Here is a peculiar situation in which you may end up after connecting a microphone to Windows 10: out of nowhere, you start hearing yourself on a microphone in Windows. Whatever you try to say, Windows immediately repeats on speakers. Needless to say, that situation may be quite irritating, especially if you are on a conference call or simply try to speak to your friends, relatives, etc.
Why Do I Hear Myself on the Mic in Windows 10/11?
If Windows 10 constantly repeats what you say on the mic, it does not mean your system, microphone, or speakers are malfunctioning. In fact, that is a completely normal phenomenon called “Mic Monitoring.”
Mic monitoring in Windows 10 allows you to hear yourself and ensure your mic and speakers/headphones are working properly without any background noise, interruptions, etc. Microphone monitoring in Windows 10 works best with headphones, but it is also possible to hear yourself on the mic through regular speakers. If you noticed that you hear yourself on a microphone in Windows 10, here is what you need to do to fix it. Of course, if you did not plan to enable microphone monitoring in Windows.
Disable Hearing Yourself on a Microphone in Windows 10
- Go to Windows Settings, then click System > Sounds.
- Find the Sound Control Panel link and click on it. Windows will open a new Sound window.Another way to open the Sound Control Panel is to press WIN + R, type in and run:
- Click the Recording tab and find your microphone, which is typically the default one. Select it, then click Properties in the bottom-right corner of the window.
- Switch to the Listen tab. Here you can disable hearing yourself on a microphone in Windows 10 or select another device for monitoring. The latter will be convenient if microphone monitoring does not work in headphones and the system plays your voice on speakers.
If you want to stop hearing yourself on a microphone in Windows 10, uncheck the Listen to this device option. Press OK.
- To change the monitoring output device, select one from the Playback through this device list.
- Press OK to apply changes.
How to Disable Hearing Yourself on Mic in Windows 11?
With Windows 11 getting more attraction and popularity, it is also worth covering the latest operating system from Microsoft. Here is how to disable hearing yourself on the mic in Windows 11. The main idea is the same with some minor differences in the settings UI.
- Press Win + I to open the Settings app. You can also launch the Settings app from the Start menu or using the Win + X menu.
- Go to the System tab and press Sound.
- Scroll down and click the More Sound Settings link.
You can also launch the Sound Control Panel on Windows 11 using the Run command. Right-click the Start button, click Run, type in and run:
- Switch to the Recording tab in a new window.
- Click on your microphone and select Properties.
- Go to the Listen tab and uncheck the Listen to this device.
- If you want to listen to your microphone but the system outputs the audio to the wrong device, select your headphones from the Playback through this device drop-down list.
- Click OK to save changes. That will let you turn off hearing yourself on the mic in Windows 11.
For your information. More advanced microphones or recording systems may use their dedicated software to control sound output and recording. If you use third-party sound control panels, check the corresponding settings in there. Your app may manage microphone monitoring, not the standard Control Panel in Windows 10. You might also want to learn how to disable the microphone in Windows 10. That article covers desktop computers with discreet microphones and tells you how to turn off a microphone in a laptop.