Headset (headphones with mic) not working with Samsung Galaxy S?

by macadux on February 25, 2012

Long story short: 

Did you get a different brand headsets (earphones with a mic) for your Galaxy S and now Googling to find out why the sound is crippled (very weak)? Well, because many manufactures match Apple’s iPhone or iPod headsets which use a different wiring. Check out the earphone’s manufacturers website or the package if it doesn’t state: compatible with iPhone. If it does and you really want to use your new headphones with a mic (3 pin conector = 3 circles on the silver/gold plug), then you need to get an adapter. 


Fiio LU1 Adapter Cable – use iPhone specific headphones on different brands of phone

Fiio LU1 Adapter Cable - use iPhone specific headphones on different brands of phone This adaptor reverses the mic and ground connections so that the sound and the mic work. Play/pause and track skip functions should also work but this might depend on a smartphone brand. It is a 5cm cable that you plug into the phone and plug in your earphones into it. 

This adapter should get your earphones and your microphone working not only on Samsung (Galaxy S, Galaxy Spica) smartphones but also on others - such as Motorola (Droid, Cliq, Q series), LG (Voyager, Venus, Chocolate, enV), and some Sony phones. Basically all mobile phones or smartphones wired in a way where the mic and ground are opposite of the iPhone/iPod wiring (and the industry manufactures earphones with a mic primarily for iPhone/iPod).

To buy FiiO LU1 Adapter:

Europe: Amazon.co.uk sells it here (also with L shape male plug FiiO LU2)

Canada: www.headphonebar.com/fiio-lu1/

Other parts of the world: Please try Googling for “FiiO LU1” and see if you can find an online shop shipping to your country. If you do then please let me know in the comments below. I’ll then update this section and others will be thankful to you ;) Alternatively look up other adapters from another manufacturers below in this post (the red text in updates).

JABRA headsets with adapter – a better value and alternative?

As this post is still kind of live, people ask/comment once in a while and I also have been looking for new headphones or headsets, have discovered JABRA headsets come with a nice (cordless) adapter!

“Jabra CHILL Corded Headset” on amazon.co.uk sells for almost the same price of the Fio adapter alone! :) (They come also in white color)

Not sure if the adapter is JABRA headsets only compatible. I might order them and see. If someone else orders them earlier, let us please know in comments below.


I don’t recommend cutting the headphones cord and trying to swap connections yourself. You might end up, very easily, with no headsets and no choice of either sending them back for a refund or geting the adpater.


If you bought headphones without a mic (2 pin = 2 circles on the silver/gold plug) you should be fine. In other words, all such headphones should work with your Galaxy S unless they are faulty.

Now, the long story:

After more than 2 weeks,  I’ve received my order from ZAGG. (It took them 1 week to fulfill and ship the order and than it took over 1 week to cross the Atlantic: USA to Bratislava, Slovakia).

Beside the USB travel charger ZAGGsparq 2.0, I also ordered the ZAGG invisibleSHIELD for the Samsung Galaxy S i9000 (maximum front and back coverage) and ZAGGsmartbuds.

I’m really getting use of the ZAGGsparq 2.0 as the Galaxy S is extremely power hungry and battery won’t last more than 4 hours when listening to music/radio and browsing on Orange SK 3G network. Apparently  it’s the nice AMOLED display that eats up over 75% of the battery (see Settings > About Phone > Battery use). Wonder why didn’t they rather make it thicker with 3000 mAh battery.

I will need the invisibleSHIELD replaced as mine has some 1px line on the front foil (manufacturing fault)?

But the last item ZAGGsmartbuds are unusable for my Galaxy S :-(

I plugged them into the Galaxy S 3.5mm jack and barely heard any sound coming out. Immediately started looking for the cause. Plugged them into the laptop and sound was coming out just fine! Tried them on colleagues’ iPod Touch, iPhone 3GS and HTC Desire and none of them had any audio problem whatsoever. Just me, with my Galaxy S!

Then tried the 3-pin Apple original headphones that came with colleague’s iPhone and here things started clearing up as audio/sound didn’t work with them either!

Went on Google and my fears got confirmed! Samsung Galaxy S 3.5mm uses a “new” standard because of the TV OUT functionality.

The main problem is that right now the 3rd party headphone manufacturers don’t support the layout Samsung’s using whereas they do for the iPhone. So if you want a high quality headphone with mic and controls you’re stuffed, otherwise you are stuck with the included set or just stereo headphones.

Hopefully as the SGS’s popularity grows there will be adapters coming out to solve this problem – it’s certainly not hard.

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TV OUT functionality sounds good but how often will I need that over plugging-in headphones with mic of my preference!?

Any 2-pin headphones will work just fine but the moment you get non-Samsung 3-pin headphones with mic like my new ZAGGsmartbuds, then they will not work properly! (neither the sound nor the mic, although if you press the mic button you get the proper sound coming out!)

