How to make sure the microphone is recording

Follow the steps based on your operating system to confirm your audio system preferences.


  • Right-click the sound icon in the taskbar

  • Select Open sound settings

  • Look under “Input” and find “Test your microphone”


  • If the bar moves up and down as you speak, it is working

Macintosh iOS

  • Go to System Preferences
  • Click “Sound”

  • Click “Input”


  • In the list that says “Select a device for sound input,” and select your microphone device. You can usually find it by locating the brand of your microphone.

  • Under “Settings for the selected device,” you should see “input volume” and “input level.”

Speak into your microphone. If the “input level” increases past half-way, then your computer is using your microphone.