How to Use AirPods as a Microphone

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AirPods are a great way to listen to music, podcasts, and other audio without having to deal with the hassle of wires. But did you know that you can also use your AirPods as a microphone? Yes, it’s true! With Live Listen, your Apple device (iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch) can act like a microphone that sends sound directly to your AirPods or Beats.

Live Listen is especialy useful for hearing conversations in noisy areas or even hearing someone speaking from across the room. If you’re using AirPods, just place them in your ears and open Control Center or the Lock Screen. Then choose your AirPods from the list of devices and tap Live Listen.

Of course, there are some limitations when using your AirPods as a mic. The sound quality isn’t quite the same as what you’d get with an Xbox compatible gaming headset. Additionally, since AirPods can only stream audio or act as a microphone—but not both—you won’t be able to talk to your friends while playing games.

Still, Live Listen makes it easy to hear what people are saying witout having to put away your phone or take off your headphones. So if you need to have an important conversation but don’t want to deal with the hassle of wires and cords, give Live Listen a try!

Using AirPods for Audio Phone Calls

Yes, you can use AirPods as a microphone for audio on your phone. This is done through Apple’s Live Listen feature. Live Listen uses the sound of your AirPods or Beats to act like a microphone, allowing you to hear conversations in noisy areas or even acoss the room. To use this feature, open the Control Center on your iPhone or iPad and select “Live Listen”. Then place your AirPods near the person you want to listen to and adjust the volume as necessary.

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Using AirPods as a Live Microphone

To use your AirPods as a live microphone, you need to enable the Live Listen feature. First, make sure your AirPods are connected to your device. Then, go to the Control Center or Lock Screen and select your AirPods. Next, tap on “Live Listen” and your AirPods will start acting as a microphone. You can also add Live Listen to Control Center by going to Settings > Control Center and choosing Hearing. Once you’ve enabled Live Listen, you can adjust the audio input levels and other settings from there.

Using AirPods as a Gaming Microphone

Yes, you can use AirPods as a gaming mic, but the sound quality won’t be quite the same as a dedicated gaming headset. AirPods are only able to stream audio or act as a microphone, not both at the same time. Therefore, if you’re looking for the best sound quality experience wile gaming with friends, it is recommended to use an Xbox compatible gaming headset.

The Quality of AirPods for Voice Calls

Yes, AirPods are great for voice calls. The original AirPods Pro already featured excellent voice-calling performance due to their high-quality microphones and positioning on the buds. With the new AirPods Pro 2, Apple has further upgraded the microphones and increased the battery life with noise canceling on from five to six hours. Additionally, AirPods Pro 2 also feature active noise cancellation and transparency modes to allow for better sound quality for both incoming and outgoing audio.

Using iPhone Earbuds as a Microphone

Yes, you can use your iPhone earbuds as a microphone. The EarPods that come with the iPhone feature a built-in microphone, as well as volume buttons and a center button. With the center button, you can answer and end calls, control audio and video playback, and even use Siri when your iPhone is locked.

Do AirPods Serve as an Effective Microphone for Video?

Yes, AirPods can work as a mic for video, but only with the help of a third-party app. To use AirPods as a mic for video recording on an iPhone, you need to download a video recording app that supports Bluetooth audio input. Examples of such apps include FiLMiC Pro and Filmic Remote, iMovie and Hyperlapse from Instagram. These apps allow you to connect your AirPods or other Bluetooth microphone to your iPhone and record using them.


In conclusion, AirPods are an ideal way to enjoy your music, podcast, or phone conversations without haing to deal with the hassle of wires. Not only are they lightweight, comfortable to wear, and easy to use, but they also come with a range of useful features like Live Listen that allow you to pick up sound from across the room. Furthermore, if you own an Xbox console, you can also use your AirPods as a gaming headset substitute. All in all, AirPods are an excellent choice for anyone who wants a convenient and reliable audio experience.

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Sanjeev Singh

Sanjeev is the tech editor at DeviceMAG. He has a keen interest in all things technology, and loves to write about the latest developments in the industry. He has a passion for quality-focused journalism and believes in using technology to make people's lives better. He has worked in the tech industry for over 15 years, and has written for some of the biggest tech blogs in the world. Sanjeev is also an avid photographer and loves spending time with his family.