How to Use iPhone as Wireless Microphone For Mac.
Your Macbook has a built-in microphone, but it’s not very good. You can of course buy these external USB microphones from Amazon, but they are also quite expensive. It turns out that the iPhone’s microphone can be used as an audio input for a Mac. The trick here is simple. All you need is an application that transmits audio from your iPhone to your Mac and configures your Mac to accept audio input. Let’s see how to do it.
Read: Best Sound Recording Software for Mac
You will need
- Free App – Microphone Live
- Apple Lightning to USB Cable
- And of course iPhone and MacBook.
Use iPhone as an external microphone input into your MacBook
Once you’ve downloaded the Microphone Live app on your iPhone, connect your iPhone and MacBook via the Lightning to USB cable. Place your iPhone on a tripod or hold it in your hand to make the most of the microphones below.
Now go to your Mac and open a new Finder window by pressing “cmd + N”. Click Applications under the Favorites heading in the left navigation menu.
Scroll down to find the Utilities folder. You can also access the same from the launcher or even in Spotlight search.
Find ‘Audio MIDI Setup’. This application is a macOS utility that controls audio and MIDI devices.
Open Audio MIDI Setup and find your iPhone’s name in the left menu. Click “Enable” right below your iPhone’s name. This allows your iPhone to act as the sound input device on your MacBook.
Now go back to your iPhone and open the Microphone lite app. You will see input and output options at the bottom of the screen. Although initially the app shows the input device as iPhone Bottom Mic. But on some devices, you will notice that as soon as you turn on the device on your Mac, the audio input changes to iPhone Front Microphone .
This is because there is a different microphone on your device that you probably didn’t know about. It sits right on top along with the stereo speakers.
In the lower right corner of the application, you will see the output device menu. Click it once and select “Dock Connector” if not already selected.
Open System Preferences using the launcher or Spotlight and search for Sounds.
Here you will see that the iPhone is now available as an input device for your Mac. Select iPhone and you’re done. You can check if the device is working directly from this menu. The soundbar shows the input when you speak.
Likewise, if you are using Audacity to record audio, you can now see the iPhone in the drop-down menu of the input device.
Now go back to your iPhone, open the Lite microphone if not already open, and press the power button to activate the iPhone microphone.
That’s it, hit the record button on Audacity and start recording audio on Mac from your iPhone microphone. You may need to remove noise and compress audio with Audacity, here’s our step-by-step article on how to improve your voice with Audacity.
Record audio on your MacBook
Although, there are other ways to record audio on your iPhone and then transfer it to MacBook for better audio quality. In fact, you can even record audio in the native Voice Memo app, which is common to your Apple devices, and hence, you can also access it on your Mac. But again, there is a problem with importing the audio file into the editing program. Microphone Live and other similar apps let you record audio in apps like Audacity in real time. So make your choice and share your experience in the comments below.