Fix MacBook Not Recognizing Blue Yeti Mic

Blue Yeti microphones are perfect for podcast creators and streamers. These devices can capture crystal-clear audio allowing you to create high-quality content. MacBooks are the ultimate productivity and multimedia computers. That’s why the Blue Yeti and Mac combo can help you create content that will stand out in the crowd.

The bad news is that M1 Macs may sometimes fail to detect Blue Yeti microphones. The mic does not show up as an input option or doesn’t work properly. Let’s see how you can fix this issue and help your Mac detect your Blue Yeti mic.

How to Get Blue Yeti to Work on Mac

Set up Your Mic Properly

If your mic can’t capture any sounds or you can’t use it as your input device, maybe you did not set it up properly.

  1. Connect your Yeti mic with your Mac using the USB cable that came with the package.
  2. Then click on the Apple menu and select System Preferences.
  3. Click on Sound and select the Input tab. Set your Yeti mic as your audio input device.

macbook blue yeti mic sound settings

Boot up Your Mac With the Mic Plugged In

Many users who encountered the same problem managed to fix it by starting their Mac with the Yeti microphone plugged in. But you need to refrain from launching any Blue software. Of course, this means you can only use your Yeti microphone as a basic mic, and you can’t access any advanced settings and features. Moreover, if you launch any 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

It appears there’s a software compatibility problem affecting the connection between your Mac computers and Blue Yeti microphones.

If you use 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 this will cause your mic to stop working, so you can ignore the prompt even if it’s coming from Blue Sherpa or Blue Voice. In rare cases, your Yeti mic may become completely unresponsive after launching these tools.

Install Krisp

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

Update Your Mac

We’re sure both Blue Microphones and Apple are working on solving the compatibility issues between M1 Macs and Blue mics. The patch may land with the next macOS update. That’s why you should update your Mac as soon as Apple rolls out a new macOS version.

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

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Your Mac may sometimes fail to recognize Blue Yeti microphones or launch advanced audio settings. This issue seems to be triggered by compatibility issues between Blue Yeti software and the new M1 Macs. To use your Yeti as a basic mic, you need to boot up your Mac with the mic plugged in.

Have you encountered similar issues with your Blue microphone? Tell us more about your experience in the comments below.

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