How to Use Your Smartphone as a Windows Microphone
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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 smartphone as a PC microphone and it’s incredibly easy to set up.

We’ll show you different ways to use your phone as a microphone.

Use Your Phone as Microphone Using WO Mic

One of the best ways to achieve this is by using WO Mic. With this program, you can use USB, Bluetooth, or Wi-Fi to connect your smartphone’s microphone to your computer.

WO Mic Windows screenshot

It’s entirely free to use, has low latency, and will work in any application just like a standard microphone.

Head over to the WO Mic website and download the PC client and PC driver. Install them both. Then grab either the Android or iOS app.

Launch the PC program. Go to Connection > Connect… and choose a Transport type.

We’ll detail the steps for all the different options below.

1. Connect via Bluetooth

setup-bluetooth-windows

First, enable Bluetooth on your computer. Press Windows key + I to open Settings and go to Devices > Bluetooth & other devices. Slide Bluetooth to On. Your computer will now be discoverable to other devices.

Next, enable Bluetooth on your phone. The exact location of this option will vary on a device, but it’s usually inside your Settings, perhaps beneath a Connections category.

Pair your phone to your computer. A notification should pop up on your computer to confirm the connection.

On the Windows WO Mic program, select Bluetooth as your Transport type and select your phone from the Target Bluetooth device dropdown. Click OK.

On the phone WO Mic app, tap the settings cog, tap Transport, and select Bluetooth. Go back a screen and tap the play icon to begin transmitting your voice.

2. Connect via USB

Connect phone to computer with USB
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This method only works for Android. Connect your phone to your computer using a USB cable. It’s the same one you use to charge the phone.

Windows may prompt you to install a driver, so follow that process through if so.

Next, enable USB debugging in the Developer options of your phone. Your phone should then be recognized by Windows as a device.

On the Windows WO Mic program, select USB as your Transport type. Click OK.

On the phone WO Mic app, tap the settings cog, tap Transport, and select USB. Go back a screen and tap the play icon to activate your phone’s microphone.

3. Connect via Wi-Fi

Connect with WiFi in Windows 10

For this method both your phone and computer need to be connected to the same Wi-Fi network.

To alter your Wi-Fi network on Windows, press Windows key + I to open Settings and to go Network & Internet > WiFi.

On the phone WO Mic app, tap the settings cog, tap Transport, and select Wi-Fi. Go back a screen and tap the play icon. A gray banner message should appear at the top with a number at the end. This is the IP address.

On the Windows WO Mic program, select Wi-Fi as your Transport type. Click OK. In the Server IP address field, input the IP address from the app. Click OK to begin using the microphone.

4. Connect via Wi-Fi Direct

This method requires you turn your phone into a Wi-Fi hotspot How to Get Wi-Fi Without an Internet Service Provider: 5 Methods How to Get Wi-Fi Without an Internet Service Provider: 5 Methods Don't have a regular ISP? Don't worry, you can still go online wherever you are without an internet service provider. Read More and use your network data. Use this as a last resort; if your computer doesn’t have its own internet connection, and the other methods above aren’t suitable.

First, create a mobile hotspot from your phone. The way to do this will vary on a device, but have a look in Settings and you can find it usually beneath a Connections or Tethering category.

Next, you need to link your computer to this hotspot. Press Windows key + I to open Settings, go to Network & Internet > WiFi and select the hotspot.

On the phone WO mic app, tap the settings cog, tap Transport, and select Wi-Fi Direct. Go back a screen and tap the play icon.

On the Windows WO Mic program, select Wi-Fi Direct as your Transport type. Leave the Soft AP IP address field at its default of 192.168.43.1. Click OK and you’re good to go.

Is Windows Not Detecting Your Voice?

You shouldn’t run into any problems, but if you follow the above instructions and Windows isn’t detecting the microphone, there’s an easy fix.

Press Windows key + I to open Settings. Go to System > Sound. Beneath Input, use the dropdown to select Microphone (WO Mic Device).

Change sound input on Windows 10

Speak into your smartphone and you should see the volume reflected on the Test your microphone bar.

Alternative Methods to WO Mic

There are alternatives to WO Mic, but these require the use of an audio connection jack. Megaphone Free for iOS, Microphone for Android, and Real Microphone for Windows Phone should do the trick.

Download these apps, hook your phone to your Windows computer using a male-to-male headphone jack and your phone will then function as a computer microphone.

A headphone

You can even plug in a pair of headphones to your computer’s microphone jack and use them. It might seem like an odd idea, 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. However, bear in mind that the audio quality will leave a lot to be desired, so make this a last resort option.

Smartphone as Webcam

While using your smartphone as a 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 without spending a penny, it’s hard to complain. You’re being cost-effective and making use of the devices you already have.

On that note, you can also try using your smartphone as a webcam How to Use an Android Phone as a Webcam How to Use an Android Phone as a Webcam Need to record video on your PC but don't have a webcam? Use your Android phone as a webcam with these nifty apps! Read More .

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  1. Aniruddha Mukherjee
    October 17, 2019 at 7:11 pm

    Thanks a lot, dude. Now I can get started recording my podcasts without an actual microphone that would have cost me a good amount of bucks. The wo website worked fine for me :)
    Keep posting good content!

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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 ...

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

    The app isn't compatible with my device.

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

    latency problem

  7. 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.

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

    I can't see any enabled device in recording tab

  9. Anonymous
    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.

    • Anonymous
      September 19, 2015 at 11:50 pm

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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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_

  15. 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.

  16. 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!

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

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