How to disable or turn off the Microphone in Windows 10

If you are looking to turn off or disable your Mic or Microphone in Windows 10/8/7, then this post will show you how to do it easily. many people these days, prefer to disable the Mic and the Webcam for privacy and security reasons, as they can get hacked and the hackers would be able to hear everything you say or see everything you do in from of your laptop.

Turn off Microphone in Windows 10

disable turn off microphone windows 10

Right-click on the Start Button to open the WinX Menu. Here select Device Manager. This interface lets you easily manage your devices and the device drivers.

Now expand the Audio inputs and outputs section and you will see your Microphone listed there.

Right click on it and select Disable.

When you do that, you will see a dialog box stating:

Disabling this device will cause it to stop functioning. Do you really want to disable it?

Click on Yes, and your computers Mic will be disable.

To enable it back, follow the same procedure and select Enable.

These days, using Remote Access Technology (RAT), hackers can compromise your system and watch you, monitor your activities and even record your actions, using your own webcam or microphone!  So, if you are one, who never uses the webcam and who fears being watched or heard, you may want to disable the webcam and the Mic. You can of course always enable it again anytime in the future, should the need arise.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. 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. To be sure, install a wrong driver for it, then disable, it will prevent it from being updated and enabled.

  2. Gummy

    I tweaked my laptop that way. I still can record audio trough my computer mic via VLC.

  3. Gummy

    I also disabled my webcam. I cannot capture any image with it.
    Any logic??

  4. Gummy

    Ok! If you really want your Mic disabled. apply the above tip.

    Then, in addition go to to your sound manager (speaker icon in your taskbar [lower right part of the desktop] ). Do the right click on it. Select recording device. In the open dialog box, right click on the microphone icon and disable it.

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