Question: iPhone X and Using External Microphone.

I am trying to use an external microphone on my iPhone X via the fire jack and adapter that came with the phone. I am using Filmic Pro app. But the phone is not recognizing the external input. Same thing is happening when I try to use the external mic and the native camera app.

Any suggestions as to where I'm going wrong?



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Jan 25, 2018 1:30 AM in response to John Lyons In response to John Lyons

i have the similar question, i just bought the Rode stereo videoMic X, and hoping to use with the iphoneX, however i am testing the recording with and the Rode SVMX and another mic Sony ECM-DS70P Portable Stereo Condenser Microphone and iphone X only, with either the mini XLR connect to the adapter or SC7 cable( a 3.5mm both end), all has the same sound, no different at all. I dont know what has gone wrong



Jan 25, 2018 1:30 AM

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Jan 25, 2018 1:48 AM in response to jojo123qwe In response to jojo123qwe

A stereo microphone is not going to work with the 3.5 mm to Lightning adapter. The 3.5 mm jack is stereo out for headphones, but only mono for microphone input. The microphone input needs an extra contact on the plug. A normal 3.5 mm stereo plug does not have that extra contact and there will be nothing sent to the phone.

Look for a stereo microphone or adapter that has a Lightning plug. There are several out there.

Jan 25, 2018 1:48 AM

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Jan 25, 2018 1:57 AM in response to Malcolm J. Rayfield In response to Malcolm J. Rayfield

Malcolm J. Rayfield,

Thank you for your reply.

In reply to John, I just found this, i dont know if this could solve part of the problem

Thank you


Jan 25, 2018 1:57 AM

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Jan 31, 2018 9:49 AM in response to John Lyons In response to John Lyons

I've tested multiple external microphones with multiple configurations on the iphone X and have nothing but problems. Whether I'm using the included 3.5mm to lightning adapter, lightning specific microphones (such as the Shure MV88), or a lightning to USB adapter with USB mics, all of them have issues. Problems range from audio interference, audio glitches, complete dropouts, or no audio at all.

The only company that seems to acknowledge this problem is Shure who claims there is an issue with the newer iphones (Shure on Twitter: "Unfortunately, this is an issue that Apple introduced with the release of the iPhone X, iPhone 8 and …).

Never had any problems with external microphones on my older iphone 6S other than minor interference issues that could be solved by switching to airplane mode but the iphone X has been a totally different story so far. Hope that a future iOS update will solve these problems.

Jan 31, 2018 9:49 AM

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Jan 31, 2018 10:47 AM in response to seldomstatic In response to seldomstatic

Perhaps, but the fact of the matter is, this device was NOT designed for this sort of use with external peripherals like this. Workarounds may exist, but this is in no way officially referenced or supported in any support articles I can find.

Jan 31, 2018 10:47 AM

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Jan 31, 2018 12:56 PM in response to panchososa694 In response to panchososa694

While Apple may not have designed their phones to work with external peripherals, that doesn't mean manufacturers aren't designing products specifically for them. Just have a look at some of the products they sell directly on their website (microphone - Apple). These are external lightning accessories made specifically for iPhones and their new phone models just don't support these accessories very well at all (if it all). Not to mention these are all supposedly "Apple MFi (Made for iPhone/iPod/iPad) Certified compatible with all iOS devices equipped with a Lightning connector."

Jan 31, 2018 12:56 PM

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Feb 5, 2018 9:39 AM in response to John Lyons In response to John Lyons

I have the same problem. Both Shure and the developers for Filmic Pro point to Apple introducing a problem in the iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X. Makes me a bit sorry I plopped down the cash for an iPhone X. More fool me. My son suggested I use his antique 6s for video and sound. Sad, but it will probably work.

Apple, please make the changes necessary to make this work OR put out a statement saying that won't happen.


Feb 5, 2018 9:39 AM

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Feb 15, 2018 11:09 AM in response to teresae In response to teresae

It's a DISASTROUS flaw in the phone. You can't record awesome videos with bad sound. I made a HUGE mistake getting the Iphone x as I wanted to use it to make youtube and blog videos for my business. You cant with bad sound. I have spent so much money trying different external mics. If you want to use the Iphone x for video and sound you are making a mistake. I hope they come with a fix although i'm not sure what they can do!

Feb 15, 2018 11:09 AM

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Mar 24, 2018 6:32 PM in response to John Lyons In response to John Lyons

I recently watched a video on YouTube about hooking up a lavalier microphone to an iPhone X. His solution was to first plug in the Apple camera connection adapter to the lightning port, then plug in a Sabrent USB audio adapter to the USB end of the camera adapter, then plug in your lavalier mic to the mic port on the USB audio adapter. A bit of a roundabout way to accomplish hooking up a mic to the iPhone X, but it makes sense.

Tom Clauset

Mar 24, 2018 6:32 PM

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Mar 24, 2018 6:42 PM in response to Expivia01 In response to Expivia01

Disatrous? Really? What's disappointing to me is you couldn't simply google something to find there are many options available to do what you want: ooghydr-20&index=aps&hvadid=214479331655…

A disaster is finding out you have cancer and only have weeks or days to live. Or your child was killed in a school shooting. Or your house was struck by lightning and burned down. Those are disasters.

Mar 24, 2018 6:42 PM

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Apr 9, 2018 11:16 AM in response to jhs5150 In response to jhs5150

Have you seen this solution? How to Add a Wireless Microphone to iPhone 7, iPhone 8, or iPhone X - YouTube

I ended up buying the recommended Lightning to USB 3 Camera Adapter - Apple and had already purchased a SYBA external USB Stereo Sound Adapter for Windows, Mac, Linux Extra Audio Source with Microphone SD-CM-UAUD…

I used this combination over the weekend with my condenser mic with great results.

The next issue will be to resolve audio latency during livestreams with this setup.

Apr 9, 2018 11:16 AM

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May 21, 2018 6:00 AM in response to seldomstatic In response to seldomstatic

I learned a weird trick with the MV88 .

if you start recording and then plug the mic in, it works perfect!

I kept trying so many different things with and it would only record for like 10 secs and then shut off, but if you hit record and then plug the mic in it works!!

May 21, 2018 6:00 AM

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