5 Best Fixes for Microsoft Teams Microphone Not Working on Mac
The best video calling apps commonly share some features, and one common issue is related to the microphone. This problem can occur on popular apps like Zoom, Google Meet, Skype, and Microsoft Teams. The causes of this issue vary depending on the device and the operating system. For Windows 10 computers, we have a detailed guide on how to resolve microphone issues in Teams. In this guide, we will specifically address microphone issues on MacBooks and iMacs.
If Microsoft Teams doesn’t detect a microphone, start troubleshooting by restarting your Mac. For external devices like headphones, ensure they are properly plugged in and not damaged. Test the headphones or microphone on another computer to see if it works. Also, check if you have been muted by the meeting host or accidentally muted yourself. If the microphone still doesn’t work, proceed to the solutions below.
1. Switch Microphones
If you have multiple audio devices connected to your Mac, you may need to manually choose the default device for meetings.
Step 1: In the meeting window, tap the three-dotted menu icon on the app’s menu bar.
Step 2: Select Device Settings.
Step 3: Tap the Microphone drop-down button and select the device Microsoft Teams will use as the default microphone.
2. Force Quit Microsoft Teams
When an app isn’t working correctly, force quitting it could help fix errors causing malfunction. If participants cannot hear you during a Microsoft Teams’ meeting, start by force-quitting the app and relaunching it.
Step 1: With the Microsoft Teams app window opened, hold the Shift button, and tap the Apple logo on the menu bar. Step 2: Next, tap ‘Force Quit Microphone Teams.’
To close Microsoft Teams, use this keyboard shortcut: Option + Shift + Command + Escape.
3. Modify Teams Media Permissions
If the issue persists after force-quitting and restarting the app, go to the in-app settings and check if Microsoft Teams has media access. Media access refers to Teams’ permission to access your Mac’s speakers, microphone, and camera. Here’s how to do it:
1. Launch Microsoft Teams and tap the profile avatar or picture at the top-right corner.
Step 2: Next, select Settings.
Step 3: Go to Settings and find Permissions.
Step 4: Make sure the ‘Media’ option is enabled. You can toggle it off and back on.
Try making a test call to check if Microsoft Teams now works with your Mac’s microphone.
4. Modify Mac’s Privacy Settings
Activating required permissions for Microsoft Teams on macOS involves a two-step process. First, there’s the in-app permission as explained in method #2. Secondly, you must grant the app Privacy permission in your Mac’s System Preferences.
When you first launch Microsoft Teams after installation, you’ll be prompted to grant Camera and Microphone access. If you didn’t receive this prompt or denied the permission, follow these steps to grant Microsoft Teams access to your Mac’s microphone.
Step 1: Launch System Preferences and select ‘Security & Privacy.’
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Step 2: Go to the Microphone section and tap the lock icon to edit your device’s microphone permission.
Step 3: Authenticate the ‘Security & Privacy’ preferences menu using your device’s password or Touch ID.
Step 4: Check Microsoft Teams.
If the app is open or active, you’ll be prompted to close it. Tap Quit Now to proceed.
Launch Microsoft Teams again and check if the microphone now works with the app.
Some Mac users complain that they cannot find Teams in the microphone section of the Privacy menu. If this describes your predicament, the ideal thing to do is delete Microsoft Teams from your Mac and reinstall it. Launch Finder, go to the Applications folder, right-click on Microsoft Teams, and select ‘Move to Bin.’
Restart your Mac and download the app again from Microsoft’s official website.
Speak and Be Heard
Microphone glitches are common in Microsoft Teams. If your Mac’s built-in microphone doesn’t work with Teams, it’s likely due to a bug. Unfortunately, there is no workaround, so you’ll have to wait for a fix. If the microphone doesn’t work in other apps, try resetting your Mac’s PRAM or take it to an Apple repair center for examination.
Next up, Microsoft Teams enables document signing within the app. To learn how, check out the guide below.
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