iPhone 7 Headphone Adapters: Lightning to Headphone Jack Converters

Apple’s iPhone 7 began the trend of cell phones that only have Lightning ports instead of the normal headphone jacks. So what do you do if you prefer to use headphones that end with a normal 1/8th inch headphone adapter instead of the new Lightning connector? Luckily there are a number of Lightning to headphone jack adapters for you to choose from that allow you to use your old regular headphones with a new iPhone’s Lightning port.

The best Lightning to headphone jack adapters and converters:

Lightning to Headphone Adapter for iPhone
Lightning male to female extender cable

Here’s a pretty straightforward Lightning to headphone adapter that allows you to use your old headphones with 1/8th inch stereo TRS jack with a new iPhone or iPad’s Lightning port. It works with iPhone version 5 and up as well as other iOS devices like iPads and iPad Minis and iPod Touch with Lightning ports.

Note that this adapter plays music and allows you to use in-line remote to control your music (if your headphones have one) however if you get a phone call you will need to disconnect the headphones to use your phone normally instead of using the headphones as a headset. Comes in white. This is also available in a 2-pack if you need more than one of them.

You may also wish to pick up a tether leash to keep your adapter from getting lost.

Lightning to 3.5mm Audio Adapter for iPhone 7
Lightning male to female extender cable

This Lightning to headphone jack adapter is a little bit different: it offers the normal 3.5mm headphone jack but it also has a replacement Lightning port which allows you to plug your phone into a charging cable so you can listen to music and charge your iPhone at the same time. If you find yourself wanting to listen to music while you charge your iPhone then this might be a tremendously useful extra port to have on a Lightning to headphone adapter cable. Note that it cannot be used to control music with an in-line remote control if your headphones have that. Comes in silver, black and gold.

Lightning to headphone jack adapter for iPhone 5, 6, 7
Lightning male to female extender cable

Here’s another style of iPhone Lightning to headphone adapter which allows you to charge your phone while listening to music. Instead of providing a two-pronged splitter like some other 2 in one Music + Charging Lightning adapter cables, this model provides a single silver mini-adapter box. It works with regular headphone jacks and a standard Lighting cable to charge your iPhone while listening to music with. One benefit of this particular converter is that it provides a full 2 amps of charging power meaning that it won’t slow your charging process to a lower speed. As a result, this Lightning to headphone charging adapter may charge your iPhone faster than some other adapters.

Lightning to 3.5mm Audio Converter
Lightning male to female extender cable

If you want a stylish Lightning to headphone adapter that includes a remote to change volume and play/pause built in, this might be the perfect adapter for you. It comes in a variety of colors and when you plug it into your iPhone 7 it provides you with a normal headphone jack as well as a Lightning port for charging and a volume/play-pause remote control. Note that this model does not support making phone calls with an in-line microphone if your headphones have that.

iPhone 7 & 7 Plus Lightning to 3.5mm Male Auxiliary Gold Cord – Premium Headphone Adapter to Car Stereo
Lightning male to female extender cable

This item is a little different from the rest, it provides you with a Lightning audio jack on one end and a 3.5mm male audio jack on the other. Basically, it allows you to plug in your iPhone with Lightning port to a speaker system that accepts headphone jack inputs. This might be useful if you want to convert Lightning to headphone jack to listen to your iPhone 7 on your car stereo with a aux port. It also will allow you to connect your iPhone 7 with a Lightning port to a set of speakers that accepts a headphone jack input.

Frequently asked questions about Lightning to headphone jack adapters

Can I use these adapters with my old headphones that have a play/pause button or a microphone in them to answer calls and change volume?

At the time of writing this article there appears to be an iOS software bug that’s causing problems for some users who want to use these functions. This may be fixable through an iOS software update or it may already be fixed by the time you read this. Read more about this issue in an Apple support thread.

Do these Lightning to headphone jack adapters come in different colors or am I stuck with white?

Several of these iPhone 7 headphone jack adapters are available in other colors. Click through each one to view the different colors they’re available in.

Top Lightning Extension Cables & Lightning Headphone Cord Extenders

Lightning headphone extenders are quite useful in a variety of scenarios. Sometimes cars like BMWs, Audis, and Mini Coopers have built in audio input jacks that aren’t placed ideally or have a cable that’s too short. Or you might have a thicker type of iPhone case like an Otterbox which means you might need a short Lightning extender to bridge the gap between cables that don’t quite fit. In other cases, you might just need a longer cable to listen to music with your normal headphones (especially if you’re running your lightning headphones through your clothing instead of wearing the cable on the outside of your clothes). Luckily, Lightning headphone extensions cables can solve this problem for you. As an aside, if you’re just looking for a long USB to Lightning cable for charging purposes, those exist too.

The best lightning headphone extension cables & extenders:

Lightning Extension Cable (3 foot white)
Lightning male to female extender cable

This lightning extender cable measures 3 feet long and has almost 1,000 positive reviews on Amazon. It can pass audio, data, and video through, as well as charge your iPhone or iPad. It has a male Lightning plug on one end (to plug into your iPhone or iPad or iPod Touch) and a female Lightning cable on the other end.

You can also get a 3 foot long black version here. (Or a 6 foot black cable or a 6 foot white cable.)

Short Lightning Port Extender for iPhone & iPad
Lightning male to female extender cable

Sometimes you don’t need a long male to female lightning extender cable; you only need a very short one. For instance, some bulky iPhone and iPad cases don’t allow you to easily plug in a standard sized Lightning charging cable or other accessories. In those cases a short little Lightning adapter dongle like this one can work miracles. It measures only about an inch long but it is skinny enough to fit into nearly any Lightning port (though of course you’ll want to check the size of your device’s case to the measurements on this product to be sure). Also comes in white.

Short Lightning Port Extender for iPhone & iPad
Lightning male to female extender cable

When a short non-flexible lightning cable extender like the previous product isn’t flexible enough but you still want a short lightning cable extender, this product might be perfect. It features a male lightning cable connector on one end and a female Lightning port on the other end. This lightning extension cable comes in white and has been very well reviewed by purchasers who are mostly using it to charge their Apple Pencils, another possible use case for a lightning extender cable. (Find more Apple Pencil charging cables here.)

6 Ft Long Lightning Extension Cable
Lightning male to female extender cable

If you need a long Lightning extension cable, this product might fit the bill. It’s a 6 foot long black Lightning extender and features a skinny male lightning connector on one end and a female lightning port on the other end. It’s been generally well reviewed and works on iPhone (5 and later) as well as iPads and iPods with Lightning ports. Functions as a power source as well as plays music or video. Audi car owners in particular are using this to plug in their iPhones to their Audis which require an extra long Lightning cable. Also comes in a shorter 2 foot long version.

Frequently asked questions about Lightning cable extenders

Will this long lightning cable charge my iPhone as well as play music? Generally yes. All of the cables listed in this article should charge as well as play music at the same time if the device they’re connected to (like charging speakers for iPhones) allows that.

Will these lightning cable extenders fit in my particular case? Each case is different so we recommend checking the exact measurements of each of these Lightning extension cables against your actual case using a ruler and measuring in millimeters to judge whether or not they’ll fit. Some of these male to female lightning adapters are tapered at the male plug end so as to fit easier in tighter case openings like those by Otterbox and others.