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I bought a pair of Apple 3.5mm EarPods, but the cable is a bit too short. I'd like to buy an extension cable, but I'm unsure what kind of cable I need to buy that will maintain all of the EarPods' features, specifically:

  • Audio
  • Microphone
  • Remote controls (volume controls, playback controls, answer/end calls, Siri, etc.)

I'm assuming a basic extension cable like this won't work, since my EarPods have three rings on the plug and this extension cable only has two:

A basic extension cable

Will any extension cable with three rings work? For example:

A extension cable with three rings

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    You need a 3.5mm headphone extension cable that has a 4 poles, just like the EarPods have, male to female stereo jack audio cable headset extension cable for all features of the EarPods to work properly. – user3439894 Dec 8 '18 at 15:01
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You want a four pole 3.5 mm TRRS jack for full compatibility. You’ll lose mic and likely control with the three pole extension but sound should still play.

The spacing is the same (three insulator rings spaced every 1/8 inch apart). Disrgard that signaling using the four conductors isn’t a global standard since his extension just passes the signal between devices.

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See some great technical discussions and a comparison of TRS vs TRRS to match your excellent photos of the extensions.

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