[SOLVED] AirPods Pro Microphone issues on Windows 10 - Appuals.com (2022)

The Airpods Pro microphone might not work on your Windows 10 PC if the PC’s Windows/drivers or firmware of the AirPods are outdated. Moreover, the corrupt or incompatible Bluetooth Windows driver may also cause the issue at hand.

The issue arises when the user fails to use the AirPod mic on his Windows 10 PC (sometimes after a Windows update and sometimes, when trying for the first time) although the AirPods working perfectly as the sound output device.

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Before proceeding with the solutions to use AirPods Pro mic on Windows 10, check if disconnecting/reconnecting the AirPods and PC resolves the mic issue. Moreover, make sure the “Allow Access to Your Microphone” and “Choose Which Apps Can Access Your Microphone” settings are enabled in the Privacy Settings of your system. Also, check if the AirPods Pro is set as the Default Communication Device in the Sound Control Panel. Furthermore, make sure the Telephony service is enabled in the Services tab of the headset Properties in Settings>> Devices>> Devices and Printers.

Solution 1: Update Windows / Drivers of the PC and Firmware of the AirPods

The AirPod’s mic might not work if its firmware or Windows/device drivers are outdated as it can create incompatibility between the devices (i.e., the PC and AirPods). In this context, updating the Windows, drivers, and firmware of the AirPods may solve the problem.

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  1. Update the Windows and device drivers (especially Bluetooth drivers) of your system. Make sure no optional update is pending uninstall. Also, if you are using an OEM utility (like Dell Support Assistant), then use it to update the drivers.
  2. After updating, check if the AirPod mic is working fine. If the issue persists, then put the AirPods in their case, bring the case close to your iPhone, then open the case’s lid and dismiss the notification on the iPhone. Then update the firmware of the AirPods in the iPhone’s Settings>> General>> About>> AirPods>> Firmware Version.
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  3. After updating the firmware of the AirPods, check if the AirPods mic is clear of the issue.
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Solution 2: Re-add the AirPods Pro to the System

The AirPods Pro mic issue could be a result of a temporary glitch of the communication/Bluetooth modules of the system. In this case, re-adding the AirPods Pro to the system may solve the problem. But before proceeding, make sure there is no Bluetooth interference from any other device (e.g., disable Bluetooth of your iPhone) and unpair both devices (i.e., your PC and the AirPods).

  1. Put your AirPods in their charging case and held the pairing button of the case.
  2. Now, without releasing the pairing button, open the AirPods case’s lidand wait till the green light starts blinking.
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  3. Then release the pairing button and on the Windows 10 system, press the Windows key.
  4. Now type ‘Bluetooth and Other Devices Settings’ and click on Add Bluetooth or Other Device.
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  5. Then click on Headset and after the successful pairing of the devices, right-click on the Speaker icon (in the system’s tray).
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  6. Now choose Sounds and then head to the Recording tab.
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  7. Then right-click on the AirPods Pro Stereo and choose the Default Device.
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  8. Now repeat the same in the Playback tab and check if the mic is working fine. If not, then try the steps again after a system reboot.

Solution 3: Change the Applications’ Settings

If the issue is only with some applications, then that application may not have been properly configured to use the AidPod Pro mic. In this context, making the relevant changes in the application’s settings may solve the problem. For elucidation, we will discuss the process for the Zoom application.

  1. Launch the Zoom Settings and head to the Audio tab.
  2. Now expand the dropdown of Speaker and choose Headset Airpod.
  3. Then expand the dropdown of Microphone and choose Headset Airpod.
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  4. Now relaunch the application and check if it is working fine.

If the issue persists, then check if choosing Stereo as Speaker and Microphone as ‘Same as System’ resolves the issue.

Solution 4: Run the Built-in Troubleshooters

The AirPod Pro mic might fail to work if any of the essential OS modules (like Bluetooth, audio, etc.) are stuck in the operation. In this scenario, running the Windows built-in troubleshooters may clear the glitch and thus solve the problem.

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  1. Press the Windows key and open Settings.
  2. Now select Update & Security and in the left pane, navigate to the Troubleshoot tab.
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  3. Then, in the right pane, open Additional Troubleshooters and click on Bluetooth to expand it.
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  4. Now click on the Run the Troubleshooter button and let its process complete.
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  5. Then apply the troubleshooter suggestions and check if the AirPod Pro mic is operating fine.
  6. If the issue persists, then run the Recording Audio troubleshooter and check if that resolves the mic issue.
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Solution 5: Use the Hands-Free Mode

If your Bluetooth adapter (mainly internal adapters) does not support the Stereo mode operation of the AirPods Pro, then switching to the Hands-Free AG Audio option may solve the problem (but the sound quality may be a bit deteriorated).

  1. In the System’s Tray, click on the Speaker icon to expand the sound devices panel.
  2. Now select the Headset (AirPods Hands-Free AG Audio) option and check if the AirPod mic is working fine.
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  3. If the issue persists, right-click Windows and select Device Manager.
  4. Now expand the option of Sound, Video, And Game Controllers and right-click on the AirPods Stereo.
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  5. Then select Disable Device and confirm to disable the AirPods Stereo device.
  6. Now exit the Device Manager and reboot your PC.
  7. Upon reboot, check if the AirPod Pro mic is working fine.

