How Can I Sing Using My Phone: Karaoke on a Smart Phone


Singing karaoke on a phone is really easy to set up and can be brilliant for parties. In this article, I’ll take you through everything you need to know about using your phone for karaoke, and it works for both Apple and Android devices.

The Quick Answer

You can use a smart phone for karaoke by downloading a karaoke app such as Smule or StarMaker, or by using YouTube. Connect your smart phone to an external microphone and speaker, or use an all-in-one wireless karaoke microphone for best results.

1. Download a Karaoke App

The first thing you need to do to sing karaoke on your phone, is to download a karaoke app. Google Play Store and the App Store are full of great free and paid karaoke apps with various different features and a wide library of high quality songs available. YouTube can also be used on both devices for karaoke.

Best Karaoke Apps for Apple Devices

  • Smule
  • Karaoke by Yokee
  • StarMaker
  • The Voice
  • Karafun
  • SingSnap
Karaoke AppMonthly CostFree Trial or OptionNumber of SongsQuick Record and Share Option
Smule$7.991 week trialOver 1 millionYes
Karaoke by Yokee$4.99Free optionOver 1 millionYes
StarMaker$16.99Free optionOver 1 millionYes
The Voice$7.99Free optionOver 1 millionYes
KaraFun$9.99NoOver 42,000No
SingSnap$14.99Free optionOver 1000Yes
Karaoke apps for iPhone and other Apple Devices

Best Karaoke Apps for Android Devices

  • Smule
  • Karaoke by Yokee
  • StarMaker
  • The Voice
  • Karaoke Mode
  • Karaoke Online
Karaoke AppMonthly CostFree Trial or OptionNumber of SongsQuick Record and Share Option
Smule$7.991 week trialOver 1 millionYes
Karaoke by Yokee$4.99Free optionOver 1 millionYes
StarMaker$16.99Free optionOver 1 millionYes
The Voice$7.99Free optionOver 1 millionYes
Karoke ModeFreeFree optionOver 1000Yes
KaraFun$9.99NoOver 42,000No
Karaoke apps for Android devices on Google Play Store

2. Use an External Microphone

The main problem with using a phone for karaoke is that the microphone is poor quality for recording. Also, your phone will not amplify the volume of your singing, so you will need an external microphone to do karaoke properly using your phone.

There are two options for this:

  • An all-in-one microphone
  • An external speaker and separate microphone

Option 1: All-In-One Microphone

  • These connect to your smart device e.g. phone, using Bluetooth or an AUX cable
  • The microphone has a built-in speaker so will increase the volume of your singing, without having to use an external speaker
  • Most karaoke all-in-one microphones will also increase the volume of the backing track so there is no need for an external speaker

Check out my article on the 8 best all-in-one karaoke microphones. They can all be found on Amazon for a very affordable price making them a great option for pairing with a smart phone to do karaoke.

Option 2: External Microphone and Speaker

  • Connect your external microphone to your using either Bluetooth or an AUX cable
  • Connect your speaker and microphone using either Bluetooth or an AUX cable
  • Keep in mind that you will not be able to connect both the speaker and microphone using Bluetooth, and you will need to use a wired connection for one of the devices

Your external microphone doesn’t need to be anything fancy. In a lot of cases, the built-in-microphone found on headphones actually works really well and is a cheap solution to getting better quality audio.

These methods work really well for YouTube too, if you’re looking for a cheap karaoke solution. Check out my guide to using YouTube for karaoke for some more information.

How to Record Your Singing

If you want to record your singing performances on your smart phone, then you can use a karaoke app such as Smule or StarMaker, which allow you to easily share your recordings online. Use an external microphone to record your singing for the best audio quality.

How to Use Your Phone as a Karaoke Microphone

Smart phones can be used as karaoke microphones by following these steps:

  • Download a microphone app e.g. Pro Microphone or Megaphone
  • Connect your smart phone to an external speaker using Bluetooth or an AUX connection

This will allow you to use your smart phone for karaoke.

Keep in mind though, that the audio quality will be better if you opt for an external microphone, as the microphone quality on a smart phone is usually not that good for singing.

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