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Worried about accessing your microphone? Indeed, it is a matter of security and confidentiality. Completely deactivating the microphone is not necessarily the ideal solution since no application will be able to access it.

However, we will not hide it, some applications really need the microphone. Whether it’s using Cortana’s personal assistant or videoconferencing with Skype, without a microphone, you’re going to be in trouble.

Windows 10 voice recorder app not allowed to access microphone

In Windows 10, you can allow certain apps to access the microphone. Thus, it saves you from turning the microphone on or off for the entire system and all applications.

Allow apps to access the mic in Windows 10

For Microsoft Store apps

Here’s how you’ll be able to choose which apps from the Microsoft Store are allowed or not allowed to use the microphone:

  1. Open them Settings > Confidentiality.
  2. In the left menu, click Microphone.
  3. Under Choose which Microsoft Store apps can access your mic, flip the switch to Enabled for each application for which you want to allow microphone access.

Congratulation ! Now you know how to allow, or deny, apps from the Microsoft Store to access the microphone in Windows 10 👍

For office applications

Regarding desktop applications and certain Windows features, you will also be able to authorize or not access to the microphone. You will note, however, that you cannot make this choice for each application as before. It is a global authorization.

  1. Open them Settings > Confidentiality.
  2. In the left menu, click Microphone.
  3. Under Allow desktop apps to access your mic, flip the switch to Enabled.

Congratulation ! You know how to allow or not allow microphone access for desktop apps in Windows 10 👍

With the Local Group Policy Editor

In Windows 10 you have theLocal strategy editor which allows you to define access restrictions. Including access to your microphone.

  1. Open theLocal Group Policy Editor by entering the Run command : gpedit.msc.
  2. Expand the following files: Computer configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows components and click on the folder Application privacy.
  3. Double click on Allow Windows applications to access the microphone.
  4. Select Enabled, at the top of the window.

    i Information: by choosing Deactivated, you leave the configuration possible in Settings > Confidentiality.

  5. Select an option from the drop-down list under Default value for all applications, depending on your preference:
    • Under user control : allows users to make their choices in Settings > Confidentiality.
    • Force authorization : users cannot edit, applications have access to the microphone.
    • Force refusal : users cannot edit, applications have access to the microphone.

  6. Validate with OK.

Congratulation ! You know how to allow, or not, microphone access in Windows 10 with Local Group Policy Editor 👍

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