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The 5 Best Wireless Earbuds For iPhone - Spring 2020
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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, a 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 not necessary, and any Bluetooth headphones will also 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 nearly 120 wireless in-ears and earbuds and below are our top recommendations for the best headphones for iPhone users to purchase. See also our recommendations for the best wireless earbuds, the best earbuds with a mic, and the best truly wireless earbuds.


  1. Best Wireless Earbuds For iPhone: Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless

    7.5
    Mixed Usage
    7.3
    Neutral Sound
    8.1
    Commute/Travel
    8.4
    Sports/Fitness
    7.2
    Office
    5.7
    Wireless Gaming
    5.5
    Wired Gaming
    6.5
    Phone Calls
    Type In-ear
    Enclosure Closed-Back
    Wireless Truly Wireless
    Noise Cancelling Yes
    Mic Yes
    Transducer Dynamic

    The best wireless earbuds for iPhone we've tested so far are the Apple AirPods Pro. Not only do they pair seamlessly to your iPhone, but they also perform very well overall. They're more versatile than the original AirPods thanks to their better-isolating in-ear fit and excellent active noise cancelling feature. They're well-built, easy-to-use, and super portable as well.

    These compact truly wireless earbuds have a very well-balanced, neutral sound signature. Fans of bass-heavy EDM and hip-hop will likely find they lack a bit of bass, but their sound profile is still versatile enough to be suitable for most genres of music. They isolate an outstanding amount of noise, which makes them great for commuting, especially since their compact charging case should fit easily in your pockets.

    On the downside, they only last about 5 hours on a charge. This isn't too bad if you remember to put them back in their charging case whenever you're not using them, but if you fall asleep on the train while listening to music, you might wake up with no battery left. Fortunately, they take only around an hour to charge, and you can charge them up to five times in their case before needing to recharge the case itself.

    See our review

  2. More Comfortable Alternative: Apple AirPods 2 Truly Wireless 2019

    Type Earbuds
    Enclosure Open-Back
    Wireless Truly Wireless
    Noise Cancelling No
    Mic Yes
    Transducer Dynamic

    If you don't find in-ear headphones comfortable, go with the Apple AirPods 2. They lack even more bass than the Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless, and they don't have active noise cancelling, but they're a lot more comfortable if you find the plunger-like fit of in-ears intrusive. They're also quite a bit more affordable. Their open-back earbud design makes it difficult for them to create low-end rumble in the bass, and they don't isolate any noise, but this makes them a good option if you like to stay aware of your surroundings on-the-go.

    If you want something to help give you some peace and quiet, get the AirPods Pro, but if you find in-ears uncomfortable or just don't want to spend quite as much, go with the AirPods 2.

    See our review

  3. Best Wireless Sports Earbuds For iPhone: Beats Powerbeats Pro Truly Wireless

    7.0
    Mixed Usage
    7.3
    Neutral Sound
    7.0
    Commute/Travel
    8.3
    Sports/Fitness
    6.5
    Office
    5.9
    Wireless Gaming
    5.7
    Wired Gaming
    6.3
    Phone Calls
    Type In-ear
    Enclosure Closed-Back
    Wireless Truly Wireless
    Noise Cancelling No
    Mic Yes
    Transducer Dynamic

    The best wireless earbuds for iPhone designed for sports are the Beats Powerbeats Pro. These truly wireless headphones feature an ear-hook design that makes them incredibly secure and stable in the ear. They're quite comfortable and they look and feel very premium and well-made. They feature incredibly easy-to-use controls on each earbud, and they last almost 11.5 hours off a single charge, which is excellent for truly wireless headphones.

    Their out-of-the-box sound profile is very well-balanced and neutral, making them a great choice for a wide variety of genres and content. They have a bit of a dip in the treble range, which may cause your music to be dull and lacking in brightness, though not everyone may notice this. Unfortunately, they don't have a dedicated companion app so you can't fine-tune their EQ to match your tastes.

    They don't block out too much background noise, though some people may prefer this while working out. Their case also only holds one additional charge, which is a bit of a shame, though their single-charge battery lasts so long that you still get great overall battery life. Like Apple's own headphones, they feature the H1 chip to allow them to seamlessly pair to multiple Apple devices.

