How to Record Audio with Headphones Plugged in Mac Easily

Do you want to record audio while wearing your headphones on a Mac? Although it is a bit tricky, this guide luckily provides the two methods on how to record audio with headphones plugged into a Mac or MacBook. Continue reading to find the best solution for you!

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Melissa Lee

Updated on Apr 19, 2024

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Whether you need to record high-quality audio for a podcast, a voice memo, or a sound bite, using a headphone as an input device is essential. This assists you in monitoring your audio, thus making adjustments along the way. Fortunately, Mac supports in-built and third-party options to perform this task. However, learning how to record audio with headphones plugged into a Mac is necessary.

To facilitate you, this post gives the most efficient methods for MacBook, MacBook Pro, and MacBook Air users. So, let's find a suitable way to get the best output possible.

Can You Record Audio with Headphones Plugged in Mac?

Yes, you can record audio with headphones plugged into your Mac. Even this has become a common practice for various benefits, such as detecting issues and making real-time changes to remove background noise and distortion. You can ensure accuracy to achieve a professional audio recording setting.

Easy Steps to Record Audio with Headphones Plugged in Mac

If you want advanced functionalities for better control over your recordings, you must consider third-party software to record audio on PCs with headphones plugged into a Mac.

EaseUS RecExperts is a remarkable recording software that helps you capture sound from a microphone and external devices, such as headphones. Along with that, you can capture the internal audio, screen, or a webcam if needed. Download it to start recording right now!

Even changing the aspects of your recordings, such as bitrate, sample rate, format, etc., is in your control. Afterward, it lets you cut or split the audio recordings with the editing toolkit. Simply, this is the finest choice for both beginners and professionals.

📝What to prepare
Install EaseUS RecExperts on your Mac
Access to high-quality headphones

Record Audio with Headphones Plugged in Mac using EaseUS RecExperts:

Step 1. Launch EaseUS RecExperts. Choose a recording mode from "Full Screen" or "Region". If you choose the second one, you will need to select the recording area manually.

Choose a Recording Mode

Step 2. After selecting the recording mode, you need to choose which audio to record. To record the system sound, click on the loudspeaker sign; to record the microphone sound, click on the mic sign; to record no sound, select nothing.

Record Audio

Step 3. Then, you can click the red "REC" button to start recording. If you want to pause the recording, click on the white "Pause" button; to end the recording, click on the red "Stop" button.

Pause or Stop Recording

Step 4. After recording, the recording list window will open. Here you can view, split, delete, manage your recordings easily.

Recording List Window

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QuickTime Record Audio from Headphones

QuickTime Player is a simple in-built app for Mac users that allows you to record microphone sound. However, it can assist you in recording audio with headphones plugged into your Mac using Soundflower or Loopback. You can adjust the volume and quality along with choosing the microphone.

📝What to prepare
Set up Soundflower on your Mac
QuickTime Player on your MacBook
Access to good quality headphones

Let's comply with the given steps on how to record audio from headphones using QuickTime:

Step 1. Firstly, plug your headphones into a USB port or headphone jack of your MacBook. Connect wirelessly for the wireless headphones. Next, launch QuickTime Player and press "File" > "New Audio Recording" from the menu bar.

QuickTime New Audio Recording

Step 2. Next, expand the down-arrow icon to select the microphone input source. Select the built-in microphone or the one with your headphones, if any. Also, pick the output quality and set the volume using the slider.

QuickTime Choose Source

Step 3. After selecting the audio source, press the large record button to start the audio recording, and once done, hit the stop recording button.

QuickTime Record Internal Audio

Step 4. Lastly, you can play the recording if needed. Otherwise, click "File" and choose "Save" to export the recording.

QuickTime Save Recordings

These steps work only if you have installed Soundflower on your Mac. So, if you are unaware of setting it up correctly, try using EaseUS RecExperts!

Record Audio with Headphones Plugged in Mac FAQs

Below are some frequently asked questions on how to record audio with headphones plugged into Mac:

1. Can you record audio while using headphones?

You can record audio with headphones, thus achieving clean and sound-quality recordings. It provides multiple benefits, such as noise-free recording, real-time monitoring, confidential voiceovers, and immersive recording experience.

2. Can the headphone port be used for audio on Mac?

The headphone port can be used for audio input and output on Mac since it is designed as a combination audio jack. It is also famous as a 3.5mm TRRS jack that can accept both microphone and headphone signals, making audio-related tasks easier.

3. How do I use my headphones as a mic on my Mac?

To use your headphone as a mic on your Mac:

Step 1. Navigate to the System Preferences by pressing the Apple logo from the top left side. Tap Line-in from Select a Device for Sound Input.

Step 2. Next, find the Audio Line-in port from the back of your Mac. and insert the 3.5mm plug headphone into the port (icon of two triangles connected by a circle).

Step 3. Launch Voice Memos on your Mac and click the Record button. Once done, hit the Finish recording button.

4. Can I use the headphone jack as an audio input?

Yes, you can easily use the headphone jack as an audio input connection. It can help you capture audio up to 20kHz frequency and 120dB dynamic range. It can accept signals from line-level equipment, microphones, or instruments.


Thanks to the built-in app QuickTime, you can quickly record audio with headphones plugged into your Mac. But for enhanced sound quality, you can try EaseUS RecExperts. It helps you capture audio from external devices efficiently. Download it to have a try now!

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