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Xiaomi’s USB Type-C Headphones Won’t Work With All Type-C Smartphones, Company Warns Customers

by Joe 13

Xiaomi isn’t new to USB Type-C smartphones, but it definitely is new to the scene of USB Type-C earphones. The company unveiled its first ever USB Type-C earphones this week and it is said to be the ideal companion to the Xiaomi Mi 6. The new flagship from the company ditches the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack, which means you have to use USB Type-C headphones to listen to music on the device.

The Mi USB Type-C earphones boast of active noise cancellation making sure that you can listen to your music even in noisy environments. However, the company was quick to reveal that not all smartphones with USB Type-C connectors will support these headphones. So, which phones are compatible then?

mi headphones disclaimer
Disclaimer on the Mi Type-C headphones page

Xiaomi reveals that the Xiaomi Mi 5, Mi 5S, Mi 5S Plus, Mi Mix, Mi Note 2 and Mi 6 are the officially supported smartphones for this earphone. If you have issues using it on these devices, make sure to update the phone to the latest MIUI stable version. Even Mi 4C, Mi 4S supports this Type-C headphone but some functions like the call button and active noise cancellation may not work.

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It is clearly mentioned that the new Xiaomi headphone is not compatible with Xiaomi Mi 5C and the Redmi Pro models. As for the Type-C phones from other brands, there’s no guarantee that all features like Active Noise Cancellation would work.


Further, Chinese analyst, Sun Changxu warns that the Xiaomi Type-C headphones would only work with integrated audio Type-C smartphones like the Xiaomi Mi 6. If you try it with other types of USB-C phones, you could damage the earphone or worse, could crash the smartphone.

So make sure you give due consideration to the model that you are going to use with these headphones before you purchase it.


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  • Assefa Hanson

    So type c is not yet standardized just like it has always been for any newly adopted tech, as usual consumers who can’t wait will pay premium​ for something relatively unpolished some other examples 2k and 4k smartphone displays, wireless charging, Samsung dex and other dock platforms

  • jimberkas

    one more reason to be annoyed about losing 3.5mm jack. Nobody had compatibility issues with those. This is stupid. I’d be happy to buy Xiaomi headphones for my Le Eco S3 but won’t chance it now.

  • Max Müller

    I would habe considered to buy a pair for my leeco le max 2, bit now…

    • AbdulB1

      That is a good phone but runs on outdated Android 6.0.1 and has no chances of getting an upgrade. LeEco seems to be clearing inventory.

  • androwin

    I made the right choice in staying away from this crappy brand for my flagship device purchases (well, except their mid-rangers at least), first they ditched micro-sd and now no headphone jack! This company is trying hard to be like Apple which I don’t like.

    • divis200

      They didn’t ditch microsd. You just hate on the brand if you don’t know that.

      • lildwell

        Some of their flagships don’t have microsd though…

        • topkek

          microSD ? who need one when u opt for 128GB

          • lildwell

            Well I would because I switch between them to perform certain tasks and make backups. They also come in handy while rooting and switching ROMs. I also have 1 terabyte worth of music that I have divided between a number of micro sds based on genres. That’s why I don’t buy phone without micro SD…

          • mag nit

            they usually add micro sd slot in the “S” variant… only the Mi5 was the first phone they didn’t add a Micro SD slot.

            they have never had a micro SD in the first version of their new flag ship.

    • Nick Yasnov

      Even Google is trying hard to be like Apple nowadays, so you’d better stay away from Pixel phones and Android in general.

  • Emafn rima

    Did they work in mi max 2?? I mean noise cancellation feature

    • simo hartikainen

      They do not work on mi max 2. I’ve tried it personally and wasted 3 dollars.