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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

How to See Which Apps Are Using Your Microphone on Windows 10

Microphone icon in Windows 10's notification area

Have you ever wondered which applications on your PC are listening to your microphone? A new feature in Windows 10’s May 2019 Update tells you, but it’s easy to miss. This feature works for both desktop apps and Store apps.

How to See What’s Using Your Microphone Right Now

If an application is using your microphone, you’ll see a microphone icon in your notification area, also known as your system tray. It’s black if you’re using Windows 10’s light theme and white if you’re using Windows 10’s dark theme.

Hover your cursor over the icon and Windows will tell you which app is currently using your microphone. If more than one application is currently using your microphone, Windows will show you how many applications are using your microphone.

Mousing over the microphone icon in the May 2019 Update's system tray

If you don’t see the microphone icon, be sure to check the overflow menu by clicking the up arrow to the left of your notification icons. If the microphone icon is hidden here and you’d prefer it visible on your taskbar, you can drag and drop it to the notification area on your taskbar.

This icon only appears while an application is currently using, or listening to, your microphone. If you don’t see it, no applications are using your microphone right now.

2 apps are using your microphone message on Windows 10

If multiple applications are using your microphone and you’d like to know which, click the icon. It will take you to the Settings > Privacy > Microphone window. Scroll through the list and look for applications with red “Currently in use” text.

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