Best
USB-C Audio Adapters for Galaxy S20
Android Central
2020

Samsung fans have finally entered the modern smartphone age — the age of phones with no headphone jack. Unless you use wireless headphones or have that odd pair of USB-C earbuds, you’re going to need an adapter to get the most out of your new phone together with your favorite set of cans. The dongle life can be cumbersome, so we give you options to pick the adapter that fits your needs, whether you need a long cord or short, a fixed dongle or flexible, and even some surprising options that will give you the most flexibility.




Staff Pick

This Accguys adapter isn’t the smallest, but it does pack a headphone port and a spare USB-C power port, plus the onboard audio chip means you’ll get the best sound from your device.

$17 at Amazon



Keep it as simple as possible with this tiny, sturdy adapter. It may be small, but it can handle digital-quality audio, and the nylon braided cord means it can bear some abuse.

$13 at Amazon



This dongle attaches to the bottom of the phone for a clean look, plus it gives you both a headphone port and USB-C for power. There’s even a keychain attachment, so you never forget it.

$14 at Amazon



If your audio cable and your power cable need to go in two different directions, check out this splitter from Akwor. You get a headphone jack as well as a USB-C port for power in a versatile little package.

$8 at Amazon



This USB-C audio adapter distinguishes itself by packaging a long audio extension cord in the box, so you can use the small dongle or extend as much as you need. You can even use that extension cord separately.

$12 at Amazon



A simple USB-C to headphone port adapter, but this one has a light. That’s all; it’s just got a light on it to let you know it’s working. It lights up. With a light. If you like lights, get this one.

$12 at Amazon



What if you’re switching from iPhone and need to use your lightning headphones? Believe it or not, Anker has you covered with this USB-C to lightning adapter that will let you use your Apple buds.

$30 at Amazon



This adapter from Yeebline doesn’t give you a 3.5mm headphone port, but it does split the USB-C so you can use headphones while you power, and it has a cool stick-on design with a holder ring that helps you grip your phone.

$19 at Amazon



While most adapters give you a headphone port and maybe a USB-C port for power, this adapter from MiiKare lets you connect your headphones and two, count ’em two, extra USB-C plugs.

$16 at Amazon



Share your music with this dual 3.5mm adapter. The headphone splitter plugs into your USB-C port and gives you two headphone ports, plus that nylon braided cord should be sturdy if anything comes between you.

$10 at Amazon



This unique adapter only gives you a headphone port, but it extends up to a meter with a coiled spring design, plus it doesn’t skimp on the audio chip, so you’ll get the best sound when you connect.

$7 at Amazon



Whatever else you say about Samsung’s pricey little dongle, you know it will work with your Samsung phone, guaranteed. Pick up a couple of these in case you lose one, and check out the other accessories while you’re at the company store.

$15 at Samsung

Living La Vida Adapter

It’s time to face the music, dongle in hand. Headphone ports are gone from our favorite smartphones, and they are never coming back. We can cry about it, we can buy a set of wireless earbuds that we’ll lose, or we can suck it up and get an adapter or two to fill in the gap between our phone and our favorite set of headphones. Of course, we’ll want to charge while we listen, so our favorite adapter is the Accguys USB-C to 3.5mm Headphone Adapter. You get a standard headphone port, a USB-C port for power or accessories, all in a sleek package. Plus, the Accguys adapter also features a digital audio chip, so it doesn’t just transmit analog signal, it gives you the highest quality digital signal that a USB-C port can transmit.

Also, we’ll pick up a fixed adapter like the Mxcudu 2 in 1 USB C to 3.5mm Audio Adapter. The look is sleek and elegant, not like a dangling chain of cords. You still get a headphone port as well as a USB-C port for charging, but Mxcudu also carves out a nifty keychain loop so you can keep the adapter attached. The biggest problem with using a dongle is forgetting your dongle, so any help keeping the adapter on hand is welcome. Thankfully, once you invest in a USB-C audio adapter, it will work with all of your USB-C devices, so those amazing headphones that were an investment back when you bought your last MP3 player still sound stellar with your newest gear.

Philip Berne worked from 2011 to 2017 as part of Samsung’s Public Relations team and maintains no business or financial relationships with Samsung nor is he currently bound by non-disclosure agreement.

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