How to Set Your Default Microphone and Camera on Windows 11

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Key Takeaways

  • To set your preferred microphone as default for audio or communication, navigate to Settings > System > Sound > More sound settings, go to the “Recording” tab, and set your preferred device as default.
  • To change your default camera, disable all other camera devices except the one you want to use.


If you have multiple microphones or webcams connected to your Windows 11 computer and want to use a particular device automatically, without having to mess around in the settings each time, you have to set your preferred device as default. We’ll show you how to do just that.


How to Change Your Default Microphone on Windows 11

There are two ways to set a microphone as default: “set as default for audio” and “set as default communication device”.

When set as default for audio, your microphone will serve as an audio input device for all programs and apps. If you set it as default for communication, it’ll only be used for audio input during audio and video calls.

To set your preferred microphone device as default, right-click the “Start” button and select “Settings.” Then, select the “System” tab on the left and open “Sound”. After that, scroll to the bottom and click on “More sound settings.”

Opening the more sound settings from the settings app on windows 11

In the Sound window, navigate to the “Recording” tab. Right-click on your preferred device and select “Set as Default Device.”

Selecting the desired microphone as default in sound settings on windows 11

When you set your preferred microphone as the default device for audio, Windows automatically selects one of the other microphone devices as the default communication device.

Separate microphone devices set as default for audio and communications in the sound settings on windows 11

If you want to use a different device for communication than what is currently selected, right-click on your preferred device and select “Set as Default Communication Device.”

Selecting the primary microphone as default for communications in sound settings on windows 11

How to Change Your Default Camera on Windows 11

Unlike microphones, you can’t directly set your preferred camera device as default. Instead, you have to disable all other camera devices except the one you intend to use. Once you do that, Windows will start to use the only enabled device as your primary camera.

To disable a camera device, right-click the “Start” button and select “Settings.” Then, navigate to the “Bluetooth and Devices” tab on the left and open the “Cameras” settings on the right. Here, you’ll see all the cameras connected to your device.

Opening the camera settings from the settings app on windows 11

Simply open the settings of the camera that you want to disable, click “Disable”, and then click “Yes” in the confirmation box.

Disabling a camera device in the camera settings on windows 11

Repeat this process for other camera devices you want to disable.


That’s how you can easily change your default microphone and use your preferred webcam on Windows—no need to manually detach USB cables if you have multiple devices connected.

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