How to Connect Pixel Buds

How to pair Pixel Buds to a phone, laptop, or other device

What to Know

  • Android: Download the Pixel Buds app. Open the app and hold down the pairing button until the light flashes.
  • iOS: Place the case near your iPhone, hold the pairing button, then go to Settings > Bluetooth > Pixel Buds.
  • Laptops: Open Bluetooth connections while pressing the pairing button on the Google Pixel Buds case.

This article explains how to pair your Google Pixel Buds to a smartphone or laptop. The instructions apply to Android, iOS, Windows, and Macs.

How to Pair Pixel Buds to an Android Device

You can pair your Pixel Buds with an Android using the Pixel Buds app.

  1. Download the Pixel Buds app from the Google Play Store.

  2. Turn on Bluetooth if it's not already enabled. Swipe down from the top of the screen and tap the Bluetooth icon to toggle it on or off.

    Status Bar open to show Bluetooth icon
  3. Open the Pixel Buds app. The app will instruct you to press and hold the pairing button until the indicator light flashes.

  4. The phone will detect the Google Pixel Buds and you’ll see a headphone symbol at the top of your screen. Your device is now connected.

    Steps to pair your Pixel Buds on an Android phone.

How to Connect Pixel Buds to an iPhone

Pairing the Pixel Buds to an iPhone is a fairly straightforward process.

  1. Open the Pixel Buds case with the Pixel Buds inside of the case fully charged, then place the case next to your iPhone.

  2. Hold the button on the Pixel Buds case until the pairing LED starts to blink. This indicates that the pairing process has started.

  3. On your iPhone, open Settings, then tap Bluetooth and turn on the Bluetooth toggle switch.

    Turning on Bluetooth in the Settings on an iPhone
  4. The Pixel Buds will show in the list of devices. Tap the Pixel Buds to complete the pairing process.

How Do I Connect Google Pixel Buds to My Laptop?

Here is how you’ll pair your Pixel Buds to a laptop or a desktop computer.

  1. Open your device's Bluetooth settings. In Windows, select the Bluetooth icon in the taskbar, or go to Settings > Bluetooth & devices. On a Mac, go to System Preferences > Bluetooth.

    Bluetooth connection icon
  2. Turn on Bluetooth and search for nearby devices.

    Adding bluetooth device
  3. Press and hold the pairing button on the Google Pixel Buds. The Google Pixel Buds should appear on nearby devices.

  4. Select Pair or Connect and your Pixel Buds will be connected to the computer.

Why Won't My Pixel Buds Connect?

If you previously connected your Pixel Buds, go to the Bluetooth settings on your device and delete the Pixel Buds from the Bluetooth devices menu. Then, try connecting again.

If you still can't connect, put the Pixel Buds in the charging case and leave it open, then press and hold down the pairing button on the back of the case for 30 seconds to reset your Pixel Buds.

How Do You Pair Replacement Pixel Buds?

First, you will need to forget the old Pixel Buds from the saved Bluetooth devices list. Then, you can set up the new pair using the above instructions.

  • How long does it take to connect Pixel Buds?

    Without any issues, the process takes a minute or so. Regardless of where you're connecting your Pixel Buds, pairing a Bluetooth device only involves a few steps at maximum and is usually done quickly.

  • Can Pixel Buds connect to multiple devices?

    Yes. Pixel Buds can be paired with up to a total of eight different devices. However, Pixel Buds don't support Multipoint, which allows simultaneous connection to multiple devices.

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