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 400 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+. These truly wireless in-ears are very lightweight and comfortable and are among the best wireless Bluetooth earbuds we've reviewed to date. They look and feel very premium and well-built, and come in a decent variety of colors to match your own tastes. Their battery life is outstanding, and they have the best battery life we've ever seen in a pair of truly wireless headphones at nearly 13.5 hours off a single charge, so you can easily get through an entire work day and even take them with you to the gym before going home.
Their out-of-the-box sound profile is extremely accurate and well-balanced, making them a great choice for a very wide range of content and genres from rock to podcasts. If you prefer a more energized or bass-heavy sound profile, their companion app includes five different EQ presets, so you can match them to your preferences. Unlike previous versions, their app now works on iOS as well as Android, which is great if you're a fan of both operating systems.
Unfortunately, while their single-charge battery life is outstanding, their case only gives you one additional charge, so you may have to plug the case in more often than with some other options. That being said, the case supports wireless charging, so you can easily keep it topped up by simply tossing it on any Qi-enabled charging pad. Their touch-sensitive controls are also a bit disappointing, as it's easy to accidentally trigger a command when taking them in or out.
The best earbuds for Android we've tested for travel are the Amazon Echo Buds. These truly wireless in-ears pack in a surprising amount of features considering their relatively low price, including active noise cancelling (ANC), a graphic EQ, and audio passthrough. They come with three sizes of tips and stability fins to help you find a secure and comfortable fit, and their touch-sensitive controls are customizable through the app, which is nice.
The sound profile is quite well-balanced, making them well-suited for a wide variety of genres and content, from hip-hop to podcasts. If you don't like the way they sound, you can easily change it via a graphic EQ in the Amazon Alexa app. The ANC feature works surprisingly well considering their price, and they do a good job at cancelling out the low engine rumble of bus or plane engines. Their 5.3-hour battery life is fairly standard for truly wireless headphones, though they may require a recharge from their case during longer flights, and some options, like the Jabra Elite Active 75t Truly Wireless, last a fair amount longer off a single charge.
Unfortunately, while the app gives you a good amount of customization options, these headphones rely heavily on it, which may bother people who like simpler user experiences and don't want to load more apps on their phones. Their latency is also very high, so you may notice some lag while gaming or watching videos, though apps seem to compensate for this differently so your experience will likely vary in real-life usage. Overall, these headphones will help give you some quiet on travel days and provide a lot of features for their price point.
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 U Flex.
05/29/2020: Updated text for accuracy and clarity; no changes to picks.
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.
10/24/2019: Updated pick selections to reflect the Sony WI-1000X as "Best Travel".
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.