Fix MacBook Not Recognizing Blue Yeti Mic


Blue Yeti microphones are great for podcast makers and streamers. These devices can capture crystal clear sound, which allows you to create high quality content. MacBooks are the pinnacle of productivity and multimedia computers. That’s why the Blue Yeti and Mac combo can help you create content that will stand out from the crowd.

The bad news is that Mac M1s can sometimes fail to detect Blue Yeti microphones. Microphone does not appear as an input option or does not work properly. Let’s see how you can fix this problem and help your Mac detect your Blue Yeti mic.

How to get Blue Yeti to work on Mac

Configure your microphone correctly

If your mic can’t pick up any sound, or you can’t use it as an input device, you might not have configured it correctly.

  1. Connect your Yeti microphone to your Mac using the USB cable that came with the box.
  2. Then click on the Apple menu and select System Preferences.
  3. Click on Ring and select the Grab tongue. Set your Yeti mic as the audio input device.

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Start your Mac with the microphone plugged in

Many users who have encountered the same issue have successfully resolved it by starting their Mac with the Yeti microphone plugged in. But you must refrain from launching Blue software. Of course, this means that you can only use your Yeti microphone as a basic mic, and you cannot access any advanced settings or features. Also, if you launch audio fine-tuning tools or unplug the mic and then plug it back in, the mic will stop working.

Software compatibility issues on the radar

There appears to be a software compatibility issue affecting the connection between your Mac computers and Blue Yeti microphones.

If you’re using a third-party tool, such as Logitech G, to fine-tune your audio and mic settings, you may be prompted to unplug your mic. But it will prevent your mic from working, so you can ignore the prompt even if it is from Blue Sherpa or Blue Voice. In rare cases, your Yeti microphone may become unresponsive after launching these tools.

Install Krisp

However, many users have confirmed that Krisp works for them. This third-party noise cancellation software seems to give decent results. This program is not perfect but at least you can access some additional mic settings.

Update your Mac

We are sure Blue Microphones and Apple are working to resolve compatibility issues between Mac M1s and Blue microphones. The fix may land with the next macOS update. That’s why you should update your Mac as soon as Apple rolls out a new version of macOS.

Go to System Preferences, select Software update then check for updates.

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Sometimes your Mac may not recognize Blue Yeti microphones or launch advanced audio settings. This issue appears to be triggered by compatibility issues between Blue Yeti software and newer Mac M1s. To use your Yeti as a basic mic, you must start up your Mac with the mic plugged in.

Have you experienced similar issues with your blue microphone? Tell us about your experience in the comments below.


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