Having problems with the microphone on your Android phone? We feel your pain.
We know how annoying it could be when your phone starts getting glitches. Isn’t it frustrating when you are in the middle of a call and suddenly, the person on the other end cannot hear you? What if it is an important business call? What if it was a phone interview?
You didn’t drop your phone. You didn’t tweak on the mic settings either. But somehow it gave up on its own. There are various possible causes why your phone’s mic is not working. Let’s look at some of it before you start getting irritated.
- Sound hindrances. Are you holding your phone properly? Check if you are not obstructing the microphone with your finger. It could also be possible that your mic glitch is due to dirt which is accumulated over time. When was the last time you cleaned your phone?
- Software upgrade.
- Third party apps.
Fixing the mic problem on your Android phone is surprisingly easy. Following the steps below could save you a lot of time and money instead of running to the nearest technician.
Side note: To check whether your microphone is working fine after each quick fix, use your recorder or do a test call to your friend or family member.
A quick restart
Your phone can get tired too. It could sometimes act up because you have been using it non-stop. Give it a quick break.
Turn off your phone and wait for about 10-30 seconds before turning it on again. This should refresh your hardware. Check if the problem is solved.
Cleaning your microphone with a pin.
This mic fix on your Android phone is simple yet it’s super effective.
You phone accumulates dirt from using it for constantly using it for a long period of time. Mobile phones are exposed to dust or small debris and this could go inside the small openings of your phone. You might not know it, but fabric pieces could get stuck especially if you’re always carrying it in your pocket.
Your mic is a small hole beside the USB connector. You can either blow at it directly or get a small pin or a thin needle and slowly poke that hole to remove any dirt inside.
Disable the noise suppression
New Android phone releases come with a cool feature called noise suppression/noise reduction. It basically reduces the background noise when you are in a call or recording a video. However, this could be the issue of why your microphone is acting up.
- On the Menu, select Settings.
- Select Call Settings.
- Look for the Noise Reduction option and disable it.
- Give your phone a quick restart and check if the problem is solved.
Removing third-party apps
Some applications can be evil. They could sometimes interfere with your phone; thus, users experience minor anomalies. First, run your phone in safe mode. This will disable all third-party apps temporarily.
Try a test call or use the recorder to check the microphone. If it is working fine, then the culprit is within your apps. Back up your phone to retain all important information and do a factory reset.
Use one microphone at a time
You might not notice it, but your phone could be connected to a Bluetooth device that interferes with your phone’s built-in mic. Be sure to disconnect your phone from other devices and do a quick restart.
Force Stopping Bixby Voice
Are you a Samsung Galaxy S9 user who is experiencing the same problem? It could be because of the Bixby Voice. Open your phone’s settings and tap Apps. From there, select Bixby Voice and select Force Stop. Check if the problem is solved.
Install Phone Doctor Plus
Phone Doctor Plus has a toolkit that will let you test your earphones and microphone. It is multi-patent and it has real system information and functions. It can check about 30 smartphone hardware items.
If all your efforts don’t give you a good return, we strongly recommend that you do not try opening your device. A friend might have advised you that the problem could be from the loose connection on your phone which can be fixed by soldering them back.
If you are not a mobile technician, do not do the soldering yourself. Let the experts do it for you. If you have recently purchased your phone and it is still under warranty, make the most out of it. Go to the nearest shop and have a professional look at it.
Did any of the steps above solve your Android microphone problems? Did you find any other fixes that can help your fellow Android users? You can share it with us through the comments section below.