How To Connect an External Microphone to iPhone 7

Apple Lighting to 3.5mm Adapter with External Microphone Review

If you have an iPhone 7 and you want to connect an external microphone, your only choice is to use the Apple Lighting to 3.5mm adapter dongle thingy. So I wanted to find out if our Edutige external microphones are compatible with the Apple Lighting to 3.5mm dongle. Long story short… YEP, all of the EIM series Edutige external microphones work flawlessly with the Lightning port on either the iPhone 7, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6, iPhone 5s or iPhone 5.

The video shows a test of an EIM-008 external microphone connected to an iPhone 6 via the Lightning port, but other people have tested the Edutige microphones with the iPhone 7 and other iPhones with the Lightning port and everything works great.

One thing to be aware of is to connect the microphone to the Lightning to 3.5mm dongle and then connect the dongle to the iPhone’s Lightning port. If you don’t, the iPhone will use the built in microphone instead of the external microphone. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

The cool thing is that if you are vlogging, making videos for your business or recording audio with your iPhone 7, you can now connect a 3.5mm external microphone using the Apple Lightning to 3.5mm adapter. All is good.

12 thoughts on “Apple Lighting to 3.5mm Adapter with External Microphone Review”

  1. I’m following every step, but it keeps recording from the build in microphone. tried it with iPhone 5s en 7+. Thanks for taking your time to explain.

  2. Hello, I’ve watched a thousand youtube videos and been on the phone with apple support. I have a new iphone7, I’ve tried to record video and use the Pyle pdwm96 wireless mic transmitter and receiver. I plug the receiver attachments into the iPhone 7 and the phone always defaults to the internal mic. Is there any type of mic that I can use with the iphone7 that directly connects with taking videos? Im working on a yoga video project and need to be about 20 feet away from the phone….

    1. Hi Christa,

      Thanks for your question. I know how frustrating it can be when things don’t work, especially when you need to do something important.

      First… Are you using an adapter to change your receiver’s plug from a 1/4″ to an 1/8″?

      Second… If you have the 1/4″ to 1/8″ adapter, then the issue is the fact that your receiver uses a 3-pole plug and you’re trying to connect it to your iPhone, which needs a 4-pole microphone. So the solution is likely found in this video I made recently:

      Hope that helps. Let me know if you have any other questions.

      Thanks again.

  3. I have an iPhone 7 with a trrs adapter from Rode. I plug the trrs end into the lightning adapter and plug that into the phone and I don’t detect it at all. Not even in apps like filmic pro where I should get the option. What might be causing that?

    1. Having the same issue with the Takstar, using the Lightning to 3.5mm adapter and a TRS -> TRRS. iPhone always defaults to internal mic. Even a third party headset with inline controls works perfectly, controls and all, except for it’s mic. It seems there is no mic at all that works with my 7+

  4. Hi Carl, thanks for the video.
    Although this seems to work only for microphone with a mono jack. I tried a Rode videomic and a lavalier mic, both with stereo 3,5 mm jacks, and they didn’t work.

    1. Hi,

      Thanks for your comment. But it is not a question of mono or stereo. In this video, we used an EIM-008, 4-pole (trrs) microphone. Your Rode videomic is a 3-pole (trs) microphone. It won’t work with the Apple devices. You will need another adapter for that, a 3-to-4 pole adapter. Please take a look at the video we made for 3-pole microphones, I hope it helps.

  5. What recording software are you using? I’ve tried Rode rec, GarageBand, AVR, etc and still cannot get the external mic to work. Yes, I have the right adapters. Have tried plugging in and unplugging. Beginning to think it’s apps and not hardware. Thanks

  6. Hi Carl! I just purchased the Neewer NW-700 Professional Condenser Microphone and I’ve hooked it up to my iphone x following your instructions. However, it still only picks up sound from the built-in mic instead of the external mic. Any suggestions?

  7. Hello. I have the same problem and my experience so far is, that it doesn´t work any more with the newer iPhones (iPhone 8 and up).

    Apple seems to have completely ditched any support for people not using their headphones and microphones. AAAANd if you look up the reviews for microphones that got designed especially for the lightning port,… they seem to not work either.

    “Thank you Apple! Your phones are so expensive and you repay it by thinking so much about your costumers! … NOT!”

    Sorry about the sarcasm. Hope this helps everyone that has got the same problem and safes you a lot of time.

  8. Hi Carl. I’m trying to connect my Audio Technica 24-cm stereo condenser microphone to my iphone 7. It’s a three pole mic so I bought the 3 pole to 4 pole adaptor from StarTech which I then plugged into the lightning adaptor. Still no luck. Recording apps won’t pick up the mic. Some people on YouTube say the order that you connect everything is important so I ensured that the adaptors were connected before connecting the lightning cable to the phone. Still nothing. Went to the Genius Bar at Apple. They say this is outside of their scope. Any advice you have would be much appreciated. Thanks Michael.

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