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Fix Google Meet Not Detecting Headphones – Technipages

Google Meet is a secure and versatile video conferencing platform with a straightforward and easy-to-use interface. The best part is that you don’t need to download anything on your computer. All you need to do is go to and use your Google account to join or start video calls.

Unfortunately, Google Meet is sometimes affected by minor hiccups and errors. For example, the platform may fail to detect your headphones. Let’s explore how you can troubleshoot this issue.

How to Fix Google Meet Not Recognizing Headphones

Check Your Mic

Check your headphones and cable and make sure they’re not faulty. Ensure you did not accidentally enable the mute button. If possible, grab a different mic or another pair of headphones and check if you’re experiencing the same issue.

Check Your Browser Settings

Make sure Chrome is up-to-date. Go to Settings, select Help and then click About Google Chrome to check for updates. Additionally, close all the other tabs that may be using audio input from your microphone.

Next, go to and click on the lock icon. Select Site settings and set use the drop-down menu to always allow Meet to use your microphone.

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Then disable all your browser extensions. Some of them might be interfering with Google Meet. If it’s been a long time since you last cleared your browser cache, it’s a good idea to get rid of all those temporary files.

Click on your browser menu and navigate to More Tools, select Extensions, and manually toggle off all your extensions.disable browser extensions chromium

Then click on History, and hit the Clear browsing data option. After selecting the time range and the type of data you want to clear, hit the Clear data button.clear browser cache cookies chrome

Check Your Mic Settings

Maybe your current privacy settings are preventing Google Meet from accessing and using your computer. Or maybe the mic volume is inaudible.

  1. Go to Settings, click on System and then select Sound.
  2. Make sure to select your mic as your default input device.
  3. Hit the Troubleshoot button and let your computer automatically detect and fix your audio issues.

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Go back to Settings and select Privacy. On the left-hand pane, scroll down to Microphone and enable the two options that allow your apps to access your microphone.

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If Google Meet fails to detect your headphones, make sure the service can access and use your microphone. Disable all your browser extensions and clear the cache to prevent other elements from interfering with the online meeting platform. If you found other potential solutions to troubleshoot this problem, let us know in the comments below.

This post was written by Madalina Dinita and was first posted to Technipages

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