There are lots of great wireless earbuds made specifically for iPhone, but what are the best wireless headphones for Android? Whether you have the latest and greatest flagship phone or an older tablet you've been hanging onto for a while, there are still lots of options for you to choose from. While it's always important to get earbuds that you find comfortable and enjoyable to listen to, there are some neat Android features that are worth looking for, like a compatible app or low latency.
We've tested over 400 headphones and below are our recommendations of the best wireless earbuds for Android phones. See also the best cheap earbuds and the best wireless earbuds for running and working out.
The best wireless earbuds for Android we’ve tested so far are the Samsung Galaxy Buds. They’re super portable truly wireless earbuds with a sleek, yet surprisingly comfortable, low-profile design. They perform quite well overall and are among the best truly wireless earbuds we’ve reviewed so far.
Out-of-the-box, they have a remarkably well-balanced, neutral sound profile that lends itself to music of virtually any genre. If you find they lack a bit of bass, you can use the EQ presets in the Samsung Wearable app to boost it a bit. The app also lets you map their touch-sensitive controls to different commands, which is helpful since you don't have volume controls by default.
While their 7.5-hour battery life is quite decent, the newer Samsung Galaxy Buds+ Truly Wireless have nearly double that. They're quite a bit more expensive though and are unlikely to provide better value for most. Considering how reasonably-priced the originals are, especially when they're on sale, they remain the best Bluetooth earbuds for Android we've seen to date.
The best earbuds for Android we've tested for travel or commuting are the Amazon Echo Buds. They have a compact truly wireless design that features an impressive active noise cancelling (ANC) system to help block out noise when you're on-the-go. They feel pretty well-built and are fairly comfortable, though they fit quite deeply into the ear canal, which can get a bit fatiguing over time.
These earbuds have a pretty balanced sound profile with a bit of extra thump and rumble that fans of EDM will enjoy, and you can customize the way they sound with their companion app, which is Amazon's Alexa app for Android. Their ANC might not be as good as what some neckband earbuds like the Sony WI-1000X Wireless can deliver, but it's still excellent, especially for truly wireless headphones.
While audio latency can differ between specific devices, you might find they make audio lag a bit when watching YouTube videos. They also rely heavily on the Alexa app, requiring it even just for pairing, which is a bummer if you'd prefer using them without having to install Alexa on your device. That said, they still provide very good value as travel headphones, especially for the price, and remain easy to recommend overall.
The best sports earbuds for Android we’ve tested so far are the Jaybird Tarah Pro. They're well-built wireless earbuds with a sturdy braided cable and an IPX7 rating for protection against water damage. Their in-line controls are easy-to-use and they have swiveling earbuds to help you find a stable, yet comfortable fit.
At first glance, they may just seem like ordinary sports headphones, but what sets them apart from the competition is their great companion app, Jaybird MySound. You can tweak the way they sound with a fully parametric EQ, share your results with your friends, and access a community platform with EQ presets from various athletes. Thanks to their 13-hour battery life, you shouldn't have to worry about running out of power at the gym, and they have an adjustable auto-off timer to help them last even longer.
On the downside, their cable can brush against the back of your shirt or neck, which can be particularly annoying while running. The Jaybird Vista Truly Wireless are a great option if you prefer a truly wireless option, but their battery performance is mediocre. The Jabra Elite Active 75t Truly Wireless have a better battery, but their companion app doesn't provide the same level of customization that the Jaybird's does.
The best budget earbuds for Android that we've tested so far are the Anker SoundBuds Curve Upgraded 2019. They don't protrude deeply into the ear canal, which makes them more comfortable than most in-ears we've tested, while their ear-hook design makes sure they still fit securely. They also come with a solid hard carrying case, which is a welcome addition at this price point.
While the battery life on the older model was still good, it's even better now. They'll give you just over 18 hours of continuous playback on a single charge, which is among the longest we've tested to date - even among more premium options. Their bass-rich profile helps bring out the rumble and punch of genres like EDM and hip-hop, but they still sound balanced enough to be suitable for more vocal-centric genres like pop or rock music too.
Unfortunately, they don't have any customization options - they're not compatible with a mobile companion app, and they don't have onboard EQ options like the AUKEY Latitude Wireless. They're much more comfortable though, which can make all the difference if you plan on using them all day. So while they might not be the most feature-packed option, they still provide excellent value for the price.
If you care about customization and have a Samsung phone, then get the Samsung U Flex. Their neckband design makes them a bit less portable than the Anker SoundBuds Curve Upgraded 2019 Wireless, especially since they don't come with a carrying case, but they're among the best wireless earbuds for Samsung we've tested so far. The Samsung Level app is rather lackluster if your Android phone is from another brand, but with a Samsung device, it gives you access to tons of neat features like a 5-band EQ with presets, room effects, volume monitors, and a music playback timer for a highly customizable experience.
Get the Anker if you prefer a no-frills budget option, but if you're all about tweaking every option you find and use a Samsung device, then get the U Flex.
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 (cheaper headphones win over pricier ones 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.
03/02/2020: Updated "Best Travel" to feature the Amazon Echo Buds, added "Best Sports" category with Jaybird Tarah Pro.
01/31/2020: Minor text and structure changes, replaced Anker SoundBuds Curve with Anker SoundBuds Curve Upgraded 2019.
10/24/2019: Verified text for accuracy and updated pick selections to reflect the Sony WI-1000X as "Best Travel".