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. Some earbuds are specifically made for Android, which come with lots of great customization features you can tweak on your smartphone.
We've tested over 350 headphones and below are our recommendations of the best wireless 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.
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, they also don’t have any onboard storage like the Samsung Gear IconX, but their battery lasts a lot longer and you can charge them wirelessly. However, they don’t support aptX, which is a bit disappointing for wireless earbuds designed for use with Android. The AKG N200 have less wireless latency and also support aptX with lower latency, but their more traditional wireless design and lack of customizability make the Samsung a more feature-packed choice.
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, but they’re surprisingly well-built and provide very good value for their price. If you have a Samsung device, you’ll gain access to 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.
The best sports earbuds for Android that we’ve tested so far are the Jaybird Tarah Pro. They’re rated IPX7 for waterproofing and have a very stable fit that’s ready to handle your toughest workouts. They feel like durable, well-built headphones with a sturdy braided cable and good in-line controls that are easy-to-use. They’re also fairly versatile thanks to their swiveling earbuds, which let you wear them in different positions to better suit your preferences.
These earbuds sound decent when you first turn them on, but they’re also very customizable thanks to their compatibility with the Jaybird MySound app, which is available for Android. You gain access to a great parametric EQ so you can tweak the way they sound to better match your preferences, and even add your EQ presets to an online community which you can share with your friends, which is neat.
On the downside, these headphones 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.
The best travel earbuds for Android that we’ve tested so far are the Jabra Elite Active 65t. They’re very well-built truly wireless earbuds that can isolate a lot of noise passively, which makes them a very good choice if you’re looking to bring a touch of peace and quiet to your daily commute.
These earbuds have a fairly well-balanced sound profile that lends itself well to a wide variety of genres and can also be customized with the Jabra Sound+, so whether you like to listen to classical or dubstep, they have you covered. Their 5-hour battery life might not last you a full international flight, but they’ll start recharging as soon as you place them back in your case, so if you take breaks every now and then, they can last you all day.
Unfortunately, these earbuds have a fairly bulky earbud design that some find a bit fatiguing to wear over time. It helps isolate noise, but those with small ears tend to find these earbuds rather uncomfortable. The Anker SoundCore Liberty Air isolate just as much noise but have a more comfortable in-ear design that some may prefer. They’re not customizable, though, so those who like to be able to adjust their earbuds with their phone will prefer the additional features provided by the Jabra Elite Active 65t.
If you prefer wireless earbuds you can keep around your neck for easy access throughout the day, consider the Sony WI-1000X Wireless; they’re among the best neckband headphones we’ve tested so far. They support aptX for lower wireless latency and are compatible with Sony’s great companion app, Headphones Connect. You get access to lots of features like a graphic EQ, room and sound positioning effects, codec options, and customizable ANC.
Unfortunately, their latency performance is still quite poor, even with aptX. You might notice a delay between what you see and what you hear with these headphones, which can be disappointing if you like to watch movies or play mobile games while you travel. That said, some devices and apps seem to provide some form of latency compensation, so you may not notice much latency after all.
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.