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 570 pairs of headphones, and below are our recommendations for 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 truly wireless in-ears have a compact, comfortable fit and do a great job of staying in place, so they shouldn't fall out even during intense workout sessions. Their Galaxy Wearable app also allows you to remap some of their controls or switch between six different EQ presets.
These in-ears feel quite sturdily built and supply over 13 hours of continuous playback time on a single charge, which should be more than enough for a full day of use. Their sturdy charging case supplies roughly one extra charge, and they have a standby mode that helps conserve power when they're not in use. Out-of-the-box, they have a very well-balanced sound profile, which makes them a good fit for a variety of musical genres.
Unfortunately, it's easy to make an accidental input on their touch-sensitive control scheme, and it can be hard to use if you live in a colder climate and need to wear gloves. They also do a terrible job of filtering out the low rumble of bus and plane engines, which could be annoying during your commute. Otherwise, their compact, sturdy built, long battery life, and well-balanced sound profile help make them some of the best true wireless earbuds that we've tested.
If you like to tweak and customize your headphones' sound profile to your liking, try the JBL CLUB PRO+ TWS. While their latency on Android devices is higher than the Samsung Galaxy Buds+ Truly Wireless, their companion app offers a parametric EQ as well as presets that allow you to finetune their sound. They have a fairly neutral sound profile right out-of-the-box, which makes them suitable for a variety of audio content. Their active noise cancelling (ANC) feature also does a good overall job of reducing ambient sound around you. They have a continuous battery life of over seven hours, and there are three additional charges in the case, which is handy when you're on-the-go.
Consider the Samsung if you're looking for more neutral-sounding earbuds out-of-the-box and lower Android latency. However, if you prefer having an ANC to help cut down background noise, or if you like to really customize your headphones to better-suit your audio, try the JBL.
The best wireless travel earbuds for android that we've tested are the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds. These premium truly wireless earbuds have a highly effective ANC system that allows them to filter out ambient noise to an impressive degree, including the low rumble of bus and plane engines as well as the chatter of fellow commuters. You can also use their companion app to adjust the potency of their ANC system in greater detail.
These earbuds feel very well-made, with a dense, high-grade plastic construction that's rated IPX4 for water resistance, though we don't currently test for that. Their stability fins also help keep them in place, even during intense workout sessions. They also have a well-balanced sound profile that should suit a wide variety of audio content. Their integrated mic does an amazing job of isolating your voice from loud background noise, which is good if you want to make a call on your commute. Their latency on Android devices is also low enough to watch movies or videos without significant disruption, though apps and devices compensate differently for this.
Unfortunately, these in-ears lack any sort of sound customization features like an EQ or audio presets, which is somewhat annoying for earphones at this price point. They also stick quite a ways out from your ear and could get in the way if you're wearing a hat. Otherwise, their great noise isolation capability and sturdy construction make them a great fit for commuting.
If you're looking for in-ear headphones with a more comfortable fit that are similarly well-suited for travel, consider the Jabra Elite 85t Truly Wireless. Their ANC feature isn't as effective as that of the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds Truly Wireless, but they're less fatiguing to wear for extended periods. They also have a broader range of sound customization features, with a graphic EQ that you can use to adjust their default audio reproduction via their companion app. They also look and feel quite premium, with a high-grade plastic construction that's rated IPX4 for water resistance, though we don't currently test for that. Their roughly 6.5-hour battery life is shorter than that of the Bose, but their case supplies enough power for a longer overall runtime. They also support multi-device pairing, allowing you to connect with your computer and your phone simultaneously.
Get the Bose if you want a more effective noise cancelling feature and a longer continuous battery life, but consider the Jabra if you prioritize a more comfortable fit and a more customizable audio reproduction.
The best wireless sports earbuds for Android are the Bose Sport Earbuds. These sleek in-ears are among the best wireless earbuds for running and working out, as they have a comfortable and very stable fit, thanks to their stability fins. They're also rated IPX4 for water resistance, although we don't currently test for this.
