How to Increase or Boost Microphone Volume in Windows 8

While using voice-over-IP services such as Skype on your Windows 8 desktop, you may have observed sometimes the quality of voice sinks. Under such circumstances, you may have to boost the volume to recover the audio quality. So if you think your Microphone volume is too low at times, this tip will tell you how to boost microphone volume in Windows 8. Sure this applies to earlier versions of Windows 7 and Windows Vista too – but since we are now using Windows 8, we mention Windows 8 specifically.

Boost Microphone Volume in Windows 8

From the Windows 8 Desktop Screen, right-click on the ‘Sound’ icon and from the options displayed, select ‘Recording Devices’.

Recording devices option

Right-click on the active microphone. Active microphone has a green check-mark marked against it. Depending upon the setup there may be multiple microphones present.

recording sound

Again, right-click the active mic and select the ‘Properties’ option.


Then, under the Microphone Properties window, from the ‘General’ tab, switch to ‘Levels’ tab and adjust the boost level.


By default, the level is set at 0.0 dB. You can adjust it up to +40 dB using the slider provided.

Be sure to carry out the process during your conversation so that you get the feedback from the other end immediately. This will also tell you whether the adjustments made are appropriate or not.

Microphone volume too low

In rare cases, it has been observed that boosting the microphon volume may not solve your problem. If it is so, select the ‘Advanced’ tab from the ‘Micrpohone Properties’ window instead of ‘Levels’ and uncheck the option that reads as ‘Allow application to take executive control of this device’.

Advanced tab

Hope this helps!

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Anand Khanse aka HappyAndyK is an end-user Windows enthusiast, a Microsoft MVP in Windows, since 2006, and the Admin of Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.


  1. James Kokonas

    Wow this really helped! The boost option didn’t show up for me, but when i unchecked the “exclusive control” option, my mic volume was boosted a ton! Thanks

  2. aris855

    i tried so many other ways but only this worked for me!
    thanks a lot!

  3. Kim

    I also did not have the boost option show up for me (is that on 8.1?), but did uncheck the “Allow application to take executive control of this device” and that worked for me as well. Thanks so much for the tip!

  4. CaptainCasp

    When i unchecked the exclusive control i got something that sounded like someone blowing into my mic.
    I feel like i’m missing something. Also it sounds even more silent when i uncheck that

  5. Mathew Bledsoe

    I thought my computer didn’t even have a microphone until today. The volume was up and there was still no sound. I found this, and now my microphone works.

  6. Alkis Katsaros

    my mic is recognised in the sound/recording section,however there are no green bars indicating that it actually works,the levels section is empty,and there are no enhancement or advanced sections either,my mic is not working no matter what i do

  7. Ian Ramey

    I don’t have that on mine. I don’t know why, I have Windows 8 basic, so I don’t know if this is for pro or what.

  8. Sumit

    Can anyone tell me, what is Microphone Boost?

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