I would expect Samsung to provide solution for this. The easiest would be to include some adapter right in the box! But not only they don’t include one, their customer representatives have no idea about where/if I could get one. How do I know? I called Samsung.

First, I called Samsung US on: +18889874357. They are selling Galaxy S in the States like hotcakes , so I thought why bother with some local European distributor. US 800 numbers are free from Skype, so off I went to get the answer straight from the Samsung US customer care.

Did I get the answer? No. But they got my personal details as I spent good 1/2 hour releasing to the customer care lady my personal details (name, surname, address, zip, IMEA of the device…). Hell did I ask why/if she needed all that (“yes, but only this very first time you are calling us”).  Then she didn’t understand that somebody from non-US territory could be calling her as the ZIP code didn’t work, the IMEA number wasn’t showing up and so on…  However, I warned her right after we said “Hello” that I’m calling from outside of US and asked her whether that is a problem to which she replied “no, that’s fine, we value Samsung customers world-wide”. Samsung US customer support = Terrible experience!

Right after Samsung US failed to give me the answer, I called ZAGG. They didn’t need my personal details (actually they already had them as all they asked for was my last order number). Plus, ZAGG customer guy was more creative with his assistance: “Sir, please try google it”.  ROFL, as if I don’t do that very first time I have some question these days!

As the last resort, I also tried Samsung Slovakia/Czech republic. They just gave me a dry answer: “go to samsungmobile.cz and if you find it there, then we have it otherwise we don’t”.

If anybody finds the solution and/or the 3.5mm adapter (adaptor) which will make non-samsung headphones with mic work with Samsung Galaxy S, please let me know!


20 Aug 2010:

21 Aug 2010:

iPhone Headset to other Cell Phone Adapter 3.5mm 4 conductor TRRS Male to Female

3.5mm adapterThis short (~2 inch) Adapter cable allows you to connect your iPhone/iPod Touch compatable headsets to other cell phones and devices that have incompatable wiring (see below for details).
The iPhone compatable headsets use the 3rd conductor of the 4-pole TRRS 3.5mm plug for the ground connection which makes them incompatable with the more common 4th conductor ground configuration. This adapter has a 3.5mm TRRS Male with the 4th conductor ground and a 3.5mm TRRS Female with the 3rd conductor ground (iPhone wiring). By switching the ground connections, this adapter will allow you to use your iPhone headsets with most other 3.5mm 4-pole cell phone headset jacks. NOTE: This adapter may not work to adapt your iPhone headsets to some cell phones, if you are unsure if it will work for your phone then contact us with the Make and Model and we will try and help you determine the correct adapter.
  • 3.5mm TRRS 4 conductor Male Plug
  • 3.5mm TRRS 4 conductor Female Jack
  • Premium Shielded Coax Audio Cable for Excellent protection against EMI/RFI interference.
Cable Pinout
T ———>T R1 ——->R1 R2 ——->S S ———>R2

28 Sep 2010:

  • I ordered and did get the adapter (above image) almost a month ago. It worked so well that I got carried away and went on using it with my ZAGG smartbuds and forgot to update this entry.  So yes the:
    iPhone Headset to other Cell Phone Adapter 3.5mm 4 conductor TRRS Male to Female
    ^ it works and I recommend the kv Connections even if ordering from outside US (me from Europe, came in thin envelope straight into the letterbox, no customs clearance/taxes necessary).

25 June 2011:

10 Nov 2011:

  • FiiO LU1 smart adapter cable: Thanks to Beny Spensieri Jr (see his comment from November 10, 2011) we have another adapter! :) And this one looks like a really good one in terms of price, availability for Europeans and Canadians, and hopefully in terms of quality as well.

25 Feb 2012:

{ 95 comments… read them below or add one }

Yuval September 28, 2010 at 04:47

I have kind of a similar problem,
I have a Samsung Galaxy S GT-I9000,
I’m connecting my device to my car stereo with 3.5MM cable to hear music and I also want to use my stereo when im in a phone call conversation (like i did with Nokia 5800 XM) , and it wont forward the audio from the call to my speakers.
Did the adapter fixed your problem?


macadux September 28, 2010 at 11:39

Yes the adapter did fix it! It’s not a very cute looking few cm (inches) long cable but I got used to it. Actually I’m trying to leave it in most of the time (even if I unplug the headphones) just so I don’t forget it somewhere on the desk causing my headphones unusable when then want to listen to music on the street.
Also with that small cable adapter I can use my FM radio and I think it is also preventing the wear out of the mobile’s 3.5mm jack. I did have an mp3 player (MPIO FG100) and the 3.5mm in-jack got worn-out after 2.5 years of frequent headphones plug-in & plug-out.
The purchase, communication and delivery with kv Connection was also great and promt.


