Does the Note 10 include a headphone adapter in the box?

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus (Image credit: Harish Jonnalagadda/Android Central)

Best answer: No, neither the Galaxy Note 10 nor the 10+ have a headphone adapter in the box. Instead, Samsung included a pair of USB-C headphones. If you want to use your own wired headphones, you'll need a separate headphone adapter.

Say goodbye to the headphone jack

For years it has been expected that Samsung would be removing the headphone jack, and it finally happened. Other manufacturers have gone down this path in an effort to either push Bluetooth headphones or to slim down the phone.

Samsung finally made the jump with the Note 10 and Note 10+, as neither devices have a 3.5mm headphone jack. This means that if you are using standard headphones, you'll have to pay extra for a 3.5mm to USB-C headphone adapter.

The company does plan on selling one of its own, but there are plenty of alternatives already available. In fact, Samsung has a brand-new USB-C to 3.5mm headphone adapter available for pre-order from its own website. You will be able to pick one of these up directly, and you will have the best-case scenario given the removal of the headphone jack.

The downside to needing to rely on an adapter is that you won't be able to use wired headphones and charge at the same time. That is, unless you slap the Note 10 or Note 10+ onto a wireless charger, or you use a pass-through USB-C adapter like the one from ESR that lets you charge and listen to music.

Noteworthy Note 10 Notes

Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+

Source: Andrew Martonik / Android Central (Image credit: Source: Andrew Martonik / Android Central)

Samsung launched the Note 10 and Note 10+ in August of last year, with the devices being available from just about every retailer you can think of. The standard Note 10 comes with a 6.3-inch Infinity display, while the Note 10+ is equipped with a 6.8-inch Infinity Display which will be glorious for your gaming sessions or Netflix binges.

These devices are powered by the Snapdragon 855 chipset and have either 8GB or 12GB of RAM and a base storage of 256GB. This, combined with the 3500mAh or 4300mAh battery will make for a combo that is practically unrivaled in the smartphone world.

Despite being launched in the Summer of 2019, both the Note 10 and Note 10+ have held up quite well. This is even true after the release of the Galaxy S20 lineup, as there are just a few upgrades in Samsung's 2020 flagship but at a much steeper price. Plus, these are the two latest Samsung handsets to sport the popular S Pen, which can come in quite handy,even for those who don't think there's much use for them.

Best accessories for your Note 10

ESR USB-C Audio Adapter Render

ESR USB-C Audio Adapter Render (Image credit: ESR)

ESR USB-C to 3.5mm 2-in-1 Audio Adapter ($22 at Amazon)

Now that there is no longer a headphone jack, this means you won't be able to listen to music without the use of an adapter. This 2-in-1 adapter from Chilison will allow you to listen to music and charge at the same time.

Samsung 9W Charger Pad Render

Samsung 9W Charger Pad Render (Image credit: Samsung)

Samsung Wireless Fast Charge Pad ($30 at Amazon)

Wireless chargers are a fantastic addition to anyone's lineup, and this is especially true for the Note 10 lineup. This Fast Charge Pad from Samsung is Qi-certified and will allow you to listen to your favorite music while charging.

Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus

Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus (Image credit: Samsung)

Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus ($149 at Microsoft)

Bluetooth headphones are all the rage nowadays and they have gotten so great that the pairing process is a breeze. The Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus are the perfect headphones for Note 10 owners and removes the need to worry about losing a dongle.

Andrew Myrick
Senior Editor - Chromebooks and tablets

Andrew Myrick is a Senior Editor at Android Central. He enjoys everything to do with technology, including tablets, smartphones, and everything in between. Perhaps his favorite past-time is collecting different headphones, even if they all end up in the same drawer.