It almost was six years since Apple removed the headphone jack from the iPhone. Yes, you can get great wireless headphones today, but maybe you prefer to plug in, or you just don’t want to think about charging your headphones. The joy of the 3.5mm headphone jack is that it’s one of the few truly universal standards left.
You can use almost any pair of wired headphones – no need to worry about whether they’re Lightning or USB-C or whether the connection will turn on and off. No batteries to charge, no wrenches to attach, no headphones to lose. There are times when Bluetooth is preferable, but it’s also nice to at least have that option. After testing dozens of phones, these are the best port-worthy options. Read our best Android phones and best budget phones guides for more recommendations.
Updated June 2022: We have revised this guide to replace old buttons with new ones, such as Samsung Galaxy A13 5G, Sony Xperia 1 IV and Moto G Stylus 5G 2022.
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