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Can You Play Music Through Both Bluetooth And Headphone Jack On A Smartphone?

Can You Play Music Through Both Bluetooth And Headphone Jack On A Smartphone?

Smartphone users increasingly use wireless Bluetooth devices to listen to music, but some still prefer to use wired headphones through a  3.5mm jack. But can you use both at the same time?

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Can you use Bluetooth and wired headphones at the same time on Android?

It is not possible to use Bluetooth and wired headphones at the same time unless you use a Y splitter and a Bluetooth Audio Transmitter. 

A Y splitter will cost you around $4 and Bluetooth Audio transmitters start from $10 on Amazon.

Here’s how to use Bluetooth and wired headphones simultaneously: 

1. Connect the Y splitter to your Android phone

2. Connect one end of the Y splitter to the wired headphones 

3. Connect the other end to the Bluetooth transmitter

4. Lastly connect your wireless headphones to the Bluetooth transmitter.

Now you’ll be able to use your Bluetooth and wired headphones at the same time on your android device. However, these will not allow you to play separate audio on both devices.

How do I play music through my phone speakers and headphones at the same time on Android?

You can’t play music through speakers and headphones at the same time on Android because once you plug in your headphones in the headphone jack or Type C jack, the phone cuts off power to the phone’s internal speaker.

Even if you have your Bluetooth headphones paired, your Android device will automatically silent the speaker since your phone can port audio to only one outlet.

A way around this is to use the Y splitter method with an external speaker:

  • Connect the Y splitter to your android phone
  • connect your headphones at one end of the splitter 
  • connect an external speaker to the other end of the splitter

After these steps are taken you can now enjoy sound both from your headphones and external speakers.

Why do the speakers play when I plug in headphones on Android?

There are times when you want to plug in your headphones and disconnect from the world, however you notice the speakers will continue to play. There are several possible reasons for this, read on below:

See also: Why Does Android Phone Default To Speakerphone?

Loose Connection

You need to check your phone’s headphone jack since it accumulates dust and dirt over time, causing the connection to get loose which can cause a bad connection. 

How to fix it?

You can take out the dirt taking using a:

  • Cotton Swab
  • Tape wrapped pin or paperclip

Broken Headphones

If you’re not sure whether the issue is with your audio source or headphones, you need to check what’s causing the issue.

What to do?

  • Try plugging in your headphones in another device
  • Check for broken wire 
  • Check device audio port

If the headphones seem to work fine on another device, you probably need to get your headphones port checked.

Software Issue

If the issue still persists, it could be a software issue which mayfixed by using a couple of methods:

Resetting your Android phone

  1. Go to Settings > Systems > Reset Options
  2. Then click on erase all data (factory reset)
  3. And then Reset the phone 

Make sure you backup your important data (photos, messages etc) in the cloud before resetting your phone, as this will completely wipe all data from the phone.

Check For Updates

Sometimes software errors can be fixed with a software update. If you believe your android phone is causing problems with headphones because of software failure then you can update your phone by using these steps:

  1. Open your devices Setting App
  2. Tap on Systems > Advanced > System Update
  3. Follow the steps on the screen.

Can two Bluetooth headphones be used at once on Android?

 You can’t connect two Bluetooth headphones to your android device at once unless you’re using a Bluetooth Audio Transmitter Adapter. Learn more in this section.

However, this might not be true for all Android devices. Many Samsung phones now have the Dual Audio feature which enables users to connect more than one set of headphones.

You can enable the Samsung Dual Audio Feature on supported phones by following these steps: 

  1. Go to Settings > Connections > Bluetooth 

tap on Bluetooth -> Advanced

  1. turn on Dual Audio
  2. You can now connect two headphones with your Android Samsung phone.

Can my phone headphone jack be used for speakers?

If you have a 3.5mm AUX cable (male to male) you can connect any speakers with your phone as long as the speakers have an audio-in port.

Types of speakers that you can connect to your phone using headphones Jack

  1. Stereo Speakers 
  1. 7.1 channel with audio in
  1. Portable speaker with audio in

Basically, any speaker with audio input can be connected to your mobile device using an AUX cable. 

How do I turn off speakers when headphones are plugged in Android?

You don’t need to turn off your speakers when you plug in your headphones. Android is smart enough to automatically turn off speakers when headphones are plugged in.

If the speakers are not turned off automatically then follow the steps mentioned above here.

How can I connect two headphones to an Android smartphone at once through wired or wireless devices?

You can connect two Bluetooth headphones to your Android device at once by using a Bluetooth Audio Transmitter Adapter and a Y splitter.

Bluetooth Audio Transmitter Adapter

You can check out Avantree C51 that can connect to your android phone via Type-C port and is very easy to set up:

  1. Plugin the adapter and it will start to work automatically
  2. Then press the pairing key on the right and connect your first headphone
  3. After it’s done connecting, put the device in pairing mode again
  4. Now connect your second headphone
  5. Once both of them are connected, you should be able to hear audio on both simultaneously.

Y Splitter

f you have two wired headphones and want to use them simultaneously on your smartphone device, ou can use a Y splitter. imply plug it into your device and attach your first headphone to one end of the Y splitter and your second headphone to the other.

With these simple steps you’ll be able to enjoy two headphones with your android devices.   Keep in mind that Bluetooth Audio Transmitter Adapter is also available with a 3.5mm pin as well.

Can you play different audio through headphones and speakers?

Unfortunately, that is not possible on smartphones since they are only capable of one type of output, transmitting the same audio across all connected headphones and speakers.

Can you use Airpods and wired headphones at the same time on an iPad?

Airpods and wired headphones can’t be used at the same time on an iPad. IOS will only output sound to one device. 

However, a way around this is to use a Y splitter or a Bluetooth transmitter. You can connect the Y splitter to your iPad and connect your wired headphone at one end of the Y splitter and Bluetooth transmitter to the other.

You can now connect the Airpods with the Bluetooth transmitter and enjoy both wired headphones and your Airpods.