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!
All the chargers in this article will work for all current iPhone models including iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone Xs, and iPhone Xr. You can also use them with iPads and iPad Pros.
How to charge iPhone 7 and listen to headphones at the same time:
2 in 1 Lightning to 3.5mm Adapter for iPhone 7 / 7 Plus
If you need flexibility with your cables, especially if they’re often bending at opposing angles, this lightning and audio splitter is perfect for charging your iPhone while listening to music at the same time. This one is different from other splitters 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. It’s perfect for using in the car to connect to the stereo or at your desk while you work.
2 in 1 Lightning to 3.5mm Headphone Audio Adapter & Charging Cable
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 white and features a flexible cable attachment. This model supports simultaneous charging and audio output and has a built in volume control and pause/play button.
This splitter requires no additional software, just plug and play. It works with all iPhones and iPads and easily lets you listen to music on your traditional headphones, car stereo, or home stereo via the 3.5mm AUX headphone port. Comes with a 12-month warranty for technical support.
iPhone 7 Adapter, Lightning to 3.5mm Headphone Jack Adapter With Charging Port
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. You can also use the controller to activate Siri, control your camera, and control phone calls.
This splitter is Apple MFi Certified so it will safely work with your device. It allows you to charge your iPhone while making phone calls or listening to music. Compact and easy to use, this is a must-have iPhone accessory.
iPhone 7, 7 Plus Dual Function Splitter Lightning Adapter + 3.5mm Headphone
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. You may want to consider one of the other adapters on the list if EarPod calling is important to you.
Additional factors to consider when listening to music while charging your iPhone
Taking cell phone calls – Some of these adapters don’t allow you to use your headphones while you’re talking on the phone and using this adapter, so pay attention to the descriptions of the splitters before you buy them. Some have call control and microphones built into the adapter itself to make up for this.
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. Pay attention to the descriptions to see what features are supported.
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.