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The 6 Best Wireless Earbuds For iPhone - Summer 2022 Reviews

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Best Wireless Earbuds For iPhone

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.


  1. Best Earbuds For iPhone

    The Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless are the best wireless earbuds for iPhone we've tested. These premium and iconic buds are a good deal if you can find them for less than full price. They 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, a feature that orients compatible audio to follow your head movements, creating a more immersive experience.

    These comfortable buds offer versatile overall performance, whether you're commuting to work, exercising at the gym, or plugging away at the office. They 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 different 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.

    See our review

  2. Best Upper Mid-Range Wireless Earbuds For iPhone

    The Apple AirPods (3rd generation) Truly Wireless are the best upper mid-range wireless earbuds for iPhone we've tested. If you want to stay aware of your surroundings without taking out your headphones or pausing your audio, it's worth considering these buds. Unlike the Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless, these earbuds aren't designed to block background sound as they sit outside 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 your audio 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 lets you 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.

    See our review

  3. Best Mid-Range Wireless Earbuds For iPhone

    The best mid-range wireless earbuds for iPhone we've tested are the Jabra Elite 4 Active True Wireless. Although they lack an H1 chip for seamless pairing, these headphones have low latency on iOS devices, ensuring that you're audio and visuals stay in sync when streaming video. They also have a well-balanced sound, making them a solid choice for most audio content. You can fine-tune them to your liking with their companion app's graphic EQ and presets.

    These buds have a well-built design certified IP57 for resistance against dust and immersion in water. That said, although they have an ANC system, it doesn't improve much upon the buds' passive isolation capabilities. While they have a hard time blocking out the low rumble of bus and plane engines, they can reduce an outstanding amount of office-related noise like ambient chatter and the high-pitched hum of AC units. With their ANC on, they last almost eight hours continuously, and their carrying case supplies an additional three charges if you need it.

    See our review

  4. Best Budget Wireless Earbuds For iPhone

    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 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. However, unlike our mid-range pick, they don't have an EQ to help you adjust their sound.

    See our review

  5. Best Noise Cancelling Wireless Earbuds For iPhone

    The Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 3 are the best wireless earbuds for iPhone with noise cancelling that we've tested. These premium in-ears deliver powerful noise isolation, making them a solid choice for travel or working in a busy office. Even though they don't offer much in terms of Apple-centric features, their adaptive active noise cancelling (ANC) system is the best on this list, and they can block out much of the low rumble of bus engines as well as ambient chatter. With their ANC on, they last over eight hours continuously, and their carrying case holds an additional three charges if you need it. Still, they offer low latency with iOS devices, and their companion app is compatible with iPhones.

    Out of the box, they have a bass-heavy sound profile that delivers a touch of extra thump, rumble, and boom. However, unlike the Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless, you can customize their sound to your liking using their app's 3-band graphic EQ and presets. That said, they have a bulky design, and the stability fins can be uncomfortable, depending on the shape of your ears.

    See our review

  6. Best Wireless Sports Earbuds For iPhone

    The Beats Powerbeats Pro Truly Wireless are the best wireless sports earbuds for iPhone 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 different genres.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Beats Fit Pro True Wireless: The Beats Fit Pro True Wireless offer a lot of the same iOS-related features as the Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless, like Spatial Audio and an H1 chip for seamless pairing. However, their fit isn't as comfortable, and their ANC blocks significantly less ambient noise. See our review
  • Anker SoundCore Liberty Air 2 Truly Wireless: The Anker SoundCore Liberty Air 2 Truly Wireless are similar in design to Apple AirPods Pro but don't have ANC or Apple's H1 chip. See our review
  • Bose Sport Earbuds Truly Wireless: The Bose Sport Earbuds Truly Wireless are sports-oriented earbuds that don't block out much ambient noise, which you may prefer if you run outdoors. However, they lack an H1/W1 chip and have a shorter continuous battery life than the Beats Powerbeats Pro Truly Wireless. See our review
  • Bose Sport Open Earbuds Truly Wireless: The Bose Sport Open Earbuds Truly Wireless are comfortable earbuds intended for outdoor sports. However, their continuous battery life is shorter than the Beats Powerbeats Pro Truly Wireless, and they lack a lot of low-bass. See our review
  • EarFun Air Pro True Wireless: The EarFun Air Pro True Wireless are a viable alternative to the Jabra Elite 4 Active True Wireless if you value mic performance. That said, they don't have sound customization features and have higher iOS latency. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Jul 25, 2022: We've revamped this article to provide better picks. We've added the Sennheiser MOMENTUM 3 True Wireless as the 'Best Noise Cancelling Wireless Earbuds for iPhone' and added the Jabra Elite 4 Active True Wireless as 'Best Mid-Range Wireless Earbuds For iPhone'. We've renamed the Apple AirPods Gen 3 as 'Best Upper Mid-Range Wireless Earbuds For iPhone'. We've also removed out-of-date Notable Mentions that are no longer relevant and moved the EarFun Air Pro True Wireless to this section.

  2. 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'.

  3. Mar 31, 2022: We've checked our picks for accuracy and product availability. There hasn't been a change in our recommendations.

  4. Jan 27, 2022: Added the Beats Fit Pro True Wireless to Notable Mentions. Checked our picks for accuracy and product availability.

  5. 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.

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, 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.

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