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When using your mobile device for video or conference calls, the sound quality frequently lets you down. Your viewers or co-workers often find it difficult to hear you clearly because your voice must compete with room echo and background noise.

There are three parts to improving your sound quality when recording on your Android device.

  1. Connect the Blue Yeti, or another USB microphone, to your Android phone with a USB-A to USB-C adapter.
  2. Move the microphone closer to you.
  3. If possible, adjust the audio level to prevent clipping.

To connect a USB mic to a modern Android phone you will need a USB C to USB OTG Adapter. Plug the adapter into the phone’s USB-C port, then insert the USB-A plug of the microphone cable into the OTG adapter. If your mic requires extra power include a powered USB hub between the OTG adapter and the mic cable.

The OTG adapter I know works, because I have tested a few with my own Android phone, is the Syntech USB C to USB OTG Adapter.

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Please Note: Although the instructions in this article show the use of a Blue Yeti USB microphone, any USB mic can be connected to an Android device in the same way. I recommend using a USB microphone that, like the Blue Yeti, has a headphone socket for zero-latency monitoring of your voice and playback of the audio. This will ensure you do not hear yourself in your headphones with a slight delay. In my demonstration, I also use a Samsung A53-5G Android phone, although any Android phone with a USB-C port will work.

IN A HURRY? Jump to where I show and explain, in detail, how to connect a Blue Yeti USB Mic to an Android phone.

So, now you know what you need to do to improve your sound quality when using an Android mobile device. But first, let me explain why you should connect an external USB mic to your Android phone and a bit more detail on what you’ll need.

So, let’s get into this.

Do you have an iOS device? Check out my article: How to connect and use a Blue Yeti to an iPhone or iPad

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Why use an external microphone with your phone

When recording video or participating in a Zoom call, the main reason your audio sounds bad is that the microphone is in the wrong place. Instead of being close to your mouth, because you’re using the phone as a video camera, the mic will be 18-24 inches (45-60cm) away.

So why is that a problem?

Basically, the best audio would be your voice with very little else in the background. But when you put your phone at about an arm’s length from your mouth, you won’t be the main or only sound source. Now the mic will “hear” you, any background noises, and the echo (or reverberation) of your voice as it bounces around the room. Turning up the mic gain won’t improve things; those extra noises will be boosted just as much as your voice.

What you need to do is ensure your voice is the main or only sound that the microphone picks up, and you can do that by placing the mic close to your mouth, at about 6 to 10 inches (15 to 20cm). At that distance your voice will seem louder, therefore the audio gain can come down, so you don’t sound too loud. In the process, any background noise and room echo will become very quiet or even so quiet it will be imperceptible.

In the past, smartphones had 3.5mm sockets that combined microphone input and headphone output, but recent models frequently have omitted the 3.5mm jack connector. So the only option to connect an external device is to use the USB-C connector on newer phones or micro USB on slightly older phones.

That’s where the Blue Yeti, or another USB microphone, comes into play. If you can use an external microphone with your Android device, the phone can be placed where you will look good on the camera display, and the microphone can be placed close to you, so you also sound good.

But the question is, how do you connect a USB mic, like the Blue Yeti, to an android phone?

Unfortunately, the USB cable that came with your Blue Yeti won’t work directly. You’ll need an adapter.

What you need to connect your Blue Yeti to an Android phone

Most recent Android phones have a USB-C port, while older ones may have micro-USB ports. Therefore, you can’t automatically plug a USB mic into the phone because the Blue Yeti, and many other USB mics, use USB-A connectors. That’s the connector shown below.

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Clearly, you need a USB adapter, because a USB-A connector won’t fit into a USB-C port. But don’t jump over to Amazon or eBay and get the first adapter you find, because there’s a chance it won’t work.

What you need is a USB-C or Micro-USB OTG adapter.

OTG stands for On-The-Go. An OTG adapter or cable connects to your Android device on one side and has a female USB-A plug on the other side, allowing you to connect to external devices such as keyboards, memory sticks, and USB microphones. They are available for mobile devices with either micro-USB or USB-C ports.

I use a Samsung A53 5G phone, a mid-range phone with good audio and video recording capabilities. To connect a Blue Yeti to the Samsung A53-5G I use a Syntech USB C to USB OTG Adapter. It has male USB-C to female USB-A connectors. But if your device has a micro-USB port instead of USB-C, you’ll need the appropriate OTG adapter.

For Android phones with USB-C ports, I recommend the Syntech adapter. I have used it with various apps on my Samsung A53-5G phone and I know it works.

