If you’ve ever wanted to listen to music while charging your iPhone 7 you need lightning headphone splitter. Starting with the iPhone 7, Apple nixed the traditional headphone jack on their cell phones so all you’ve got to work with is a single Lightning port on the bottom of your phone. Lightning headphone splitter adapters are very handy to have.
There are two kinds of lightning headphone adapters: those that split into two lightning ports and those that split into a lightning port and a traditional round 3.5mm headphone jack. We’re going to include both types in this article. First up: Lightning headphone splitters that provide you with a Lightning jack and a headphone jack.
Lightning headphone splitters providing 1 headphone port & 1 Lightning port
If you want to listen to music wearing a traditional pair of headphones with a round 3.5mm (1/8th inch) jack while charging your phone, you need a lightning to headphone port splitter. Here are three great Lightning splitters to choose from:
This Lightning to headphone and Lightning splitter measures a little less than 5 inches long (12cm) and provides a headphone jack at a 90 degree angle to the lightning charging port (or headphone port, depending on how you use it). Although you cannot use it to make phone calls with your headphones plugged in, it does allow you to charge your phone or iPad while you listen to music. You can use this splitter at your desk, on the go or in a car. Available in both black or silver color options.
Here’s a different Lightning to headphone port splitter that comes in white, matching your first party Apple headphones. It supplies you with a normal headphone jack and a Lightning charging port. One nice feature about this lightning splitter is that it includes volume control built into the adapter with three operate-by-feel buttons which are easy to press while your phone remains in a pocket. Works with phone calls if your headphones have an in-like microphone like your original Apple Lightning headphones do. Available in white, black, or a black/red.
This headphone splitter for iPhone 7 and up provides you with a headphone jack and also a Lightning charging port. It’s in a slightly different style than the previous items listed in this article because it’s a Y splitter meaning your pairs of cables can go easily in two completely opposite directions. Of course some users might find that this makes it easier for the cables to get twisted, but it’s a matter of personal preference. Available in black.
Lightning headphone splitters providing 2 Lightning ports
If you want to be able to charge your iPhone via Lightning and listen to music using Lightning headphones at the same time then you need this category of adapter: a lightning to lightning splitter. Here are some great choices:
This lightning headphone splitter lets you charge your phone and listen to music at the same time, although it will not allow a second person with Lightning headphones to listen to music. It does however allow you to make phone calls with Apple headphones and use the play/pause buttons.
This Lightning splitter provides two lightning ports: one for charging and the other for listening to music (two people can’t listen to music at the same time using Lightning headphones). Available in silver, black and red color options. Compatible with Apple EarPods headphones with in-line microphones for calls/Siri and control buttons.
Frequently asked questions about lightning headphone splitter adapters:
Can two people listen to music at the same time using these Lightning headphone splitters?
Unfortunately because of limitations Apple has put on the current Lightning specification only one person can listen to music at the same time. These lightning cable splitters are for listening to music and charging your phone at the same time, not sharing music with another person.
What versions of iOS do these Lightning splitters work with?
They work with iOS 10 and later. If your iPhone or iPad is up to date, you’re in good shape to use these.
Do these Lightning adapters require a special app to work?
Nope; they’re plug and play. Just plug them in and they’ll work. If you encounter a problem, try disconnecting everything and plugging your headphones or charging cables or both into the adapter before you plug the adapter into the phone.