alexandra October 30, 2011 at 22:03

I was just reading about the adaptor you mention for the GS2. I don’t like the headphones that come with the phone and tried using the headsets from my Nokia N8 which has an adaptor on it to switch tracks, mute etc however the sound quality was really low and the buttons wouldn’t work on the GS2. Could you tell me, if I purchase the iPhone Headset to other Cell Phone Adapter 3.5mm 4 conductor TRRS Male to Female, can I use my nokia headphones with my GS2? Many thanks


macadux October 30, 2011 at 23:46

I’m not sure, don’t have the Nokia N8 headphones. Try replying to Aldo’s comment, his girlfriend has a Nokia N8 :) Alternatively ask a friend or go to an Apple store, plug your Nokia N8 headset in an iPhone and if it will work both sound & mic, then my guess would be it has the same wiring as Apple’s. Then the mentioned adapter could fix the problem for GS2. (But please be aware that this post deals with Galaxy S, not Galaxy S2, although I really doubt Samsung would have changed the wiring. But one can be never sure :)


Yuval September 28, 2010 at 12:36

Which one did you buy? :\


macadux September 28, 2010 at 12:42
Yuval September 28, 2010 at 12:51

and its 3.5MM both sides right?


macadux September 28, 2010 at 13:12

yes, as it says there
3.5mm TRRS 4 conductor Male Plug
3.5mm TRRS 4 conductor Female Jack


Yuval September 28, 2010 at 12:52

oh ok its written there hehe sorry :)

thank you very much im going to order one of those i hope it will do the work :D


Yuval October 7, 2010 at 02:47

didn’t work for me :\
still the same problem :(


macadux October 7, 2010 at 10:16

what kind of headphones with mic are using?
i bought the ZAGGsmartbuds that are iPhone like mic headphone and this adapter solved the issue …


Yuval October 8, 2010 at 11:31

It’s not headphones with mic… as I said in the first post its a car stereo hehe..


Mcfly January 4, 2011 at 22:55

I have a similiar problem and i know how to fix it but only with an extern microphone… using this http://www.hitechreview.com/uploads/2009/12/SteelSeries-Adapter-for-mobile-devices-1.jpg . I haven’t tried it yet since i need an adapter (it supports mostly iphone and blackberry). But i do not know how to make your internal microphone not shuting off when pluging in a normal 3,5 3 pole jack into your phone.


Kamui October 15, 2010 at 13:56
Kamui October 15, 2010 at 13:59
macadux October 15, 2010 at 14:38

this adaptor is if you had headphones with 2.5mm male jack and wanted to connect it to female 3.5mm jack…


macadux October 15, 2010 at 14:36

This looks to me as an adaptor for iPhone/iPod. For example if I wanted to plugin the Samsung’s headphones-with-mic to iPhone.


Joe April 6, 2011 at 12:57

That shouldn’t make any difference as the adapter just connects the 3rd to 4th and 4th to 3rd pins.


Kamui October 15, 2010 at 14:45

Thanks macadux i’ll search more. A tiny cable for 17,5$ is a little bit of steal


macadux October 15, 2010 at 14:50

yes, but i haven’t found a cheaper one nor an alternative (unless you buy 4-pole female & male 3.5mm jack, a piece of a cable and do the rewiring on your own). good luck and if you do happen to find a cheaper one, let me (others) know…


Lukas October 31, 2010 at 16:21

Does pause, play, volumechanging, answering calls and such stuff work on your headset controlling your SGS?

Am wondering cause Id like to buy an iphone headset and this adapter so I can control my SGS without pulling it out of my pocket everytime I want to interact with volume, calls mediaplayer etc.


macadux October 31, 2010 at 16:48

I’m using Zagg Smartbuds with mechanical volume slider control… They also have the push button which does pause/play and phone answer but sometimes it doesnt and often have to unplug the headphones when making phonecalls as cannot hear the caller… Must be some settings in the Phone app or dunno… Havent tried the iPhone headset though…


dmb December 12, 2010 at 17:32


So you are saying that the Zagg Smartbuds with the adapter connected to the Samsung Galaxy i9000 does not always work completely – like it should & can?

The mean reason to buy the Zagg Smartbuds is the volume control and handy use when connected to a mobile phone or other multimedia.

>>>> Did you already find an answer to this (serious) problem?


macadux December 12, 2010 at 17:50

The volume control is a manual slider, so it works quite ok. Just the push button (phone answer & music player pause/play) doesn’t always work for me…


Andy June 21, 2011 at 14:34

I have the same problem even with the Samsung headphones. Sometimes I can answer the phone with the button and most of the times I have to use the slider on the phone. I think that this must be from the 2.2 update that I have or another application, as it worked when I first got the phone.

