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How to Add a Wireless Microphone to iPhone 7, iPhone 8, or iPhone X REVISITED!

Photo Moment - April 18, 2018

Ever tried adding a wireless microphone to your iPhone 7, iPhone 8, or iPhone X? Turns out more adapters than you realize might be needed…

It used to be simple. You could use a RØDE smartLav+ and connect directly. Or use any wired or wireless mic with a simple TRS to TRRS adapter and be good to go. But now you also need a Lightning to headphone jack adapter. Which actually may not be enough. So maybe you need an Apple Camera Adapter (?!?!) and then a USB audio adapter. Confused yet? It's nuts… but this is what it takes today.

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That should cover it… but the industry is always progressing. Who knows?! We may have to update this again in another year

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would you recommend using that usb to lightning cable and Aukey adapter just for a lav? or is it better to use the SC4?
PhotoJoseph are you able to gain a 24-bit, 48kHz audio sample rate from the Aukey USB-3.5mm adapter? Finding similar items that only offer up to 16-bit, 44/48kHz.
I seriously doubt it. It’s a $10 adapter.
Maybe a test of the RØDE SC6-L could be included next time, to see if that works with the Sennheiser radio units.
PhotoJoseph Great video! I have a similar thing I’m trying to do, except I am not using actual microphones ... I run live bands and I want to record the videos with iPhone, Android or DSLR, but take the audio directly from the mixer .... so I am thinking of taking a dedicated AUX mix from the mixer, into a wireless transmitter, then to the wireless receiver, and into the recording device .... now because I’m not using any microphone on the recording end, I’m hoping there is a cheaper alternative for the wireless packs? As I don’t require high quality Lav mics etc it’s a direct audio feed.

