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Failed to detect microphone and speaker appears from time to time


Hi,  I presently use Zoom on my PC its a Lenovo 10110 and for some reason over the past 6 months I have started to get the above message when I log on, I have been through every google suggestion known and nothing seems to work, but for some reason occasionally it starts working again and is fine for a few weeks then suddenly goes again. its very frustrating as I need to use Zoom for my work but I cant rely on it now as I dont know if it will work from one day to the next, but have done all the tests it has asked me to. 

Any new suggestions please ?


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Zoom Moderator

Hi @Coventry24 


Have you tried deleting the Zoom app, restarting your computer, and reinstalling it? This does the trick for many users!

Keep me updated.


Zoom Community Team

I have tried deleting Zoom and reinstalling. Nothing is working. This has happened three days in a row. Frustrating!


Hi @nikonjeff , 

I know how frustrating this can be, let me try to assist the best I can.

Could you please check if you have enabled or turned “ON” the “Allow access to the microphone on this device” (Windows Only). Here's how: 


1. On the Windows machine,> Click Start > Click settings (gear icon) > then go to privacy > scroll down or search for microphone then click it.

2. On the 'Microphone access for this device is off' > Click change

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3. Make sure microphone access for this device is “ON”

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4. Then allow apps (Zoom) to access your microphone.

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If this does not help, could you please run the CleanZoom file by clicking on this link and then opening the download:

Once done initializing, please reboot the device and visit this link to download the 64-bit version of the Zoom Client:

Let me know if this works!

Zoom Community Team