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9 Effective Solutions to Fix Microphone Issues on Samsung Galaxy Phones

A dysfunctional microphone on your Galaxy phone can be a frustrating problem that hampers various functions like video recording and voice calling. Instead of rushing to a service center, try these effective solutions to fix the microphone issue in no time.

1. Test the Microphone

Before troubleshooting the microphone, it's essential to determine whether the issue lies with the device or a specific app. You can test the microphone by recording a video.

  1. Swipe up from your home screen to access the app drawer menu.
  2. Open the Camera app and start recording a video.
  3. Record your voice and surrounding sound in the video and save it to the Gallery.
  4. Open the Gallery app and play the video to check if the audio is working.

If the video has audio, the microphone is functioning correctly, and the problem may be related to the app you're using. If there's no audio, proceed with the following solutions.

2. Enable Microphone Access

In Android 12-based One UI 4.0 software, Samsung allows users to disable on-device camera and microphone access. If you've disabled microphone access for any reason, follow these steps to enable it:

  1. Swipe up from the One UI home screen and open the Settings app.
  2. Scroll to Privacy.
  3. Enable the Microphone access toggle under the Controls and alerts menu.

Test the microphone again to see if it's working.

3. Remove Phone Case

If you're using a phone case without precise cutouts for the microphones, it can obstruct the audio input. Inspect your phone case, especially if it's from an unknown brand, and ensure that the microphone holes at the top and bottom are not blocked. Remove the case and test the microphone again.

4. Check Microphone Permission for Apps

If you're facing microphone issues with a specific app, it's possible that you denied microphone permission during app setup. To enable the permission:

  1. Long-press the app causing problems and open the App info menu.
  2. Go to the Permissions menu.
  3. Select Microphone.
  4. Toggle on the Allow only while using the app option.

5. Disconnect Bluetooth Devices

If your Galaxy phone is connected to a TWS (total wireless stereo) device, it may use the connected Bluetooth device's microphone instead of the phone's built-in microphone. To resolve this, disable Bluetooth from the quick toggles menu.

6. Clean the Device Microphone

In dusty environments, your phone's microphone may accumulate dust particles over time. Use a toothbrush with tiny brushes to carefully clean the microphone. Avoid using compressed air, as it may damage the phone's internals.

7. Force Stop Bixby Voice

Bixby, Samsung's digital assistant, may sometimes cause microphone issues if it's running in the background. To force stop Bixby Voice:

  1. Find Bixby in the app drawer and open the app info menu.
  2. Select Force stop at the bottom.

8. Dry Your Phone

Although most Galaxy phones have an IP68 rating, it's best to avoid using the microphone when the phone is wet. If your phone has been exposed to water, let it dry completely before testing the microphone again.

9. Reset Settings

Incorrect settings can also cause microphone issues on your phone. To reset the settings:

  1. Open Samsung Settings.
  2. Go to General management and open the Reset menu.
  3. Select Reset all settings and confirm your decision.

Enjoy a Flawless Microphone on Your Galaxy Phone

If none of the above solutions work and your microphone still doesn't function properly, it may be necessary to visit a Samsung service center for further inspection. With these effective solutions, you can regain full functionality of your Galaxy phone's microphone and enjoy a seamless experience in various applications.