How to Use iPhone as Wireless Microphone For Mac

Although your Macbook includes an internal microphone, it isn’t very good. Of course, you can purchase those external USB microphones from Amazon, but they are very pricey. It turns out that you can use the microphone on your iPhone as audio input for your Mac. The key is to keep it simple. All you need is an app that sends audio from your iPhone to your Mac, as well as the ability to set up your Mac to accept audio input. Let’s begun with how to use iPhone as wireless microphone for Mac PC.

You Will Need the Following:

  • A free app – Microphone Live
  • Apple’s Lightning to USB cable
  • iPhone with iOS 10 or above
  • MacBook PC

Use iPhone as External Mic Input in MacBook

Follow the step-by-step guide as provided down below to use iPhone as wireless microphone for Mac.

Step 1

Connect your iPhone and MacBook through the lightning to USB connector once you’ve downloaded the Microphone Live software on your iPhone. To get the most out of the bottom-mounted microphones, mount your iPhone on a tripod or hold it in your hand.

Use iPhone as Wireless Microphone For Mac

Step 2

Now, go to your Mac and hit ‘cmd + N‘ to launch a new Finder window. In the left navigation menu, click on ‘Applications‘ under the heading favorites.

applications on Mac PC

Step 3

To find the ‘Utilities‘ folder, scroll down. You can also find it on your Launchpad or through a Spotlight search.

Mac Settings utilities

Step 4

Look for the phrase “Audio MIDI Setup.” This application controls audio and MIDI devices on Mac OS X.

Audio MIDI setup mac

Step 5

Look for your iPhone’s name on the left menu of the Audio MIDI Setup. Right under your iPhone’s name, click on ‘Enable.’ This makes your iPhone appear on your MacBook as an audio input device.

Use iPhone as Wireless Microphone For Mac

Step 6

Return to your iPhone and launch the Microphone Live app. The input and output options are located at the bottom of the screen. Although the program first displays the input device as iPhone Bottom Mic, this is not the case. However, you’ll notice that with some devices, the audio input changes to Front iPhone Mic as soon as you enable the device on your Mac.

microphone live app on iphone

This is due to the presence of a second microphone on your device that you were probably unaware of. Along with the dual speakers, it’s right on top.

Step 7

The output device menu may be found in the bottom right corner of the program. If it isn’t already chosen, tap it once more and select “Dock Connector.”

dock connector

Step 8

Look for Sounds under System Preferences, which may be accessed via Launchpad or Spotlight.

Use iPhone as Wireless Microphone For Mac

You’ll notice that your iPhone is now a valid input device for your Mac. Simply choose iPhone and you’re ready to begin. From this menu, you may check if the gadget is operational. The sound bar displays input as you talk.

connect iphone with mac

Step 9

If you use Audacity to record audio, you’ll see that iPhone is now available in the input device drop-down option.

Use iPhone as Wireless Microphone For Mac

Step 10

Return to your iPhone and, if the microphone live isn’t already open, open it and click the power button to enable the iPhone microphone.

microphone live app for iphone

Step 11

That’s it; simply press the record button in Audacity to begin recording audio from your iPhone’s microphone on your Mac. You may need to use Audacity to remove noise and compress audio; here’s a step-by-step guide on how to use Audacity to improve your voice over.

Use iPhone as Wireless Microphone For Mac

Conclusion: Recording Audio on Your MacBook

Although, for higher audio quality, there are various ways to record music on your iPhone and then upload it to your MacBook. In fact, you may record audio using the native Voice Memo software, which is available on all Apple devices and can thus be used on your Mac. However, importing the audio file into the editing software can be a pain. Microphone Live and other similar programs allow you to record audio in real-time with tools like Audacity. So make your decision and share your experience in the comments section below.

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