Are you answering a voice call directly from your wrist but the caller isn’t able to hear you? This happens when the microphone on your Apple Watch isn’t working as it should. A glitch could automatically mute your device’s microphone and thus render it unusable!
It happened to me on a brand new Apple Watch Series 6 model, running watchOS 7.0.2. Every time when I was picking up a call from my watch I couldn’t have a proper conversation. I could hear the caller at the other end of the line, but he couldn’t get any audio input from my end.
How To Fix Apple Watch Microphone Not Working
1. Tap The Microphone Icon
Your first option is to check the microphone icon on the watchOS 7 ongoing call interface. It’s available in the bottom-left corner of the screen. It shouldn’t be muted.
Fix: Even if the icon isn’t muted, tap it once to bring it to the mute state and tap again to unmute. Continue to speak while you perform these actions to check if the situation changes and your call partner starts to get any audio from your end.
2. Check Paired iPhone
If your paired iPhone is nearby check it. If the call is routed through the iOS device, the ongoing call interface will be also displayed on the smartphone, after you wake the screen.
Make sure that the microphone isn’t muted. If it is, tap the mic icon once to unmute and check if the problem has been fixed.
Fact: That’s what was happening in my case. Apparently, an iOS 14 bug was automatically muting the microphone, when picking up calls from Apple Watch. Unmuting the microphone temporarily fixes the issue for the current call, but the issue reoccurs whenever you pick up the next call. force restarting Apple Watch and iPhone did not help either!
3. Permanent Fix
Thankfully, this bug seems to have been patched in the latest iOS 14.1. update. Ever since I updated my iPhone to this latest OS release the muted microphone bug has disappeared.
Do you encounter the same problem on your Apple Watch? Use the comments section available below and let us know if iOS 14.1 fixed the problem for you too.
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