How to Increase Mic Volume

By Christina Sloane

When your mic is too low, it can be difficult for you to communicate with friends or family through Internet phone, or to create listenable videos and recordings on your computer. Thankfully, in both Windows and Mac operating systems, it is simple to use adjust the settings for your microphone and make it louder.

Increasing Microphone Volume on a PC

Step 1

Click on "Start" and then select "Control Panel." Next click on "Sounds and Audio Devices."

Step 2

Click on the "Audio" tab in the "Sounds and Audio Devices" window.

Step 3

Click on "Volume" in the "Sound Recording" section. A "Recording Control" window will pop up.

Step 4

Drag the slider up in the "Mic Volume" section of the "Recording Control" window.

Step 5

Click the "Advanced" button at the bottom of the "Mic Volume" section. Check the box marked "Microphone Boost" to increase the volume further.

Step 6

Speak into your microphone and make a sample recording to make sure that the volume is at your desired level.

Increasing Microphone Volume on a Mac

Step 1

Choose "System Preferences" from the Apple menu.

Step 2

Click on the "Sound" icon.

Step 3

Click on the tab labeled "Input"

Step 4

Drag the input volume slider to the right to increase volume.

Step 5

Speak into your microphone and make a sample recording to make sure that the volume is at your desired level.