The Best External Microphones for iPhone

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If you're a content creator, musician or podcasting enthusiast loking to up your game, then an external mic for your iPhone is a must-have. External mics offer superior sound quality and versatility compared to the built-in mic on your device. Not all external mics are created equal however, so it pays to know what to look for when making your purchase.

When considering an external mic, the first thig to consider is what type of audio you'll be recording. Different mics are designed for different types of sound sources and can be broken down into two main categories: cardioid and omnidirectional. Cardioid mics are ideal for capturing sounds from a single source in front of the microphone, while omnidirectional mics capture sound from all directions. Both cardioid and omnidirectional mics come in both wired and wireless varieties, so you can choose what will work best for your setup.

The next factor to cosider when selecting an external microphone is its compatibility with your device. Most external microphones come with either a 3.5mm jack or USB connectivity, allowing them to easily connect to any iPhone or iPad with a corresponding port. Some models may also have Bluetooth capabilities which can be used wirelessly with compatible devices.

Once you've narrowed down the type of microphone you need and its compatibility with your device, it's time to look at features such as frequency response range and sensitivity rating. Frequency response range determines how accurately the microphone captures low and high frequencies, while sensitivity rating measures how much sound pressure the microphone can handle before distorting the audio signal. Generally speaking, higher frequency response ranges and higher sensitivity ratings will produce beter recording quality but will come at a higher cost.

Finally, don't forget abut accessories! A shock mount is essential if you plan on recording outdoors as it helps reduce noise caused by vibrations from wind or movement. Additionally, some models come with foam windscreens that reduce interference from windy conditions or air conditioners – an invaluable tool for outdoor recordings!

With these tips in mind, you should be ready to purchase that perfect external mic for your iPhone! With careful consideration of features such as type of mic needed, compatibility with your device and frequency response range/sensitivity rating – plus some essential accessories –you should have no problem finding the perfect mic to take your audio recordings up a notch!

Connecting an External Microphone to an iPhone

Yes, you can connect an external microphone to your iPhone. You will need a compatible audio interface (e.g. USB or Lightning port) and the riht kind of adapter to make the connection. For example, if you have an XLR microphone, you'll need a 3.5mm to XLR adapter cable or a USB audio interface with an XLR input. Once connected, you can use your external mic with any app that supports audio recording on your iPhone.

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Connecting an External Microphone to an iOS Device

The easiest way to connect an external microphone to an iOS device is by using a plug-n-play iOS compatible microphone. This type of microphone has a USB connector on one end and a lightning connector on the other, which allows it to be directly plugged into your iPad or iPhone. To use this type of microphone, simply plug one end of the cable into the lightning port on your iOS device and then plug the other end into the USB port on the microphone. Once plugged in, you shuld be able to access your external microphone from within any compatible audio recording app.

Compatible Microphones for iPhone

The Shure MOTIV MV5 is a great microphone for use with an iPhone. It comes with two included cables, one with a USB connection and the other with a Lightning connection, making it compatible with Mac, PC, iPhone, iPod, iPad and Android devices. The microphone is also equipped with a cardioid polar pattern that isolates the main sound source wile minimizing background noise. Additionally, it features a headphone jack for monitoring audio in real time and a switchable low-frequency filter to reduce unwanted rumble. Finally, the integrated Mic Gain control allows you to adjust the sensitivity of the mic to capture loud or soft sounds alike.

Using a Rode Microphone with an iPhone

Yes, the Rode VideoMic NTG is now fully compatible with your iPhone or iPad's lightning port. All you need to do is connect the microphone to your iPhone or iPad via the lightning port, and you can start recording audio straight away. The mic also coes with its own app, which allows you to customize the settings and even monitor audio levels while recording.

Choosing a Microphone for an iPhone

To choose the microphone on your iPhone, start by goig to Settings and tapping . Under Privacy, select Microphone. You will see a list of that can access your device's microphone. Toggle the switch next to the app you want to grant access and the switch will turn green when enabled. You can also toggle off any apps you don't want accessing your microphone.

