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The 6 Best Wireless Earbuds For Android - Summer 2019
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Best Wireless Earbuds For Android
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It can be a bit difficult at times to find portable headphones 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 work equally well across both platforms. There are also earbuds that are specifically made for Android which come with lots of great customization features you can tweak on your smartphone.

We've tested 363 headphones and below are our recommendations of the best earbuds for Android to purchase in 2019.  See also our recommendations for the best sounding wireless earbuds, the best cheap earbuds, the best neckband headphones, and the best truly wireless earbuds.

  1. Best Wireless Earbuds For Android: Samsung Galaxy Buds Truly Wireless

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.2

    Test Benches:

    • 1.2: Winter 2018
    • 1.1: Summer 2017
    • 1.0: Winter 2017
    • 0.9: Winter 2016
    7.1
    Mixed Usage
    What it is: This is the combination of the different use cases to evaluate how versatile the headphones are. Therefore an everyday headphone should be well-rounded enough to adapt to most situations and environments without significant losses in sound quality, design ergonomics or isolation.
    Score components:
    7.2
    Critical Listening
    What it is: The level of audio fidelity a headphone can reproduce. Therefore a balanced and true representation of bass, mids, treble, soundstage and imaging, as well as a comfortable listening experience, is essential for critical listening.
    Score components:
    7.5
    Commute/Travel
    What it is: How well the headphones handle the loud environments involved in commuting or traveling. Therefore your listening experience should be comfortable, hassle-free and as isolated from noise as possible.
    Score components:
    8.2
    Sports/Fitness
    What it is: How well-adapted the headphones are, to use while doing sports or strenuous exercise. Therefore the headphones should not be too cumbersome and deliver a stable and comfortable listening experience.
    Score components:
    7.4
    Office
    What it is: How well the headphones can deliver a comfortable and isolated listening experience in an office-like environment. They should not leak much and should block the noise of a busy office.
    Score components:
    5.6
    TV
    Score components:
    4.8
    Gaming
    Score components:
    Type : In-ear
    Enclosure : Closed-Back
    Wireless : Truly Wireless
    Noise-Cancelling : No
    Mic : Yes
    Transducer : Dynamic

    The best earbuds for Android that we’ve tested so far are the Samsung Galaxy Buds. They’re well-built, comfortable truly wireless earbuds that are super portable. They come with a great hard charging case that’s compact enough to slip into your pockets so your headphones keep charging while you’re on-the-go.

    These headphones have a 7.5 hour battery life, which is rather impressive for truly wireless headphones. They have great audio reproduction out-of-the-box, but if you find they’re lacking bass, you can boost their bass with the Samsung Wearable app. The app also provides a couple of other EQ presets and lets you map their touch-sensitive controls to different commands.

    Unfortunately, they have very high latency, which means there’ll be a visible audio lag when watching videos or playing mobile games. They don’t have any onboard storage like the Samsung Gear IconX, but their battery lasts a lot longer and their charging case now supports wireless Qi charging. The Jabra Elite Active 65t feel more durable and have a better IP65 rating for sports, but if you prefer something more comfortable for more casual use, then the Galaxy Buds are a great choice.

    See our review

  2. More Customizable Alternative For Sports: Jaybird Tarah Pro Wireless

    Type : In-ear
    Enclosure : Closed-Back
    Wireless : Yes
    Noise-Cancelling : No
    Mic : Yes
    Transducer : Dynamic

    If you do a lot of sports or fitness activities and are looking for even more customizable earbuds, then go for the Jaybird Tarah Pro. They’re not truly wireless like the Samsung Galaxy Buds, but they’re even more customizable thanks to the parametric EQ and community presets provided in the Jaybird MySound app. They’re rated IPX7 for waterproofing and have a very stable fit that’s ready to handle your toughest workouts.

    On the downside, they use a proprietary charging cradle that can be a bit inconvenient. If you prefer charging your headphones with a regular micro-USB cable, consider the JBL Reflect Mini 2. They sound decent and have great passive isolation but aren’t customizable like the Jaybird.