Mcfly January 4, 2011 at 20:49

Hello there, I have a Samsung Galaxy Spica GT-i 5700 and I am wondering if this adapter will work for my phone? I got myself a nice pair of Koss iportapro (the iphone koss headphones with mic.) for christmas but i have a problem, i have only got sounfd in one of my ears while wearing them, and the mic doesn’t work either… I also recived a Steelseries adapter which looks like this… (having problems telling you how it looks ;D) http://www.hitechreview.com/uploads/2009/12/SteelSeries-Adapter-for-mobile-devices-1.jpg and i’m having the same problem here (the adapter is made for especially iphones, but should be able to fit some other phones too with a 4 pin connector).


macadux January 4, 2011 at 21:11

I guess yes, the adapter should help to solve your sound issues. As I’ve mentioned in the post above, iPhone headphones use different wiring to what Samsung uses. The Steelseries adapter looks like a splitter for headphones with mic that have separated sound & microphone connectors (for example those used for laptops). However, be aware that even if KM-354R3M-R2F could solve your sound issue, you might not get the seamless control experience (like answering/making phone calls) as with the original Samsung headphones with mic but maybe you’ll be fine (I have this issue with ZAGGsmartbuds you might be fine with Koss). Good luck!


Mcfly January 4, 2011 at 22:37

Thank you mate! As long as the headphones speakers and mic works propperly i’m satisfied because during work time I need both hands free, and music is a must have at work. Pushing a button on the phone/draging your finger across the screen to start the conversation is not a problem for me :).
The Steelseries adapter will be placed somewhere in my car so i can install a extern microphone somwhere because when i plug in a normal 3 pole connector to my phone (the normal 3,5 stereo plugg) the mic on the phone dies and i will only be able to hear what the person who is calling says, that person wont be able to hear me because of this problem.


omer January 29, 2011 at 02:32

i have a samsung galaxy s and want apple iphone headphones to work with sound and mic to i can answer phone calls do i need an adapter
what is the solution?


macadux January 29, 2011 at 11:22

Yes, the iPhone headphones have the same wiring as my ZAGGsmartbuds. The solution: please read my post above…


Dutch March 22, 2011 at 16:39

From the following you can see that the parts look the same, but they have the mic and the ground connection switched:
polarity http://pinouts.ru/HeadsetsHeadphones/iphone_headphone_pinout.shtml

Phones will work, mic will not. That’s for iPhones on one side and The Samsung Galaxy S on the other.

These appear to be correct, For my Galaxy S I cut the two plugs from a PC-headset and soldered a 4-pin plug to it and it works. I’ve found a couple of pages on this pinouts site that listed above phones as the same so are not correct.


Sven April 6, 2011 at 16:02


at first I want to say I’m glad you brought up this topic. The new Samsung Galaxy S2 is coming and I’ll be the first to purchase it but I have one question. Will the iPhone headsets (with microphone & track control buttons) work on the Galaxy S2? I’m asking this since the TV out is now integrated in the micro USB (TV-out via MHL A/V link). Because I too want to buy custom headphones, in particular the Sony MDR-EX300. Thanks in advance.


macadux June 12, 2011 at 13:12

Not sure, I’d say that Samsung will keep the same wiring for back compatibility of their headsets. But if I was you, I’d go to a Samsung shop and test the iPhone headsets on Galaxy S2 before buying ;)


Daniel Martin April 17, 2011 at 21:41

Thanks for the article, now with the information provided y disemble a mic extención for use with a sennheiser headphones and mi Samsung Galaxy S i9000b.
I just switch the mic pin and ground pin with the information from “Dutch” and now works perfect, y can awnser calls and play and stop the music player. Thank you very much guys for this posting.


Dave May 11, 2011 at 05:18
macadux June 25, 2011 at 11:19

Thanks for this, looks good! At the time I was looking for one (almost a year ago), I only found one mentioning in the post above.
But yes this one is cheaper, even the cable + shipping through USPS mail together make it cheaper than price of the adapter from kV Connection alone!
And it seems to have a softer (more flexible/bendable cable) than the kvconnection’s one. I think you help many who are looking for this adapter.


J June 25, 2011 at 00:29

Hi! Thanks so much for this. I switched to a Galaxy SII from an HTC and it seems I keep getting problem after problem…

I was going to order that adapter to give it a whirl, but shipping to Canada appears to be only by FedEx, and minimum $58 (!!!). Do you know of any other online retailers that carry this specific adapter?

If I REALLY have to, I’ll track someone down to do some soldering for me, but I think I prefer to have an extra 2 inches of adapter cable instead!…

Thanks so much!


macadux June 25, 2011 at 11:26

J, see the comment from Dave above. (I missed it initially as it was flagged as a possible spam).


