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, 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 using dongles.
We've tested over 140 wireless in-ears and earbuds, below are our top recommendations for the best headphones for iPhone users to purchase. Make sure to check out our recommendations for the best wireless earbuds, the best earbuds with a mic, and the best truly wireless earbuds.
The best wireless earbuds for iPhone that we've tested are the Apple AirPods Pro. These sleek and well-built headphones are the next generation of the Apple AirPods 2 Truly Wireless 2019. Their improved design makes them more versatile overall, and thanks to their H1 chip, they can also pair seamlessly with your Apple ecosystem.
Although they lack a bit of thump and rumble, they still have a very well-balanced and neutral sound profile, making them best suited for a variety of different audio genres. They also have an excellently performing active noise cancelling feature, which is great for those who commute or work in an office. Their small carrying case also makes it easy to take these earbuds with you wherever you go. You can even charge the carrying case with a wireless Qi charging pad, which is a nice touch.
Unfortunately, their five-hour battery life probably won't be enough to get you through your work day. Luckily, they take just over an hour to charge, and there are five extra charges handy in their carrying case, so the battery doesn't feel too limiting. These earbuds don't have a lot of customization features, other than button mapping in their companion app. Still, out-of-the-box, they deliver a solid overall performance with an iPhone.
If you're not a fan of the deep fit of in-ear headphones, you may want to consider the Apple AirPods 2. These truly wireless earbuds have a harder-to-use control scheme than the Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless, a less neutral sound profile, and deliver audio less consistently, but their shallow fit is quite comfortable, provided their one-size-fits-all design works for you. Their open-back enclosure means they do a terrible job of filtering out background noise, but they also provide a far more spacious and open listening experience while also allowing you to stay aware of your environment. Unfortunately, their continuous battery life of 4.1 hours is quite short, though they do recharge very quickly in their case.
Get the AirPods Pro if you want some quiet in the office or on your commute, but consider the AirPods 2 if you want something less pricey and more comfortable.
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 on a run.
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 an 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 it should be mentioned that we don't test that feature. Still, thanks to their stable, comfortable fit and versatile sound profile, they're among the best wireless earbuds for running and working out that we've tested.
If you're looking for wireless sports earbuds for your iPhone with more customization options than the Beats Powerbeats Pro Truly Wireless, consider the Jaybird Tarah Pro instead. While their sound profile isn't as well-balanced as the Beats, they have a companion app that allows you to adjust the sound to your liking using a parametric equalizer. You can even use the app to connect and share custom sound profiles with other Jaybird users. These in-ears are well-made, breathable, and stable enough for most physical activities. However, they aren't truly wireless, and the cable connecting the two earbuds may not be the preferred design for some users. They also don't have an ANC feature, though they do a better job passively isolating ambient noise than the Powerbeats Pro. On the downside, their in-ear fit may not be comfortable enough for long listening sessions.
If you want more comfortable earbuds with a truly wireless design, go with the Beats, but if you want more control over how your earbuds sound, go with the Jaybird.
The best budget wireless earbuds for iPhone that we've tested are the Anker SoundBuds Curve Upgraded 2019. These in-ears are comfortable to wear for long periods, and their ear-hook design helps make them quite stable in your ear. With an outstanding 18-hour battery life, you also won't need to worry about recharging them frequently.
These are versatile in-ears with a sound profile that's well-balanced enough for most music genres. Their sound profile is fairly bass-heavy, which should please fans of bass-heavy genres like EDM and hip-hop. While they don't have an ANC feature, they still do an alright job passively isolating ambient noise typically found in an office setting.
Unfortunately, these headphones don't have a companion app, and you can't customize their sound. While the ear-hooks and earbuds feel sturdy and well-built, the cable connecting them is quite thin. Still, with their excellent price-to-performance ratio, these headphones rank among the best headphones we've tested.
10/06/2020: Minor changes to the text for accuracy and clarity; no change in product recommendations.
06/10/2020: Replaced Beats Powerbeats3 Wireless with Beats Powerbeats 4 Wireless in Notable Mentions.
11/08/2019: Changed top pick to Apple AirPods Pro and removed Jabra Elite Active 65t.
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.