It’s easy to take and edit quick videos on the iPhone, but getting great audio isn’t always as simple as pointing and shooting. Whether you have an iPhone 7, an iPhone X, or a fancy new iPhone XS: the iPhone microphone isn’t too shabby at close distances, but when you’re trying to film in a crowded room, it’s not quite enough. Here are some tips to avoid tinny, awkward or terrible sound when shooting iPhone video!
Best Overall: Blue Spark Microphone
If you’re someone who wants the feel of a professional mic without whipping out your DSLR, this mic is for you. The Blue Spark Microphone is a portable, highly-rated little piece of gear that makes recording on the go effortless. Simply set up the microphone on a flat surface, plug it into your iPhone, and start your recording in just a couple of seconds: it’s just that easy.
- Not as convenient
Blue Spark Microphone
Keep your recordings crying clear and sounding fantastic with this external mic
You can record natural, pure sound with this mic which makes it the perfect tool for toting around and recording. The Blue Spark microphone connects directly to your iPhone through an included Lightning cable. Focus control allows you to record in two different modes: normal mode and focus mode for more precision and a sharper sound.
Best Portable: Zoom iQ6
Record your surroundings effortlessly with this highly-rated, well-made microphone. This mic can adjust from 90 degrees to 120, making it ideal for recording your surroundings in a variety of different weather conditions and environments. The microphone is more of a two in one and uses an app to smoothly and professionally record your audio.
- Double mic design
- Easy to use
Perfect for recording your surroundings
This small but mighty microphone allows you to easily connect and start recording some stellar sound via your iPhone’s Lightning port. The stereo X/Y recording design allows you to capture a variety of sounds from a number of distances, while the precise gain wheel lets you easily tweak and adjust your volume without having to unlock your phone and potentially mess up your recording.
Best Price: Movo PM10
If you want an affordable, reliable, and portable microphone for your iPhone, then take a gander at convenient the Movo PM10. This affordable and convenient microphone is super minimal and portable. It can easily be clipped onto a variety of clothing or surfaces and comes with a portable travel case and a one year warranty just in case anything goes wrong.
- Limited range
Clear voice recording
The Movo PM10 is a super convenient and small lavalier microphone that can be clipped onto your blazer, at the edge of a cloth table, or pretty much anywhere the durable metal clamps can clamp. This highly portable and easy to use microphone need to have a Lightning to headphone jack adapter in order to use it with newer iPhones, but once you have the microphone set up, you’ll be able to record some crystal clear vocals and sounds.
Best for Outdoors: Hisonic Microphone Windscreens
One thing that will keep your sound clear and free of distracting noises like rustling leaves and wind is a Hisonic Microphone Windscreens. A windscreen will better protect your microphone while you’re recording and allows for cleaner, smoother sound in those particular noisy environments.
- One size
Best for Outdoors
Hisonic Microphone Windscreens
Reduce noise clutter and save your sound from the wind
The Hisonic Microphone Windscreens comes in a five pack of colorful windscreens that simply slip over the top of your portable microphone in order to keep your sound smooth and consistent. If you’re recording outside, the wind can be distracting and often ruin a recording, but with the Hisonic Microphone Windscreens, you can minimize the noise clutter for a smoother, sharper sound.
Best for Interviews: Facmogu Desktop Pop Shield
Having a reliable and convenient pop shield in your recording arsenal is a terrific idea, especially if you’re someone who wants to record interviews with your iPhone. The Facmogu Desktop Pop Shield can be adjusted 360-degrees and can bend to suit a variety of different microphones.
- Easy set up
Best for Interviews
Facmogu Desktop Pop Shield
The perfect accessory for interviews and more
The Facmogu Desktop Pop Shield is an easy to set up a detachable pop shield that uses a tripod-like design to secure to your table. It’s designed with a double layer of mesh for smoother recording capabilities and can be set up with or without a microphone holder for a more convenient recording.
Once you pick out your microphone and want to start recording, there are a few tips and tricks you can use that’ll give you the clearest, sharpest out possible.
If you’re recording outside, do your best to face away from the wind, or keep your microphone in a somewhat secluded location. If you have to record in the middle of a field, a lav mic is always a terrific option because it hugs close to a person’s body for clearer sound. Just be sure it isn’t too close to their mouth.
Maybe you’re just recording a podcast — believe it or not, you can get terrific sound in a closet. Your clothing can act as a buffer and eliminate outside noises (there are plenty of YouTubers who do this.) Most importantly of all, try to keep your microphone as steady as possible. The more it moves and bounces around, the higher chance you have of getting spotty, broken sound.
Credits — The team that worked on this guide
Cella Lao Rousseau writes for iMore on social and photography. She’s a true crime enthusiast, bestselling horror author, lipstick collector, buzzkill, and Sicilian. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram: @hellorousseau
Lory Gil is a renaissance woman, writing news, reviews, and how-to guides for iMore. She also fancies herself a bit of a rock star in her town and spends too much time reading comic books. If she’s not typing away at her keyboard, you can probably find her at Disneyland or watching Star Wars (or both)
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