How to Connect Galaxy Buds to a Chromebook

Use Samsung's Best Buds on Your Chromebook

What to Know

  • Samsung Galaxy Buds connect to your Chromebook via Bluetooth.
  • Open the Buds case to make it discoverable and go to Settings > Bluetooth on your Chromebook.
  • Look for the Galaxy Buds Pro under Unpaired devices.

This article explains how to connect Samsung Galaxy Buds to your Chromebook.

How to Connect Wireless Headphones to Chromebook

The process for pairing Samsung Galaxy Buds to your Chromebook is similar to how you pair wireless earbuds with your phone.

  1. Open the case for your Samsung Galaxy Buds to put it into pairing mode.

  2. On your Chromebook, select the clock in the lower right corner of your desktop.

    To connect your Galaxy Buds to your Chromebook, tap the clock.
  3. Select the Settings gear.

    Click the settings cog in the menu.
  4. Select Bluetooth.

    Bluetooth in Chromebook settings.
  5. Look under Unpaired devices and select Galaxy Buds Pro.

    Galaxy Buds Pro under Unpaired Devices.

After a moment, the Galaxy Buds will connect, and all sound will come through the earbuds. Active noise cancellation will still work. Beyond that, they'll act like any other wireless earbud. They'll connect automatically going forward when you take them out of the case.

Tips for Pairing the Samsung Buds to Your Chromebook

There are some caveats to be aware of once you've paired the buds. First, your Chromebook will need to support Bluetooth to pair. Unfortunately, not all Chromebooks support Bluetooth capability, so be sure to check your settings before purchasing any wireless earbuds, including the Samsung Galaxy Buds.

The software that allows you to configure Samsung Buds does not work on most Chromebooks. The Google Play store has an app called Galaxy Buds Plugin, and you can install it. However, once installed, there is no way to open the app.

What's missing is the ability to configure the buds how you'd like. You won't be able to change what tapping on the earbuds will do. Whatever the buds are programmed to do (such as increase or decrease volume, play/pause, etc.), they'll do for the Chromebook. The Galaxy Wear app is what you would normally use to configure those functions, and that app is not available for Chromebooks.

How to Disconnect Samsung Galaxy Buds from Your Chromebook

Here's how to remove Galaxy Buds from a Chromebook.

  1. Select the clock in the lower right corner.

    To connect your Galaxy Buds to your Chromebook, tap the clock.
  2. Select the Settings gear.

    Click the settings cog in the menu.
  3. Select Bluetooth.

    Bluetooth in Chromebook settings.
  4. Select the three dots to the right of the Galaxy Buds.

    Three dots to the right of the Galaxy Buds.
  5. Select Remove from list.

    Remove from this list in Chromebook paired devices

This will disconnect and remove the earbuds from the Chromebook. You can re-pair them using the steps above when you need to.

You don't need to do this each time you are done using the Samsung Galaxy Earbuds. Putting them back into their charging case is enough to disconnect them from your Chromebook. So, the steps above should only be used when you no longer want to use them with the Chromebook at all.

  • Can I use Apple earbuds on Chromebook?

    Yes. You can connect AirPods to a Chromebook. First, enable Bluetooth on the Chromebook. Then, press and hold the Setup button on the AirPods case, go to Bluetooth Available Devices on the Chromebook, and select AirPods.

  • Can I connect my Galaxy Buds to my laptop?

    Yes. You can connect Samsung Galaxy earbuds to a Windows or Apple laptop. First, put the earbuds into pairing mode. Then, go to the Bluetooth Devices menu on your laptop and find your Galaxy Buds on the 'available devices' list.

  • How do you connect Samsung Galaxy buds to your iPhone?

    You can pair your Samsung earbuds with an iPhone just like other Bluetooth headphones. First, put the buds into pairing mode. Then, on your iPhone, go to Settings > Bluetooth and turn on the Bluetooth toggle switch. On the Bluetooth settings screen, select the Galaxy earbuds to connect them.

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