Recording iPhone Audio?

iOS and iPadOS

Hey, guys!
I know there's a way to record the sound of your own voice as well as what's coming through the headphones on a Mac, but how do you do this with an iDevice, like what they do for podcasts? I thought it'd be cool to do some of my own, too, but I can't get my iPhone's audio to record without unplugging the headset.



Submitted by Chris on Thursday, October 23, 2014


I think you will have to use a line in or patch cable. Connect one end of the cable to the iPhone headphone jack and the other end to the input jack on what ever you want to record with.

A couple notes about this.
If you are planningto do this on a mac, prepare to be disappointed because on a lot of newer macs, Apple in their infinite wisdom and stupidity has merged the audio in and out jacks into 1 port.
What's even worse and idiotic is the fact that you have no way of choosing what that port is used for. If you plug a regular 3.5 mm plug into the jack, it will assume you want to use headphones.
THe reason the apple crappods works is because they have an extra wire or something that makes the system automatically detect that "Hey, you're using a special apple only microphone so we'll go ahead and switch to using the input source."
Thanks, Crapple! not!

I believe you can purchase external sound cards with a line in port that supports the oh, I don't know, 99 percent of devices and cables that just work in 3.5 mm plugs.

This Apple proprietary garbage is really irritating me.
It started with the ridiculous lightning connector and now has moved to the mac with the stupid 3.5 mm plug.

Well, don't get me started on a rant about Apple and there questionable policies.
I am not trying to bash Apple, because I like the products and the great accessibility, I just don't like some of their practices. Well, my rant is over and I hope I have helped you in some way. Speaking of the external sound card suggestion, can someone recommend a good one I could use?

Submitted by Jessica Brown on Friday, October 24, 2014

Hi. Using a line in cable to record iPhone audio is also something I have been wanting to do. I tried with lots of different apps and never could get it to work. The iPhone would always just record from the mic built into the iPhone. If anyone knows how to get the iPhone to record from line in instead of the built in mic please let me know. Thank you. Also, if you plug a 3.5 mm cable into the Mac and it thinks you want to use headsets and you can't switch that port from input to output but that port can be used for both input and output, how do you record from it? Thank you.

Submitted by Chris on Friday, October 24, 2014


As far as I know, the iPhone has the same Apple only 3.5 mm jack. THe only way you could do this would be to use one of Apple's special cables, such as on the earpods.
This is the only way that I know of, and I wouldn't be surprised if it was the only way, seeing how Apple maintains a ridiculously tight iron fist on what devices are allowed to communicate with iOS.
The mac is the exact same way as I stated above. You will need to purchase an external soundcard that supports line in from standard 3.5 mm audio jacks.
I guess another alternative is using a special accessory that would connect to the lightning port, but again, that is playing into APple's belief that nearly everything they manufacture must be proprietary and controlled exclusively by Apple and approved third parties.

As for recording the audio from your phone and your microphone, you can use something like soundflower or an agrigate device on the mac. I'm not sure how to do this on Windows, though I've heard that virtual audio cable can do the job. If you are using a PC, you won't have to worry about the audio jack thing if your computer has dedicated input and output ports. Just make sure you have a way to listen to your input so you can hear the sounds from your iPhone, since connecting it through the headphone port disables the phone speaker.

Again, I am not trying to bash Apple, but for a techy like me, these policies are really ridiculous.

Submitted by Jessica Brown on Friday, October 24, 2014

Hi. I don't like the restrictions placed on iOS either. I bought the device, I should be able to do what I want with it. That's why I jailbreak. If you are in to that stuff, there is a new tweek called Audio out. With it, you can have sound coming from the headsets and speaker at the same time. In other words, plugging in the headphones does not disable the speaker.

Submitted by Jalys Ortiz on Friday, October 24, 2014

I feel like I'm one of the only users who isn't really troubled about most of the restrictions Apple places. lol I mean, with the exception of no fifteen-minute trial of apps like on Android, I don't much mind everything else. The charger thing isn't even an issue for me anymore, as I carry an extra iPhone 5/5C/5S charger in my purse at all times, just in case.