Any suggestions?
How much does it cast.
Links in description
how to connect 2 mic too one port iphone 7 plus?
Does this also work for Macintosh laptop?
Laptops don't have Lightning, so that's a different configuration. You may not need any adapters at all, depending on the model laptop you have.
Brain hurts! I’m switching to android
That’s not going to help. Many android phones no longer have headphone jacks, either.
Hi..I have seen this and think it is useful for the beginner like me. Can you tell me what the apps you use to monitor the microphone level in this video? I may not listen clearly so I can not this apps.
FilMiC Pro
Hi Joseph! I have an iPad that still have 3.5 jack. I'm using it to take online classes with a wire earplugs. I will like to connect a mixer with interface to the iPad to take skype or Duo calls.
How will be the configuration?
Will the same work on Android ?
Watch the 2019 edition of this video… I have Android (well, USB-C) specific options
@PhotoJoseph Excellent thank you
Do you know if the BOYA BY-WM6 UHF Wireless Microphone System will work with Samsung phone ?
not a clue, sorry
Who’s here during 2020 quarantine on the steep learning curve of working from home?! 🤪
me! Oh, wait…
Thank you so much as this is just the video I needed. however, I do have 1 question which is probably very fundamental. What cable do I need for the AF out to the Sabrent USB. Is it a simple TRS to TRS?
Sorry, "for the AF out"? Not sure what you mean by that. If you mean from the mic pack to the Sabrent, then that answer depends on the mic pack. The Sennheiser includes what appears to be a standard TRS to TRS but it's not. It's actually proprietary. Watch the 2019 edition of this video to see why:
What is the range of the wireless mic? I.e how far can you step away from it before the audio starts dropping off completely? For example if i was presenting at a whiteboard a few feet away from my phone/camera
hm where did my reply go! Most wireless mics are in the 100ft range, so a few feet can easily be handled by any system
What is the range of the wireless mic? I.e how far can you step away from it before the audio starts dropping off completely? For example if i was presenting at a whiteboard a few feet away from my phone/camera
Every wireless mic is different, but most mics will give you hundred feet line of site; less if not. Digital mics almost always have to be line of site.
Thank you, thank you, thank you. I think I went through every example you used in the video. I had a feeling this was the adapter I needed but didn't know about the USB audio adapter. Since all college courses are temporarily remote, I can record proper photography "how to" lectures.
Excellent, glad to hear it! Also be sure to watch the 2019 edition of this video. It offers even more options:
Hi, I’m a piano teacher. I’m teaching via FaceTime, Skype, Google Duo, Webex, Zoom, etc. I have an iPhone 11 Pro Max. I would like to be able to hook two mics to my iPhone. One would be on me for voice. The other in the piano to offer better sound quality to my students while interacting with them in lessons. Is this possible? How? I appreciate your assistance.
Absolutely. You just need a small mixer. What you need though will depend on your microphones, and how much you're willing to spend. Start by searching "iphone audio mixer" and you'll start to see what's available.
Bongos don't work with iphones anymore especially if you buy the aftermarket ones. The ones that come with your phone might work but, apple found out folks are buying the aftermarket ones so they came up with a software update and boom! I dare any iphone 8 owner says he still usesa bongo to connect external mics in the year 2020, I dare you, I double dare you.
bongo? And I always say you should buy Apple hardware.
@PhotoJoseph I forgot to add, and I went ahead and bought an apple bongo and nothing changed.
I still don’t know what a “bongo” is and you’re going to have to give me a lot more details if you would like some help.
@PhotoJoseph It's that adaptot witht eh lightning end that goes into the phone and allows you to plug your trrs mic jack into the other end, got it?
Thank you soo much! I was trying to connect the FIFINE wireless mic to my iphone and it wasn't working when I tried to record with video. As soon as you explained the bands on the input I switched to the 4 bands and it worked!
I'm still having problems with the iPhone Pro Max 11 recognizing the external mic when using the camera adapter for USB. I am using FiLMiC Pro as you suggested and the External Mic doesn't show up on the menu. Only the three iPhone mics. Anyone else experiencing this?
Jill, I'd appreciate if you could make this a little easier for me to help you… by "4 adapter plug" do you mean the TRRS to TRS adapter? If so, where does that come into play? By "SD disks with lighting outlet" do you mean the Apple Lightning USB adapter? Because the Lightning SD Card Reader doesn't have power and doesn't have anything to do with this. What about the USB adapter? The "Samson PXD1" is a wireless pack so if you're using the USB adapter setup then there's no need for the TRRS converter… yeah I'm confused as to what you're doing. Please be very specific — exactly what adapter(s) and in what order are being used?
@PhotoJoseph It's called a Lightning to 4 IN 1 Camera Card Reader. It has a USB, SD, TF and Lightning connection. I am using it to plug the Samson USB into my phone for lightning.
I am plugging the Samson USB into the adapter and then the adapter to the phone
Thanks so much for your help with this by the way!
I see. Since that's not the adapter I tested or recommended, my recommendation is to try the one that I know works — the Apple USB adapter — all of these adparters are NOT made equal, and there actually is good reason that Apple hardware costs more. Often these third party adapters cut corners to provide the bare minimum functionality and don't do things they weren't designed for, like we're doing here. Also, be sure to watch my newest version of this video; you may find some other ideas there:
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You look like a nerd lol. Good video though
I always wondered what a nerd looked like. Now I know!
what if it keeps showing up as out put
I don't know what that means but watch the latest version of this video
Your explanations is good.
I’m trying to find answer for one thing that could we connect two wireless microphones to one smart phone (iPhone ). As sometimes two wired mix’s not an option due to short cables & distance of the subjects.
Watch the 2019 edition… there’s a solution for that there!
will the USB External Stereo Sound Adapter work on iphone 6, I use it for filming cause its my old phone no longer in service but shots nice video?
It should
Surprised..... To be honest I thought if I buy an iPhone 11 I can solve lots of problems and, of course, I can get the best quality video results. However, I faced difficulties to have my external microphone recognized by iPhone.... Now I am waiting for 3 in 1 Lightning adapter. We'll see. Thank you for your information!
Good luck!
I buy one boya 3030 but not working in iphone x , also i have trrs converter but still no use, any solution!
Hm, should work fine… BOYA mic into TRS to TRRS into 3.5mm Lightning adapter… I do that often with other small shotgun mics. Sorry I don't have that mic so can't test myself, but usually these things turn out to be a bad cable.
Very educational. I would buy gopro 8
I'm having only mono sound with these adapters
Well, yes… most mics are mono. There’s only one setup I’ve come across that gives you a stereo option; watch the 2109 edition to see that.
I have been using the Trs to TRRS adapter with an iphone x and a sennheiser xsw-d. sound quality is fine but cuts out sometimes. any idea what can be causing that to happen?
PhotoJoseph thought so too but it doesn’t do it with a Samsung phone. Same adapter
Hm, and how is the TRS to TRRS connected to the iPhone; is it an older model with a headphone jack, or are you using the Apple Lightning Headphone adapter? If using an adapter, make sure it's an actual Apple one. I've heard of a lot of non-Apple ones that simply don't work well. Also check all of your ports for pocket lint. It's amazing how much gunk can get stuck in those little ports, screwing up your connections!
PhotoJoseph using the iPhone headphone adapter. Records nicely for a bit then I hear popping noises. No gunk or lint
Maybe a bad iphone then…
PhotoJoseph can I buy the saramonic lcc35 adapter and plug into the receiver of the sennheiser xsw-d and call it a day?
I tried the same setup but Filmic Pro did not recognize the device.
Without more information I can’t possibly help you.
Thanks Joseph, I bought a similar lightning to usb adapter and a usb sound device but it does not recognise the usb input.