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An optional accessory you may also want to use is a set of headphones with a 3.5mm headphone jack. This is to connect to the Blue Yeti’s headphone socket that will enable you to monitor your audio and playback from your Android device.

How to connect any USB mic to an Android phone

Connecting a Blue Yeti USB microphone to your Android phone or device will dramatically improve your sound when using an audio/video recording app, or video conferencing app.

So, this is what you need to do.

  1. Insert a Syntech OTG adapter into the USB-C port of your Android phone.
  2. Plug the USB-A end of the Blue Yeti USB microphone cable into the female USB-A socket of the Syntech adapter.
  3. Connect the mini-USB end of the USB mic cable to the socket on the base of the Blue Yeti. You should see the red power LED on the mic’s mute button light up, indicating that the connection has been made and the mic is receiving power.
  4. To monitor your audio and hear the playback of your audio or video recordings, plug your headphones into the 3.5mm jack on the base of the Blue Yeti.
  5. Now open the audio or video app you want to use.

That’s it. Your Blue Yeti should now be connected to your Android phone and you’re Yeti should be used by any audio or video recording apps, or conference call apps.

If you’re using a different make of USB microphone the instructions to connect to an Android device are the same. However, the USB socket on your microphone may be USB-B or micro-USB, depending on the model of the microphone. That won’t be an issue since the other end of the cable will probably have a standard USB-A plug. If your USB mic uses a cable that ends with a USB-C connector you should be able to plug it straight into your phone’s USB-C port.

Using your Blue Yeti to record videos on your Android phone

Now that you have connected your Blue Yeti USB microphone to your Android phone you obviously want to use it. If you’re a creator or YouTuber who needs to record videos, your first option might be to use the camera app that comes with your phone.

If you are a Samsung user, you should be OK with the camera app that shipped with your phone. At least that is the case with my Samsung A53-5G phone, which works fine with my Blue Yeti. The procedure is to open the camera app, choose the video option, select the resolution/aspect ratio you want, then tap the record button. At the start of the recording, you should see a notification letting you know that the video camera is using what it thinks is your headset microphone. We know that it will be your Blue Yeti.

Unfortunately, some Android phones come with camera apps that only select the built-in microphone as the audio source. You can get around this problem by downloading the free Open Camera appHow to connect a Blue Yeti or any USB mic to an Android Phone | DIY Video Studio (6) from the Google Play store. Go into the Video settings and choose Audio source. You can then select External mic.

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Conclusion

You can use any USB mic, including the Blue Yeti, with your Android phone. Most recent Android phones, like the Samsung A53-5G or Galaxy S20FE, have a USB-C data and charging port, and you will connect the microphone via this port. But most USB microphones use cables that have a USB-A connector at the end, which obviously cannot be inserted into the phone’s USB-C port. To overcome this problem, we can use a USB-C to USB-A, or micro-USB to USB-A, OTG adapter. When using a USB mic with an Android phone it is recommended that you use a microphone that has zero latency headphone monitoring and playback since you can monitor your speech without any delay. Effectively, this means the microphone has a built-in sound card.

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Tosh Lubek runs an audio and video production business in the UK and has been using the Canon EOS R since it was released in the Autumn of 2018 and the Canon EOS R6 in 2020. He has used both cameras to shoot TV commercials broadcast on Sky TV, promotional business videos, videos of events and functions, and YouTube creator content. He has also won several international awards for his advertising and promotional work. You can meet him by visiting his “video booth” at HashTag Business Events across the country.

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FAQs

Can you plug a Blue Yeti into an Android phone? ›

Conclusion. You can use any USB mic, including the Blue Yeti, with your Android phone. Most recent Android phones, like the Samsung A53-5G or Galaxy S20FE, have a USB-C data and charging port, and you will connect the microphone via this port.

How do I use an external microphone on Android video? ›

All you need to do is plug the connector into the charging port. And then your phone will regard the external microphone for iPhone or android as the default audio recording equipment and start shooting anytime you want. Connect microphone with TRRS through 3.5mm jack.

Where are mic settings on Android? ›

Settings. Tap Site Settings. Tap Microphone or Camera. Tap to turn the microphone or camera on or off.

Can Blue Yeti be Bluetooth? ›

It is not bluetooth, you must use a usb cable.

What USB does a Blue Yeti mic use? ›

If you need a USB cable for your Yeti/Yeti Pro microphone, look no further. You'll find a USB Type-A connector at one end for your computer, and a USB Mini-B connector at the other end for the mic.

Why isn't my mic working on my Android? ›

Go to the Settings app. Select Call Settings or Sound Settings. Look for the Noise Reduction option and disable it. Restart your phone and check if the problem is solved.

