How does the Apple Lightning Connector work

Use Apple headphones with your iPhone, iPad, and iPod

Here you can find out which wired Apple headphones work with your iOS device.


This page provides help with wired Apple headphones. You can also get help with AirPods, Apple's wireless headphones.

Apple EarPods with Lightning Connector

To use Apple EarPods with a Lightning connector, you need an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch with a Lightning connector and iOS 10 or later.

Apple EarPods with a Lightning connector won't work with an iPod nano or a device with iOS 9 or earlier.

Apple EarPods with 3.5 mm headphone plug

Apple EarPods with a 3.5 mm headphone plug are suitable for iPhone, iPad and iPod models that have a 3.5 mm headphone jack. You can also use these headphones with other products that have a standard 3.5mm headphone jack.

Apple in-ear headphones with remote control and microphone

Apple in-ear headphones with remote control and microphone are suitable for iPhone, iPad and iPod models that have a 3.5 mm headphone jack. You can also use these headphones with other products that have a standard 3.5mm headphone jack.

Lightning to 3.5mm headphone jack adapter

The Lightning to 3.5mm headphone jack adapter lets you connect 3.5mm headphones and other audio devices to an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with a Lightning connector. IOS 10 or later must also be installed on the iOS device.

Connect the Lightning to 3.5mm headphone jack adapter to the Lightning connector on the iOS device, and connect the other end to the headphones.

USB-C to 3.5mm headphone jack adapter

The USB-C to 3.5 mm headphone socket adapter allows headphones with a 3.5 mm jack plug and other audio devices to be connected to a USB-C port.

Connect the USB-C to 3.5mm headphone jack adapter to the USB-C port on the device, and connect the other end to the headphones.

additional Information

  • If you connect two headphones to an iOS device at the same time, one via the 3.5 mm headphone jack and one via the Lightning connector, audio will only be played through the headphones connected last.
  • If you use Apple headphones with older Apple products, you may be able to play audio but not be able to use other functions. For example, on some iPod models, the volume and playback controls may not work with Apple EarPods with a 3.5 mm headphone plug.
  • Here's what to do if your headphones don't work with your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
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