How to Use Apple Headphones as a Mic On PC (Complete Guide)

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Do you own an Apple device and planning to make the headphones work as the mic on your PC? Though there can be a few compatibility issues, you should be able to make them work if you are tech-savvy enough.

In fact, there are well written and explained documentation available to let you connect your Apple headphones with Mac devices and get them working.

However, finding the right kind of advice for connecting your PCs to Apple headphones is not as easy as that.

That is precisely why we are making an attempt at compiling the best options for connecting to your Apple headphones. We hope the compilation and explanations herein would meet your exact requirements.

Click here to watch a simple 1-minute video on How you can use your Apple headphones as a Mic on PC or continue with the guide…

How To Use Apple headphones as a Mic on PC?

First things first. You would not be surprised to find most of the Apple hardware is incompatible with PC.

Apple designs most of its hardware specifically to cater to Macbook and as such, there is a huge issue of compatibility between them and your Windows PC (or for that matter any non-Mac device running on any other alternative operating system).

However, it has been found that some of the Apple hardware is compatible and works well with your PCs.

Some examples could be headphones, microphones, music players and mic. If you find that your Apple headphones are not working as a Mic on your PC, the following tips could help you.

Follow these tips carefully –

1. Connect your Apple Headphones to Your PC

Well, this should be a slightly difficult task. This would be dependent on your PC model. Locate the port for microphone and headphones. Ensure that you identify the microphone jack properly before connecting your Apple headphone.

If you are confused, it would be advisable to check out the user manual that came with your PC. Once you have identified the microphone jack on your desktop PC, insert the Apple headphone into the microphone jack.

We repeat – use Microphone jack, NOT the headphone jack.

2. Configure Your Apple Headphone

Once the connections are done, you would need to configure the headphone to work as a microphone on your PC.

  • Launch Control Panel. You can do it in several ways. Type in Control Panel in the search bar and choose the right option from the search results. You may also opt for the RUN dialogue box by using the key combination of WIN + R and then type in Control Panel to reach your Control Panel.
  • Once you are in the Control Panel, click on the category Hardware and Sound.
  • Next on, locate the option for Manage Audio devices under the Sound option.
  • Click on it.
  • Click on it and you will be taken to the setting for your sound devices.
  • Click on the Recording tab.
  • Your Apple headphones should be visible under the option as Microphone. It would ideally show up as a High Definition Audio device.
  • Enable it by setting it as Default.

That is how it should work in most cases. Please note that the functionality would solely be dependent upon the configuration on your PC.

If you find the sound levels are not adequate and you are forced to speak too loudly into the microphone, you can get it to work by following the steps here below –

  • Follow the above steps to reach up to the Recording tab.
  • Choose your microphones from the list.
  • Go to the Levels tab.
  • Change the Microphone Boost levels to up to around 20 dB.
  • In fact, you may also boost it up to 30 dB, but it may not be advisable in many circumstances.

In case your PC has only one slot for both microphone and headphones, you would need to choose the same headphones as default for both recording and headphones.

If you have separate slots as most of the new age desktops do, you can connect the Apple headphone to the microphone slot and follow the procedure explained in the above steps. In that case, you will choose your Apple earbuds as the default for recording, while for headphones, you may choose any of your preferred options as default.

How to use Apple Headphones with Mic on PC for Skype?

The headphones that combine the functionalities of both microphones and headphones have greatly improved the Skype performance over the past couple of years.

In fact, the Apple headphones that come with a remote and microphone tend to be one of the best options from that perspective. How would you use Apple headphones with Mic on PC for Skype? Lets us check the intricacies involved in the technology.

The advantage that the Apple headphones or other headphones employing the same technology offer would be to get rid of the echo effect wherein the speaker will hear his own voice echoing back.

The microphone will tend to isolate the playback sound from the user’s own voice. Using Apple headphones for Skype on your PC can become a little difficult due to wrong settings and a few compatibility issues.

You can choose the right Skype and Device settings for the purpose and go with a trouble-free Skype experience on your PC.

Here are the steps you need to follow.

1. Check Out the Default Setting on your Skype

As soon as you plug in your headphones, Skype will recognize it as a headphone. It may not detect it as a microphone. You can check if your settings are working right by making a test call.

Launch Skype and go to the option of checking it up. You can locate the options like Skype Test Call, Echo/Sound test Service or Skype test call. If you are not able to hear the playback of the audio you recorded, you may need to dig a little deeper into the Skype Settings.

2. Configure the Sound Input For Skype

Follow these steps to configure Skype Audio settings –

  • Launch Skype Settings and locate the option for Microphone under the Audio section
  • Make sure that your Apple headphones have been selected as the default device. If not, choose and make it default by choosing it from the drop-down list.
  • Check if the configuration works.

If you are still facing issues, you may need to change the PC settings for Audio recording.

3. Configure Sound Input For Your PC

Your PC will need to be configured to accept Apple’s headphones as the default input device. For this to work, you will need to change the parameters from within the Control Panel.

Here is how you would go with it –

  • Go to Control Panel
  • Choose the Hardware and Sound category.
  • Click on Manage Devices
  • Choose the Recording tab and set the Apple headphones as the default recording option.

You may change the sound levels as we have already explained in the previous section. Please note that if you are unable to find the option for the Apple headphones under your recording devices, the headphones you have connected may not be compatible with your computer.

If you are unable to find the functionality not working even after following the above steps and the tutorial thereof, you can consider trying out the troubleshooting options provided by Windows 10.

You can find the Troubleshooting option through your Windows 10 settings and then checking the Update and security group.

Locate troubleshoot option the sidebar and choose the troubleshooting menu that applies to the issues you are facing. Follow the on-screen instructions and you should be able to address any of the connectivity issues with your Apple headphones.

The Concluding Thoughts

Well, are you looking for the options to connect your Apple headphones to your PC and use them as Mic, the first thing you need to check out would be to find if your headphones are compatible with your system or not. If they are not compatible, there is nothing you would be able to do.

On the other hand, if you are able to find them configured and visible under your recording devices – that would be an indication that the headphones you have chosen are compatible with your device.

Go for the correct settings for your device and the selected application (like we checked it for Skype in our example) and you should be able to use the headphones easily as the default microphone for your desktop PC.

Have you used the Apple headphones as Mic on your PC? If you have, do share the methods that worked for you. Windows 10 does offer compatibility with most of the recording devices and set it up properly should alleviate all your connectivity issues with much ease.

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