How do I change microphone input on Android? ›

Go to Settings > System > Sound. Under Input, make sure your mic is selected, then click Device Properties. Select Additional device properties. In the Levels tab, increase or decrease the Microphone (sensitivity).

Is there a mic app on Android? ›

MyVoice is among the best microphone apps for Android. You can easily use your smartphone as a microphone, voice recorder, and loudspeaker. This is a versatile app to make your day. It allows you to record any audio or enhance your voice in case you have to speak in front of many people.

How do I record audio on my Android phone? ›

Every Android phone will have a voice recording app already installed on it called Recorder.
...
How to record audio on an Android phone:
  1. Open the Recorder app. ...
  2. Click on the record button.
  3. Start recording the desired audio.
  4. To stop the audio, press the pause button.

How do I merge audio and video on Android? ›

  1. Step 1 - Download PowerDirector - Free Video Merger App On iPhone & Android. ...
  2. Step 2 - Tap +New Project and Choose the Project Ratio with Best Video Combiner. ...
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How do I add voice to my Android video? ›

  1. 1 Launch the Gallery app and select a video you would like to edit.
  2. 2 Tap on to start editing the video.
  3. 3 Swipe across the editing options and select.
  4. 4 Adjust the Video sound then tap on Add > and select.
  5. 5 Select the Voice Recording you would like to add to the video the tap on Done.
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How do I test my microphone on Android? ›

Procedure
  1. Open the Camera app.
  2. Tap the Record button.
  3. Speak into the phone.
  4. Tap the Stop button.
  5. Tap the video thumbnail in the bottom right corner.
  6. Tap the Play button. ...
  7. Listen to the video (make sure your media volume is turned up)
  8. Tap Pause or the Home button to stop the video.

How do I connect a microphone to my phone? ›

If your Android has a headphone jack and doesn't need an adapter, then you can plug in a microphone with a 3.5mm TRRS connector jack, like this one! If you are using an app that requires permission to use external devices, ensure that you grant the app permission to do so.

How do I turn on mic mode on my phone? ›

How to Turn on Microphone on an Android Phone
  1. Tap Settings.
  2. Tap Privacy.
  3. Tap App Permissions.
  4. Tap Microphone.
  5. Toggle all the apps listed to the green switch. If you only want to enable the microphone on some apps, choose to toggle them accordingly.
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How do I use my USB mic as a mic? ›

Simply plug the microphone into the computer and choose the microphone as the audio input device. If the USB mic has a headphone output, we can also choose the “mic” as our computer's output audio device and monitor through the headphone output. What is this?

Is there an app for Blue Yeti? ›

The Blue Sherpa software for Blue Yeti controls the microphone from a computer. Video editing software, like Premiere Pro, can also use the Yeti. However, Blue Yeti software downloads can also include mobile apps, since the Yeti is compatible with iOS and some Android devices.

Does Yeti have an app? ›

Many functionalities and automation are available inside the app. We encourage you to download Yeti and discover them. You can download Yeti for free: Download Yeti for Android.

Is there a software for Yeti? ›

Now available on Yeti family microphones* via Logitech's free G HUB software, Blue VO! CE lets you craft your own signature sound or select a preset for crisp and modern, warm and vintage, classic radio voice, robot sounds, alien vibes, monster tones and more.

What are the 4 modes on the Blue Yeti? ›

Pattern MODES
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  • STEREO MODE. ...
  • Omnidirectional mode. ...
  • Bidirectional.

Can I use Blue Yeti without USB? ›

There's a 3.5mm port on the underside of the mic, so you can plug in your earbuds or headphones and monitor your recordings. This means you'll be hearing exactly what's being recorded, as you record it. There are 3 different dials on the Blue Yeti.

Can I plug my Blue Yeti into my camera? ›

To connect a Blue Yeti to a camera, use a 3.5mm TRS-to-TRS audio cable between the headphone socket on the Yeti and the mic in the socket on your camera. Next, connect the Yeti to your PC using the USB cable, and in Windows sound settings make the Yeti both your recording and playback device.

How do I set my Blue Yeti mic? ›

Connect Yeti with the supplied USB cable. Under Start Menu open Control Panel, click on Hardware and Sound, then select Sound. Select the Playback tab, choose Yeti Stereo Microphone, and click the Set Default button. Select the Recording tab, choose Yeti Stereo Microphone, and click the Set Default button.

Which USB port should I use for my microphone? ›

If you're unsure what's best for you, get a USB 2.0 interface. These are by far the most common, and also the most cost effective models. Please be aware that USB 2.0 audio interfaces do not always work well on USB 3.0 computer ports (which usually have a blue plastic insert).

