Follow these 4 steps before you start using Amira with students:

1. Setup Microphone

Lets make sure that your Chromebook is setup to hear students.

Click the time in the bottom right hand corner of the screen.

Then click the arrow to the right of the Volume bar.

We want to change microphone input to just around 50%.

3. Install Latest Chrome Version

Amira performs best on a Chromebook that has the latest browser. Amira will display correctly on Chrome version 60+. To check your browser version and confirm it is up-to-date, visit

For help updating your browser, visit the Google Chrome Support site here.

4. Always Allow the Microphone

Your browser should ask for permission to access the microphone the first time you use Amira. You should only need to give Amira permission once.

HMH Ed users will launch Amira from HMH ED and a new tab will open in Once that happens for the first time, you will see the following message. Click Allow.

Pop up on first time visit to Amira

If you do not get a prompt to enable your microphone, or you begin using Amira and get an alert at the beginning of a session about enabling your microphone, follow these steps:

  1. Start by clicking the small microphone icon (with a red X) in the browser address bar.

  2. In the pop up that appears, select “Always allow to access your microphone.”

  3. Click Done.

Google Chrome pop up

If no microphone displays, you may need to adjust your system settings to recognize a microphone (external or internal). Find more information in our support article, How do I always enable the mic?

3. Disable Pop-Up Blockers

Amira will open from Ed: Your Friend in Learning in a new tab in Chrome. Because of this, it is essential that you disable the pop-up blocker.

First, click on the three dots in the upper right corner of your Chrome window. Click Settings.

2. Within the Privacy and Security section, click Site Settings.

3. Click Pop-ups and redirects. At the top, change the setting to Allowed.

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