Are you on a call and the other person can’t hear you? Were you using your headphones? See where I am going with this! Let’s get to it then, shall we?
How to fix headphone mic not working on Android?
Much like the problem, the fixes are quite simple. The problems might be with the male jack, female port, or socket. Or it might be because of dirt on mic mesh or any of the ports. However, run a test and check the volume just to cross out the possibilities.
Whatever the problem, we have the fix! Therefore, without further ado, let’s dive in!
But First, Let’s Pinpoint The Problem!
To solve the problem you first need to identify where it lies. Let’s start off by doing the obvious.
Start by connecting the headphone to another jack. If the mic works, then the issue is with the port.
If the mic doesn’t work, connect with another device for a second check. If it still doesn’t work, then you might consider taking it to the shop.
Tip: Make sure your volume isn’t on mute! This is a very common mistake that can happen to anyone. Just check if the volume is on mute. If it is, turn the volume up, and voila!
Simple Hacks To Solve The Problem
In this section, we have curated a few hacks to help you. Worry not, because these are very simple to do. Let’s begin!
Clean Your Jack Port
A dirty jack port can easily make the connection poor. This is because the dirt particles can get in the way of the connectivity. Therefore, you need to give it a good clean.
Firstly, start off by cleaning out the hack. For this, you need to use compressed air and an isopropyl alcohol solution on a cotton tip. Wiggle in the cotton tip to clean after the compressed air ousts the dirt.
Never use a metal object for this. As it might disrupt internal functions.
The Mic Mesh Might’ve Collected Lint, Dust, or Debris.
Another reason might be, your mic’s mesh might be dirty. This blocks your voice from the microphone, thus causing the problem.
To clean the mesh, all you need is a toothbrush. Next, gently brush the screen and take all the gunk off. Or, use a paper clip to wrap a thin layer of toilet paper. And then do the brushing!
Problem With The Male Headphone Jack
The problem with the male jack is a very common issue. The likely reason might be that the male audio jack is defective.
Basically, this happens due to daily usage or bending of the headphones. But, it’s nothing a simple fix cannot solve.
All you need to do is replace and build an audio cable to connect it!
For this, you’re going to need a male jack and an audio-video cable. Now take a pair of scissors and cut the bottom end of the jack. Next, take out the metal part. After that, take the cable and push through the jack.
Now just take the wire, cut a little part off the cables, Then solder it in with the male jack!
After that, it’ll work great!
Dirt Or Dust On The Device Socket Of The Female Jack
This is another common reason your mic is not working. Lint and dirt can gather on the device socket. Thus, interrupting the connection between the headphone jack and socket.
This is why we need to clean the device socket of the female jack!
Before we get to the cleaning part, try flipping the jack left and right. Check if you are still facing the mic problem. If your answer’s yes, then your socket needs cleaning.
To clean your socket, use a paper clip and wrap a thin layer of toilet paper. After that, brush the walls and inside of the socket. This will remove all the dirt. Thus solve the mic problem.
Look For Socket And Jack Mismatch
Most media players have a stereo socket which consists of 3 connectivity. Thus they don’t come with a mic. But a headphone with a 4 ring connectivity contains a mic. Thus the mismatch happens.
This often causes the headphone mic not to function.
For mic connectivity, you might need to change the device. This is because you won’t be able to use the mic on it.
Check The Jack To Socket Connectivity
Sockets have a spring-ball mechanism. This makes a connection to transmit the audio signals to your headphones. Thus, a faulty spring will mean poor connectivity.
A loose connection can easily disrupt your mic. Check whether the connection between the headphone jack and device socket is intact.
For this, you have to inspect the headphones. Check if it can be easily pulled off when plugged in. If so, then you might need to replace the socket. Sadly, for this, you might need professional help.
This is a very common issue. And at times Realtek mics don’t work. Thus checking the connectivity is important.
Cable Or Cord Problem
There might be cable or internal damage to the cord. This happens mainly because your headphones are worn out. Therefore, you should consider giving your headphone cord a check!
For this, you need to inspect the jack. Basically, you need to look for damages and cuts. Upon inspection, if you find the cord faulty, then it needs replacing, if replaceable!
In cases of an irreplaceable cord, you need to cut the broken part and extend it. For this, you can build your cable once more.
Check Your Gadget’s Settings
The setting sometimes might be blocking your headphone mic. It might be disabled from the settings. Therefore, you need to fix the settings to uncheck this problem.
Go to your settings and see if the mic is disabled or turned off. If so, then turn it on. And bam! Problem solved.
Purchase a Good Quality Headphone!
Sometimes, more affordable headphones can have internal issues. They might not be connected properly or might not even come with a mic! Thus, avoiding such headphones will be a great idea.
Even after all the fixing if nothing resolves, then buy a new one. Since you have no other choice, it’s better to splurge on a new and improved one.
If you’re looking for a wireless microphone, check out the Sennheiser or Shure one!
Furthermore, here are some of the most recommended headphones:
Get yourself one, before the problem persists!
Question: Can I plug the microphone into the headphone jack?
Answer: Yep. Most modern gadgets have a TRRS connector. And mics and headphones are compatible with such connections. The mics usually have 3.5mm TRS, 1/4-inch TRS, or 3-pin XLR connections. Thus will work fine!
Question: How can I test my microphone on Android?
Answer: To test your microphone, first you need to make a call. Then, long-press the play/pause button. After that, verify if the microphone mutes. If it does, then long-press again and check if the mic unmutes. Voila, your test is done!
Question: Where is the microphone on my Android phone?
Answer: The microphone is situated in the pinhole of your gadget. For phones, they are at the bottom of the device. And for tablets, they might be situated at the top or side.
This was all for now! Hope this segment helped you solve your headphone mic not working on Android problem.
A tip for you is to check your headphone’s warranty card. If your problem fits the warranty criteria, they’ll replace it.
Until next time, adios!