Although they don’t even seem to list Canada in their shipping to country. Not sure what’s wrong with you Canadians? :-o
No idea why the kV Connection won’t even ship the standard USPS mail for around $6 as they did ship here to Europe.

Maybe try http://www.newegg.ca which MEElectronics list on their ‘Where to buy’ page: http://www.meelec.com/Articles.asp?ID=135


macadux November 10, 2011 at 22:03

J, it’s been a while and not sure how you’ve sorted your trouble with getting the adapter but just in case: Beny Spensieri Jr (see the comment below: November 10, 2011 at 21:25) just posted this link: http://www.headphonebar.com/fiio-lu1/


Kamui July 3, 2011 at 19:11

Thank you guys! After sooo many months and still you keep this search alive


Demonmz July 13, 2011 at 21:39

Hey say do you have an Amazon link for this adapter? and does this work too?

sorry its in french cuz im in france…


macadux July 14, 2011 at 08:31

Hi, sorry I don’t have any links to amazon for this, not sure if they sell it there. I’m not actively searching for this adapter anymore, only if somebody suggest it, then I update this post.
And not sure about the adapter from that link. Doesn’t it state “for iphone”? No further details there, so I would ask their support what exactly it is for. My guess would be to plug 3 pin samsung like headphones with mic to iPhone? :)


Oracle September 8, 2011 at 01:26

You can also get the iPhone / iPod headphone adapters here at this site, and there is a fairly up to date list of compatible phones listed there…




Katheryn September 8, 2011 at 18:42

I bought the MeeElectronics adapter and yes, I get sound, but it’s like hearing it through a tunnel. I had this trouble with my old phone, but that was due to a problem with the connection because I’d dropped it too many times. Sound had worked perfectly before then. But this? I’ve paid like.. nearly £10 for this and it doesn’t do what I want it to do. Any ideas why? I have the Samsung Galaxy S2. Even the earphones it comes with don’t do sound properly, and the damned things wont fit in my ears, either. Kinda useless really. I want to be able to use my ipod earphones, that have a mic on them (not bothered by the Mic part not working, just the sound would be nice) so I’m confused.


Sachiko September 28, 2011 at 19:04

Hi, I’m having the same problem here….. with this coloud headphones http://www.amazon.de/Coloud-Black-Kopfh%C3%B6rer-kostenloser-HuS-Vertrieb/dp/B004U5A49I/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1317229218&sr=8-3
do you think the adapter would work for me? cause there aren’t iphone headphones but I’m having the exact same issue with the headphones. the headphones are having (when pluged in my galaxy s) a bad sound quality but a great when pluged in a Pc or when i press the “call answer” buttom and hold it.


Sachiko September 28, 2011 at 19:18
macadux September 28, 2011 at 21:16

any headphones without a mic (2 pin jack) should have no issues and no adapter needed there…


macadux September 28, 2011 at 21:15

looks like the same problem… try those headphones with somebody’s iPhone and if no problem, then the adapter should fix the sound issues… not sure if the mic will work 100% but at least the sound should…


Sachik September 29, 2011 at 07:01

Thanks man ^^ for the fast reply you are a livesaver


macadux September 29, 2011 at 11:08

you are welcome


cece September 29, 2011 at 11:05

I got the MeeElectronics adapter for my Galaxy S and it works, with the headset I also bought from them (M6P). And when bought together with an headset the adapter is even cheaper.
But the cable of the adapter is not resistant enough. The headset cable is stronger. About 2 months since I bought them, and the adapter fails because the cable is already worn down (also because the female part + the headset male jack weights have to be supported by this adapter cable) :-(

(also, it is not very practical to have an adapter on an headset with an angled (90°) jack)


Camilo September 29, 2011 at 21:40

Have you found a solution for this isssue? I know this post is from about 1 year ago but it is still an issue with the S2!



macadux September 29, 2011 at 22:23

it’s there in the post… in updates… look for the red text :)


Carla October 3, 2011 at 01:07


I wonder if these would solve our problem. I have a sgs i9000 and doesnt work properly with a skullcandy headset. But I had read here that the adapter fails to answer calls always. So I found this:


I think maybe through usb it can create a more independant entrance for compatible headsets. Plus is way cheaper than the adapters and looks far more resistant. I’ll update later when I get it but it may take weeks.



macadux October 3, 2011 at 06:01

Hi Carla, looks interesting although wonder how the phone will port the audio to micro USB. And even if it had no problems with that functionality, personally not sure if I would like to have micro USB occupied for headphones when in need to charge the battery (mentioning in the post that I’m using a travel charger which I often have plugged in alongside with standard 3.5mm headphones while listening to music). But definitely let us know how it worked out for you when you get it. Thanks!


