It can be a bit difficult at times to find a compact headset that you can easily carry around on your person and that also work with all your Android devices. Most headphones cater a bit more to iOS since they have a more uniform lineup of phones and devices, but some either work equally well across platforms or are specifically made for Android, in which case, they typically come with a wealth of customization options and features.
We've tested 286 headphones and below are our recommendations for the best wireless earbuds for Android to purchase in 2019. See also our recommendations for the best sounding wireless earbuds, the best cheap earbuds, and the best truly wireless earbuds.
The best wireless earbuds for Android that we've tested so far are the Samsung Gear IconX. They are truly wireless headphones that are packed with features, which makes them a good choice for many. They are compact enough to fit in your pockets and their charging case feels well-made, portable, and provides an additional charge for about 10 hours of battery life in total when paired to a Bluetooth source.
The Gear IconX also have 4GB of onboard storage, so you do not need to use your Android device if you do not want to, and they last a bit longer in this mode than with a Bluetooth source. They also come with a customizable app that is only available on Android devices, which makes them a lot more versatile than when paired to an iPhone or an iPad. This is even more important if you do a lot of sports, since the app gives you workout data and even an in-app coach to keep track of your exercises.
Unfortunately, the IconX do not have the best sweat resistance for sports. They also do not have the longest battery life when compared to other truly wireless designs. But on the upside, if you're looking for a good headset to use with your Android phone, then the unique features offered by the IconX when paired to an Android device make them well worth it.
If you like having truly wireless earbuds but would like to have access to a better EQ, get the Jabra Elite Active 65t. They don’t have onboard storage like the Samsung Gear IconX, but their companion app is available for Android as well as iOS and has more sound customization options.
The Jabra Elite Active 65t are bulkier and significantly less comfortable than the Samsung. However, they’re more sweatproof and feel more durable. The EQ of the Jabra Elite Active 65t is good, but if you’d like a full parametric EQ to fine tune your sound even further, check out the Jaybird Tarah Pro with the Jaybird MySound app.
If you find an earbud design a bit more comfortable than that of typical in-ears, then get the Jabra Elite 65e. They are noise-canceling headphones with a comfortable earbud design. They also have a durable and well-made neckband that's almost as flexible as that of the Samsung U Flex, so they’re easier to carry around in your pocket than other around-the-neck style headphones.
Unfortunately, the Jabra Elite 65e struggle with noise isolation sometimes, especially if you can’t get a good fit. Their neckband design may not also please everyone. On the upside, they have a dedicated microphone that is a lot better for making calls than most Bluetooth in-ears and earbuds, and they have a decently well-balanced sound that you can further EQ thanks to their companion app, Jabra Sound+.
If you’re looking for well-designed in-ears that are less expensive than the Samsung Gear IconX, get the Anker SoundCore Liberty Air. They don’t have as many features as the IconX and the Jabra Elite Active 65t, and they’re not noise-canceling, but they have a solid performance-to-price ratio and are versatile enough for most use cases.
The Anker SoundCore Liberty Air are decent-sounding truly wireless in-ears that reproduce audio well and are suited for a wide range of music genres, as well as audiobooks and podcasts. They have a 4-hour battery life, which is about average for truly wireless earbuds in 2019, and their charging case will keep them powered for about 12 more hours. They also have great passive isolation which makes them a good choice for commuters.
Unfortunately, the Liberty Air have very high latency, which means you’ll likely notice a difference between what you see and what you hear if you’re streaming video or gaming on a mobile device. However, our test measures only over Bluetooth 4.2, and the Anker Liberty Air support Bluetooth 5.0, which means that if you have a newer Android device that supports it as well, you may have improved wireless latency and range.
If you specifically have a Samsung device, then the best budget wireless earbuds you can get are the Samsung U Flex. They don’t sound as good as the Anker SoundCore Liberty Air, but they have a surprisingly good build quality for their price range, with a flexible neckband that will more easily fit into your pockets than similarly designed headphones.
The Samsung U Flex have a wealth of customization options, including room effects, pre-sets, and 5-Band EQ so you can customize their sound your way. However, these features are only accessible if you have a Samsung device, which is a bit limiting.
The U Flex aren’t as customizable as the Level U Pro which work with all Android devices. If you’re a Samsung user on a budget, the Samsung U Flex are a great choice; however, if you have an Android device from a different manufacturer and a bigger budget, go for the Level U Pro instead.
If you’re looking for even cheaper earbuds, get the Anker SoundBuds Curve. They don’t have any customization options like the Samsung U Flex or the Jaybird Freedom, but they still offer great performance for their low price. They have an ear-hook design which is stable for most sports and come with multiple fit options for optimal comfort. They also support the aptX codec support for slightly better latency and audio compression performance over Bluetooth on Android devices.
Unfortunately, they don’t isolate much noise and don’t have the best build quality due to their thin cables. Nevertheless, most people should be satisfied with the performance of the SoundBuds Curve, especially at such a low price point.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best wireless earbuds for Android to buy for most people in each price range. We factor in the price (a cheaper headphone wins over a pricier one if the difference isn't worth it), feedback from our visitors, and availability (no headphones that are difficult to find or almost out of stock everywhere).
If you would like to choose for yourself, here is the list of all our reviews for wireless earbuds/in-ear headphones. Be careful not to get caught up in the details. There are no perfect headphones. Personal taste, preference, and listening habits will matter more in your selection.