Best USB-C Audio Adapters for Galaxy S20 & Galaxy S21 in 2021

by Joseph K. Clark


  • USB-C Audio Adapters for Galaxy S20 & Galaxy S21
  • Android Central
  • 2021

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 will need an adapter to get the most out of your new Galaxy S20 or S21 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 choices will give you the most flexibility. These are the best USB-C audio adapters for the Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S21.

Audio Powered:
Accguys 2 in-1 USB-C to 3.5mm Headphone Adapter 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.

$12 at Amazon

Simple Cord:
JSAUX USB Type C to 3.5mm

This simple yet effective adapter can bend a lot without breaking. The braided cord keeps it intact, while the internal components can easily handle digital-quality audio once you plug it in.

Galaxy S20

$12 at Amazon

Fixed Dongle:
CableCreation 2 in-1 USB C to 3.5mm Audio Adapter

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, so you can charge and listen to music simultaneously.

$20 at Amazon

Split Powered:
Passed 2 in 1 USB-C to 3.5mm Headphone Adapter

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

$22 at Amazon

Dongle Extended:
ZJSM 3-in-1 Type C to 3.5mm Earphone Converter

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 it as much as you need. You can even use that extension cord separately.

$10 at Amazon

Seeing Red:
Yuanbai USB C to 3.5mm Headphone Jack Adapter

A simple USB-C to headphone port adapter, but this one draws inspiration from OnePlus. Yuanbai claims it also has a DAC to improve audio quality, but your mileage may vary at this price.

$8 at Amazon

Lightning Adapter:
Anker USB-C to Lightning Adapter

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

$30 at Amazon

Adapter Holder:
Yeebline 2 in 1 headphone jack adapter

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 an excellent stick-on design with a holder ring that helps you grip your phone.

$17 at Amazon

Bonus Dongle:
Exclude 3 in 1 USB C adapter

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

$19 at Amazon

Split Audio:
Apetoo USB C to Dual 3.5mm Headphone Adapter

Share your music with this dual 3.5mm adapter. The headphone splitter plugs into your USB-C port, giving you two headphone ports that you can use quickly and still answer incoming calls.

$13 at Amazon

Fast charger:
Link like 2 in 1 to 3.5mm Headphones Adapter

While this unique 2-in-1 adapter won’t work with some Android devices, it will work with Samsung’s, including support for fast charging and an uptick in audio quality through the built-in DAC.

$25 at Amazon

Official Dongle:
Samsung USB-C to 3.5mm Headphone Jack Adapter

Whatever else you say about Samsung’s expensive little dongle, guarantee you know it will work with your Samsung phone. If you lose one, pick up a couple of these, and check out the other accessories at the company store.

  • $15 at Samsung
  • $12 at Best Buy

Living La Vida Adapter

It’s time to face the music, dongle in hand. Headphone ports are gone from the best Android phones, like the Galaxy S21, and they are never coming back. We can cry about it, buy a set of wireless earbuds that we’ll lose, or 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 2-in-1 USB-C to 3.5mm Headphone Adapter. You get a standard headphone and USB-C port for power or accessories, all in a sleek package. The Accguys adapter also features a digital audio chip, so it doesn’t just transmit an analog signal. It gives you the highest quality digital signal a USB-C port can send.

Also, we’ll pick up a fixed adapter like the CableCreation 2-in-1 USB C to 3.5mm Audio Adapter. The look is sleek and elegant, unlike a dangling chain of cords, and you still get a headphone port and a USB-C port for charging. When using a dongle, you always have to be careful not to forget it, so it always helps to keep it handy where you can find it. Once you invest in a USB-C audio adapter, it will work with all of your USB-C devices, so those fantastic headphones that were an investment back when you bought your last MP3 player still sound stellar with your newest gear. We may earn a commission for purchases using our links. Learn more.

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