How to Connect My iPhone's Microphone to My Computer

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Your iPhone can serve as much more than a phone. For example, with the right app, you can turn your iPhone into a microphone that connects to your computer. Because of the way the device transmits sound, most computers won't recognize the iPhone as a microphone if you plug it in with its cable, but these third-party microphone apps take advantage of the Internet to transmit sound wirelessly from your phone to your computer. Each of these apps works in a similar way, requiring that you download software to both your phone and your computer.

PocketAudio

  • Download the PocketAudio app for your iPhone from the iTunes Store; download the PocketAudio software for your computer from Senstic.com.

  • Connect your iPhone to the same Wi-Fi network as your computer.

  • Open the app on your phone and open the software on your computer. Your computer will automatically detect and connect to the iPhone.

  • Tap the "Start" button on your iPhone to use the microphone.

Remote Mic

  • Download the Remote Mic app for your iPhone from the iTunes Store, then download the Remote Mic software for your computer from Dolejsky.com.

  • Connect your iPhone to the same Wi-Fi network as your computer. Open the app on your phone and open the software on your computer.

  • Select your iPhone from the list of devices to connect it. Adjust the settings if desired.

  • Tap the "Record" button on your phone to use the microphone.

Dragon Remote Mic

  • Download the Dragon Remote Mic app for your iPhone from the iTunes Store and purchase Dragon Dictation software for your computer from a local electronics store or Nuance.com.

  • Connect your iPhone to the same Wi-Fi network as your computer. Open the app on your phone and open the software on your computer.

  • Add a new dictation source under "Profile" at the top of the computer screen. Follow the prompts to configure the settings.

  • Tap the "Record" button on your phone when you are finished to begin using it as a microphone.

Tips & Warnings

  • You may need to restart your iPhone to get the app to work.
  • Be sure to download the correct version of the software, depending on whether you use a Mac or PC.
  • These apps generally don't work in coffee shops or other public hotspots.
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