    See our review

  3. Noise Cancelling Alternative: Jabra Elite 65e Wireless

    Type : Earbuds
    Enclosure : Closed-Back
    Wireless : Yes
    Noise-Cancelling : Yes
    Mic : Yes
    Transducer : Dynamic

    If you’re looking for earbuds that can help block out some of the disruptive noises of your day-to-day life, then get the Jabra Elite 65e. They’re well-made noise cancelling earbuds with a durable neckband design and comfortable fit. They’re rather flexible too, so they’re easier to carry around in your pocket than other neckband-style headphones.

    Unfortunately, they 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+.

    See our review

  4. Best Mid-Range Wireless Earbuds For Android: Anker SoundCore Liberty Air Truly Wireless

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.2

    Test Benches:

    • 1.2: Winter 2018
    • 1.1: Summer 2017
    • 1.0: Winter 2017
    • 0.9: Winter 2016
    7.1
    Mixed Usage
    What it is: This is the combination of the different use cases to evaluate how versatile the headphones are. Therefore an everyday headphone should be well-rounded enough to adapt to most situations and environments without significant losses in sound quality, design ergonomics or isolation.
    Score components:
    7.3
    Critical Listening
    What it is: The level of audio fidelity a headphone can reproduce. Therefore a balanced and true representation of bass, mids, treble, soundstage and imaging, as well as a comfortable listening experience, is essential for critical listening.
    Score components:
    7.5
    Commute/Travel
    What it is: How well the headphones handle the loud environments involved in commuting or traveling. Therefore your listening experience should be comfortable, hassle-free and as isolated from noise as possible.
    Score components:
    8.1
    Sports/Fitness
    What it is: How well-adapted the headphones are, to use while doing sports or strenuous exercise. Therefore the headphones should not be too cumbersome and deliver a stable and comfortable listening experience.
    Score components:
    7.4
    Office
    What it is: How well the headphones can deliver a comfortable and isolated listening experience in an office-like environment. They should not leak much and should block the noise of a busy office.
    Score components:
    5.6
    TV
    Score components:
    4.6
    Gaming
    Score components:
    Type : In-ear
    Enclosure : Closed-Back
    Wireless : Truly Wireless
    Noise-Cancelling : No
    Mic : Yes
    Transducer : Dynamic

    If you’re looking for well-designed in-ears that are less expensive than the Samsung Galaxy Buds, get the Anker SoundCore Liberty Air. They don’t have as many features as the Galaxy Buds or the Jaybird Tarah Pro and they’re not noise cancelling like the Jabra Elite 65e, but they have a solid performance-to-price ratio and are versatile enough for most uses.

    They 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 also have great passive isolation, which makes them a good choice for commuters.

    Unfortunately, they have very high latency like the Samsung Galaxy Buds. They also only have a 4-hour battery life, but their charging case can keep them powered for an estimated 12 more hours. That said, their ultra-portable design, well-balanced sound, and impressive isolation make them a solid choice for most uses, especially for their price.

    See our review

  5. Best Budget Wireless Earbuds For Samsung Users: Samsung U Flex Wireless

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.2

    Test Benches:

    • 1.2: Winter 2018
    • 1.1: Summer 2017
    • 1.0: Winter 2017
    • 0.9: Winter 2016
    6.8
    Mixed Usage
    What it is: This is the combination of the different use cases to evaluate how versatile the headphones are. Therefore an everyday headphone should be well-rounded enough to adapt to most situations and environments without significant losses in sound quality, design ergonomics or isolation.
    Score components:
    6.7
    Critical Listening
    What it is: The level of audio fidelity a headphone can reproduce. Therefore a balanced and true representation of bass, mids, treble, soundstage and imaging, as well as a comfortable listening experience, is essential for critical listening.
    Score components:
    6.9
    Commute/Travel
    What it is: How well the headphones handle the loud environments involved in commuting or traveling. Therefore your listening experience should be comfortable, hassle-free and as isolated from noise as possible.
    Score components:
    7.6
    Sports/Fitness
    What it is: How well-adapted the headphones are, to use while doing sports or strenuous exercise. Therefore the headphones should not be too cumbersome and deliver a stable and comfortable listening experience.
    Score components:
    6.9
    Office
    What it is: How well the headphones can deliver a comfortable and isolated listening experience in an office-like environment. They should not leak much and should block the noise of a busy office.
    Score components:
    5.7
    TV
    Score components:
    5.7
    Gaming
    Score components:
    Type : In-ear
    Enclosure : Closed-Back
    Wireless : Yes
    Noise-Cancelling : No
    Mic : Yes
    Transducer : Dynamic

