The absolute best wireless earbuds for Android devices

These are the top earbuds out there that aren’t AirPods.

While Bluetooth earbuds will technically work with any modern phone, having a pair that plays well with your OS will give you a better experience. While Apple’s AirPods Pro have been in the spotlight for a couple years (now joined by the updated AirPods 3) and can be used with Android devices, the audio quality drops off on non-Apple devices according to experts and the quick connectivity features tank.

Every new Apple audio solution gets the keynote treatment, but there are plenty of other wireless earbuds available that are just as good (or better) than the latest AirPods. Samsung, Sony, Bose, and other audio-centric brands have been building better buds year after year. Maybe it’s time you give them a try.

When it comes to picking a solid pair of earbuds, you want to first consider sound quality, active noise cancellation, and battery life. There are also plenty of differing styles to match your other tech or personal style, and specific features like touch controls and case design that you’ll want to pay attention to. Whatever your hierarchy of earbuds needs looks like, one of these stellar pairs will check all the boxes for you and fit in your budget.

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Google Pixel Buds A-Series

The price tag on the Pixel Buds A-Series is unbeatable — this is a stylish little pair of budget-friendly earbuds. Google nixed a few features from the now-discontinued Pixel Buds 2 to make these cheaper buds but kept what worked well. If you’re not picky about advanced features, these buds sound good and have a solid battery life.

Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro

When it comes to sound quality, the Galaxy Buds Pro sound really similar to the newer, cheaper Galaxy Buds 2. Here’s what you get with the price bump: a superior design with IPX7 water resistance, a spatial audio mode, better active noise cancellation control, and smoother, more consistent connectivity. If you’ve got the extra $50 to spare, it’s worth the upgrade.