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Make sure to leave us a comment afterwards to let us know your unique microphone tricks and whether you’ve ever used the method below.

The Situation

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Luckily, I discovered that all I needed was a program and driver for Windows and an Android app. I was set up within minutes and the call went perfectly.

Setting It Up

There’s a great website called Wireless Orange that has everything you need in order to get going. Although they have another app for webcam use, try checking out our guide for using your smartphone as a webcam How to Use Your Smartphone as a Webcam for Your Computer How to Use Your Smartphone as a Webcam for Your Computer Lacking a webcam? Use your Android device as a webcam for your computer! Read More for better alternatives.

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The program on offer is called WO Mic. It requires a Windows program, a driver and an Android app to be installed, but these are all light downloads and won’t consume much space. There is a premium version of the app available, which offers better audio quality, but for general purposes the free one will do just fine.

Head to the relevant page, download what’s necessary and run the installers. They’re all self explanatory, so just progress through the wizards until everything is complete. Now it’s time to get them in action. Launch the app on your smartphone and the program on your computer.

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The app supports connection from your smartphone to your computer using Bluetooth, WiFi and USB. For the best connection, opt for the wired USB choice. If that’s not possible then go for WiFi, then Bluetooth as the last resort. You can adjust your connection type by going to Settings within the smartphone app.

Now press Start on the app. Then, on the Windows program, go to Connection > Connect…, select your connection type, then hit OK. That’s it! You’re good to go.

You shouldn’t run into any problems, but if you can’t get the microphone to pick up audio, then do a system search for manage audio devices and select the result. Then select the Recording tab, click the connected device and then Set Default.

Alternative Methods

There are other methods for different types of smartphones, but the downside is that these require the use of an audio connection jack. These haven’t been tested, but Real Microphone for Windows Phone and Megaphone Free for iOS should do the trick. Download these apps, hook your phone to your Windows computer using a male-to-male headphone jack and your phone should then function as computer microphones. Again, head to audio device management on your PC if it isn’t initially recognised.

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Did you know you can even plug in a pair of headphones to your computer’s microphone jack and use them? It might seem odd at first, but both make use of vibrations for different primary functions. Simply put, headphones vibrate to create sound, while microphones monitor for vibrations. But you can still switch it and use the headphones as a microphone! Go on, try it out, though bear in mind the audio quality will leave a lot to be desired.

Speak Up

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When you can get yourself chatting within minutes and without spending a penny, it’s hard to complain. You’re being cost effective and making use of the devices you already have!

Have you ever used a unique method for hooking up a microphone to your computer? Have you tried the smartphone method before?

  1. Bob Jones
    August 1, 2016 at 9:02 pm

    I have WO Mic on my phone and on my computer (aka the client) and WO Mic will not appear in my recordings tab. I have windows 8.1 and I make videos and I need a better mic and apparently my phone's microphone is the best that I have.

  2. venimus
    April 15, 2016 at 10:51 am

    I tested Real Microphone (WP) and it works. However there is a little lag but the sound quality is great.

  3. Arbab Irfan
    April 11, 2016 at 7:27 am

    Well there are two installation for windows, 1aplication 2 driver... without driver you cannot find sound device.. but I have other problem....

    I need MIC Boost (Mic AGC) to be disabled... I set 0.01 db but still have more sensitive mic... 0 set mic off :(..... there should be some kinda option into wo mic that enables or disable mic bosst, I am just studying msdn to understand and edit womic.inf (audio driver) but I and still reading... :( issuing new driver that have custom won't be a issue to wo mic publisher in windows 10 ...

  4. SkyGuardAmmo
    April 3, 2016 at 3:08 pm

    The app isn't compatible with my device.

  5. sheshanth
    February 17, 2016 at 3:31 pm

    latency problem

  6. Premvijay
    December 20, 2015 at 1:49 am

    I think it will work if I simply cut the male to male audio jack in the middle and connect it back but alternate to before now if I connect phone and pc the speaker output of phone will directly go to mic input of pc. But I have not tried.

  7. aLwaYsOnline
    December 8, 2015 at 7:20 am

    I can't see any enabled device in recording tab

  8. Fabien Foerster
    September 9, 2015 at 8:43 pm

    C'est purement et simplement de la merde cet article. La prochaine que tu as envie de dire des conneries et de faire perdre du temps à des gens va te trouver des amis.

    • Dorjjodvo Batkhuu
      September 19, 2015 at 11:50 pm

      T'es con ou t'es con? Non en faut réponds pas, t'es un sacre couillon!

  9. yogenda
    May 25, 2015 at 9:43 am

    Well the first option to connect smart phone as mic to pc didnt work. on pc when i clikc on connect it doesnt connect. am using karbon A29 and xp

  10. princess
    April 30, 2015 at 4:53 am

    How will I ise this on skype? Cause the mic sound was only coming out on my speaker, i can't connect it on skype

  11. Cole
    February 21, 2015 at 1:39 am

    if you have two skype accounts just join the call on both devices and mute the sound coming from your phone

    • Joe
      February 22, 2015 at 11:23 am

      The problem is that the mobile versions of Skype don't allow for group calls. Hopefully they will in the future, but it's been a long-requested feature that has yet to come to fruition.

  12. franda
    February 19, 2015 at 12:11 pm

    Might this also work with an android tablet?

    • Emil
      February 19, 2015 at 9:30 pm

      Technically yes

    • Peter
      February 19, 2015 at 9:57 pm

      It should, its mostly the same framework between phones and tablets.

  13. Darkalkemy
    February 19, 2015 at 11:54 am

    What about buying a... microphone? A male to male jack, software to be installed, settings to be updated...
    PS: which laptop does not have a mic nowadays? and any desktop pc has aux/mic in functions!

    • Jonny
      January 11, 2016 at 12:40 pm

      have you heard the audio quality capture on an iphone? why buy another mic?
      what if you don't want another mic, or can't afford?

      annoyingly, I achieved this a month or 2 back - I don't have any mics :( the internal mic on my dell xps l502x captures too much fan-background-noise.

      I managed to get my iphone working as an external, wired mic -
      I can't remember if it was a software (virtual mic driver) or just audio routing (iphone out > behringer usb stereo in > pc, or just a jack), but can't seem to replicate the correct, working config.

      update: THAT particular wtf was fixed by setting the recording rate to 2x16bit, 44100. (thanks guy -http://www.hometheatershack.com/forums/rew-forum/26169-uca-202-problems-solutions-calibration-rew-windows-7-more.html_

  14. Grimm
    February 19, 2015 at 7:48 am

    I've used an Xbox 360 wired controller with a Turtle Beach headset as a Windows 8.1 microphone for Google Hangouts and Steam voice chat. A regular 360 mic works as well. The only caveat is that the official Microsoft Xbox 360 drivers must be installed in compatibility mode for Windows 7. After the installation, plugging a headset into the 360 controller automatically installs the headset drivers, which then shows up as a recording device in the Sound control panel.

  15. Jackiecan
    February 18, 2015 at 10:26 pm

    I turn my Android phone into a web cam with DroidCam Wireless Webcam. I needed it for Respondus LockDown Browser BS!!!

    • Tina
      March 8, 2015 at 9:02 pm

      That's another great tip!

  16. Dave
    February 18, 2015 at 9:41 pm

    I like the VonBruno IOS app works great for this too.

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