Bug 243260 - When a bluetooth headset is attached, the internal mic gain is very low
Summary: When a bluetooth headset is attached, the internal mic gain is very low
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: WebKit
Classification: Unclassified
Component: WebRTC (show other bugs)
Version: Safari 15
Hardware: Mac (Intel) macOS 11
: P2 Major
Assignee: Nobody
Keywords: InRadar
Depends on:
Reported: 2022-07-27 12:47 PDT by Joshua Smith
Modified: 2022-07-28 06:30 PDT (History)
3 users (show)

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Description Joshua Smith 2022-07-27 12:47:02 PDT
In Safari 15.6, the internal mic gets very quiet when a bluetooth headset is attached. I've created this simple test page to demonstrate:


It starts with the default mic (showing a level meter and a DB estimate). If you click a button to select a different mic, it will reload the page and use that mic instead.

Test 1:

With no bluetooth headset attached, the levels from the internal mic are strong.

Test 2:

Attach a bluetooth headset and reload the page.
Click the button to select the bluetooth headset.
The levels from the headset mic will be strong.
Click the button to select the internal mic.
The levels from the internal mic barely register.


- In a video-conferencing application, you can hear that internal mic works. It is just extremely soft.
- I checked that this isn't a system preferences issue; cranking internal mic gain there does not help.
- Using the same test page in Firefox 103, everything works correctly, so this appears to be a Safari issue, not a Mac OS issue
Comment 1 Radar WebKit Bug Importer 2022-07-28 00:17:37 PDT
Comment 2 Joshua Smith 2022-07-28 06:30:41 PDT
I am unable to reproduce this in Mac OS 12.4 on an M1 2020 macbook air. So it may be a Mac OS 11-only problem.