Windows 10: Application is using the microphone though default device is off

Discus and support Application is using the microphone though default device is off in Windows 10 Drivers and Hardware to solve the problem; Since upgrade to 1903 I noticed the microphone icon is on in the taskbar. The default device mic (the webcam) is off. Skype is off too. Note that... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Drivers and Hardware' started by Pulcinella, Oct 8, 2019.

  1. Application is using the microphone though default device is off


    Since upgrade to 1903 I noticed the microphone icon is on in the taskbar. The default device mic (the webcam) is off. Skype is off too.
    Note that select icon that appear on Taskbar, camera, mic and skype are off. In previous version mic icon never showed up with this settings.
    Clicking on taskbar icon suggest that one application is using the mic. Thumbnail attached. Is this a new feature or a bug?

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    Worked out what caused the icon to show. I disabled all sound apps but my camera microphone from recording, on control panel settings. No more Icon on taskbar telling me that one application is using the microphone.

    :)
     
    Pulcinella, Oct 8, 2019
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  2. Application is using the microphone though default device is off


    Since upgrade to 1903 I noticed the microphone icon is on in the taskbar. The default device mic (the webcam) is off. Skype is off too.
    Note that select icon that appear on Taskbar, camera, mic and skype are off. In previous version mic icon never showed up with this settings.
    Clicking on taskbar icon suggest that one application is using the mic. Thumbnail attached. Is this a new feature or a bug?

    - - - Updated - - -

    Worked out what caused the icon to show. I disabled all sound apps but my camera microphone from recording, on control panel settings. No more Icon on taskbar telling me that one application is using the microphone.
     
    Pulcinella, Oct 8, 2019
    #2
  3. Arun B J Win User
    Built in microphone not working

    Hi,



    Thank you for posting your query in Microsoft Community.

    I understand your concern and will assist you to resolve this issue.

    I suggest you to follow the steps below and check if it helps

    Method 1: I suggest you to set microphone as default device and check.


    • Right click on the volume icon in the system tray and then click "Recording devices"

    • Right click on the blank space in the popped up window and then select "Show Disabled Devices" and "Show Disconnected Devices".

    • Right click on Microphone and then click "Enable".

    • Highlight the microphone and then choose "Set as Default Device".

    • Click Apply and OK.


    Step 2: Make sure that the Microphone is not disabled.


    • Make sure that the Microphone is not disabled. Follow the steps given to check that:

    • Right click on the volume icon and select “Recording devices”.

    • Now, Right Click on an empty space and select, “Show disconnected devices” and “Show disabled devices”.

    • Make sure that the Microphone is not disabled.


    And also update the audio drivers from the manufacturer web site and install.

    Hope this helps. If the issue remains unresolved, please get back to us and we would be happy to help
     
    Arun B J, Oct 8, 2019
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  4. Application is using the microphone though default device is off

    Application is using the microphone though default device is off


    @NMI Thanks for the link supplied.
    Somehow yesterday I got myself going to Settings>Taskbar>scroll down to Turn System Icons on and off. I disabled the microphone Icon from there.
    Actually I did not have to disable my sound apps recording settings. Now I have access to all my sound apps functions without having to enable them when I need as I would have to do with the method I used earlier
    Application is using the microphone though default device is off [​IMG]
    .

    Also I was worry that the application that was running and I could not recognize could be a Trojan. I spent lot of time on task manager checking all svchost entry to make sure they where bonafide.

    All good now.

    BTW Yesterday I did try most suggestions on the link you kindly supplied, none worked, the mic Icon kept showing.
    Disabling the Icon from System as above did stop the svchost process.
    I suppose now it is really solved, maybe... *Devil
     
    Pulcinella, Oct 8, 2019
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