Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Nexus 6P External Mic fix for Android 8

Found another fix using an app called Lesser AudioSwitch. That video is below as well. With Lesser Audio Switch you have to go into Settings and turn on Force Headset Mic. Now you have to decide if you want to turn no Auto mode or not on the main screen of the app. With automode it will detect whether a headset is connected or not. Automode will also put a notification on your status bar. If you don't turn on Automode you have to manually open the app and hit the Speaker or Headphones button. That can get annoying so I put it on automode.

This also has a little trick to it. I noticed that when I start recording, it is not working right. You'll see some noise being recorded. I found that unplugging and plugging back in makes it work. See video.

Original Post-
If you are on this page then you have had issues using external mics with your Nexus 6P. I have been trying to use a 3.5mm Lavalier Microphone all week and it hasn't worked. Some people used to use an app called SoundAbout to fix but with the latest version of Android it doesn't work.

Here is a little trick I discovered today by pure accident. I was using wired headphones and Google Assistant kept opening. That reminded me of the older Android days so I suspected that it was detecting the microphone.  I opened up Android Headset Tester, and it said mic detected!

The trick is to open up the Headset Tester app, and then plug in the mic. Upon plugging in the mic, start rotating the jack. It will then say Mic detected.

Sadly, it is not as easy as that. See those numbers? They mean something and I don't know what yet. They are important because at times, the mic isn't really working! But when you get it to work, it works good. Here is a video so you can see it in action. 

There has to be a better way. Sometimes killing the app after mic is detected worked, sometimes waiting for the numbers worked, sometimes tapping the mic worked. Let me know how it works for you all!

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