcut “Ctrl + D” (Windows) and “Cmd + D” (macOS).

Use the indicated command to activate or deactivate the microphone in Google Meet (Image: Matheus Bigogno/Screenshot)

How to turn the notebook microphone on or off in Zoom

To turn your notebook microphone on or off while on a call on Google Meet, use the “Microphone” icon, or the “Alt + A” (Windows) or “Opt + A” (macOS) shortcut.

Use the icon indicated to activate or deactivate the microphone in Zoom (Image: Matheus Bigogno/Screenshot)

Ready! You can now enable or disable your notebook microphone in several different ways.

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