They have a balanced and somewhat warm sound profile that's suitable for most audio content. Their mid-range is especially neutral, so vocals and lead instruments sound clear and present, which is good if you like to listen to podcasts while you move. If you like to run outdoors, they can help you stay aware of your surroundings as they don't block out most noise around you. Their small size makes them very portable, and they feel durable enough to survive an accidental drop or two without too much of a problem.
However, they lack low-bass, which users of more thumpy genres like EDM and hip-hop may find a little disappointing. They also have limited controls and lack a volume level. Their 4.3-hour continuous battery life is fairly short, and they only have around two additional charges in their carrying case. On the upside, they recharge in just over an hour and have an auto-off timer to help conserve battery life when not in use.
The best budget wireless earbuds for Android that we've tested are the FIIL T1X. These truly wireless in-ears have compact, sturdy plastic construction that's rated IP65 for dust and water resistance, though we don't currently test for that. They should also be comfortable enough to wear for extended listening sessions and do a great job of staying firmly in place even when you move around vigorously.
Out-of-the-box, they have a well-balanced sound profile with a bit of added bass, which should emphasize the thump and rumble of EDM and hip-hop music without totally overwhelming vocals or lead instruments. That said, if you don't like the way they sound out-of-the-box, their companion app features 15 different EQ presets for you to choose from. Their near seven-hour continuous battery life should also be enough to last you throughout a day at work, though they have an auto-off timer that helps conserve power when not in use, as well as a case that supplies roughly three additional full charges.
Unfortunately, their touch-sensitive control scheme can take some time to get used to. Their latency on most devices is also somewhat high, which could be noticeable if you're wearing them while watching videos online. Otherwise, if you're looking for versatile truly wireless headphones for a budget-friendly price, these are a good option.
If you're looking for budget-friendly wireless earbuds with lower Bluetooth latency, consider the Beats Flex. These basic wireless earphones don't have any sound customization features like the FIIL T1X True Wireless and have a slightly less stable fit, but they have lower latency on Android devices, which is good if you plan on watching videos while wearing them. Their continuous battery life of roughly 11 hours is longer than the FIIL, though they don't have a charging case that can supply additional power. Their sound profile is quite versatile and should suit a mix of genres, though their slightly exaggerated bass response is a good fit for EDM and hip-hop music. Unfortunately, while their companion app is available on Android devices, it's quite bare-bones and doesn't allow for much in the way of adjustment, except for toggling the auto-pause function that pauses or plays media when you pull the buds from your ears or put them back in.
Get the FIIL if you want a more customizable listening experience, but take a look at the Beats if you value low audio latency and longer continuous battery life.
Apr 01, 2021: Replaced Amazon Echo Buds Truly Wireless with Bose QuietComfort Earbuds Truly Wireless as 'Best Wireless Travel Earbuds For Android' due to significantly lower measured Bluetooth latency on Android devices. Added Jabra Elite 85t Truly Wireless to main picks as 'More Comfortable Alternative' to the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds Truly Wireless. Removed Bose QuietComfort Earbuds Truly Wireless and Jabra Elite 85t Truly Wireless from Notable Mentions, added Amazon Echo Buds Truly Wireless to Notable Mentions.
Mar 04, 2021: Replaced Anker SoundBuds Curve Upgraded 2019 with FIIL T1X True Wireless due to current availability. Replaced 'Truly Wireless Alternative' category with 'Alternative With Lower Latency' category; added Beats Flex Wireless to main picks. Added Anker SoundBuds Curve Upgraded 2019 to Notable Mentions.
Feb 09, 2021: Added the JBL CLUB PRO+ TWS as 'Alternative With A Parametric EQ' and replaced the Jaybird Tarah Pro with the Bose Sport Earbuds. Also replaced the Mpow X3 with the FIIL T1X as the FIIL offer better value for most users.
Jan 08, 2021: Updated Notable Mentions. Minor updates to the text; no changes to product picks.
Dec 04, 2020: Added the FIIL T1X True Wireless to Notable Mentions.
Nov 06, 2020: Removed the Bose SoundSport Free and the Bose QuietControl 30 from Notable Mentions to reflect changing availability.
Oct 09, 2020: Added the Samsung Galaxy Buds Live to Notable Mentions.
Sep 11, 2020: Removed Samsung U Flex Wireless and replaced it with Mpow X3.
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.