Do you have to charge a Yeti microphone? ›

1-1 of 1 Answer. The Blue Yeti is USB powered. There's no battery. If yours isn't working, it's either a hardware problem or a software/driver problem on your PC or Operating System.

Why isn't my mic connecting to my phone? ›

Go to the sound settings of your device and check if your call volume or media volume is very low or mute. If this is the case, then simply increase the call volume and media volume of your device. As mentioned earlier, dirt particles can accumulate and easily clog the microphone of your device.

Where Is safe mode in phone? ›

Press your phone's power button. When the animation starts, press and hold your phone's volume down button. Keep holding it until the animation ends and your phone starts in safe mode. You'll see "Safe mode" at the bottom of your screen.

Why is my mic is not working? ›

Try the following solutions: If your headset has a Mute button, make sure it isn't active. Make sure that your microphone or headset is connected correctly to your computer. Make sure that your microphone or headset is the system default recording device.

Which microphone is best for Android phone? ›

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How do I record audio secretly on Android? ›

Smart Recorder is the best secret voice recording app for Android users. The app can record surrounding voice even when the display is off.

How do I record a video on my Android phone? ›

For most Android devices, you can find the video recorder under the camera app. Once you're in your camera, scroll along the bottom of your screen to find the Video tab. From here, you can press the record button on your screen to start the video and then press stop to end it.

How long can you record video on Android phone? ›

However, video resolutions this high require a great deal of processing and battery power. To prevent your phone from overheating, higher resolution videos have a 10-minute recording limit, but you can choose a lower resolution to extend your recording time.

Which app is free for video editing? ›

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  • Quik - Best Video Editor for Montages. ...
  • KineMaster - Video Editing App For Experienced Editors.
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Which app is best for joining videos? ›

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  2. VidTrim.
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Is there an app to sync audio and video? ›

Kapwig. This Kapwing sync audio and video software support various sound file formats for both video and audio, including MP3, MP4, and 3GP, MOV, among others.

How do I connect my mic to my phone for videos? ›

Connecting An External Microphone To A Smartphone Via Bluetooth
  1. Turn the Bluetooth microphone or Bluetooth mic transmitter on.
  2. Open the Bluetooth menu of your smartphone and ensure the phone is discoverable.
  3. If the devices are within range of one another, the mic should show up as a device.

Which app is best for adding audio to video? ›

Applications for Adding Audio to Video in Android
  • FilmoraGo for Android.
  • KineMaster Pro.
  • Video Maker Pro Free.
  • VidTrim.
  • WeVideo.
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How do I get my Android to recognize my external microphone? ›

Connecting An External Microphone To A Smartphone Via Bluetooth
  1. Turn the Bluetooth microphone or Bluetooth mic transmitter on.
  2. Open the Bluetooth menu of your smartphone and ensure the phone is discoverable.
  3. If the devices are within range of one another, the mic should show up as a device.

Is the Yeti mic Bluetooth? ›

It is not bluetooth. It plugs into a USB port.

Can you connect Blue Yeti to Bluetooth? ›

Hello, you can definitely continue to use your Bluetooth headphones with the Yeti microphone. You will have to make sure that in your system settings, the input device is set to the Yeti and the output device is set to your headphones.

Can a USB mic work on a phone? ›

Most modern Android smartphones support OTG and can easily supply the smidgen of power a microphone needs. Problem solved, right? Well, it's not that simple. While you can absolutely use a USB microphone with your phone, you can't yet use it as a system-level microphone in every app.

How do I get to microphone settings on Android? ›

To turn on microphone permissions:
  1. On your Android device, tap Settings .
  2. Scroll down and tap Apps. Google Play Services. Permissions.
  3. Look for "Microphone" and slide the slider On .

How do I set my USB to audio input? ›

In the Sound, Speech and Audio Devices window, under or pick a Control Panel icon , double-click the Sounds and Audio Devices icon. In the Sounds and Audio Devices Properties window, click the Audio tab. On the Audio tab, under Sound playback , click the down arrow and then click to select USB Audio Device .

How do I enable my USB microphone? ›

Simply plug the microphone into the computer and choose the microphone as the audio input device. If the USB mic has a headphone output, we can also choose the “mic” as our computer's output audio device and monitor through the headphone output.

Why is my mic not showing up as an input device? ›

1) In your Windows Search Window, type "sound" and then open the Sound Settings. Under "choose your input device" make sure your microphone appears in the list. If you see "no input devices found", click the link titled "Manage Sound Devices." Under "Input Devices," look for your microphone.

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