MacBook Microphone Not Working in Skype, Zoom, Teams or Discord? Here’s Fix

This tutorial will teach you how to effectively troubleshoot microphone not working issue in macOS on Macbook Pro or Air when using apps like Skype, Zoom, Discord or Microsoft Teams.

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Like most of the high-end laptops, all MacBook variants comes with a built-in microphone with an option for using an external one as-well.

MacBook Microphone

System Settings to Fix Mac Microphone Not Working

To fix the microphone not recording your voice issue on Mac, first you need to check out the universal mac settings because if there is something wrong with these settings, it won’t work properly inside your apps, and afterwards if it is still not working, you will need to check specific methods to fix this issue.

Check Microphone Settings

Once your Mac is On, follow these steps:

  1. Click on the Apple logo at the top left corner of the screen and select System Preferences from the dropdown menu.
  2. Go to Sound menu and then select the Input tab.
  3. Select the Internal Microphone under this tab and check the input volume level of the mic.
  4. If it moves when you say something, there is no problem with the mic.

Restarting the Mac

Restarting the Mac might prove useful in getting rid of this issue. You should restart your Mac and check the microphone again. Hopefully it solves this issue.

Enabling Dictation

To let the Mac download audio drivers for the system, you should turn on Dictation.

  1. From the Apple logo, go to system Preferences.
  2. Select Keyboard and then choose the Dictation tab.
  3. Enable the Dictation from this tab.

Resetting NVRAM/PRAM of Mac

The Mac stores settings in this memory. Resetting these settings to default might help you resolve this issue. In order to do this, you need to:

  1. Shutdown your Mac. While turning the Mac on, hold the Option, Command P and R keys at the same time for about 20 seconds.
  2. Release the keys and your Mac will restart.
  3. This will reset some of your settings, but you can easily adjust them in the System Preferences of Mac.

Checking Microphone in Safe Mode:

Going to Safe Mode in Mac can prove useful in tackling this problem. You need to do this in order to proceed to Safe Mode:

  1. Shutdown your Mac. Turn it on and as you wait for the login screen, hold the Shift button. Type in your login credentials.
  2. Check your Microphone in Safe Mode.
  3. Once you are done here, restart your Mac and do not press any keys this time.

After following all the aforementioned solutions, if your microphone is still not working in a specific app, then the issue is with apps settings itself.

Fix for Zoom


When you join the meeting, go to “Test Speaker and Microphone setting”. Therein you will get option to test your microphone. If you do not hear your recorded sound, then problem is with Zoom itself.

In that case, simply un-install the Zoom on Mac and then restart your Mac. Download latest version of Zoom and install it again. This will solve your Mac microphone problem on Zoom.

However, before checking the app settings for microphone, check if you have given permission to that app to use your microphone or not.

Fix for Microsoft Teams and Skype

Microsoft Teams
  1. Click on the Apple logo at the top left corner of your Home screen and select System Preferences.
  2. Now go to Security and Privacy, then select the Privacy tab.
  3. Click on the Microphone.
  4. A tab will appear next to it with some apps.
  5. Ensure that Microsoft Teams and Skype app is selected in that list.

Fix for Discord


If your Mac microphone is not recording on Discord, then you need to check if correct mic is selected in the Discord settings. For that, follow the below-mentioned steps:

  1. Go to “User Settings”.
  2. Click on “Voice & Video”.
  3. Look for “Input Device” and click on it.
  4. Now make sure your internal Mac microphone is selected there.
  5. Once done, click on “Let’s Check” button to see if it is resolved.

Please feel free to reach us if you need any further assistance with regards to solving your mac mic problem.