How to Use Headphones and Mic at the Same Time?

Do you have a podcast, and need to use headphones and a microphone at the same time? While this may seem like an impossible task, it is entirely possible.

If you want to record a video or audio file for your blog or YouTube channel, but also want to listen while recording on Skype with someone else who has headphones plugged in (or just don’t want to miss out on what’s happening around you) then it can be done! In this article, I’ll show you how.

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Method 1:

  1. Turn on your headphones
  2. Turn on your microphone
  3. Set the input and output volume levels so that they are both at a comfortable level (usually between 50% to 100%)
  4. Adjust the mic’s sensitivity if it is too sensitive or not sensitive enough by changing the recording levels in Windows Control Panel > Sound > Recording Devices 
  5. Test out your audio setup by playing some music from Spotify, Pandora, YouTube, etc., and talking into your mic while listening with headphones to see if there are any feedback issues or echoing sounds 
  6. Enjoy speaking without being interrupted!

Method 2:

  1. Plug the microphone into one of your computer’s USB ports
  2. Connect a headphone to the same port 
  3. Set up an audio recording software such as Audacity or GarageBand
  4. Adjust volume on both headphones and mic until you hear yourself loud and clear in both devices 
  5. Press record in the program, speak clearly into the microphone, then stop when finished recording 
  6. Listen back to see if you need any adjustments before saving your file for uploading online or sharing with friends!

Method 3:

  1. Plug your headphones into your computer
  2. Open the Sound settings on your computer 
  3. Click on the Recording tab and select “Stereo Mix” from the dropdown menu
  4. Select how you want to use it – for example, if you want to record yourself talking as well as playing music, click both boxes under Record what you hear 
  5. If you only want to play music and not talk, uncheck one of the boxes under Record what you hear or leave both unchecked if neither is desired 
  6. Push start/stop button that says “Record” at top of recording window when ready to start recording and push stop when finished 
  7. Repeat steps 1-6 for microphone input (if desired) by selecting Mic in step 2 instead of Headphones


The article has shown you how to use headphones and microphone at the same time. Hopefully, this article has helped in your search for a solution! If you have any questions or comments about the process, feel free to leave them below. We look forward to hearing from you!