If you're an Apple user, you're likely pretty cozy in the little ecosystem they've created. If you have an iPhone, iPad, Mac, iPod, 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 a dongle.
We've tested over 210 wireless in-ears and earbuds, below are our top recommendations for the best headphones for iPhone users to purchase. See our recommendations for the best wireless earbuds, the best earbuds with a mic, and the best truly wireless earbuds.
The Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless are the best wireless earbuds for iPhone we've tested. These sleek and premium in-ears offer versatile overall performance, whether you're commuting to work, exercising at the gym, or plugging away at the office. They also offer a couple of Apple-centric features, like Siri voice assistance, and they have an H1 chip, making it simple and easy for you to pair them with other iOS devices. Additionally, they support Spatial Audio, which is a feature that orients compatible audio to follow your head movements, creating a more immersive experience.
These comfortable buds have an active noise cancelling (ANC) system that helps block out a great amount of ambient noise, like the low rumble of bus and plane engines. Despite lacking a bit of thumpy low-bass, their fairly neutral sound profile is also well-suited for a variety of audio content. Although their 5.3-hour continuous battery life is a bit short, their carrying case holds roughly five additional charges, and it has a lightning port so that you can charge it up again.
The Beats Flex Wireless are the best earphones for iPhone with a wireless design and at a budget level that we've tested. While they don't have as many features as other picks on this list, they still offer a solid performance worth considering if price is a factor. They come in a few colorways to match your style, and they have a W1 chip, making it easy to connect them to your other Apple devices. If you like to stream videos, they also have low iOS latency, ensuring your audio and visuals stay in sync.
These in-ears have a neck cable design, so you can wear them around your neck when not in use. Unfortunately, their low price is reflected in their durability, as some users have reported that their units stopped working within a year of purchasing them. Their bass-heavy sound profile is also well-suited for genres like EDM and hip-hop, thanks to their extra thump and boom, although they don't have an EQ to help you adjust their sound.
The Beats Powerbeats Pro Truly Wireless are the best wireless sports earbuds for iPhone that we've tested. Thanks to their ear-hook design, they stay in place during tough runs or workouts at the gym, making them one of the best wireless earbuds for running and working out we've tested. They're also comfortable, well-built, and are rated IPX4 for resistance against water splashes. They last over 11 hours continuously on a single charge, and their carrying case holds roughly one extra charge, which is handy in a pinch.
Thanks to their H1 chip, you can seamlessly pair them with Apple devices like your iPhone. However, they don't support Apple's Spatial Audio or Adaptive EQ, and their companion interface leaves a lot to be desired. Luckily, they have a fairly neutral sound profile, so they're well-suited for a variety of genres.
The EarFun Air Pro True Wireless are the best call-oriented wireless earbuds for iPhone that we've tested. Although they don't have an H1/W1 chip, they have low audio latency on iOS devices, and their mic offers a decent overall performance suitable for calls. Keep in mind that by design, most Bluetooth earbuds tend to have mediocre microphone performances as the mic is placed far away from your mouth. Although recorded speech from these buds sounds a bit muffled and thin, your voice is still understandable. The mic can also separate your voice from moderate ambient noise, but loud noises can make it harder to hear you clearly.
If you tend to take calls on the go, these comfortable buds are equipped with an ANC system that can block out a great amount of ambient noise, like the low rumble of bus engines and ambient chatter. They also have a slightly v-shaped sound profile that's well-suited for genres like pop and rock, thanks to their extra thump and boom. They lack any sound customization features, so you can't adjust them to your liking.
If you want to stay aware of your surroundings without taking out your headphones or pausing your audio, the Apple AirPods (3rd generation) Truly Wireless are the best open-back wireless earbuds for iPhone we've tested. Unlike the Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless, these earbuds aren't designed to block background sound as they sit outside of your ear canal. While they may not be the best choice for noisy commutes, they're well-suited for more casual use. Thanks to their adaptive EQ feature that adjusts sound based on how the buds fit in your ear, they have a well-balanced and bright sound profile. However, since they have an open-back design, they struggle to create a thumpy low-bass, although you can access some basic settings in your iOS device's Accessibility tab to adjust their sound to your liking.
Beyond sound, these headphones have an H1 chip that allows you to easily pair them with other Apple devices. They also have a 6.8-hour continuous battery life, and their carrying case holds roughly five additional charges. Keep in mind that not everyone will find their one-size-fits-all design comfortable, and they don't have volume controls, which is a bit inconvenient.
May 30, 2022: Moved the Bose Sport Earbuds into Notable Mentions. Added the EarFun Air Pro True Wireless as 'Best Call-Oriented Wireless Earbuds For iPhone'. Made the Apple AirPods (3rd Generation) the 'Best Open-Back Wireless Earbuds For iPhone'.
Mar 31, 2022: We've checked our picks for accuracy and product availability. There hasn't been a change in our recommendations.
Jan 27, 2022: Added the Beats Fit Pro True Wireless to Notable Mentions. Checked our picks for accuracy and product availability.
Nov 22, 2021: Replaced the Apple AirPods (2nd generation) Truly Wireless with the Apple AirPods (3rd generation) Truly Wireless as the third generation offers Spatial Audio and better battery life.
Sep 22, 2021: Replaced the Jaybird Tarah Pro Wireless with the Bose Sport Earbuds Truly Wireless as the Jaybird are getting harder to find in stock.
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, sorted by Bluetooth iOS latency. 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.