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 2021 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.
You can also use other microphones that are designed for digital audio recorders or DSLRs (like these on-camera shotgun mics) but you will need a TRS to TRRS adapter to plug them in.
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.