The new iPhone 7 is the first mass consumer smartphone that has forgone the inclusion of the timeless 3.5mm jack. Of course, due to the ubiquity of the jack, this had many people confused about the decision to remove it. And, as was expected, it has dissuaded many people from purchasing the phone. By now, most people have already spent a good amount of money on a decent set quality set of headphones that suits them. It’s a hard sell to get people to buy a new set of expensive set of wireless headphones, especially given the limited selection. And for those who already have the new iPhone 7, they might wish to use their old headphones.
Thankfully, for those on the fence about the iPhone 7 due to earbud/headphone compatibility, or for those who already have it, there is a really easy way to make the new phone compatible with your traditional wired headphones.
How to Make Your Regular Headphones Into Bluetooth Headphones
The fix is just a $14 Bluetooth adapter. Once you get it, simply plug your headphones into it and pair it with your phone. The device it pretty small and it’ll fit discretely in your pocket if you’re using it with earbuds. And they are surprisingly feature-filled. They can pause and play music, change volume, activate Siri and even let you use your normal headphones as a microphone, meaning you can take calls with them. And the battery life, at 8 hours, is way better than the battery life of the new Airpods (and much cheaper to boot). It also lets you turn non-Bluetooth devices like your car or old computer into Bluetooth receivers. Get it below:
While this bluetooth adapter will work for most people who want to convert their regular headphones into Bluetooth ones, audiophiles might want to use something a bit more powerful. If you’ve already got yourself an expensive pair of headphones and you want to use them with your iPhone 7, you should probably check out the Azio Opal Bluetooth 4.0 Music Receiver. It’s a bit more pricey than the previous version, but the improvement in sound quality is definitely there, has more features and has a huge Bluetooth range of 33 feet. It has a built-in mic and line-in inputs and has a huge 24 hour battery life. Of course, it is quite a bit bulkier than the Taotronics bluetooth adapter above, but if you want the best sound possible over Bluetooth, then you should give them adapter a shot instead. The Azio Opal also comes with a Speaker built-in so you can listen without headphones, however, if you’re buying this to use with your quality headphones, you’ll probably skip on this anyway. Get it by clicking the link below:
So with the right gear, owning an iPhone 7 without wireless speakers or headphones isn’t so bad. There’s a lot of options out there to help you turn your regular headphones or earbuds into wireless bluetooth headphones that’ll work great with the new phone.
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