How to Use Earbuds with Mic on PC

Most people use pairs of earbuds with mic for answering calls on their phone or when recording audio through their smartphones. However, did you know that you can do the same on a desktop PC? Several people around the world have benefited from the portable and compact microphone from their earbuds. Not only do they do the job, but they also give users a convenient and more straightforward alternative for large condenser mics or external mics.


In this article, we will teach you how to use earbuds with the mic on the PC. However, before doing so, we have to talk about some factors that you need to consider before proceeding with the steps. Unfortunately, not all mics from earbuds will work with any PC. With this, it pays to know some background information before we get into the discussion of using the mic from earbuds for PC.

The Trouble With Using Mic from Earbuds

One of the key disadvantages of using the mic from these earbuds is the compatibility with the desktop PC you are connecting it to. Most desktop PCs are equipped with separate jacks for the microphone and the headphone. Most mobile devices and laptops are equipped with a single 3.5 mm headphone jack that supports the headphone as well as incoming audio from the microphone. With this, these mobile devices and laptops do not face any problems when it comes to using the microphone from the earbuds. You can easily record audio and do video calls with anyone using the earbuds on these devices. But what about desktop PCs?

Most earbuds only come with one cord that streamlines the microphone as well as the drivers from the headphones or earbuds. With this, you cannot record audio from the microphone and into a desktop PC. Moreover, the desktop PC might not be able to pick up any reception from the microphone from the earbuds. While all hope may sound distant from here, you will be pleased to know that there are still some remedies to this problem.

How to Use Mic from Earbuds

AS mentioned above, mics from earbuds might not be picked up by the desktop PC which usually has two separate jacks for the headphone and microphone. However, there are still some things you can do to address this issue.

1. Using Bluetooth Earbuds

One of the most effective means of dealing with this problem is by using a pair of earbuds with Bluetooth connectivity. While the Bluetooth technology equipped in these kinds of earbuds are meant mostly for mobile devices, you will be pleased to know that they too, can be used for desktop PCs. While issues about latency and quality might pose a problem when connecting to desktop PCs, nevertheless, the job can still be done using these types of earbuds. High-end Bluetooth earbuds, on the other hand, can connect with desktop PCs without skimping out on the quality and latency. Moreover, these types of Bluetooth earbuds have wired options that come with separate connection for headphone jack and microphone, making it a suitable alternative to the usual earbuds with mic. With this, you can listen to music and record audio without any hassle.

To connect the Bluetooth earbuds to your desktop PC, you first need to turn on Bluetooth connectivity on your desktop PC. If your desktop does not have one, you can always buy a Bluetooth receiver which can be plugged into any USB port on the unit. Go to control panel and navigate through Bluetooth options, enable the feature, and then refresh the window for any available devices that can be connected. Look for the Bluetooth enabled earbuds from the list, wait for the pairing process to be done, and you are good to go!

2. Using an Adapter

Another method you can use is by using an adapter. As we mentioned above, most desktop PCs come with a separate jack for the headphone and the microphone, making it impossible to record audio from the mic. Thankfully, you can use an adapter which combines these two cords into one, allowing an in/out connection from the earbuds to the desktop PC. These adapters are typically cheap, and you can buy them in most tech shops in the market. These adapters might range from $2 to $50, depending on the brand and quality of the build. Through this adapter, the audio going through the drivers of the earbuds and the sound being produced from the microphone is combined into one path.

To use the adapter, plug the earbuds into the female port or jack of the adapter. The other end of the adapter which houses the male port will be plugged into the desktop computer. The male ports are usually color coded. The pink portion is used to signify the connection to the microphone while the green part is used to mean the relationship through the speakers or the earbuds. Moreover, most desktop computers come with icons for the ports, making it almost impossible to incorrectly plug the wires to the correct ports. Once you have done this, you are now good to go! The adapter combines the two cords into one, making it possible to use the mic of the earbuds similar to what you might do on a smartphone, mobile device or a laptop. This is one of the most comfortable yet most effective means of dealing with the problem of connecting the earbuds to a desktop laptop.

However, you do also have to take note about the compatibility of the adapters to the earbuds or the desktop PC you are using. In most cases, it will work, but there are also some users that encounter incompatibility issues from either the earbuds or the desktop PC. Just because the wires from the earbuds fit into the female port of the adapter does not mean that it automatically works. You might have to try it out before buying the adapter. Nevertheless, since they are so cheap, there is not much room to complain about here.

If you have some money at your disposal, then you can always buy a more original sound card that can accommodate the in/out cord from the earbuds to the PC. This way, you won’t have to deal with adapters and buy expensive Bluetooth earbuds.