Solution 6: Reinstall the Bluetooth Driver

The AirPod Pro mic might not work on Windows 10 if your system’s Bluetooth driver is corrupt or incompatible. In this case, reinstalling the Bluetooth driver may solve the problem.

  1. Firstly, launch a web browser and download the latest version of the Bluetooth driver from the OEM website.
  2. Then right-click the Windows logo button and open Device Manager.
  3. Now expand Bluetooth and right-click on the Bluetooth device.
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  4. Then, in the menu shown, choose Uninstall Device and on the next window, checkmark the option of Delete the Driver Software for This Device.
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  5. Now click on Uninstall and let the uninstallation complete.
  6. Then reboot your PC and upon reboot, let Windows install a generic driver (if it does so).
  7. Now check if the mic issue is resolved. If not (or the Windows did not install a generic driver), then install the latest driver (downloaded at step 1) and check if the mic has started to operate fine.
  8. If the issue persists, then right-click on the Device Manager’s Bluetooth device (repeat steps 2 to 3) and choose Properties.
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  9. Now, head to the Driver tab and note down the Bluetooth driver in use. After that, click on the Update Driver button.
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  10. Now choose Browser My Computer for Drivers and on the next window, select Let Me Pick from a List of Available Driver on My Computer.
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  11. Then, in the list of the drivers, select a driver (but not the one currently in use) and click on the Next button.
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  12. Now reboot your PC and check if the AirPod Pro mic is working fine.
  13. If the issue persists, you may try another driver at step 11 (you may have to uncheck Show Compatible Driver) and check if that resolves the mic issue (you may try all the drivers one by one).

If none of the drivers does the trick for you, then check if using the Bluetooth Headset Helper by Broadcom resolves the mic issue. If the issue persists, you may try to use an external (or another Bluetooth adapter using Bluetooth 5.0 like Jabra Link 380) to resolve the issue.

Kamil Anwar

Kamil is a certified MCITP, CCNA (W), CCNA (S) and a former British Computer Society Member with over 9 years of experience Configuring, Deploying and Managing Switches, Firewalls and Domain Controllers also an old-school still active on FreeNode.

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FAQs

Why is my AirPods pro mic not working properly? ›

Reconnect AirPods to Your Device

Another quick and easy fix for the AirPods microphone not working is to reconnect your AirPods to your device. To do this, simply pop your AirPods back in their case, close the lid, then take them back out and put them in your ears. This will reconnect your AirPods to your device.

Why do my AirPods mic sound muffled on PC? ›

If you've set your AirPods to Stereo but the sound quality still suffers, it may indicate a Bluetooth adapter driver issue. A faulty or outdated Bluetooth adapter driver could lead to an unstable connection, so your AirPods may sound muffled or choppy.

How can I improve my Airpod Pro Mic quality? ›

How to Fix an Airpods Microphone
  1. Check the Battery.
  2. Try Using Only One Microphone.
  3. Turn Off All Noise Cancellation (AirPods Pro and Max)
  4. Clean the Microphones and Speakers.
  5. Check for Water Damage.
  6. Reset Your AirPods.
  7. Try Transparency Mode on Calls (AirPods Pro and Max)
  8. Update the AirPods Firmware.

How do I update my AirPods Pro firmware? ›

How to update AirPods or AirPods Pro. New firmware is installed over the air while your AirPods‌ or AirPods Pro are connected to an iOS device. Simply put them in their case, connect them to a power source, and then pair them to an iPhone or an iPad to force the update. That's it.

Can you fix AirPods microphone? ›

If the microphone on your AirPods is acting up, put them on a time out by placing them in their case for, say, 30 seconds. Remove them, then try again. This may work as it resets the Bluetooth connection with your device and hopefully restores everything as it should be.

How do I test my AirPods Pro microphone? ›

iPhone
  1. From a Home screen, navigate: Utilities. Voice Memos. .
  2. Tap. record. .
  3. Speak into the microphone.
  4. Tap. play. to listen to the recording. You can also attempt a Facetime call or use Siri to test the audio.

How do I test my AirPod microphone Windows 10? ›

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How do I make my AirPods sound better on discord? ›

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Do AirPods work well with PC? ›

Apple's AirPods are perhaps best paired with iOS devices, or at least other Apple computers. However, because they use Bluetooth to connect wirelessly to tech gear, they work well with Windows PCs, Android phones, and other mobile devices, too.

How can I make my Apple earbuds sound better on my computer? ›

Steps To Use Apple Earbuds As Mic on PC
  1. Open the Control Panel and located Sound or Hardware and Sound option.
  2. Find the Manage Audio Devices section. Click on it.
  3. Now open the Recording tab.
  4. The Apple earbuds should show in the list of connected microphones.
  5. Make it the default mic and apply the changes.

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