Aldo October 19, 2011 at 19:48

Hi, I went today and bought myself the B&W C5′s and I was sooo happy until I plugged them into my Samsung Galaxy S… And then I found this thread. Thank you all for the answers. And thank you Samsung for making so shitty phone. I’ll definetly change to iPhone but I’m going to wait until iPhone5 is released since there’s no point of buying the 4s. Probably I’ll just buy tomorrow somekind of an adapter as many have already done. Thanks once more for the clarifying answers!


macadux October 19, 2011 at 20:15

Those B&W C5 headphones didn’t come cheap, so must have been an unpleasant surprise for you to find out about this! :-( I’m also considering an iPhone in the future, you just know that if you go to buy a 3rd party accessory and it will state made for iPhone # – then it will work. Same goes for the software – iPhone Apps. I like many features of Android and don’t mind its geekiness in exchange of full & free access to the phone but everything has its pros & cons… will see what the future brings… :) Good luck to you!


Aldo October 19, 2011 at 22:23

Yeah well, I bought these primarily for listening music and didn’t think there could even be this kind of a problem. But the best part comes now: I bought the same set for my girlfriend also. She has the Nokia N8 and guess what, same problem :D Hopefully I am able to find proper adapters tomorrow and then we’ll be able to enjoy a bit better sounds than with the headsets that came along with the phones.


Aldo October 20, 2011 at 22:15

I found http://www.dealextreme.com/p/3-5mm-stereo-headphone-audio-adapter-for-nokia-n95-16-1cm-cable-23541 Not sure yet will it work. I tried to get an answer via dealextreme support live chat but the only thing I got was “I don’t know” and “Ask some forums.” But because they are so cheap I’ll give it a go and order two of these.


macadux October 21, 2011 at 00:14

Hard to say from the image with no additional information on their or others sites. Just an assumption, after you’ve mentioned your girlfriend’s Nokia N8, it must have been made to solve some kind of a problem. Well you really are left to just trial it but let us then please know the result.

It’s interesting how this topic is still live. But not surprising on the other side with so many smartphones on the market, where some follow Apple iPhone pinout (so far I know of HTC) , others follow the different standard. If I was a headset manufacturer (especially of those higher end ones), I’d definitely built some compatibility list and either offer 2 versions or maybe even better an adpater right in the box.


Aldo October 22, 2011 at 11:44

That one doesn’t do the trick. I didn’t buy it since I found out it only apats it from 4 to 3 pins. I also went thru a bunch of different stores in Helsinki, Finland, and only one dude knew what I was talking about. He said that they had those adapters earlier but not anymore. WHY NOT ANYMORE!??! He tried to sell me some crappy Phillips headset which contained an adapter (with controls). I believe it would make the sound quality suffer even more than this adapter from kvconnection. I’m going to order two adapters from kvconnection and stop wondering further.


Aldo October 22, 2011 at 11:47

And I almost forgot to say that I heard something about USA/Europe “standards” but why would there be anything like that since all the phones and parts are manufactured in China or in some other Asian country.


Aldo November 7, 2011 at 14:07

Ok. The adapters from kVconnection.com finally came a couple of days ago. Works fine with Samsung Galaxy S except the volume controls on B&W C5 doesn’t work. With Nokia N8 the set works only as headphones. The mic and the controller on the cord doesn’t work at all.

Graham October 22, 2011 at 17:12


Do you know of any earphones that have music controls but no mic? So 2 pin ones that will work native with this phone.

I can’t find any that fulfill this function. Not interested in low end cheap ones.

Thanks in advance,


macadux October 23, 2011 at 01:20

I don’t, sorry Graham. Maybe someone else will be able to suggest you some good ones.


Beny Spensieri Jr November 10, 2011 at 21:25

Hey if you’re in Canada, here is one of those cables for just under $5.


I’ve ordered one, but it hasn’t arrived yet, so I can’t confirm. Yet based on the description on the page, it will solve the problem.


macadux November 10, 2011 at 21:59

Thanks mate, this might be very helpful for other Canadians like J (see her comment from: June 25, 2011 at 00:29)


Berhard November 12, 2011 at 21:37

This frustrating problem that Galaxy Sii is not pin compatible and does not provide stereo with samsung original accesoire in ear head sets is illustrated by this video :


macadux November 13, 2011 at 01:09

You must be very frustrated Berhard by taking the effort in creating that video ;)


Serge November 21, 2011 at 22:20

Hey guys, I am buying Klipsch S4i as a present for a person with samsung galaxy (not S1-S2, some other model). Do you think they will work with the meelectronics adaptor?


macadux November 21, 2011 at 23:15

Not sure. But you’ve seen the images of quick wear off? http://www.amazon.com/Klipsch-S4i-Premium-Noise-Isolating-3-Button/dp/B00264GYMG


stefan November 22, 2011 at 00:28


i´m looking for weeks for a solution, connecting a external mic to the S2 and ordered an y-adapter that is using also for Iphones. It should work, cause the pins are the same on iphone and at the S2. But i´ve tried different mics and nonone works. The headphone jack works fine with all regular headphones.

