Finally! Apple has done what many fans were fearing, it just removed the headphone jack from its new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. However, the iPhone maker doesn’t force you to go and buy new accessories in response. There are several ways you can use your old headphones with the latest iPhone. Here in this tutorial, we’ll discuss such methods so that you can use normal headphones with iPhone 7. Let’s get started:
How to use normal headphones with iPhone 7
Well, if you own a pair of wireless headphones, there’s no issue. You can connect those to the iPhone 7, exactly the same way you do with your iPhone 6s and Apple’s new wireless Airpods. You just need to:
- Pair the headphones over Bluetooth and begin playback
However, the problem occurs if you have a pair of headphones or earphones with a 3.5mm connector. As we all know, there is no headphone jack on the iPhone 7. No matter how harder you try, you won’t be able to make that analogue mini-jack work in a lightning port. Instead you’ll require an adaptor.
Well, the best part is that Apple ships a lightning adaptor in the box. So you can use the adaptor anytime you want to listen music. And in case your adaptor breaks or it goes missing, you can buy it directly from Apple for £9, or from third-party Apple accessory suppliers.
Somewhat more expensive is Mobile Fun’s Lightning to 3.5mm adaptor cable that includes an inline mic and controls. It will cost you £90.
How to charge iPhone 7 and play music at the same time
Another problem you’ll soon discover is that as there is only one Lightning connection, you can’t charge your iPhone 7 and play music at the same time unless you opt for wireless headphones or its built-in stereo speakers. Thankfully, consumer electronics provider Belkin has an efficient solution for this problem. The company offers Lightning Audio + Charge RockStar (at a price of £34.99) that lets you charge your iPhone 7 and plugin your headphones (you’ll require an adaptor if you want to plug-in 3.5mm jack headphones). The solution is ideal if you want to pair your iPhone with a power bank.
An alternative solution is to use an iPhone 7 battery case rather than a power bank. This way you can easily charge your iPhone, while plugging in your headphones to the lightning connection on the case.
Apple’s own battery case will cost you £99. You can also go for cheaper third-party options.
So, if you own an iPhone 7, there is no need to worry about using those normal 3.5mm jack headphones. You can easily use normal headphones with iPhone 7. All you need is to buy the appropriate accessory and follow the tips mentioned above. Now, put on your headphones and immerse yourself in a never ending world of music. Enjoy!