There are lots of great wireless earbuds made specifically for iPhone, but what about 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 like the way they sound, there are some neat Android features that are worth looking for. Most Android devices support aptX for lower Bluetooth latency and are compatible with dedicated companion apps that often provide sound customization options.
We've tested nearly 400 headphones and below are our recommendations of the best wireless earbuds for Android to purchase in 2019.
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. They perform quite well overall and are among the best truly wireless earbuds we’ve reviewed so far.
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, their default latency is quite bad. While some apps and devices seem to help compensate for latency a bit, it's still a bit disappointing that flagship wireless earbuds designed for use with Android don't feature aptX. The AKG N200 Wireless do support aptX for lower Bluetooth latency, but they're not customizable like the Samsung, which are a more feature-packed option thanks to their app and truly wireless design.
If you specifically have a Samsung device and are looking for decent customizable earbuds at a lower price point, then get the Samsung U Flex Wireless. Their neckband design makes them less portable than the Samsung Galaxy Buds Truly Wireless, but they’re surprisingly well-built and provide very good value for their price. Their app gives you access to tons of customization options, like a 5-band EQ with presets, room effects, volume monitors, and a music playback timer for a highly customizable experience, but only on Samsung. Thankfully, they support multi-device pairing, so you can benefit from the app on a Samsung phone while remaining paired to another device.
Get the Galaxy Buds if you prefer the more compact form factor of truly wireless earbuds and would rather they be customizable with different kinds of Android devices, but if you're set on Samsung and like always having your music at arm's reach, then get the U Flex.
The best wireless travel earbuds for Android we've tested so far are the Sony WI-1000X Wireless. They have a neckband design that keeps your music at arm's reach when you're on-the-go and feel durable enough to handle the hustle and bustle of a busy day travelling. They're fairly comfortable, easy-to-use, and are packed to the brim with neat features that can help make your travels a little more enjoyable, like active noise cancelling and a great customizable Android app.
These wireless earbuds sound decent out-of-the-box but shine when paired with the Sony | Headphones Connect app, which gives you access to a good graphic EQ along with various room effects. Their noise cancelling feature is quite good, managing to isolate disruptive noises in the bass range like the low thump and rumble of bus or plane engines quite well. They also support a number of different Bluetooth audio codecs, including aptX, feature NFC for easier pairing, and they can even be paired to two devices at the same time.
While they take quite a while to charge, they can also be used passively with their provided audio cable when their battery is dead. This is an extremely rare feature for wireless earbuds and can be very helpful while travelling, especially if you run out of battery and aren't near a charger. Some people may find their neckband design a bit cumbersome, especially since these earbuds don't come with the best carrying case, but considering all the helpful features they have, they're still a very good option for travel, and one of the best wireless earbuds for Android phones.
If you prefer the more compact form factor of truly wireless earbuds, then get the Jabra Elite Active 65t. They don't have active noise cancelling like the Sony WI-1000X Wireless, but they're easier to fit in your pockets when you're on-the-go. They isolate a surprising amount of noise passively and even have a talk-through feature that you can toggle in their companion app or directly on the earbuds to help you better hear your surroundings when needed. Unfortunately, those with small ears tend to find them a bit uncomfortable. The Anker SoundCore Liberty Air Truly Wireless isolate just as much noise with a more comfortable fit design but aren't customizable.
Get the Sony if you'd rather have more feature-packed earbuds in a neckband design, but if you prefer the portability of truly wireless earbuds, you'll want to go for the Jabra.
The best cheap wireless earbuds for Android that we’ve tested so far are the Anker SoundBuds Curve. They have a stable yet comfortable ear-hook design and come with multiple earbud tip options to help you find the perfect fit. They also support the aptX codec for better latency performance with certain Android devices and even come with a nice hard carrying case, which is quite impressive considering their low price point.
These wireless earbuds have great thumping bass that delivers a solid punch without totally overwhelming vocals and lead instruments. They’re versatile for a decent range of music genres and their comfortable fit, combined with their good 13-hour battery life, ensures you’ll be able to keep listening all day.
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 very easy to recommend.
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.
10/24/2019: Verified text for accuracy and updated pick selections to reflect the Sony WI-1000X as "Best Travel".