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.
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.
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.
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+.
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.
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.
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.
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.