So, i´m asking me, if there is a difference between the mic from the orginal headphone-inear set to an external mono or stereomic that is connected at the y-adapter?! is it a thing of impendance or something inside the orginal mic that is needed to disconnecting the mic of the phone?

So does everyone has an idea, connecting a external mic to the S2?


stefan November 22, 2011 at 02:13

sorry, but some minutes after posting my question i solved it for myself.

for using an external mic on the Galaxy S2 you need an Y-adapter (for Mic and Headphone) like this one


and then you need a Stereomic with a 3,5 mm stereo jack (not mono) and connect this to the Mic in Connector. This is it!

You can´t use a monomic combined with a stereoadapter or with a monojack. Only a stereo jack seems to work, cause all other combinations starts only the mp3 player if you connect it. The S2 think if you connect it this way, that the start button for the mp3 player was pushed.

So take a steromic with a stereo jack and the recording. The sound is of course mono but it works.

Have fun.


Serge November 22, 2011 at 15:48

wow, thx for that) will reconsider buying those


stefan November 22, 2011 at 20:05

may have also a look into the firmware of the S2. It could be possible (i´m not sure) that an unknown fix from version 2.3.3 to 2.3.5 also solve it and firstly with this new firmware version the mic is usable. Maybe someone can check it with the old firmware. But there seems to be no reason to hold the old firmware 2.3.3


Dirk November 26, 2011 at 20:10

Wow, I am happy to have found this :p
I want to get a extra headphone for my SGS ( don’t think the original will last for two years) and I knew that the headphone of my dads HTC sensation didn’t work.
I hope my electronic store’s have a good quality adapter ;)


B3th January 3, 2012 at 13:38

Hi, can is there a type of adapter that can make the microphone on a headphone work as well? I’ve just got a mobile phone handset that is just a normal headphone cord, but obviously allows a microphone to work with it, but it doesn’t connect to my Galaxy S :( help?


Mik3 February 21, 2012 at 22:44


I have a Galaxy Ace GT-S5830L and I just bought the Bose AE2i audio headphones and they can’t listen to me while in a call.

Do you think this adapter will work with this Ace/Bose set up?

Cheers! :D


macadux February 23, 2012 at 00:33

I don’t think this adapter is for you. Galaxy S2 pin out is shown at this pin outs guide – it mentions Galaxy Ace S5830 has it as well and this is the same as iPhone pinout. Your Bose AE2i have been made for iPhone and like smartphones, so all should be good.

Anyway, you would also experience problems with hearing the audio on your side, if you had the issue described in this post. And you didn’t mention that, just that people cannot hear you (if I understood you correctly). So that seems like a different problem that you need to investigate yourself. Even though pin outs should match, I’d still start by physically trying out your Bose AE2i on someone’s iPhone, making a phone call or voice recording … ;)


Karl February 23, 2012 at 21:25


I just got the adapter from Amazon.
I plugged it in my phone ( Samsung galaxy s). The sound is now perfect but i can’t use the mic nor the buttons to change songs, paus and such… When i receive calls i can’t answer them through the headset buttons. I’ve got the skullcandy full metal jacket headphones with “in-line mic” it says. I don’t know if that is anything speciell or something. Are there any setting which is wrong set? Any help is apreciated. Thanks.


macadux February 25, 2012 at 14:43

Well I have problems with mic & call answer button as well on my ZAGGsmartbuds plugged through the adapter to my Galaxy S. Many people reporting problems with additional controls. Meelec website states “specific remote and mic compatibility is dependent on the actual phone”.

I think Galaxy S doesn’t recognize additional controls nor the basic ones (call answer) well – when the adapter is used. I got over it, have used the ZAGG headsets for audio listening only. Soon due for new headphones, this time I’ll get some without the mic and any controls.

Or maybe I get JABRA as they come with an adapter and curious to see if the mic & call answer would work. And interestingly enough, the cheapest version “Jabra CHILL Corded Headset” on amazon.co.uk are almost the same price of the Fio adapter alone! :) (They also come in white color). If someone gets them sooner for their Galaxy S, let us please know how they work, or how the Jabra cordless adapter works with other headsets!


