How to Activate a Microphone on Mac
This wikiHow teaches you how to enable an internal or external microphone on your Mac.
1. Connect an external microphone, if desired.
2. Click on theApplemenu.
3. Click onSystem Preferences.
4. Click onSound.
5. Click onInput.
6. Select a microphone.
7. Adjust the input settings.
Connect an external microphone.If you'd like to use an external microphone, connect it to your Mac via a USB port, an audio line-in port, or Bluetooth.
- Most Macs, including all laptops, have a built-in microphone, but an external microphone typically affords better sound quality.
- Different Macs have different port configurations: Not all Macs have a line-in port, and some models of MacBook have a single audio port that can be used as both audio line-in and line-out. Check the sides and back of your Mac to determine what ports are available.
Click on the Apple menu.It's in the upper-left corner of the screen.
Click onSystem Preferences.It's near the top of the drop-down menu.
Click onSound.It's in the right-center of the window.
Click onInput.It's a tab at the top of the window.
Select a microphone.All available microphones and audio input devices will be listed in the menu near the top of the window. Click on the one you'd like to use.
- If your Mac is equipped with a built-in mic, it will be listed as "Internal microphone".
- If you don't see your external microphone on the menu, check it's connection.
Adjust the settings for the selected microphone.Use the controls in the bottom half of the window to do so.
- Move the slider for "Input volume" to the right to make the microphone more sensitive to sound.
Test the sound level.Speak into the microphone to see if the sound registers in the meter marked "Input level." If you see blue lights in the input level bar when you speak, your microphone has been activated.
- The box next to "Mute" in the lower-right corner of the window should be unchecked.
- If the "Input level" bar doesn't light up when you speak, check your microphone's connection and adjust the input volume.
QuestionMy internal mic is detecting my voice, but no one can hear me when I call. What should I do?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerMake sure that whatever application you're using has microphone enabled. For example, if you are running appear.in in Google Chrome, your flash player might not be enabled.Thanks!
QuestionIf I don't have an external microphone, will this still work?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerMost Macs have an internal microphone, and this should be active by default.Thanks!
QuestionHow do I turn on a Macbook Pro when the keyboard and screen are off?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYou press and hold the power button on the top-right part on the keyboard until it turns on.Thanks!
QuestionDo I need to turn off the microphone if I'm not using it?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerWhile it's not necessary, it's a good idea to turn it off when you're not using it to save RAM and to prevent yourself from accidentally recording something.Thanks!
QuestionHow do I use an external microphone on a Mac without a headphone jack?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerApple does not make any computer that does not have a headphone jack. You may want to double check all of your ports to make sure you are not overlooking the headphone jack.Thanks!
QuestionMy external mic isn't being detected by my Mac. What do I do?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerThe box next to "Mute" in the lower-right corner of the window should be unchecked. If the "Input level" bar doesn't light up when you speak, check your microphone's connection and adjust the input volume.Thanks!
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What if my external mic is not an option in the "input" window?
What if I only have an internal microphone?
- If using audio software that goes with your external microphone, you may also need to set the software's preferences to make the microphone your Mac's input device.
- Set the slider that controls the "Input volume" level to about 70 percent to pick up optimal sound for recording.
Things You'll Need
Computer's instruction manual
USB or other port for microphone
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