Does it have to be the proper Apple branded lightning to usb adapter?
Raphael Lim ah, so you didn’t try the same setup. Yes, the Apple part will be different, without a doubt. Lightning connectors are complex little computers (yes, each connector itself is a computer) and can’t be made cheaply.
PhotoJoseph great let me try that setup when I can get my hands on one. Thanks for the input 👌🏼
Wow! Very helpful to a new person trying figure this out. The TSSR adapter issue is worth it own separate post/ video. You’re going so save many people hassle & headache.
Thanks, and be sure to watch the 2019 version too! (Link in description)
Out of so many things you covered, you did not show the app that was used to recording.
What is the name of it and where to purchase it? Thanks.
Sure I did. 5:39
@PhotoJoseph What is the spelling of Somitpro? And is it an app from Apple store?
See I told you filmic Pro, and yes, App Store.
See I told you FilmicPro
Maybe I'm just old, but we wouldn't have to deal with all those extra adapters if the iPhone simply had a standard audio jack built in.
Amen brother, amen.
100% bro!
Not if you want SERIOUS audio...
very nice findings, the direct headset makes the phone think you pushed the microphone button to activate siri, the USB solution sidestepped that.
I’ve purchased both of these items, the Apple usb lightning adapter and the audio plug in what works but the audio crackles and it’s muffled. Please could you tell me if there is anything I can do to fix the problem please. Thank you
Sounds like a bad usb audio adapter out a bad mic cable connection
Thanks. used your set up and it worked perfect even if i had an after market adapter
I purchased the lightening to USB Camera Adapter, USB Audio Stereo Sound Adapter and plugged my lavalier microphone in and used the video recorder on my iPhone 8 Plus which is mounted on a tri-pod and I get no audio at all. It records the video and no audio. It just does not work...
Assuming you’re confident that the microphone is working, perhaps you have a bad USB audio adapter.
@PhotoJoseph I ended up going to Best Buy and purchased a Apple Lightning to Headphone Jack and plugged in the mic. I tested in the store. The lavalier microphone works and all is good. Now, I have this extra stuff to add to the collection box of all the other electronic stuff. Thank you for your video. I went in the store with some knowledge. I already complete my first video intereview.
That was an awesome video. Thank you for the great information.
Thank you!
Steve Jobs would never expected iPhone owners to have to go to such complicated lengths to use a microphone for their videos.
Shame on Apple for such poor design and engineering!
Steve Jobs would never expect iPhone owners to ever need anything other than the phone to get the job done 🤷🏼‍♂️
@PhotoJoseph Thanks for your video work around. I do Youtube reports in the field... without a studio. The smallness of the iPhone (We use iPods too) is important to our ability to do informal, non intimidating interviews. The amount of extra equipment we are needing to bring for audio recording is getting be ridiculous.
Also, the more pieces to connect, the more chance of error.

