Your computer obviously comes with a mic, but hardware doesn’t last forever. The mic might have been damaged someway or just stopped working for reasons you just can’t explain. Sure, you can go ahead and buy one, but you already have one right in front of you.
Need a hint? It’s your Android device. Let me clear up that confused look on your face by explaining how you can use your Android device as a mic. It’s all possible thanks to an app you can get for free on Google Play.
How to Turn Your Android Device Into a Microphone
The app that offers the easiest connection options and has a beginner friendly setup is WO Mic from Wireless Orange. The good news is that the apps work with both Windows and Mac, but if you’re a Mac user, you can only use the WiFi connection option.
Connecting by using USB and Bluetooth is always easiest. In this guide, I’ll go with the WiFi setup since you can use it on both Mac and Windows.
If you’re using a Windows computer, you’re going to need to download the WO Mic Client setup program for Windows file and the WO Mic device driver for Windows file. If you’re using a Mac, then you’re going to need the WO Mic Client package for Mac file.
If you’re on Mac and you’re having trouble opening the file, then you’re going to have to modify your Mac’s security preferences. To do this go to System Preferences and then Security & Privacy.
The General tab is going to have a section called Allow apps downloaded from towards the bottom. You can also control-click (or right-click) on file and open it.
How to Connect The Mic
Open the app and tap on Settings at the top. Then tap on The Transport option and when the window pops up, tap WiFi (Unless you’re using USB or WiFi). Now, tap on Audio Source and choose the options that apply to you. I mean, what you’re using the apps for.
You will also see options for control port and media port, but it’s best if you leave those alone. Go back to the main page of the app and copy the IP address it’s going to display above the mic.
Now, it’s time to open the WO Mic Client you installed earlier, add the IP address and tap on Connect. To see if works, check the ¨Play in speaker¨box and talk to your Android device. It’s that easy.
It’s a lot better to use your Android device as a mic instead of spending any amount on getting a new one. If getting a mic is more comfortable, then this is going to be a great temporary fix until you find the mic you like. What do you think of the app? Does it sound like an option you might try? Drop a comment below and let me know.