How to fix Meta Quest 3 microphone not working

How to fix Meta Quest 3 microphone not working - Meta Quest 3 on blue background

How to fix Meta Quest 3 microphone not working - Meta Quest 3 on blue background

Are you having problem with your VR headset because of the Meta Quest 3 microphone not working? Well, that is indeed an irritating problem but luckily there might be fixes before shipping it back.

Much like the Quest 2, the Quest 3 also comes with its own built-in microphone. Which is a neat addition so you don't have to plug in anything extra.

But what happens if find that the Quest 3 microphone not working and picking up your voice like it should? We have some fixes for you so do not despair yet.

How to fix Meta Quest 3 Microphone

The first, and arguable simplest thing to try, is a hardware reboot. To do this:

  • Hold down the Power button on your Quest 3 until the shutdown screen appears
  • Select Restart in the options
  • Once your headset has rebooted, you can try the microphone again to see if it is working.

Additionally, there are a few other things worth checking if you are having trouble with. Make sure that your audio drivers are fully up to date, and that you haven't accidentally muted either your PC or the Quest 3. You also need to make sure you have given your PC access to the microphone. To do this:

  • Press the Windows button, and in the search box enter microphone privacy. Then select Microphone privacy settings
  • Click Change, and allow Microphone access for this device
  • Scroll down to Allow apps to access your microphone and toggle the button on
  • Further down is Allow desktop apps to access your microphone. Make sure this is also turned on.

But how to test that your microphone is working correctly without going into an app or game? Let's do it.

How to test the Meta Quest 3 microphone

So, the first thing we would have to do is test your microphone to see if it works. Just follow these simple steps:

  • Make sure you have already connected your Quest 3 to your PC.
  • Select Start > Settings > System > Sound
  • From here, go to Input > Test your microphone
  • There will be a blue bar that should rise and fall in line with you speaking while wearing your Quest 3 headset.
  • If the bar is moving, then your mic is being detected properly by your PC.

If you have rebooted your device several times and your PC is correctly detecting the headset as an audio device and the mic is not muted, then there is probably something wrong with the hardware of your Quest 3. We would recommend getting in contact with Meta for a fix.

That's all we have for you on how to fix Meta quest 3 microphone not working. For more guides on the headset, check Meta Quest 3 resolution and how to connect Bluetooth headphones.

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