How to Use Phone Mic with Headphones

How to Use Phone Mic with Headphones

It is very common for many of us to take calls via headphones, and the reason can also vary; it could be that you are in public and would like to hear the caller in an exemplary fashion, or perhaps, you enjoy the clarity that your headphones offer.

However, your headphones may not be equipped with an in-line microphone, which is headphones with a directly attached microphone.

This can be disappointing and inconvenient since both Androids and iPhones (iOS) do not offer this option for Bluetooth connective headphones; however, all hope is not lost; there are methods to do so.

Can You Use Phone Mic With Headphones?

Yes, you unquestionably can use your phone’s microphone while you have headphones attached or even paired. With a bit of help from an application, you can make it possible for Bluetooth connective headphones.

It can be pretty frustrating when you need to use your phone’s microphone while also using your headphones.

However, there are methods to doing so, such as using three points of contact auxiliary input jack headphones, which are basically headphones or earbuds that do not have a built-in microphone.

Since with both Androids and iPhones, you can essentially trick the phone into defaulting to using the phone’s built-in microphone, which is ideal in this scenario of needing such an arrangement.

You could purchase a pair of these headphones or earbuds without a microphone on Amazon or at your local department store for around $8.79 (US), which will provide you with the opportunity to use your headphones or earbuds and simultaneously use your phone’s microphone.

If you want or have to use the phone’s microphone while using your headphones or earbuds, you will have to utilize the services/tools of a third-party app.

Also, if your headphones have a three-point-of-contact auxiliary jack, this could also be a viable option to use your phone’s mic while using your headphones.

How to Use Phone Mic With Headphones

Whatever your reason may be, whether it is that your microphone on your headphones, be them AirPods or wired connection/input auxiliary jack, is not working or is damaged to the point of not functioning, or your headphones plainly do not have a mic built into them.

You can use your phone’s microphone while simultaneously using your headphones.

To use the phone mic while using your headphones, it will come down to two options, one is to use a third-party app such as the “Lesser AudioSwitch” app, or you could possibly use a three-point of contact 3.5mm auxiliary jack, which is relatively common place.

Firstly, we have the third-party app “Lesser AudioSwitch,” this app is available for Androids on the Google Play app Store (the Play Store app).

This app is extremely helpful in this scenario as you can have the app force your Android device to use its built-in microphone while your headphones/earbuds are plugged in via the 3.5mm auxiliary jack port or if your headphones are connected via the Bluetooth tool, such as AirPods, you will be able to use the phone’s mic.

Here, the following steps will lay out how to install and how use the “Lesser AudioSwitch” on your Android phone.

Important Note: This app cannot function on Android 11 or later due to changes made to Android 11 and later. Very few native output-selection options found in the volume panel will be available.

Step 1. First, starting at your Android home screen, you will want to proceed to open the Google Play Store app.

Step 2. Using the search bar, please go ahead and enter the search bar “Lesser AudioSwitch.”

Step 3. Tap on the officially titled app “Lesser AudioSwitch” and then select the “Install” option to download/install the application.

Step 4. Once the “Lesser AudioSwitch” has completed its installation, you will want to go ahead and open it by either tapping on the “Open” option or selecting the app icon that will appear on your home screen.

Step 5. After opening the application, you will need to select the “Settings” option located in the top right corner of the screen.

Step 6. After you have opened the Settings menu, at the very bottom of the list should be the option titled “Switch Microphones,” this option will be turned off by default, and you will want to switch it to “On” by checking the box beside the option.

Step 7. Once you have checked the box beside the “Switch Microphones” option, you will want to back out of the settings menu to the app’s home menu.

Step 8. On the home screen, you will want to select the microphone icon beside your headphones, and then you will see three options; however, you will only use the top two options.

Step 9. By default, it will be set on the middle option entitled “Internal Microphone,” which you will please switch to the top option of “Leave Unchanged” and then switch it back to the “Internal Microphone” option.

Now you will be able to use your phone’s mic while simultaneously using your headphones/earbuds, do note that you will have to do this again after every reboot.

Remember that this function and other functions are not available for the latest Android versions, 11 and 12.

Regrettably, to add to the misfortune, this particular application is not available for iPhone iOS phones, as iOS is pretty serious about what functions can and cannot be forced on their devices.

With that said, you can use the 3.5mm three points of contact auxiliary jack (without the built-in microphone) method. For this method, all you will need is a pair of headphones or earbuds with a male 3.5mm auxiliary jack.

By using wired headphones or earbuds that do not have a microphone built-in, your iPhone will default to using its built-in microphone. There are also a number of apps similar to “Lesser AudioSwitch” for iPhone iOS available on the Apple App Store.

You can also try using the headphones that came with the iPhone, and they have a mic connected inline. Apple In-Ear Headphones with Remote and Mic work with iPhone, iPad, and iPod models that have a 3.5 mm headphone jack.

You can also use these headphones with other products that have a standard 3.5 mm headphone jack.

There is also the option to change your audio output on your iPhone iOS, which can be a viable option as well, especially when you are using headphones or earbuds with three points of contact auxiliary jack, meaning that they do not have a built-in microphone.

You can easily change the audio output on your iPhone by following these steps:

Step 1. Starting at the home screen on your iPhone, you will want to go to and open your iPhone’s Settings.

Step 2. After that, either go to the app that you want to change the audio output of or go to the connected 3.5mm headphones.

Step 3. Then you will need to select the “Audio Output” option.

Step 4. Under this menu, you will be able to select and change your source of audio output, and you will typically want to choose the “Speaker” option.

This will change the audio output source for your iPhone iOS, and you should be able to use your phone’s built-in microphone while simultaneously using your 3.5mm auxiliary input jack headphones without the built-in microphone.

It can be tedious and frustrating when having problems with your microphone, be it on your headphones or on your cell phone, though these are also both pieces of technology; therefore,

they are not only susceptible but are also likely to experience issues, bugs, and or malfunctions eventually.

With that said, also try to practice a little bit of patience when experiencing these problems, since sometimes waiting awhile can pay off with the microphone becoming functional again.

Also, try to keep up with cleaning your microphones regularly, and you can do so by taking a paperclip or a needle.

Then carefully slide it in part way and swirl it as much as possible. Then to be sure the hole is cleared, blow into it, and this should be enough to clean it out.

There are also other options, such as using a can of compressed air that is intended for technology and devices.

You can pick one up for less than ten dollars (US) on Amazon or at a local department store. You can also easily get a pair of 3.5mm headphones without a microphone for about $8.95 and above on Amazon.

We hope you found this article helpful, and if you did, you could, perhaps, share this article with a friend.

Brady Klinger-Meyers is an experienced tech writer and marketer who currently writes for Techzillo as well as other popular sites like MakeUseOf. At Techzillo, he focuses on consumer technology in general with his interest being Android OS. Read our Editorial Guidlines and Fact Checking process.


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