Whether you’re chatting with friends over Skype, talking tactics on a game or laying down some tunes, a microphone can come in very handy for your computer. But what if you don’t have one?
While you may not have a microphone for your computer, chances are that you have a smartphone. There’s the solution to your problem: you can use your mobile as a replacement and it’s incredibly easy to set up.
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.
I recently needed to join an important group Skype call, but I didn’t have a microphone to hook up to my computer. I downloaded Skype to my smartphone, hoping that would solve the problem, but soon discovered that the mobile version doesn’t support group calls.
The clock was ticking and I was without a way of talking on Skype. But then it hit me: it must be possible to use my smartphone’s capabilities in conjunction with my Windows computer.
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 for better alternatives.
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.
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.
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.
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.
While using your smartphone as a permanent Windows microphone might not be ideal for everyone, it’s a perfect solution for those who need to get talking quickly and don’t have a traditional microphone handy.
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?