The microphone integrated into your computer’s webcam has stopped working and, needing to communicate or record a presentation shortly, have you thought about “fixing” the situation by using your phone as an external microphone? It is a good ideal. Luckily for you, it can be put into practice in a fairly simple way: just install the right apps and, within a few minutes, you’re done (although, as you can easily guess, the results obtained will not be comparable to those guaranteed by professional microphones) .
If you want to know more, I can explain it to you in the next paragraphs of this guide how to use the phone as a microphone, recommending some of the best applications that allow you to achieve this and explaining in detail how they work. I assure you that there are valid ones for both Android and iPhone, for Windows as well as for macOS.
So all you have to do is make yourself comfortable, take some free time and put into practice the most suitable indications for the devices in your possession. Having said that, there’s nothing left for me to do but wish you a good read and good luck for everything!
How to use your phone as a PC microphone
Let’s get straight to the point and see how to use phone as pc microphone using some applications suitable for the purpose. Find it all explained below.
If you have a Windows PCsI suggest you try WO Mic: a software compatible with all the main versions of the Microsoft operating system and which allows you to transform your Android smartphone or iPhone into a real external microphone completely free of charge. However, I would like to point out the possibility of subscribing to a 0.99 euro/month subscription which allows you to use the app without advertising and access advanced functions (such as the possibility of adjusting the input volume).
The very first thing you need to do to avail it is download WO Mic desktop client on your PC: to do this, go to this page and click on the link WO Mic Client for Windows. Once the download is complete, open the .exe file that you have obtained and complete the setup by clicking on the buttons Yup, Okay, Next (twice in a row), install And Finish.
Subsequently, from the WO Mic site, also download the drivers necessary to make the client work correctly. Then click on the link WO Mic device driver for Windows and wait for the download to complete. Afterwards, open the .exe file that you got and click on the buttons Yup, install And Closeto complete the setup.
Now, start WO Mic on your PC by double clicking on its icon on the desktop, and open the menu Connection > Connect. Using the sidebar on the left, then select the type of connection you intend to make between your phone and PC: Bluetooth, USB, Wifi or Wi-Fi Direct. Note that if you need to connect an iPhone, you can only connect via Wi-Fi.
Now install the official WO Mic app on Android (if you have a device without Play Store, you can download the APK file from the WO Mic website) or iPhone. After installing and starting the app, press the buttons No, see ADSL that are less relevant And Agree and do the following.
Now, if you have a device androidtap the icon wheel located at the top right, then on the item Transport and choose the PC connection mode (eg. Wifi). Then go back to the app’s main screen and press the ▶︎ button, top right, to establish the connection.
If you have a iPhonesInstead, press the button start (bottom right) to achieve the same result.
Subsequently, return to the WO Mic desktop client and, after selecting the connection mode of your interest (in our example Wifi), specify in the appropriate text field theIP address displayed on the phone display. So click on the button Connect and wait for the connection to be established.
If you have an Android device and decided to connect it via USBsince in this case the audio quality will be better and you will avoid any lag and various problems, you must make sure that you have downloaded the drivers supplied by your smartphone manufacturer onto your PC (if you have not done so, try searching for them on Google and download them from manufacturer’s website).
Also, on your Android device, go to the menu Settings > Developer options and move up ON the switch located next to the item USB debugging (if you don’t see the wording in question, go to the menu Settings > About device and repeatedly press on build number feniche the message “You are a developer” does not appear).
Afterwards, connect your smartphone to your PC via the USB cable (before starting the WO Mic app) and, after selecting this physical connection mode, choose the appropriate option from the desktop client (using the procedure seen above), click on the button Connect present on the latter and that’s it.
Once you have established the connection between your device’s microphone and your computer via WO Mic, you can use your smartphone as a microphone by selecting Microphone (WO Mic Device) give her settings of the program of your interest (whether it is audio recording software, a videocall program, etc.).
When you need to break the connection, you can do it simply by clicking on the button Stop (the icon of square) located at the top right.
You have a Mac? In this case you cannot use the solutions illustrated above but you can take advantage of a system function, introduced in macOS Sierra, through which it is possible to use the iPhone as an audio source in various applications, such as those dedicated to voice recording, those for video calls , etc.
To do this, the first thing you need to do is connect the iPhone to the Mac, using the supplied Lighning-USB cable. On the Mac, then open the application Audio-MIDI configuration(the piano icon which should be in the subfolder Utilitiespresent in the folder Applications). In the left sidebar of the opened window will appear theiPhone icon: click, therefore, on the button Skills attached to it and select the item Authorize appears on the iPhone and enter the unlock code of the device.
Now you need to install a microphone app on yours iPhones. I advise you to use Microphone Live which works quite well, at least from the tests I was able to run for the writing of this article. After installing and starting it, grant it permission to access the microphone of your “iPhone by”, by pressing the button Okay. After that press on the button No outputs and make sure the option is checked Dock connector in the opened box (otherwise you do it yourself).
Subsequently, on Macgo to System Preferences (the gray icon of gears mail in Docks is in the launchpad) and, after clicking on the item Soundchoose yours iPhones as audio source. Next, in the app Microphone Livepush the button ON (which must turn red) to activate the iPhone microphone.
In doing so, you just need to select the wording iPhones from the program you’re using on your Mac that captures your voice (whether it’s an audio recording program, a video conferencing program, or something else). Simple, right?
How to use your phone as a microphone in Meet
You have come to this guide with the aim of use your phone as a microphone in Meet? Well, in this case, just follow the instructions I gave you before to connect the phone to the PC and then, on Meet, select the audio source you intend to use.
After entering a call on Meet, click on the ⋮ symbol (bottom right), select the item Settings from the menu that opens and click on the tab Audio.
From the menu Microphonethen select the input source of your interest (eg. WO Mic Device, iPhonesetc) and click on the item end (bottom right) to set your smartphone as a microphone.
How to use your phone as a PS4 microphone
You are wondering if it is possible use your phone as a PS4 microphone? Of course yes: just take advantage of the appropriate function available in the app PS4 Remote Playwhich allows you to use your mobile device as a controller, thus also offering the possibility of using the integrated microphone as an audio input.
To proceed, after installing and launching the PS4 Remote Play app on your Android or iOS device, press the blue button Start come on Confirmation And Keep on. If you haven’t already done so, access your PlayStation account on the page that opens in the browser, make sure you are logged into your PSN account on the console and that it is set as the primary PlayStation system.
After that press on the buttons Come on And Okay on the phone. Once the connection between your device and console is established, tap the icon microphone (bottom left), grant the app permission to access the microphone of the device in use and that’s it. From now on, the audio will be captured from the smartphone that you have connected to the PS4. Convenient, right?
In case of problems or if some steps are not clear to you, consult my guide on how to use the PS4 Remote Play from a smartphone.
Salvatore Aranzulla is the most read blogger and IT popularizer in Italy. He is known for discovering vulnerabilities in Google and Microsoft sites. He collaborates with computer magazines and takes care of the technological section of the newspaper Il Messaggero. He is the founder of Aranzulla.it, one of the thirty most visited sites in Italy, in which he simply answers thousands of computer-related questions. He has published for Mondadori and Mondadori Informatica.