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, 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 185 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 that we've tested. These earbuds have an H1 chip, which allows you to seamlessly pair them with other devices in your Apple ecosystem. They also have a settings interface that's only available on iOS devices, and it offers button mapping as well as ANC control.
These premium headphones have a comfortable and lightweight fit stable enough for moderate physical activity. Although they lack low bass, they have a fairly neutral and versatile sound profile well-suited for a variety of audio content. They're also equipped with an excellent active noise cancelling (ANC) system and can block out the low rumble of bus or plane engines as well as office chatter. They also have over five hours of continuous playback time, and their carrying case holds roughly five additional charges.
Unfortunately, they don't have any sound customization features like an EQ or presets to help you adjust their sound to your liking. Their integrated mic also has a disappointing recording quality, so your voice sounds thin and muffled. That said, these in-ears are sure to please most users looking for iOS-compatible headphones, and they're even among the best truly wireless earbuds that we've tested too.
If you want wireless earbuds with a more comfortable fit, you may prefer the Apple AirPods 2 Truly Wireless 2019. While their sound profile isn't as well-balanced and lacks low bass compared to the Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless, their hard plastic, one-size-fits-all design means they don't fit as deeply in your ear, which may be more comfortable for some. They're similarly well-built, and like the Pro, they have an H1 chip that makes it easier to pair the earbuds with Apple devices. They have a continuous battery life of roughly five hours and come with a hard plastic case with about five additional charges. However, these open-back headphones don't isolate you at all from background noise like rumbling bus and plane engines or background chatter.
If you want earbuds with a more neutral sound profile and an excellent ANC feature, check out the AirPods Pro. If you prefer a less intrusive in-ear fit, check out the AirPods 2.
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 running.
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 we don't test that feature. Thanks to their comfortable fit and versatile sound profile, they're among the best wireless earbuds for running and working out that we've tested.
If you like to customize your headphones' sound profile to your liking, consider the Jaybird Tarah Pro Wireless. While they don't feel as comfortable as the Beats Powerbeats Pro Truly Wireless and they lack ear hooks, the Jaybird have a companion app with a parametric EQ and presets. These headphones have a well-built and sturdy design. Although we don't currently test for it, they're also rated IPX7 for water resistance, and they have a very stable fit, so they shouldn't fall out of your ears while you're moving. Their default sound profile is slightly bass-heavy and boomy, which can help keep you pumped up. They also have over 13 hours of continuous playback time and an auto-off timer to help conserve battery life when you're not using them. Unfortunately, they use a proprietary charging cradle, which can be annoying if you misplace it.
If you're looking for more comfortable truly wireless earbuds with an H1 chip, check out the Beats. However, if you want the ability to adjust your headphones' sound to suit your preferences, go for the Jaybird instead.
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 have 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 an EQ or presets. Also, they aren't very good at blocking out bass-range noise like a rumbling bus or plane engine. If you're looking for a pair of straightforward in-ears and like a bass-rich sound, they're a solid option.
Jul 27, 2021: Checked the text for accuracy and product availability. There hasn't been a change in our recommendations.
May 28, 2021: Checked picks to ensure that the picks still represent the best recommendations and that the products are in stock.
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.
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.