If you're an Apple user, it's likely that you're pretty cozy in the nice little ecosystem they've created. If you have an iPhone, iPad, Mac, or all of the above, you've likely looked into what Apple offers in terms of headphones. While they've released a few headphones, mainly under the Beats brand, they don't have a very wide selection to choose from, so not all recommendations on this list will utilize Apple's W1/H1 chip. While these chips allow headphones to pair to your many Apple devices much easier, it's unnecessary, and any Bluetooth headphones will work. While you don't need to go wireless for an iPhone, it's much easier as newer iPhones no longer have a headphone jack and require using dongles.
We've tested over 170 wireless in-ears and earbuds, below are our top recommendations for the best headphones for iPhone users to purchase. Make sure to check out our recommendations for the best wireless earbuds, the best earbuds with a mic, and the best truly wireless earbuds.
The best wireless earbuds for iPhone that we've tested are the Apple AirPods Pro. They have a very versatile overall performance, and their H1 chip makes it easy to pair them and maintain a good connection with Apple devices. These well-built in-ears have a comfortable and stable fit, and they come with a couple of different sizes of earbud tips to help you get the best possible fit.
They have a pretty neutral, balanced sound profile that makes them suitable for listening to lots of different types of audio content. Thanks to their ANC feature, they have excellent noise isolation, so you can enjoy your music free of distractions even if you're in a noisy office or on public transport. They don't leak a lot of noise, either, and escaping audio sounds quite thin, so you can crank up the volume on your favorite tunes without really bothering those around you.
Unfortunately, their integrated microphone has a disappointing recording quality, so they're just an okay choice for making phone calls. Also, they only last for a little over five hours off of a single charge, which may not be enough to last through your 9-5 workday. However, their portable charging case offers around five extra charges, which makes it easy to power up when you're on-the-go.
If you're looking for a more comfortable pair of wireless earbuds to use with your iPhone, consider the Apple AirPods 2 instead. While their sound profile isn't as balanced as the Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless, and they don't isolate against background noise as well, their one-size-fits-all design doesn't intrude as far into your ear, which some listeners may find more comfortable. These well-built headphones offer a fairly balanced but slightly bright sound profile. They struggle to reproduce a thumpy and punchy low-bass, though vocals and lead instruments are bright and sparkly. Like the Pro, they have a built-in H1 chip that's designed to help with pairing, connection strength, and latency with Apple devices. However, they have terrible noise isolation, which can be annoying if you work in a noisy office or listen to music during your commute.
If you want headphones with a more neutral sound profile and better noise isolation, check out the AirPods Pro. However, if you prefer a less intrusive in-ear fit, you may want to consider the AirPods 2 instead.
The best wireless sports earbuds for iPhone that we've tested are the Beats Powerbeats Pro. These in-ears feature a sturdy, lightweight plastic construction and a very stable fit, courtesy of their ear-hook design, which should keep them in place even during intense workout sessions. Their control scheme is also easy to use, so you shouldn't lose your rhythm if you want to adjust while you're out on a run.
They have a well-balanced sound profile that should suit whatever kind of content you listen to as you work out, whether that's EDM music or an audiobook. They also feature Apple's H1 chip, which allows them to pair quickly and seamlessly with iOS devices. While they don't block out that much ambient noise, that may be helpful if you're running outdoors and want to stay aware of your surroundings. Their continuous battery life of more than 11 hours is great and should last you marathon distances without issue.
Unfortunately, their iOS interface doesn't offer nearly as many customization options as a dedicated companion app, with no audio presets or an EQ to fine-tune your listening experience. Their IPX4 rating is also on the low end for sports headphones and is somewhat disappointing at this price point, though it should be mentioned that we don't test that feature. Still, thanks to their stable, comfortable fit, and versatile sound profile, they're among the best wireless earbuds for running and working out that we've tested.
If you're looking for headphones for working out but want to be able to customize how they sound, try the Jaybird Tarah Pro. They aren't as comfortable as the Beats Powerbeats Pro Truly Wireless and don't have ear hooks, but the Jaybird still have a very stable fit and work with a companion app that has a parametric EQ, so you can fine-tune their sound to your liking. You can also access sound profiles shared by other users and share your own. These headphones are portable, well-built, and even have an IPX7 rating for water resistance, although we don't test for it currently. Unfortunately, they don't come with a carrying case and don't have extra battery charges. They need to be recharged with a proprietary cable, which is a little inconvenient if it gets misplaced. Also, they aren't truly wireless since they have a cable that connects them.
If you prefer truly wireless earbuds or want something more comfortable, try the Beats, but if you like to be able to customize the sound of your headphones, you may prefer the Jaybird.
The best wireless earbuds for iPhone are the Beats Flex Wireless. These lightweight in-ears have a comfortable, stable fit and are available in a few different bright colors. They're equipped with a W1 chip for easy pairing with Apple devices, and have low latency with iOS, so you can use them to watch videos or play games on your iPhone.
They have a bass-heavy sound profile that brings a bit of extra thump and rumble to your music, making them especially suitable for fans of genres like EDM and hip-hop. While they don't have an ANC feature, they do a decent job of passively blocking ambient noise like background chatter. They feel well-built enough to withstand some minor drops and bumps without much damage, and while their total battery life of 11 hours is just okay, they recharge in less than an hour and a half, which is quick.
Unfortunately, their companion app doesn't offer any way to customize their sound, like with an EQ or presets. Also, they aren't very good at blocking out bass-range noise like a rumbling bus or plane engine. That said, if you're looking for a pair of straightforward in-ears and like a bass-rich sound, they're a solid option.
Mar 31, 2021: Replaced the Anker SoundBuds Curve Upgraded 2019 with the Beats Flex Wireless as the 'Best Budget Wireless Earbuds For iPhone' because the Anker aren't easy to find in stock online. Added the Bose Sport Open Earbuds Truly Wireless to Notable Mentions and checked the rest of the picks to make sure the best products are being recommended and that they're available.
Feb 04, 2021: Removed the Bose QuietControl 30/QC30 Wireless and the Mpow Flame Pro Truly Wireless from Notable Mentions due to changing availability. Minor updates to the text; no changes in product picks after verifying their accuracy and availability.
Dec 04, 2020: Added the JLab Audio JBuds Air ANC Truly Wireless to 'Notable Mentions'. Minor changes to the text for accuracy and clarity.
Oct 06, 2020: Minor changes to the text for accuracy and clarity; no change in product recommendations.
Jun 10, 2020: Replaced Beats Powerbeats3 Wireless with Beats Powerbeats 4 Wireless in Notable Mentions.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best wireless headphones for iPhone for most people to buy. 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 and 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.