While wireless Bluetooth earbuds will work with any compatible Bluetooth-enabled device, there are some advantages to getting headphones designed with your OS in mind. There are lots of great wireless earbuds made specifically for iPhone that give you benefits like easier pairing, but what are the best wireless headphones for Android? It's always important to get earbuds that you find comfortable and enjoyable to listen to, but there are some neat Android features that are worth looking for, like a compatible app or low latency.
We've tested over 450 pairs of headphones and below are our recommendations of the best wireless earbuds for Android phones. You can also check out our recommendations for the best wireless Bluetooth earbuds, 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+. Thanks to their very light weight, these truly wireless in-ears are quite comfortable, even for long listening sessions. Even without using the optional ear fins, they manage to maintain a very stable fit, so they shouldn’t pop out even when you’re doing strenuous exercise. That athletic cred is bolstered by an IPX2 rating for water protection, although that isn’t something we test for. An added perk is their outstanding 13-hour plus continuous battery life, which ensures consistent playback throughout your day without even having to throw them back in their case.
Their sound profile is extremely accurate across the entire audible range, ensuring a well-balanced listening experience regardless of what kind of music you like to listen to. However, if you’re the type to tweak and fiddle, you’ll be happy to note that their sound profile can be adjusted via presets in the Galaxy Wearable app. Their excellent leakage performance should allow you to listen to your music pretty loud without having to worry about disrupting people nearby.
On the downside, their case only carries one additional charge, which isn’t a huge problem considering their total battery life of over 26 hours is still among the best we’ve tested. More pressing is their finicky touch-sensitive controls, which can’t really be used if you’re wearing gloves or a winter hat: this obviously presents a bigger issue in colder climates. Still, these are a highly versatile pair of wireless earbuds that deliver a highly well-balanced listening experience in a compact, premium package.
The best earbuds for Android we've tested for travel are the Amazon Echo Buds. These premium truly wireless earbuds feel well-built and deliver a very stable fit, even without using the included stability fins. The dedicated Amazon Alexa app is pretty feature-dense, allowing you to remap their touch control scheme, adjust audio passthrough, and tailor their sound profile with a 3-band graphic EQ. Their case holds five charges and can provide 2 hours of playback in just 15 minutes.
Their sound profile is decently even overall, with a slightly overemphasized bass that should add a little zing to your favorite EDM and hip-hop tracks without overwhelming the vocals or instruments of other genres. They also shine in delivering an isolating listening experience. Not only do they have an ANC system that does a great job of blocking out noises across all frequencies, but they also leak next to no sound, so you can blast your music as loud as you want without having to worry about disrupting your coworkers or fellow commuters.
Unfortunately, they can't even be paired to your phone without the Amazon Alexa app, which might present a bit of a deterrent if you don't want to install any additional apps on your phone. Also, like other earbuds that feature a touch control scheme, they’re a little tricky to use in colder climates, as winter gloves and hats get in the way. With that said, these are a great choice for commuters thanks to their isolating listening experience and the huge array of customizable features.
The best wireless earbuds for Android for sports that we’ve tested so far are the Jaybird Tarah Pro. Unlike the first two options on this list, these Bluetooth earbuds have a cable that connects the two earbuds, making it easier to quickly take them out without having to stow them in a pocket. They feel very well-built, with a good quality braided cable, and are rated IPX7 for sweat and water resistance, though this isn't something we test for internally.
Their out-of-the-box sound profile is fairly well-balanced, which just a bit of extra bass that will help keep you motivated in the gym. If you want to fine-tune their sound reproduction, the great Jaybird MySound app gives you access to a fully parametric EQ, so you can perfectly match their sound to whatever you're listening to. Their stability fins work very well, and even during more strenuous workouts, they shouldn't fall out or move around.
They last nearly 13.5-hours off a single charge, which is great, but unfortunately, they use a proprietary charging cable to charge, which is a pain if you forget to bring it with you, or if you lose it completely. Overall, they're a great pair of wireless earbuds for taking to the gym or using on a run and are currently the best wireless earbuds for running and working out we've tested.
The best earbuds for Android in the budget category that we've tested so far are the Anker SoundBuds Curve Upgraded 2019. These wireless in-ears prove that you don't have to spend a ton to get a well-rounded pair of Bluetooth headphones, and they provide excellent value overall. They sport an ear-hook design that helps them stay securely in place, and they're surprisingly comfortable as they don't enter your ear canal too deeply.
Their 18.5-hour battery life is exceptional and is the longest we've tested to date on a pair of Bluetooth in-ears. They have an excited out-of-the-box sound profile that's well-suited to most popular genres, though they may not be the best choice for fans of classic rock or hip-hop. While they don't isolate background noise exceedingly well, they do a good job of blocking out chatty coworkers, making them a great choice to keep you concentrated in the office.
Unfortunately, their budget price point is reflected in their build quality, and they don't look or feel as premium as some more expensive options. While their earbuds themselves are made of good quality and dense plastic, the cable connecting them is quite thin and fragile feeling. They also don't have a dedicated companion app for any customization options, though this is fairly standard for budget headphones. Overall, they're surprisingly decent in-ears that are among the best headphones we've tested to date.
If you have a Samsung device and want to be able to customize your headphones, get the Samsung U Flex. They aren't as comfortable as the Anker SoundBuds Curve Upgraded 2019 and their battery doesn't last nearly as long, but they offer EQ settings on Samsung devices and have great controls on the headphones themselves. These headphones feature a neckband design that keeps your headphones at arms' reach, and their controls are easy-to-use. Unfortunately, their sound profile isn't very well balanced out-of-the-box, and while their app gives you access to a graphic EQ on Samsung phones or tablets, on all other Android devices it's practically useless and doesn't offer the same customization options.
If you don't own a Samsung device and want more comfortable headphones with exceptional battery life, go with the Anker. However, if you have a Samsung phone or tablet and want to be able to customize your sound profile, get the Samsung.
07/13/2020: Slight changes to the text for accuracy and clarity; no change in recommendations.
04/01/2020: Replaced Samsung Galaxy Buds with Samsung Galaxy Buds+.
03/02/2020: Updated "Best Travel" to feature the Amazon Echo Buds, added "Best Sports" category with Jaybird Tarah Pro.
01/31/2020: Replaced Anker SoundBuds Curve with Anker SoundBuds Curve Upgraded 2019.
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.