Fix Nexus 6P microphone problems and issues

Nexus 6P is the last iteration of Google Nexus Series. It is still loved by many. Nexus 6P proved out to be the best among its peers when it was released. From the latest software updates each month to the top-notch hardware of Huawei. Everything seems to be perfect. There are few units who have microphone issues, users have complained that over calls the other person can’t properly hear them, or it seems like you are talking from far behind. Today, I will present you with all possible methods that can be used to fix Nexus 6P microphone problem.

Although, everyone was expecting that this issue will be resolved with Android Nougat update. Nexus 6P has now got Android 8.1 December security patch but the issue is still there on some phones. It is December of 2018 with 3 iterations of its successor phones have been released and Nexus 6P is still getting regular security fixes and updates. Although, it looks like this security patch was the last that Nexus 6P will ever get.

Fix Nexus 6P Microphone Problem:

Well, most of the users have associated this problem with noise cancellation feature of Nexus 6P. You might have noticed there a black hole on the back side of Nexus 6P under the camera, but very few people know it’s a secondary microphone that has a job of noise cancellation.

  • The general opinion is that while on call user the mic that’s why on the other end your voice sounds muffled. Or maybe the phone cover or casing you are using is covering the secondary mic.
  • There is a second opinion, which stats that the microphone present at the back is disrupting the primary Nexus 6P microphone. They have an opinion that covering the mic solves the problem for them.
  • Rooted users have found another solution they are like deactivating the noise canceling feature solves the problem for them. For this, you will have to make changes in the build.prop.
    • In the build.prop locate and change it to

Other Solutions of Nexus 6P Microphone Problem:

I have compiled a list of other methods that helped me with a Samsung smartphone, which had the same problem.

Following are some tricks to fix Nexus 6P microphone issues:

  1. Clean the microphone port gently with a sharp thin needle removing the debris inside the holes.

This method seems to be the best, over the period of time the microphone holes tend to get blocked with dust and debris which blocks proper functioning of the microphone.

Fix Nexus 6P microphone problems and issues

Also, clean the secondary mic that is present on the back side of the phone under the camera. It might not resolve the problem to the full extent but it will help in clearing the voice relatively because it suppresses the background noise from reaching the person on the other side of the call.

Clean the cache partition to fix Nexus 6P Microphone problem:

If nothing is helping to fix this problem. Clean the cache partition of your phone there might be some application data causing this issue. It is the best solution to fix any type of software issues.

Follow the steps below to clear cache of Nexus 6P to fix mic problem:

  1. First of all, turn off your Nexus 6P.
  2. Now press and hold the Power and Volume down until the device turns on.
  3. Now on the screen, you will see “Start”.
  4. Press the Volume down button until you get to “Recovery mode“.
  5. Select using the Power button to start recovery mode. You’ll see an image of an Android on the screen.
  6. Press and hold the Power button. While holding, press the Volume up button once. Then release the Power button.
  7. Now you will be in the recovery menu. Use the volume button to navigate to”Wipe cache partition” and use the power button to select it.
  8. Use the volume button to navigate to “Yes” and then press the Power button to select it.
  9. Wait until the operating is complete. Once it’s done, on the bottom of the screen you will see the notification that says, “Cache wipe complete.”
    Press the Power button to restart your device.

if you guys know of some other solution to this Nexus 6P mic problem. Do let us know using the comments. Also, If issues of Nexus 6P microphone isn’t yet solved and you need some assistance. You can also contact Google support for Nexus phones.

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Khaled AlAkhras
Khaled AlAkhras
3 years ago

I had this issue for more than a year and I finally fixed it using:

Good Luck.

Вячеслав Иванов
Вячеслав Иванов
3 years ago

Where is microphone port?

Abdullah Akbar Shafi
3 years ago

On Nexus 6P. The cylindrical hallow space on the downside of your phone is Microphone. It is also visible in the picture above.

Bruce S
Bruce S
2 years ago

Your suggestion of cleaning the tiny microphone hole on the back of my 6P solved my problem. I called people who had previously complained that I sounded like I was in a tin can and they said that I now sound fine.

Abdullah Akbar Shafi
2 years ago
Reply to  Bruce S

Glad it worked for you. I had same issue with my Nexus 6P. Now it is alot better.

Hussein A
Hussein A
20 days ago

Assalam ;
I have 6p Nexus phone its microphone is not working. it gave some problems for a week like the other side was not hearing me, in the conversation.
now the phone is not detecting any sound from it.
(using external mike headphone jacked sound is ok.
I cleaned both mike’s holes.
reset the cache.
reinstalled android successfully, same problem
how to test the Microphone hardware is ok.
what do you suggest?

Hussein A
Hussein A
13 days ago

Yes it is a hardware bad connector connection. It is fixed now