Whether you’re shooting video or recording a new podcast episode, you need to make sure you have great audio quality.
The good news is that for the last couple years, video quality included with your Android smartphone is probably top-notch.
But the built-in microphone in your Galaxy or Pixel phone just won’t cut it.
There are several excellent external microphones in 2020 that will work with your Android phone – and there are different styles depending on your needs.
The most popular option that works well in a variety of situations is a lavalier mic (they clip to your shirt, allowing hands-free use) but there are a few shotgun-style mics that plug into the headphone jack (if you have one) as well.
This post will just focus on microphones that don’t need adapters to keep things simple, but I wanted to point out that there are many options to improve your audio quality.
We also have a separate article specifically for iPhone mics (with many options that use the Lightning connector) if you find yourself needing one of those too.
Best Lavalier Mics For Android
The Rode SmartLav+ is a popular choice for smartphone recording. You’ll get great sound quality backed by a well-respected brand in audio.
The cable is reinforced, it comes with a pouch, clip, windscreen, and a 1-year warranty.
With a “best-in-class” signal-to-noise ratio, long cord, and solid brand, the Shure MVL is an excellent choice to improve your Android’s audio quality.
The Audio-Technica ATR3350iS has a headphone jack connection and a TRS connection so you can use it with any device you wish.
It works great and doesn’t cost a ton, but it does require a small battery so make sure you pick up a few extras.
I’ve forgotten to turn it off before, which obviously drains the battery. Just something to consider.
The cheapest smartphone lav mic of the bunch, the Movo PM10 will greatly enhance the audio quality over your built-in phone mic.
Best Shotgun Mics For Android
Rode VideoMic Me
The Rode VideoMic Me is a mini shotgun mic for your smartphone.
It has a headphone jack on the back so you can listen to your recording live, a flexible mount that allows you position it on any phone, and they throw in a windshield to reduce noise while outside or when moving your device quickly.
This is an awesome little device – highly recommended!
The Comica CVM-VS08 is a cardioid condenser shotgun mic.
It has an adjustable mount, a pass-through headphone jack, a windscreen (pictured), and a furry windshield.
A flexible option that’s a little cheaper is the Saramonic SmartMic. The build quality and audio quality isn’t quite up to the same level as the other options above, but it is absolutely an increase over not using an external microphone.