We are currently becoming Luddites (in a sense) preferring to work with nothing newer than iPhone 6s and iPods since
the stereo jack is least cumbersome and most reliable..

Once again, thanks for your deep dive explanation!
Awesome, thank you!
2:40 Thank you for an amazing explanation, one question, how are you switching cameras on the fly from ipad?
I’ve actually done several videos on my live stream setup, and I’m sorry to say that it’s much more complex than it appears! Watch this video first and from there, here’s a three-part very detailed look at my setup (although it’s over a year old now and some details have changed).
So, how do you connect a wireless microphone to an iPhone? You simply use a wire.
Um… yes! 🤷🏼‍♂️
che programma è sul tablet per video camera?
Can you monitor the audio live through the headphone port of the USB audio adapter?
Joseph, I'm in film production and use Sennheiser, Sony and Shure wireless lav mics. I did get both adapters that you showed but when I plug it in to my iPhone XS Max the levels show for about 2 seconds then drop to nothing. Hitting the audio icon in settings shows that the iPhone is seeing the external mic but no audio goes thru. I also tried it on my iPhone 7 Plus with the same results. Can't see what I'm doing wrong. Any suggestions?
That happens with both adapters on all three mics, across two phones, so twelve combinations? That is super bizarre. It’s gotta be a bad adapter.

This is the 2018 version of this solution; did you watch the 2019 edition? — maybe try one of those adapters instead?
@PhotoJoseph Hey Joseph, thanks for the reply. Just finished watching the 2019 edition and yes it is a Sennheiser problem. I didn't test the setup my Shure or my Sony lavs just the Sennheisers. So when I hooked up the Shure UP4 it worked perfectly. So I'm going to assume it will work with all of my UP4's. After I finish this I will test it with my Sony UWP-D11's. Hopefully it will work like the UP4's. In the film and video industry I am a gaffer and camera operator so audio isn't my forté. Love your videos! Very informative. Yeah, I missed going to NAB for the last two years due to a heavy work schedule.
HI Joseph
Thanks for a great work.
Can I use same setup and also charge the iPhone as the same time using a connect or splitter. I tried it but did not work. Any advise?.
+Ajay Govinda Dāsa I thought I replied already sorry… no that doesn’t work. You can’t use a splitter to get power in. Sorry.
When you say " WE " who is we?
Can you be a little more specific? I probably meant me and my assistant… but without reference that’s an extremely vague question :-)
Despues de un rato me di cuenta que entre por el titulo en español y termine viendo un video en ingles!😅🤣
Great video, thanks. I've just gone to buy every item on the list and Amazon say the Sennheiser EW112PG3A is out of stock and they don't know if/when it will be coming back. Do you know of an alternative product? Thanks!
Thanks, appreciated. This link shows the mic in stock (at least in the US store) but also look at the new Deity Connect, which is about the same price, handles TWO mics, is digital (which can be a problem but they insist they’ve worked around that) and is getting great reviews. I have NOT yet tested it myself.
Hey Bud.

Thanks for all your awesome videos.

I'd like to ask you something not specific to this video.

I am actually curious to know what gear you use to switch from one camera to another? I am currently setting up a studio and have 3 DSLR cameras that I would like to setup to view different parts of my scene.

It looks like an iPad that you use to make the switch, but there is obviously some other awesome gadget sitting behind that iPad app.

Are you willing to share that information with me.

I really enjoy your videos. Apologies if that is something that you have actually already covered in a video, in which case, just send me the link to that video.

Thanks very much. Julian
Thanks, and there’s a link in the description of every video to how I do the show!
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