    If you specifically have a Samsung device, then the best earbuds for Android in the budget category you can get are the Samsung U Flex. They don’t sound as good as the Anker SoundCore Liberty Air, but they’re surprisingly well-built for their price. They have a flexible neckband design that’s easy-to-use and magnetic earbuds for easier cable management.

    If you have a Samsung device, you’ll find a wealth of customization options for these earbuds. The Samsung Level app provides a 5-band EQ with presets, room effects, volume monitors, and a music playback timer for a highly customizable experience. They have a good 11.5-hour battery life and can even provide audio while charging, which is rare for wireless earbuds.

    While they are decent headphones on their own, they feel rather lackluster when they’re not paired to a Samsung device. Thankfully, they support multi-device pairing, so you can benefit from the app on a Samsung phone while remaining paired to another device.

    See our review

  6. Even Cheaper Alternative: Anker SoundBuds Curve Wireless

    Type : In-ear
    Enclosure : Closed-Back
    Wireless : Yes
    Noise-Cancelling : No
    Mic : Yes
    Transducer : Dynamic

    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, but they still offer great performance for their low price. They have a stable ear-hook design for sports and come with multiple fit options for optimal comfort. They also support the aptX codec for slightly better latency with certain Android devices.

    Unfortunately, they don’t isolate much noise. They’re also not the best-built headphones we’ve tested, but that shouldn’t come at too much of a surprise considering how little they cost. Overall, their satisfying bass-rich sound and comfortable design make them easy to recommend.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Bose QuietControl 30/QC30 Wireless: A noise cancelling around the neck variant of the Bose earbud design. Good sound and better noise cancelling but slightly pricey, and no special features on Android or iOS. See our review
  • Sony WI-1000X Wireless: Premium noise cancelling in-ears with a well-built neckband design and lots of customization options, but not as comfortable as earbud options. See our review
  • Jabra Elite Active 65t Truly Wireless: Durable truly wireless in-ear headphones with a sports-oriented design but less comfortable than the Samsung Galaxy Buds. See our review
  • Bose SoundSport Wireless: Comfortable earbuds with a good wireless range. One of the best sounding wireless earbuds, but inconsistent durability and slightly bulky design. See our review
  • B&O PLAY Beoplay E8 2.0 Truly Wireless 2019: A premium, truly wireless design that works great on Android and iOS. Slightly expensive and not as good a value for most, compared to the Gear IconX or the Jabra Elite Active 65t. See our review
  • Jabra Elite 45e Wireless: Portable wireless in-ear headphones that are passable for most uses, but outperformed by the Jabra Elite 65e. See our review
  • Jaybird Freedom F5 Wireless 2016: Decent wireless in-ears with great passive noise isolation, but the Samsung U Flex have more customization options. See our review
  • JBL Reflect Mini 2 Wireless: Great sports-oriented in-ears similar to Jaybird Tarah Pro in design, but not customizable. See our review
  • AKG N200 Wireless: In-ear headphones that are easy to use and have a very well-balanced sound, but aren’t customizable. See our review
  • JBL E25BT Wireless: A very budget wireless in-ear with a decent sound and overall performance. Mediocre at best build quality. See our review
  • AUKEY Latitude Wireless: Budget wireless in-ears with great passive isolation, but not the most comfortable fit. See our review

All Reviews

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.

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