With a Galaxy Note 2, when answering a call with headphones (but not a headset) connected, the audio output goes through the headphones and the inbuilt microphone works as though it were a normal call (so it's too quiet when it's a few inches away). When I switch to speakerphone, it ignores the headphones entirely and audio output switches to inbuilt speaker.

Basically, I'd like to talk to people with my phone on my desk and a pair of conventional headphones.


You might want to take a look at SoundAbout. One of its promises:

DETECT or IGNORE that a headset has a microphone when plugged in. Only used if the headphone/headset plug in/out detection is set to ALLOW.

Which to me sounds like what you are looking for.

  • Unfortunately not. I bought the app, emailed the developer and it can't do it. He said it was a limitation of Android that you can't configure which microphone to use. – Ben Heley Nov 21 '12 at 19:04
  • That I would call "misleading advertisement", as the description clearly claims the app capable of this. So I'd ask for refund (at least), and to correct that claim. – Izzy Nov 21 '12 at 20:13
  • Tried this on a Galaxy S5, fail as well. None of the options really claim to do this, though - the only option that sounds like it might is in Wired Headset behavior, which lets you ignore (mute) the mic on a mic'd headset. It doesn't then switch to the phone's mic, it just doesn't record anything at all. Not very useful, and definitely not here. – Chris Moschini Jan 6 '15 at 1:37

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