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The 5 Best Wireless Earbuds For iPhone - Fall 2021 Reviews

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Best Wireless Earbuds For iPhone
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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 190 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 Wireless Earbuds For iPhone: Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless

    7.4
    Neutral Sound
    8.1
    Commute/Travel
    8.4
    Sports/Fitness
    7.3
    Office
    5.6
    Wireless Gaming
    5.5
    Wired Gaming
    6.4
    Phone Calls
    Type In-ear
    Enclosure Closed-Back
    Wireless Truly Wireless
    Noise Cancelling Yes
    Mic Yes
    Transducer Dynamic

    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.

    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 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.

    See our review

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

    7.6
    Neutral Sound
    6.9
    Commute/Travel
    8.3
    Sports/Fitness
    6.7
    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 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.

    See our review

  4. Better-Built Alternative: Bose Sport Earbuds Truly Wireless

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

    If you're looking for wireless earbuds with a more durable and solid design, check out the Bose Sport Earbuds Truly Wireless. While their continuous battery life of over four hours falls short of that of the Beats Powerbeats Pro Truly Wireless, and they lack an H1 chip, the Bose are better-built. They also have a more stable in-ear fit, which makes them a suitable choice for intense workouts, and are rated IPX4 for water resistance, though we don't currently test for this. If you like podcasts or audiobooks, their smooth and warm sound profile is well-suited for these kinds of genres, especially as they reproduce vocals and lead instruments quite well. However, they don't block out much background noise. Some users may prefer this design, as it allows you to stay aware of your surroundings if you're running outdoors.

    Try the Beats if you're looking for wireless earbuds with better battery performance and an H1 chip for seamless pairing with devices in your Apple ecosystem. However, if you're looking for headphones that feel more sturdy and high-end, consider the Bose instead.

    See our review

  5. Best Budget Wireless Earbuds For iPhone: Beats Flex Wireless

    6.9
    Neutral Sound
    7.7
    Commute/Travel
    8.1
    Sports/Fitness
    7.0
    Office
    5.4
    Wireless Gaming
    5.3
    Wired Gaming
    6.0
    Phone Calls
    Type In-ear
    Enclosure Closed-Back
    Wireless Yes
    Noise Cancelling No
    Mic Yes
    Transducer Dynamic

    The Beats Flex Wireless are the best earphones for iPhone with a wireless design and at a budget level that we've tested. These colorful and lightweight in-ears have a silicone neck cable design, so you can wear them around your neck when you're not using them. Thanks to their W1 chip, you can also seamlessly pair them with all your Apple devices.

    Out of the box, they have a bass-heavy sound profile that packs a touch of extra thump, rumble, and boom to your mixes, making them well-suited for genres like EDM and hip-hop. They have a good build quality that feels durable as well as a stable and comfortable fit. Although they don't have ANC and struggle to block out lower-ranged noise like the rumbles from bus engines, they can help cut down sounds like office chatter. They also have low latency on iOS devices, which is nice if you like to stream video.

    Unfortunately, their companion app is very limited, and you can't customize their sound as they lack an EQ and presets. Even though their continuous battery life of 11 hours should last you through a day at the office, they also don't have any power-saving features to help conserve battery life when you're not using them. However, if you don't mind their somewhat simple design, these in-ears offer a versatile performance at a wallet-friendly price point.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Beats Powerbeats 4 Wireless: The Beats Powerbeats 4 are practically identical to the Beats Powerbeats Pro, but with a wire connecting the earbuds. The battery takes longer to charge, and they have less total battery life. See our review
  • Beats BeatsX Wireless: The Beats BeatsX are versatile wireless earbuds that isolate a lot of noise and have a fairly well-balanced but slightly bass-heavy sound profile but arenโ€™t as comfortable as the Beats Powerbeats Pro or the Apple AirPods Pro. See our review
  • Jabra Elite Active 75t Truly Wireless: The Jabra Elite Active 75t are decent, well-rounded true wireless earbuds with good customization, battery life, and a comfortable fit, but not the best noise isolation. See our review
  • Bose SoundSport Free Truly Wireless: The Bose SoundSport Free are comfortable earbuds with impressive sound quality, but a bulky true wireless design and battery life aren't on par with the competition. See our review
  • JBL E25BT Wireless: The JBL E25BT are budget wireless in-ears with a decent sound and overall performance, though the build quality is mediocre. See our review
  • Anker SoundCore Liberty Air 2 Truly Wireless: The Anker SoundCore Liberty Air 2 are similar in design to Apple AirPods Pro but don't have ANC or Apple's H1 chip. See our review
  • JLab Audio JBuds Air ANC Truly Wireless: The JLab Audio Air ANC offer mode which reduces their audio latency on iOS outstandingly low. However, their ANC feature doesn't block out as much noise as the Apple AirPods Pro. See our review
  • Bose Sport Open Earbuds Truly Wireless: The Bose Sport Open Earbuds Truly Wireless are comfortable earbuds intended for outdoor sports. They sit outside your ears and don't block any ambient noise, which is great for people who run outside and want to stay aware of their surroundings. They have less latency with iOS devices than the Jaybird Tarah Pro, but their sound profile lacks a lot of bass, and their app doesn't offer an EQ or presets. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. 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.

  2. Jul 27, 2021: Checked the text for accuracy and product availability. There hasn't been a change in our recommendations.

  3. May 28, 2021: Checked picks to ensure that the picks still represent the best recommendations and that the products are in stock.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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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