How to Set up and Use Galaxy Buds

Galaxy Buds can connect to any Android or iOS device

What to Know

  • For non-Samsung phones, download the SmartThings app and the Galaxy Wearables app.
  • Place your Galaxy Buds in the charging case and close it, then open the case to put the earbuds in pairing mode.
  • On Android, tap Connect in notifications or the Wearables app. On iOS, go to Settings > Bluetooth > Galaxy Buds.

This article explains how to use Galaxy Buds wireless headphones with Android and iOS devices.

How to Pair Galaxy Buds to a Samsung Phone

Galaxy Buds are designed for simple and fast pairing. Here's how to connect them to your Android device.

  1. If you have an older Android or a non-Galaxy device, download the SmartThings app and the Galaxy Wearables app from the Google Play Store.

    If you have a Samsung device that runs Android 7 or later, skip to step 3.

  2. Open the Galaxy Wearables app.

  3. 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
  4. Insert the Galaxy Buds into their charging case in the proper position. Close the case and the battery indicator should flash, indicating they're ready to pair.

    If the battery indicator does not flash, it means it needs to be charged. Let them charge for at least ten minutes before pairing them with your Android device.

  5. Open the charging case. The Galaxy Buds will automatically enter pairing mode.

  6. Your device will automatically recognize the Galaxy Buds and ask if you would like to pair with them. Select Connect in the pop-up notification window (or in the Galaxy Wearables app on non-Samsung devices.)

  7. If any further steps are needed, your device will guide you through the process.

How to Connect Galaxy Buds to iOS Devices

On iOS, the steps are similar, but you have to go into the Bluetooth settings on your device.

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

    Turning on Bluetooth in the Settings on an iPhone
  2. Insert the Galaxy Buds into their charging case in the proper position. Close the case and the battery indicator should flash, indicating they're ready to pair.

  3. Open the charging case. The Galaxy Buds will automatically enter pairing mode.

  4. The Samsung Buds will show in the list of devices. Tap the Galaxy Buds to complete the pairing process.

How to Get Galaxy Buds to Fit in Your Ear

The Galaxy Buds should fit correctly in your ear. You want them to be comfortable and secure, so try them on with the different wingtip extensions until you get the most comfortable fit.

Make sure you're also wearing the Galaxy Buds properly. Insert the earbud in your ear and twist to rotate the wingtip so that it sits within your ear canal. Galaxy Buds are touch-sensitive; they will make a noise once they recognize they're inserted securely in your ear.

Make sure you're attaching left wingtips to the left earbud and right wingtips to the right earbud. If you mix and match, the buds may not fit correctly in your ears or the charging case.

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