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Does the Samsung Galaxy S20 have a headphone jack?

The three models of the Samsung Galaxy S20 do not have a headphone jack, for the first time in the Galaxy S phone series.
April 2, 2021

The Samsung Galaxy S20 series of smartphones are still some of the best phones from the biggest Android phone maker. Up until these models came out, at least some Galaxy S series of models could be bought with a headphone jack. However, that’s not the case with these phones. The Galaxy S20 series was the first S phone series that lacked a headphone jack on all models.

Read: Samsung Galaxy S20 buyers guide

That decision may disappoint many people who still want to use the 3.5mm headphone jack without a dongle. However, the Galaxy S20 phone owners won’t have a problem finding wireless Bluetooth-based headphones they can use with the handset.

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra screen in hand
Samsung Galaxy S20
The Samsung Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20 Plus, and Galaxy S20 Ultra are super-premium 5G smartphones from the South Korean company. No matter what you're looking for, the Galaxy S20 line likely has something to suit your needs.

Below are just five options we highly recommend for use with the Galaxy S20 family. 

1. Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus

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Samsung launched new wireless earbuds alongside the Galaxy S20 phones. The Galaxy Buds Plus are the successor to the older Galaxy Buds and have a similar design. The new earbuds have features like Qi wireless charging and, most importantly, 11-hour battery life. That’s nearly double the six-hour battery life for the older models. You can access Spotify directly from these new earbuds. You also have the choice of getting the Galaxy Buds Plus in red, blue, white, or black. Hopefully, the sound quality and other features will make buyers forget about the lack of a Galaxy S20 headphone jack.

2. Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro

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Galaxy Buds Pro

For the launch of the new Galaxy S21 phones, the company released new higher-end wireless earphones. The Galaxy Buds Pro are more expensive than the Plus models but include features like active noise-canceling and support for 360 Audio. This offers spatial sound similar to what you might find in gaming headphones or with Apple’s AirPods Max. You should get close to five hours of use on a single charge. The earphones also have a solid microphone and are comfortable to wear.

3. LG Tone Flex XL7

LG Tone Flex XL7 neckband Meridian Audio

The LG Tone Flex XL7 are one of the best wireless earbuds you can currently buy, according to our sister site, Sound Guys. The neckband design includes a retractable earbud mechanism to keep the cables out of your way when you are not using them. The earbuds support AAC for solid sound quality, and it also supports Google Assistant as well. It has 10 hours of total battery life, but more importantly, it supports fast charging. With just 10 minutes of charging, you can get up to three hours of audio.

4. Jaybird Tarah

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The Jaybird Tarah is the perfect wireless headphones for people who love to work out alongside their smartphones. They include IPX7 certification for water resistance, which means they can handle a lot of sweat and even rain if you run outside in bad weather. While its battery life is just six hours, that should be more than enough for anyone who uses them in the gym or outdoors. Finally, you can get these headphones at a very reasonable price, under $100 on Amazon.

5. Poly BackBeat GO 410

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The Poly BackBeat GO 410 wireless headphones offer true noise-canceling features, so you are not disturbed when using them. They also include magnetic housings that can automatically pause the audio from the Galaxy S20 when they are linked together. Finally, if you still own a smartphone with a headphone jack, these headphones come with a cable that can turn them into old-fashioned wired headphones.

That’s a quick look at the Samsung Galaxy S20 headphone jack situation. Again, these phones don’t have that traditional wired audio option, but there are plenty of wireless headphones to choose from, including Samsung’s own Galaxy Buds lineup. For even more options for the best Bluetooth headphones, you’ll want to head on over to Sound Guys for their full list of the best headphones.