    See our review

  4. Customizable Alternative: Jaybird Tarah Pro Wireless

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

    If you like customizing the sound profile of your headphones, go with the Jaybird Tarah Pro. They don't feature the H1 chip for seamless pairing like the Beats Powerbeats Pro Truly Wireless, and they aren't quite as comfortable, but they have more customizable features. While they sound decently well-balanced out-of-the-box, you can fine-tune their sound in great detail with the parametric EQ in their companion app to better match your preferences. They also feel more durable than the Powerbeats and have an IPX7 rating for waterproofing. Unfortunately, they use a proprietary charging cable, which is a pain if you lose it or forget to bring it with you.

    Overall, if you aren't the kind of person to mess around with EQ settings and want a more comfortable pair of truly wireless in-ears, go with the Beats. However, if you want to be able to customize your headphones' sound profile, get the Jaybird.

    See our review

  5. Best Budget Wireless Earbuds For iPhone: Anker SoundBuds Curve Upgraded 2019

    7.2
    Mixed Usage
    7.0
    Neutral Sound
    7.6
    Commute/Travel
    8.2
    Sports/Fitness
    6.9
    Office
    5.4
    Wireless Gaming
    5.3
    Wired Gaming
    6.7
    Phone Calls
    Type In-ear
    Enclosure Closed-Back
    Wireless Yes
    Noise Cancelling No
    Mic Yes
    Transducer Dynamic

    The best wireless earbuds for iPhone in the budget category that we've tested so far are the Anker SoundBuds Curve Upgraded 2019. These Bluetooth headphones feature an ear-hook design and offer incredible value for their price point. They're quite comfortable, have easy-to-use controls, feel very stable, and even come with a nice hard carrying case. Their battery lasts nearly 18.5 hours off a single charge, which is among the longest we've ever tested for a pair of Bluetooth in-ears.

    Their sound profile is fairly excited, with a bit of extra bass that will add some extra kick and thump without being overpowering. This makes them well-suited for most popular genres of music, and even more vocal-centric content like podcasts. Unfortunately, they don't have a dedicated companion app to change their EQ settings. They passively isolate a decent amount of sound and do a fairly good job of blocking out background speech. They also leak very little audio, so you can turn up your music without bothering those around you.

    Unfortunately, while the earbuds themselves are made from a sturdy and dense plastic, the wire connecting the two is quite thin. Also, since they aren't made by Apple, they don't feature the H1 or W1 chip for seamless pairing and connect the same as any other Bluetooth headphones. That being said, these headphones provide an excellent price-to-performance ratio and are among the best headphones we've tested so far.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Beats Powerbeats3 Wireless: The Beats Powerbeats3 Wireless are practically identical to the Beats Powerbeats Pro, but with a wire connecting the earbuds. The battery takes longer to charge and they aren't as comfortable. See our review
  • Beats BeatsX Wireless: The Beats BeatsX are versatile wireless earbuds that isolate a lot of noise and reproduce audio quite accurately, but aren’t as comfortable as the Powerbeats or the AirPods. See our review
  • Jabra Elite Active 75t Truly Wireless: The Jabra Elite Active 75t are decent well-rounded truly wireless earbuds with good customization, battery life, and a comfortable fit, but not the best noise isolation. See our review
  • Bose QuietControl 30/QC30 Wireless: The Bose QC30 are a noise cancelling neckband 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
  • Bose SoundSport Free Truly Wireless: The Bose SoundSport are comfortable earbuds with impressive sound quality, but bulky truly wireless design and battery life aren't on par with the competition. See our review
  • JBL E25BT Wireless: The E25BT are budget wireless in-ears with a decent sound and overall performance, though the build quality is mediocre at best. See our review
  • Anker SoundCore Liberty Air 2 Truly Wireless: The SoundCore Liberty Air 2 are similar in design to Apple AirPods Pro, but don't have ANC or Apple's H1 chip. Worth considering overall, but Anker SoundBuds Curve Upgraded 2019 likely provide better value for most people. See our review
  • Mpow Flame Pro Truly Wireless: The Flame Pro look and feel almost identical to the Powerbeats Pro but are considerably cheaper. They have a longer overall battery life, but a much more bass-heavy sound profile. See our review

Recent Updates

05/13/2020: Verification for accuracy, small changes to the text.

11/08/2019: Changed top pick to Apple AirPods Pro and removed Jabra Elite Active 65t.

All Reviews

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.

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