Where’s Microphone on iPhone 13, Mini, Pro, and Pro Max

Written by Novak Bozovic
Published on September 24, 2021

You might be surprised to know that the iPhone 13 has more than one microphone. In fact, you'll find a series of microphones on your phone's front and backside, equipped for different purposes. We're sure you'll want to dive deeper into this topic, so let's talk about where's the microphone on different iPhone 13 models. 


The following applies to all four iPhone 13 models - the iPhone 13, 13 Mini, 13 Pro, and 13 Pro Max. However, you'll also find very similar microphone layouts on older generations of Apple's smartphones. 

Where’s the Microphone Located on the iPhone 13? 

Your iPhone 13 (no matter which model you have) has more than a single microphone. In fact, it comes with three microphones found across various sides of your phone. These are capable of recording your voice during audio and video calls and recording sounds while shooting videos. Check below for more info. 

#1: Built-In Microphone (Front)

As rumored earlier this year, the notch on the iPhone 13 is smaller than ever before. However, that doesn't mean Apple has eliminated any components. The notch is still visible, and it still houses a built-in stereo speaker alongside a built-in microphone. 

The primary purpose of the front-facing microphone is to pick up your voice when chatting via FaceTime, in cases when you don't use headphones or earbuds. Also, that microphone plays a part in catching your Siri-related commands. 

#2: Bottom Microphone

If you check the bottom side (edge) of your iPhone 13, you'll see a series of small holes. There's where your phone's built-in speaker is located. However, that's also where two microphones are placed - on each side of the Lightning connector.

As you might guess, the main role of the bottom-placed microphone is to catch your voice during regular (audio) calls. Of course, they also work in conjunction with other microphones to capture your voice during FaceTime calls and while issuing Siri commands. 

#3: Camera Microphone (Back)

And finally, there's also a single microphone on the backside of your iPhone 13. What's interesting is that Apple doesn't really mention that microphone in technical documentation. However, numerous teardowns have clearly identified this microphone's function. 

The back-facing microphone is part of your iPhone 13's camera system. It's represented by a very small hole in the bottom-right corner. Due to its position, its primary role is to record the sound as you shoot videos, combining that audio source with other microphones. 


There's more to learn about the latest iPhone generation. So, make sure to check our latest iPhone 13-related articles, where you'll find the freshest news, as well as in-depth tutorials and guides. 

We hope you're happy with our answer to the question of where's the microphone on your iPhone 13. If you have anything to add, make sure to post your comment just below. And finally, thank you for reading!

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