Momo February 24, 2012 at 21:23

Hey guys,
I’ve been following this thread for a while.
My phone is a Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro, which has the same problem
All of the description applied to my phone (muffled music, pressing the pause button, accessory not supported, etc), so I went ahead and bought the above adapter last week. It got here yesterday.
Sadly, the phone does not even recognize the adapter in the phone, let alone tell me the accessory was not supported.
After a few tries, I figured out that the phone will only recognize the jack when it’s like half way in, and either the voice is muffled, I only get sound to one ear, or the accessory is not supported. Should I return the adapter, or am I doing something wrong?
Thank You


Momo February 25, 2012 at 04:13

I forgot to mention, I have iBeats, and they have a “three button mic/remote” so normal adapters won’t do.
I want any adapter…I don’t care if the mic/remote works anymore. Like you know how the mic earphones have three rings on the end? Maybe something that can make it only two rings? I am pretty desperate, and nothing is helping.
Please reply!


macadux February 25, 2012 at 15:02

I’m not sure man. This pinout guide lists Sony Ericsson X10 Mini Pro to be the same as iPhone. But other posts, like this one on androidforums, state different.

I see the following options:
1. Return the iBeats (if you still can)
2. Not sure if 3 to 2 pin adapter exists. But you could get a headset to laptop adapter like this basic one, not sure about the pinout though. Or the adapter that comes with Woodees, they sell it separately on amazon.com, ebay, maybe on the Woodees shop… It’s called “Woodees Smartphone VOIP Adapter Skype”, costs around $13. And use the audio cable only (cut away the microphone part if it was getting in a way).
3. Investigate yourself for other possible solution => Search/ask in other forums, go to the shop and test iBeats with/without the adapter on other phones, call support of Sony, iBeats…


Momo March 5, 2012 at 01:38

Sorry for the late reply,
I’m going to try my luck with the headset to laptop converter, because it seems as it basically separate the mic and sound wires..
Thanks for your help!
I never thought about that :D


Mats Winsa March 11, 2012 at 21:40

Anyone know of the possibilities to get a good external microphone to work with Samsung Galaxy Ace or Motorola Defy Plus ?


macadux March 11, 2012 at 22:44

I’d be looking into an adapter that splits headsets and mic but check the pinouts of your smartphones and the adapter. Or maybe look into bluetooth microphone or bluetooth adapters…


Trinity April 18, 2012 at 21:01

do you know if those that’s stated to work with android phones will work on Galaxy S?


macadux June 12, 2012 at 21:54

It depends, HTC have had iPhone like wiring… but Samsung changed as well, for example Galaxy S2 also has iPhone like headset wiring… (sorry for late reply, notification went to spam).


Jammy May 4, 2012 at 01:15

Hi came across this site as I have been searching everywhere for an adapter that can use iphone connection headsets on the Motorola Atrix. Apparently the Atrix uses a funny connection spec called “omtp”. The audio comes out ok but the mic does not pickup anything and the button does nothing. I tired the Fiio LU2 and that did nothing same results with or without it. Does anyone know what adapter to get or what the pin-outs are for both the Atrix and iphone so I can make my own?



macadux June 12, 2012 at 21:57

Hi, absolutely no idea re. Motorola Atrix. You just need to keep googling, doing trial/error or try contacting Motorola…


Nano June 12, 2012 at 19:27

Brilliant advice. This is the only article online that completely and clearly summarized the problem and solution. I just ordered by fiio lu1 adapter. Cant wait to get it to see if this makes my h2o audio surge contact 2g headphones compatible with my galaxy s. I ordered mine from filters exchange – authorized dealer of fiio products in Manila


Romain August 2, 2012 at 17:45

I have at present an Sony Ericsson Xperia arc S and when I insert my earphones Apple into my telephone, the following message appears: not taken care accessory.
I looked for a solution to this problem and I found these 2 adapters:
-http: // http://www.amazon.fr/Fiio-LU1-Adapter-Cable-he adphones / dp / B005I0GHV8 / ref=sr_1_1? Ie=UTF8*qid=1343920321*sr=8-1
-http: // http://www.amazon.fr/Fiio-LU2-Adapter-Cable-he adphones / dp / B005T1MQ1Q / ref=sr_1_2? Ie=UTF8*qid=1343920321*sr=8-2

But which one is going to work? What is the difference between both?
Thank you very much


Nick August 31, 2012 at 16:04

Thanks for writing up this detailed post. I just bought a galaxy 3s and was baffled when all of my iphone headsets (I have several in different places) didn’t work. Crazy that they don’t tell you this when you switch, and that there’s not a better solution.


Isthegeek September 30, 2012 at 04:10

I too have purchased a set of B&W C5 headphones for my Galaxy S3 phone and I can’t get the mic to work. The heaphones sound awesome and it will fwd and pause music etc just wont work with phone calls.

I purchased the adapter from Meelec.com 3.5 trrs to 3.5 trrs and it didn’t work. The sound from headphones was decreased about 75% and sounded like crap and none of the buttons worked with the adapter in use.

Has anyone found a solution to the problem and if so can you let me know which adapter actually worked out for you?


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