This evening we needed to troubleshoot an echoing issue after some Microphone changes out in the Pub/Gaming room.
This little tutorial pertains to Microphone Echoing issues on Windows 10 for Google Hangouts, when using a USB microphone.
- Adjust your microphone so it is physically pointing away from your speakers.
- Lower your speaker volume slightly ~10%.
- Press the Windows key on your keyboard and type Audio into the search box that appears.
- Look for an entry for Manage audio devices and select that.
- This will open your Sound settings.
- Select the Recording tab and then scroll to your desired USB Microphone and choose it’s Properties. In my case it’s a Desktop Microphone (Studio – Microsoft LifeCam), with the Properties button in Yellow as you can see in the following photo.
- From the Microphone Properties window that opens, select the Advanced tab, and look for the Allow applications to take exclusive control of this device setting, and uncheck it as you see in the following photo.
- From this point, you will need to go to your Levels tab and select the Desktop Microphone slider. You will Lower your level to 60 and press Apply. This will reduce the sensitivity of the microphone, and likely reduce the echo. At this point, you will need to perform a test with Google Hangouts. You may need to repeat this step a few times, either lowering or raising the Levels as the test reflects.