Up until Apple released the iPhone 7, iPhones had normal headphone jacks and separate Lightning ports for charging. With the iPhone 7 both ports merged into a single Lightning port meaning you can either listen to music (with Lightning headphones) or charge your phone– but not both at the same time. Well, here’s some good news: several third party manufacturers are now coming out with adapters that allow you to listen to music and charge your iPhone 7 at the same time!
How to charge iPhone 7 and listen to headphones at the same time:
Here’s another Lightning to headphone adapter that provides you with both a Lightning port for charging and a headphone jack for listening to music with. This one is different from the first item on this list because instead of being a brick shaped port splitter, it offers a flexible cable and both a Lightning port and a normal headphone jack. Some users might find this more convenient or desirable because they may feel it has less of a chance of snapping off or stressing the inside of their iPhone 7’s Lightning port.
This Lightning to headphone jack adapter offers both a traditional headphone jack and a Lightning charging port so you can listen to music and charge your iPhone at the same time. It comes in black and features a flexible cable attachment. This model supports simultaneous charging and audio output, however please note that like several of these models it does not allow you to change the volume or play-pause your music if using headphones if you’ve got a pair of headphones with an inline remote in them.
Here’s another Lightning Port to headphone jack with a charging port built in so you can listen to music and charge your iPhone 7 at the same time. It features a volume controller so you can reach into your pocket and skip songs or change the volume of songs using this adapter without having to turn on your phone first. Comes in black, blue, gold, and rose gold.
This iPhone 7 simultaneous charging and music solution provides a normal headphone jack and a Lightning port for charging your cell phone. It comes in black, white, gold and rose gold and features a cable that’s approximately 4 inches long. Note that if you get a phone call while you’re charging you’ll need to disconnect this adapter since it can’t control phone calls via the headphone jack.
Additional factors to consider when listening to music while charging your iPhone
Taking cell phone calls – Most of these adapters don’t allow you to use your headphones while you’re talking on the phone and using this adapter. Unfortunately they’re not able to acomodate a microphone in your headphones even if it has one. So if you get a phone call or need to take one while you’re using many of these adapters, you’ll need to unplug it and use the phone without a headset.
Changing volume with a remote – Many of these adapters also don’t have the ability to pass through remote control signals even if your headphones have in-line remotes for your phone. Some adapters have their own controls though, so you could use those instead.
Are there other solutions to this problem? You bet. If you get a pair of Bluetooth headphones you can use the Lightning port on your cell phone for charging while you listen to music without an issue.