iPhone Headphone Adapter Roundup


iPhone users quickly found out that the headphone jack on the iPhone is recessed several millimeters and standard headphones won’t fit in the jack.

Belkin Adapter

Belkin iPhone Headphone Adapter The first company to release an adapter was Belkin, but the adapter is rigid, ugly and looks like a 3″ antennae sticking out of the top of your iPhone. The adapter sells for $10.95, but is getting bad reviews, and I’d recommend looking into other options below.

Griffin Adapter

Griffin iPhone Headphone Adapter The Griffin adapter looks better, as it’s not rigid and doesn’t pose the risk of breaking your headphone adapter by bumping into a wall or door. Still, it’s bulky and very noticeable and is not even available yet.

RadTech Adapter

ProCable iPhone Headphone Adapter The best looking adapter available now is the RadTech Audio Extension Cable. Available in two lengths, 3″ and 4″, this adapter is as sleek as you could expect and is the least expensive, at only $7.95. I highly recommend this adapter, and have bought one for my iPhone.

Shure Adapter

Shure iPhone Headphone Adapter The Shure adapter has a longer cable and includes an inline microphone, so you can still use the phone function while listening to standard headphones. At $39.95, it is the most expensive adapter. I don’t think an inline microphone is worth an extra $30. I want an adapter to use old-style over the ear headphones to get superior sound quality. If I get a call, I’ll unplug them and put the phone to my ear.

Apple Adapter

Apple iPhone TTY Adapter There are more choices than previously, but I am still surprised no one has released a simple, elegant adapter that is as minimalistic as possible. While I was browsing the iPhone Cables cateogry at the Apple Store, I couldn’t help but notice the TTY Adapter by Apple. It’s small and sleek, just like you would expect from Apple. I wonder, if a TTY adapter can be made this small why can’t they a headphone adapter?



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Don’t forget the official Apple one :)

Yes, the one that comes with the Apple iPod Shuffle first gen orange/ clear case. It has a recessed port and they actually included an adapter that looks exactly like the Griffin one, but in white. Actually they made it so that the Shuffle was completely sealed off even with the headphones plugged in.

I am using that one with my iPhone now.

Dave Yost

Apple assures me that with the right adapter, the built-in mic works for phone calls made with no-mic headphones plugged in.

Which of these adapters are compatible with this use case?

I have two adaptors, each with four contacts, and neither works for phone calls. I wonder what sort of headset (with mic) would work with these.

The Ozman

There is no need to shave the plug to plug into your stereo, just use the dock it has a normal 3.5mm fitting.


Why remove the headphones if you get a call? Just answer the call, and talk into the bottom of the phone.


I was looking for a way to plug my iPhone into my audio sysem. I had a headphone to RCA cable that I previously used with an iPod. After reading your comments, I shaved the plug to fit in the iPhone. It works great. Thanks!!


While Apple did really #$%@ with people like me who cannot or will not use the in-box headphones, I’m willing to bet the iPhone design mandated the recessed headphone socket. If you look at the iPod Touch, the headphone socket is at the bottom, and is not recessed. Must be the hardware for cellular phone service that made them drill through stainless steel.


I have the shuffle (the white one that pretty much looks like a USB stick) and I bought the case for it, and it came with a 3 inch apple-looking adaptor that works damn good.


Will the TTY adapter work with headphones? The terminals on the jack seem to match up with the stadard stero jack terminals.


I have a pair of the V-Moda Vibe headphones (best inear-phones I have had) and they are all metal including the jack so I am unable to cut all material away. Why cant someone make an adapter like the TTY one on the apple store site.

Apple are ar*eholes for recessing the headphone socket!


Just use a very sharp razor blade to cut back the plastic around the jack on your headphones about 1/8th of an inch. Did in on my Shures and it worked perfectly. Bonus it’s free!


Careful use of a surgical scalpel on the plug of my etymotic earphones removed 3mm of soft plastic outer sleeve down to a hard translucent sleeve below enabling them to fit the iphone perfectly.


This eBay seller has TONS of the old Sport Case adapters. I think it’s the best looking option and would gladly pay $8.99 again. I just stick it on the end of my headphones and leave it there all the time. Never gets in the way, and looks perfectly fine.


I absolutely hate having to remember to bring this extra adapter thing around with me everywhere I go. Bleh!


I purchased the RadTech adapter only to have it short out within the first month. I’m returning it and attempting to purchase the monster iSplitter, methinks…


Aaron, is there anyway to buy an adapter like the one in the link you provided? I’ve had no luck so far. Thanks!


I get it. That’s pretty annoying. Looks like what is needed is a 3.5mm plug without the cover, but sealed with a hot-glue shroud. With care, it could look OK.

Brandon Eley

Honza, the plug on the iPhone is 3.5mm, not 2.5. HOWEVER, it is recessed several MM into the iPhone so the plastic around most headphones prevent them from being plugged into an iPhone.

If you’ll notice the plugs in the photos above are all very slim, but they’re still 3.5mm plugs.


If all you want is a way to get a 3.5mm socket for your standard phones you can go to radioshack what-have-you and pick up an adapter for a dollar or two.

Why pay $10.95 for this?

Personally I would cut off the 3.5mm plug off my favourite phones, and solder on a new 2.5mm plug. 50c – job done.


I would also suggest the Monster iSplitter 200 which flawlessly fits into the iPhone and offers TWO headphone jacks with independent volume dials on each jack. It is a great way to share music on the beach and is fairly light with superior sound quality. I’d highly recommend this, especially since you can use it over and over with pretty much any audio device.


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