More and more smartphone makers are ditching the 3.5mm headphone/mic jack in the efforts to fit in more components in a slimmer device. We see this trend prevalent in flagship phones since Apple first kissed the port goodbye with the iPhone 7. Samsung Galaxy S10+, Huawei P30 Pro, Google Pixel 3, OnePlus 7 Pro, Xiaomi Mi 9 and more. Even the fresh off the boat Samsung Galaxy Note 10 doesn’t come with the jack. Like the titan Thanos, this trend is inevitable.
How, then, will we get our daily music fix from premium flagships? Here are ways to listen to tunes on your jackless smartphone.
Use the earphones that come with the box
Inside most boxes of new smartphones, you’ll find its charger and a pair of earphones with a USB-C or lightning cable end instead of a headphone jack. Go down the most obvious and thrifty route and just use them. The sound quality on these might vary, but they’re usually good enough for your daily listening.
Get your hands on a dongle
If you already have your trusty headphones and earphones and don’t want to let go of them, buy a dongle or a USB-C to 3.5mm jack adapter. These are available cheap online on Shopee and Lazada. Just make sure you read product reviews before buying so your adapter.
Connect your wired headphones to a Bluetooth adapter
This is another option that won’t require you to kiss your wired headsets goodbye. Buy a Bluetooth receiver so you can just pair your phone to it and plug in your wired earphones.
It’s also time to embrace another trend: wireless earbuds. Although some of these come with more expensive price tag, they’re usually worth it. Check out high quality earbuds like the Galaxy Buds, Sennheiser MOMENTUM, Sony WF-1000XM3, JBL Tune 120TWS, Apple AirPods and more. If you’re not a fan of this emerging trend, you can also choose other Bluetooth earphones. This way, if you’re ever low on battery, you can charge your device and listen to music or watch videos at the same time.
Cast your music to your TV
Even though it’s probably one of the most far-fetched options, it’s an option if you have Chromecast or an Apple TV. Connect your device to your TV and start playing. Let your TV be your speaker.