The headphones that come with a standard iPhone nowadays are not like most headphones. As you already know, they use Apple's lightning adapter.
While this makes it easier to waterproof the iPhone, and you will be able to use your headphones with your iPhone effortlessly, it makes it so that you can't use your iPhone headphones on much else other than a modern mac with the same ports.
This is a common complaint with Apple products.
Here's the bottom line if you're asking how to use lighting headphones with a normal 3.5mm audio jack, you can't (at least not yet)
How To Connect Lightning Headphones To Laptop with USB
There is one way you CAN use lighting headphones with a laptop. To use lightning headphones with a laptop, you need an adapter that allows you to turn the lightning cable into a USB cable. If you have a computer capable of outputting audio through a USB port, use the adapter to plug your lightning headphones in there.
The Lightning Port to 3.5mm Headphone Jack Work Around...Why Can't You Do It?
The truth about using lighting headphones with a laptop is that an adapter might come along in the future, but as of right now, you cannot effectively use lighting headphones with a laptop.
As of now, there isn't an adapter that allows you to switch your lightning headphones to work with a traditional laptop...but why?
The end of your lightning headphones uses the same connector as your iPhone charger. The first thing you need to buy in order to make your lightning headphones work on a normal laptop is a lightning to 3.5mm headphone jack converter.
It is easy enough to find adapters that allow you to plug normal headphones into a lightning port, but not the other way around.
The lightning adapter does more than just transmit audio information, which is why getting it converted to a a headphone jack is so difficult.
It would be like asking for an HDMI to headphone jack converter, it just doesn't make sense.
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Are Lightning Headphones worth It?
Whether you love Apple or not, they do seem to make their customers jump through hoops to use their products.
While it does make users marry Apple, and create a new level of brand loyalty. It also creates issues.
If you want to use lightning headphones on a laptop that doesn't have a lightning headphone port, you're SOL.
Get yourself a regular pair of headphones, and call it a day.
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Tell Us Your Thoughts
How do you feel about this issue with Apple Lightning headphones? Let us know if you know of a work around (that you've tested and confirmed!) in the comments section below.