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 510 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 Samsung Galaxy Buds+ are the best wireless earbuds for Android that we've tested. These lightweight truly wireless in-ears are sleek and comfortable enough to wear for long listening sessions. They provide over 13 hours of continuous playback time, and there's an additional charge in the case if you need it, which is handy in a pinch.
They have an accurate and well-balanced sound profile, which is great for most types of audio genres, and even if you prefer a different sound, their companion app comes with some EQ presets so you can easily find a sound that better suits you. Due to their in-ear fit, they also don't leak too much sound, which is great if you're wearing them at the office or during your daily commute. They also feel very stable in the ear, making them well-suited for running, and they even have an IPX2 rating for water resistance, although we don't currently test this.
Unfortunately, they have finicky touch-sensitive controls, which make it easy to accidentally push the wrong button. These touch controls can also be difficult to use when wearing gloves, especially if you live in a colder climate. That said, they're versatile headphones that deliver a well-balanced listening experience most users can enjoy and are even among the best earbuds and in-ears we've tested.
The Amazon Echo Buds are the best earbuds for Android for traveling that we've tested. These small and portable in-ears have an excellent ANC feature that helps to cut down the rumble of bus and plane engines as well as the ambient chatter of other passengers around you. They're decently comfortable, so you're able to wear them for extended periods while commuting or traveling.
They have a decently well-balanced, but slightly bass-heavy sound profile right out-of-the-box. However, if you want a little more control over their sound, their companion app offers a basic 3-band graphic EQ. Their app also allows you to adjust the level of passthrough, which can be handy if you need to hear whatever is going on around you. The control scheme can also be customized to your liking via the app. If you're always on-the-move, they have a very stable fit as well, and they come with three differently-sized stability fin sleeves, so you don't need to worry about them falling out.
Unfortunately, Their battery life lasts a bit over five hours on just a single charge, which may not be enough for long plane rides. However, if that's not long enough for your commute or trip, they automatically pause when you remove them from your ears to conserve power, and their hard carrying case provides five additional charges. Their touch-sensitive controls can also be a bit tricky to use, and they don't have volume controls, which is a little disappointing. Still, if you commute or travel a lot, these earbuds offer a balanced sound and an excellent ANC feature.
The Jaybird Tarah Pro are the best wireless earbuds for Android for sports that we've tested. Thanks to the braided cable that connects both earbuds, these Bluetooth headphones can easily be worn around your neck when not in use. They have a great build quality too, and they're rated IPX7 for water resistance, although we don't currently test for it.
Out-of-the-box, they have a fairly well-balanced sound profile that delivers a touch of extra bass to help keep you pumped up while you work out. The Jaybird MySound companion app offers more sound customization through their parametric EQ and presets if you prefer a different sound, though. They also have a very stable fit since they come with three ear tips and are designed with a 'Switch Fit' feature, which allows you to rotate the earbud to find your best fit. Since they have an in-line remote, you can easily control functions like call or music management on-the-move too.
Unfortunately, they use a proprietary charging cable to recharge their battery, which can be a little frustrating if you lose it or forget it at home. However, they last over 13 hours on a single charge, and they have an auto-off timer if the magnetic buds are connected, which helps to conserve battery life. If you love to work out, these wireless headphones are a great option, and they're even among the best wireless earbuds for running and working out that we've tested.
The Anker SoundBuds Curve Upgraded 2019 are the best earbuds for Android in the budget category that we've tested. These decently well-built wireless in-ears provide excellent value without sacrificing performance for price. They're also among the best wireless Bluetooth headphones that we've tested.
While they have a bass-heavy and excited sound profile, they're still suited for a variety of audio genres. They're comfortable enough for long listening sessions, and they come with several tip sizes and stability fins so that you get the best fit possible. Although they're not the best choice if you're looking for noise isolation against bus or plane engines, thanks to their in-ear design, they help to cut down a bit of mid-range noise like office chatter. They also have an exceptionally long 18.5-hour battery life, which is great for long work days.
Unfortunately, they have a somewhat thin cable that connects their left and right driver, which feels fragile and could easily break. They also don't have a companion app, so you won't be able to really customize them, but that's to be expected from budget headphones. That said, even though they're light on features, they deliver a thumpy sound at an affordable price point.
If you prefer the freedom of a pair of truly wireless headphones at an equally affordable price, consider the Mpow X3. Their 5.3-hour continuous battery life isn't nearly as long as that of the Anker SoundBuds Curve Upgraded 2019, and they don't block out as much ambient sound despite having an ANC system, but they have a better-balanced sound profile and a sturdier build. The Mpow's latency on Android devices is decent, though apps will compensate for this kind of lag differently, so your real-world experience may vary. Their case holds an additional 3.5 full charges, so if you pop them back in their case now and then, they should have no trouble lasting you throughout your 9 to 5. They're also quite comfortable and stable enough to stay in your ears during strenuous workouts.
Get the Anker if you want a longer continuous runtime and better noise isolation performance, but take a look at the Mpow if you prefer a more portable design and a slightly more neutral listening experience.
10/09/2020: Added the Samsung Galaxy Buds Live to 'Notable Mentions'. Slight changes to the text for accuracy and clarity.
09/11/2020: Removed Samsung U Flex Wireless and replaced it with Mpow X3.
08/12/2020: 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.
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 for Android. 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.