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  1. nyolc8's Avatar
    I just got an 520 two weeks ago and I had an ipod touch before. I used apple earpods with that. The 520 headset soundquality is suck compared to the earpods quality. If I just plug earpods into the L520, only the speakers and the middle button workd, so if someone call me while I listen music, I can't talk to him. I found a method which enables the mic somehow. So here is the trick:

    - push and hold all three buttons on the apple earpods
    - plug the headset into the 520 while you holding all the buttons
    - after plugged in, continue holding the buttons for 5-10seconds

    now mic should work on the earpods with your lumia 520. Note: middle button won't work when you plug in the headset like this.

    I tested this many times and always works. Hope this helps others too.
    xandros9 and dgr_874 like this.
    03-01-2014 04:38 AM
  2. DBDev's Avatar
    Welcome to WPCentral!

    Thanks for the great tutorial!
    03-01-2014 11:26 AM
  3. voidcx's Avatar
    You, sir, are a legend. I've been waiting for this type of tut for a while...I also use earpods with my 520 because they have the best build and audio quality
    03-05-2014 08:21 AM
  4. AR2186's Avatar
    Great find, trying to get this to work on my Icon
    03-05-2014 08:25 AM
  5. T Moore's Avatar
    It may not work with all iOS earbud headsets.
    Read this section: Headset differences and standards Why iOS headsets do not work on Windows Phones.
    Jays AB headset for Windows Phone and a note on headset standards
    xandros9 likes this.
    03-05-2014 08:55 AM
  6. nyolc8's Avatar
    I tried this with the new "earpods" and also with the normal apple 3button headset. Both worked.
    03-05-2014 10:45 AM
  7. berty6294's Avatar
    It may not work with all iOS earbud headsets.
    Read this section: Headset differences and standards Why iOS headsets do not work on Windows Phones.
    Jays AB headset for Windows Phone and a note on headset standards
    Cool read. I have a pair of Beats Tour's that don't seem to work at all! Like none of the button or mic work. According to that read, I should at least get something. Any suggestions?
    03-05-2014 10:47 AM
  8. nyolc8's Avatar
    My phone now "stuck" in this mic working mode. So now I don't have to press any button to get the mic working with an apple headset. BUT now button not working even with nokia headset. lol? How to restore this? Any idea? Anyone else got this?

    Edit: just wondering... I plugged in headset today the first time since black update... maybe that changed how these things work?
    Last edited by nyolc8; 03-09-2014 at 12:03 PM.
    03-09-2014 04:21 AM
  9. Morpheus Phreak's Avatar
    I generally do not recommend using Apple accessories, particularly headsets, with other mobile devices. The reason being that they wire the headsets differently than the recognized standard. That's why you're running into these issues. They have their own non-compliant standard that causes this type of mess.
    03-09-2014 04:24 PM
  10. nyolc8's Avatar
    I understand that it's not compatible and such, but the button doesn't work on nokia headset now. (it's an old Nokia headset, so don't really know if that's the problem, but I think it should work) Anyway, I saw that some people have similar problem after Amber update: Lumia 925 & Lumia 920 Headphone Buttons not working - Microsoft Community

    I'm updated to black update, and I'm wondering if that made this to me...
    03-10-2014 03:34 AM
  11. JyhJiin's Avatar
    I have a lumia 520 (cyan firmware) too and got an EarPod few days back. But the middle button didn't even work by default. That's pretty sad actually
    09-19-2014 10:01 AM

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