iPhone 7: How to listen and charge at the same time

iPhone 7: How to listen and charge at the same time

Buy the right adapter, case, or dongle to convert the lightning port to the traditional headphone/aux jack and allow simultaneous charging. 🎧🔋

The iPhone 7 removed the headphone jack. I get it, it’s inconvenient. There have been a few times already where I was denied music because I didn’t have the proper equipment to plug into an aux jack or headphones. You’ve probably had a similar situation if you’re reading this article, so you feel my pain.

Here are the best options for you to never get caught in that situation again. And no, you don’t have to drill a hole in the bottom of your iPhone like this crazy guy did 😂.

On the Go

Use the included adapter from Apple — $iPhone 7 headphone jack adapter

Apple was kind enough to include a short Lightning to 3.5 mm Headphone Jack Adapter that converts the Lightning port in the bottom of your iPhone 7 into an aux or headphone slot.

My recommendation would be to purchase one of these adapters for each place you consistently plug into for music. Aka one for the car, one for your speakers at home, and one for your go-to headphones. Switching this bad boy back and forth between spots is how it will get lost.

It is super small, maybe ~2″ long. You can purchase another adapter for only $9 if that happens, so all in all it isn’t a terrible solution.

Purchase an adapter — $$lightning audio charger adapter dongle

 

Belkin announced their Lightning Audio + Charge adapter recently that splits your Lightning port into two different slots so you can charge in one and use the included dongle at the same time. It’s a little bit of a bummer because you now have to use two different adapters, but ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. It’s a little steep at $40, but desperate times call for dongles.

Purchase a DAC (Digital to Analog Converter) — $$$

iPhone 7 digital analog audio converter

The Verge covered the A-2SE, which is a high-end audio converter plus a battery for your iPhone 7. At $299, it’s not easy on the wallet but it will sound amazing and includes a 3000mAh battery which will recharge your iPhone while also converting your audio.

Listen to Bluetooth wireless headphones — $$$

Because wireless headphones don’t suck anymore, there are plenty of good models to choose from.

My recommendation would be to purchase a pair with Apple’s new high-powered, battery efficient W1 chip. It pairs your headphones instantly with your device when you need them and can dynamically switch between your iPhone, iPad, or Mac depending on which one you’re playing audio from at that moment.

Here’s a list of Bluetooth wireless headphones that include the awesome W1 chip along with my general summary of each.

There are other great Bluetooth headphones, but if you’re bought into the Apple ecosystem, I wouldn’t buy any that don’t have the magical W1 chip.

In the Car

Use the Bluetooth or USB connection your car has now — FREE

If this is your situation, consider yourself lucky. You can listen to audio and charge your iPhone at the same time without having to purchase anything. Yay!

Purchase an adapter if you already have an aux jack in your car — $

Lightning to Aux splitter car adapter

This converter from IlDock will split your single Lightning jack into a charging port and 3.5″ audio port for the aux in your car. Problem solved! Plus it gets the job done for an affordable price, as of 11/28/16 the IlDock is on sale for $10. Great for those who have a traditional aux jack already hooked up and don’t want to have to buy a new car audio system.

Get it directly from IlDock.

Get a CarPlay head unit for your car — ~$$$

CarPlay audio car head unit

Finally, for almost $400, this may seem like overkill, but CarPlay is a very compelling car audio unit for lots of reasons besides simply audio.

What this would give you is one USB cable that would charge and transmit the CarPlay interface plus audio to your stereo system.

Kenwood makes a good head unit and you can purchase one on Amazon.

Conclusion

The iPhone 7 puts out audio in many different ways, I hope you find the one that works for you from my advice! Happy listening 🎧

If I’m leaving any other good ideas or products out, please let me know in the comments and I’ll add them and give you credit!

Questions Answered

  • How do I play music from my iPhone 7?
  • How do I charge and listen to music at once on my iPhone 7?
  • How do I plug my iPhone into an aux cable?
iPhone message effects not working in iOS 10? Solved!

iPhone message effects not working in iOS 10? Solved!

Are your iPhone message effects not working? I’m so sorry! No worries, I’ve got the quick fix here. 😊

iOS 10 brought along some hilarious and fun new message effects like fireworks, confetti, and stickers, but there are a couple of possible reasons you could be missing out on the fun. 🎉🎊 Here are the steps to get you back to the party.

 

1. Update your iPhone to iOS 10settings software update

  1. Head over to Settings > General > Software Update and check for update
  2. If iOS 10 is available, press Download and Install or Install. Your iPhone will download the update, which could take a while depending on how fast your internet speed is, then it will ake 15-30 minutes to complete the update.

The new iMessage effects are only available for iPhones on iOS 10 or newer. If you have iOS 7, 8, or 9 you will not be able to partake in the new iMessage goodness.

A couple of possible snags when updating:

  • If it says you are up-to-date but you are still on iOS 9 or earlier, it means that your device does not support iOS 10 and never will 😢
  • If you are able to get iOS 10 but your iPhone is full, you’ll need to free up some storage before you run it. Go to Settings > General > Storage and iCloud Usage > Manage Storage (under top section) and you can see a list of items on your iPhone that are taking up the most space from greatest to least. This will help you decide what to remove from your iPhone to update it.
  • If you need more help, here’s the best article I’ve found about freeing up space on your iPhone.

2. Disable “Reduce Motion” in Accessibility

iPhone message effects broken

Navigate to Settings > General > Accessibility > Reduce Motion and make sure the switch is turned off (grey, not green)

The new iMessage effects only work if you have the “Reduce Motion” option disabled in your iPhone. Many people have reduced the motion of their iPhone out of the false belief that it boosts speed and battery life. Apple has optimized iOS to handle these transitions just fine. This is probably the reason your iPhone message effects are not working!

[Plan C] Delete the iMessage conversation that isn’t showing effects

If steps 1 and 2 don’t resolve your issue, go to your list of conversations in iMessage and slide left on the conversation you want to delete, then tap the red delete button. You will lose your entire texting history with them, just FYI.

[Last Resort] 🔥 Reset All Settings 🔥

If you are truly desperate and nothing has worked so far, resetting all settings will most likely resolve your issue.

Head over to Settings > General > Reset > and press Reset All Settings

Reset All Settings is the step you take before completely erasing your iPhone. You will not lose photos, email accounts, calendar accounts, contacts accounts, text messages, apps, or app data, but you will lose the following:

  • Saved Wi-Fi Networks
  • Wallpaper settings
  • Anything in Settings, basically

[Rock Bottom] 💥 Erase and set up as new 💥

This is the nuclear option. Only use it if you are in dire straights. You will lose everything and completely erase your iPhone. You’ve been warned.

Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings

Again, this will completely erase your iPhone and start you over, so please only do it if necessary!

Conclusion

I hope this article helped you out. 😊 If it did, share it on social media or comment below to let me know!

Oh, and if you have another fix, please let me know in the comments. If you want more articles like this, sign up for your newsletter!

Questions answered in this article:

Why can’t I see iMessage effects in iOS 10?
Why does my iPhone say “sent with fireworks”?
Why does my iPhone say “sent with balloons”?
Why does my iPhone say “sent with confetti”?
Why does my iPhone say “sent with lasers”?
Why does my iPhone say “sent with slam”?
Why does my iPhone say “sent with loud”?
Why does my iPhone say “sent with gentle”?
Why does my iPhone say “sent with invisible ink”?
What are these balloons in my iPhone messages?
How do I get lasers to show in iOS 10?

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