How to Pair Wireless Earbuds to Your Phone

Connect wireless earbuds to Android or iPhone via Bluetooth

What to Know

  • Put the earbuds in pairing mode. If you don't know how, check the manual that came with the earbuds.
  • Turn on Bluetooth on your Android or iOS device.
  • Find your earbuds on the list of available devices and tap Pair.

This article covers how to pair wireless earbuds to your iOS or Android device.

Overview: How to Pair Bluetooth Earbuds

The first step is with the earbuds themselves: You must put them into pairing mode. There's no single, standard way to do this, however, so consult your earbud manual for specific directions. Generally, though, you'll probably use one of these methods (in descending order from most common to rarest):

  • Removing the earbuds from the charging case.
  • Pressing and holding the power button.
  • Opening the charging case.
  • Removing the earbuds from the charging case and putting them back in.
  • Pressing the pairing button on the charging case.
  • Pressing the pairing button on the earbuds.

Typically, you'll see a blinking light when the earbuds are in pairing mode. Then, it's time to start the pairing procedure on your device. 

How to Link Wireless Earbuds on Android

As with many things in Android, the process can vary slightly, but most of the time, you'll follow these steps:

  1. Swipe down the Notifications shade.

  2. Press and hold the Bluetooth icon in the top row of icons.

    If you cannot get to the menu by long-pressing on the Bluetooth icon, you can also navigate there by going to Settings > Network > Bluetooth.

  3. Make sure the toggle switch at the top of the menu is On. Then, scroll to the bottom of the Bluetooth list and tap the device you want to pair. 

  4. Tap Pair.

    Steps to follow when pairing a Bluetooth device on Android.

Once you're successfully paired, the device will move to the top of the list and indicate that the device is ready. Often, the earbuds themselves will give an audio cue that the pairing was successful.

Pairing Wireless Earbuds on iOS

On iOS, the process is slightly different.

  1. Open Settings > Bluetooth.

    Steps to take to find the Bluetooth menu on iOS.
  2. Ensure that Bluetooth is on indicated by a green toggle at the top. If so, iOS will automatically search for nearby devices. Tap the earbuds when the phone locates them.

  3. Tap Pair.

    Steps to take to pair a Bluetooth device on iOS.

When the device successfully pairs, it will move to My Devices.

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