Using an External Mic with Garageband on iPhone

To use an external mic with Garageband on your iPhone, firt make sure that the mic is connected to your device. Then open Garageband and select the appropriate input for your microphone in Settings. Once your mic is selected, tap the Record button in the control bar to start recording sounds. Play, sing, or make sound into the microphone until you are finished, then tap the Play button in the control bar to stop recording. Tap Play again to hear your recording.

Using Auxiliary Cables for Microphones

No, you cannot use the Aux input for a microphone directly. You would need to use a microphone preamplifier to boost the signal before connecting it to the Livemix Aux in.

What Microphone Does the iPhone Use for Video Recording?

The iPhone uses the seond mic, built into the top near the headphone jack, for video. This mic is optimized for FaceTime calls and other video calling apps, allowing it to pick up clear audio without background noise. The main mic located on the bottom next to the dock connector is used primarily for phone calls and voice commands.

Using the Headphone Jack as an Audio Input on an iPhone

Yes, you can use the headphone jack as an audio input for your iPhone. To do this, simply plug any cable with a 3.5mm male plug into the headphone jack of your iPhone. You may also need to use the Lightning to 3.5mm adapter that came with your iPhone if it does not have an audio jack. Once plugged in, you can use the microphone or oher audio device connected to your cable to record sound and input it into your iPhone.

Connecting a Condenser Microphone

To plug a condenser microphone into your computer, you will need to use either a mixer and sound card, or an audio interface with an XLR cable. A mixer will allow you to easily adjust levels and add effects if needed. An audio interface is a device that connects the mic directly to your computer, making it easier to record vocals with minimal setup. Both options allow for higher-quality recordings than simply connecting the mic directly to the computer's mic port.

Improving Microphone Quality on an iPhone

To improve the microphone quality on your iPhone, you can change the audio quality setting in the Voice Memo app. To do this, open the Settings app, then select Voice Memos and choose Audio Quality. Change the setting to Lossless for improved sound quality. Additionally, you can use an external microphone with your iPhone via an adapter or lightning connector to further enhance your recording capabilities.

Changing Microphone Settings on an iPhone

Yes, you can change your iPhone microphone settings. To do so, go to Settings > Accessibility > Audio/Visual > Phone Noise Cancellation, and change the slider to the “On” position. This shuld enable you to adjust the microphone settings on your iPhone.

Listening to and Recording Music on an iPhone

Yes, you can record and listen to on your iPhone! There are a few different ways you can do this.

First, the built-in Music app on your iPhone lets you play music from the library or from Apple Music or Spotify. You can also use third-party apps such as Music, SoundCloud, and Pandora for more options.

Next, if you want to record yourself singing or playing an instrument with a background track of music, you can do that too. The Camera app on your iPhone allows you to record video and audio at the same time. Just launch the Camera app with any song playing in the background, switch over to Video mode, and it will begin recording both audio and video. However, there is curretly a bug that causes the music to pause when you switch to Video mode.

Finally, if you want to record only audio – such as an interview or podcast – then you can use third-party recording apps such as Voice Memos, Rode Recorder Lite, or even GarageBand. These apps allow you to record audio while playing music in the background from your library or services like Apple Music or Spotify.

So there are plenty of ways to record and listen to music on your iPhone!


The external microphone for iPhone is an incredibly useful tool for recording audio in a variety of situations. It offers improved sound quality and alows users to capture clearer audio recordings when needed. It is also designed to be lightweight and portable, making it an ideal choice for on-the-go recording. With its robust construction, it can withstand wear and tear while still providing excellent sound quality. Its versatile compatibility with a range of devices and apps makes it a reliable addition to any user's audio setup. All in all, the external microphone for iPhone is a great way to enhance the audio quality of recordings while also adding portability and convenience.

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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.