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The 5 Best Wireless Earbuds For Android - Fall 2019
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Best Wireless Earbuds For Android
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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.


  1. Best Wireless Earbuds For Android: Samsung Galaxy Buds Truly Wireless

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.2
    7.1
    Mixed Usage
    7.2
    Critical Listening
    7.5
    Commute/Travel
    8.2
    Sports/Fitness
    7.4
    Office
    5.6
    TV
    4.8
    Gaming
    Type : In-ear
    Enclosure : Closed-Back
    Wireless : Truly Wireless
    Noise-Cancelling : No
    Mic : Yes
    Transducer : Dynamic

    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.

    See our review

  2. Cheap Alternative For Samsung Devices: Samsung U Flex Wireless

    Type : In-ear
    Enclosure : Closed-Back
    Wireless : Yes
    Noise-Cancelling : No
    Mic : Yes
    Transducer : Dynamic

    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.

    See our review

  3. Best Wireless Travel Earbuds For Android: Jabra Elite Active 65t Truly Wireless

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.2
    7.0
    Mixed Usage
    7.0
    Critical Listening
    7.6
    Commute/Travel
    8.0
    Sports/Fitness
    7.2
    Office
    5.5
    TV
    5.0
    Gaming
    Type : In-ear
    Enclosure : Closed-Back
    Wireless : Truly Wireless
    Noise-Cancelling : No
    Mic : Yes
    Transducer : Dynamic

    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.

    See our review

  4. Neckband Wireless Alternative With ANC: Sony WI-1000X Wireless

    Type : In-ear
    Enclosure : Closed-Back
    Wireless : Yes
    Noise-Cancelling : Yes
    Mic : Yes
    Transducer : Balanced Armature

    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.

    See our review

  5. Best Budget Wireless Earbuds For Android: Anker SoundBuds Curve Wireless

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.2
    6.8
    Mixed Usage
    6.9
    Critical Listening
    7.0
    Commute/Travel
    7.9
    Sports/Fitness
    6.9
    Office
    5.6
    TV
    5.4
    Gaming
    Type : In-ear
    Enclosure : Closed-Back
    Wireless : Yes
    Noise-Cancelling : No
    Mic : Yes
    Transducer : Dynamic

    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.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Bose QuietControl 30/QC30 Wireless: A noise cancelling around the neck variant of the Bose earbud design. Good sound and better noise cancelling but slightly pricey, and no special features on Android or iOS. See our review
  • Jabra Elite 65e Wireless: Well-built noise cancelling earbuds that have a decent microphone and customizable sound but don’t support aptX like the Sony WI-1000X. See our review
  • Anker SoundCore Liberty Air Truly Wireless: Truly wireless in-ears with great audio reproduction and a fairly comfortable fit that isolates a good amount of noise, but aren't customizable. See our review
  • Bose SoundSport Wireless: Comfortable earbuds with a good wireless range. One of the best sounding wireless earbuds, but inconsistent durability and slightly bulky design. See our review
  • B&O PLAY Beoplay E8 2.0 Truly Wireless 2019: A premium, truly wireless design that works great on Android and iOS. Slightly expensive and not as good a value for most, compared to the Gear IconX or the Jabra Elite Active 65t. See our review
  • Jabra Elite 45e Wireless: Portable wireless in-ear headphones that are passable for most uses, but outperformed by the Jabra Elite 65e. See our review
  • Jaybird Freedom F5 Wireless 2016: Decent wireless in-ears with great passive noise isolation, but the Samsung U Flex have more customization options. See our review
  • AKG N200 Wireless: In-ear headphones that are easy to use and have a very well-balanced sound, but aren’t customizable. See our review
  • AUKEY Latitude Wireless: Budget wireless in-ears with great passive isolation, but not the most comfortable fit. See our review

All Reviews

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.

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