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Disable the Microphone in Windows 10

Having a camera and microphone allows using them with Skype and other VoIP applications. However, many people worry about apps, services, or some malware that can secretly use the microphone.  You may want to disable it for privacy and security reasons, as it can get hacked and the hackers would be able to hear everything you say. Today, we will review the easy methods you can use to turn on or off the microphone in Windows 10.

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Here are the three methods you can use, including Device Manager, Recording Devices, and the Registry editor app.

To disable the microphone in Windows 10, do the following.

  1. Press Win + X keys together on the keyboard and click Device Manager.
    Windows 10 open device manager
    Tip: you can customize the Win + X menu of Windows 10.Windows 10 Device Manager
  2. In the device tree, go to the Audio inputs and outputs node.
  3. Right-click on the Microphone device and select Disable device from the context menu.Windows 10 Disable Microphone Device Manager
  4. You can re-enable the disabled later by selecting "Enable device" from the context menu.

Alternatively, you can use the Settings app to disable the microphone. Here's how.

Disable the Microphone using Settings

  1. Open the Settings app. Windows 10 Creators Update Settings 15019
  2. Go to System - Sounds.
  3. On the right, go to the Input section.
  4. Select your microphone in the device drop down list.
  5. Click on the link Device properties.Settings Device Properties Link
  6. On the next page, turn on the option Disable deviceWindows 10 Settings Disable Microphone

You are done.

There is an alternative method that involves the classic Sound applet. Let's see how to use it.

Disable the microphone using the classic Sound applet

  1. Right-click on the sound icon in the system tray area.
  2. Select Sounds from the context menu.Windows 10 Sounds System Tray Menu
  3. In the Sound dialog, switch to the tab Recording.Windows 10 Sound Dialog Recording Tab
  4. There, find your microphone device in the list.
  5. Right-click on it and select Disable from the context menu.Windows 10 Disable Microphone Sound Dialog

The device is now disabled.

Finally, you can apply a Registry tweak to disable your microphone. Here is how.

Disable your Microphone with a Registry tweak

  1. Open the Registry Editor app.
  2. Go to the following Registry key.
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\MMDevices\Audio\Capture

    See how to go to a Registry key with one click.

  3. Expand the Capture key on the left.
  4. Open the Properties subkey of each {GUID} subkeys you have under the Capture key until you find your microphone device.Windows 10 Microphone Device In Registry
  5. On the right, of the {GUID} key related to your microphone, modify or create a new 32-Bit DWORD value DeviceState. Note: Even if you are running 64-bit Windows you must still create a 32-bit DWORD value.
    Set its value to 10000001 in hexadecimal to disable the device. A value data of 1 will enable it.Windows 10 Disable Microphone Registry Tweak
  6. Restart Windows 10.

That's it.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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