The Samsung Galaxy S20 family is built to offer an incredible audio experience. While there isn’t a headphone jack, the S20 is tuned by AKG and packs powerful Dolby Atmos sound. You may not be able to use wired options, but there are still plenty of options. Here are our picks for the best headphones to pair with the Samsung Galaxy S20.
We’ve done our best to cover all of the bases — from first-party earbuds to high-end headphones. If you can’t choose just one, the Galaxy S20 supports Bluetooth Dual Audio so you can pair two devices at a single time. Ready to turn up the music? Let’s dig in.
The best headphones for the Samsung Galaxy S20:
Editor’s note: We will continue to update this list of the best headphones for the Samsung Galaxy S20 as more are released.
Samsung Galaxy Buds and Galaxy Buds Plus
If you need new headphones, where better to start than Samsung itself? We’ve grouped the Galaxy Buds and Galaxy Buds Plus together as the two share many similar features, but we’ll highlight what makes each one unique. For starters, the design is nearly identical and the Galaxy Buds case will charge both pairs of earbuds. Both pairs also support USB-C charging as well as Samsung’s Wireless PowerShare.
A few of the main selling points of the Galaxy Buds Plus are the new Spotify integration and the improved battery life. Spotify is one of the most popular streaming services worldwide, so it makes sense to boast about native integration. The original Galaxy Buds have a battery life of around six and a half hours, but the Buds Plus blow them away with over 11 hours in our testing. There are plenty of reasons to pick up the Galaxy Buds Plus, but the original Galaxy Buds are easier to find at budget-friendly prices.
Google Pixel Buds
Samsung’s Galaxy Buds may be the best match for the Galaxy S20 family, but the Pixel Buds are a top pick if you prefer Google Assistant. You can listen for up to five hours on a single charge or up to 24 total hours when you include the charging case. The perks don’t stop at battery life though, as Google packed the Pixel Buds with punchy 12mm dynamic drivers.
See also: Google Pixel Buds review
Those drivers pair with built-in sensors to detect your voice and tune out background sounds whenever you’re speaking. Google’s Pixel Buds also offer one of the most customizable fits thanks to an adjustable loop that bends to your ear. The touch controls on the Pixel Buds go a step further than even the Galaxy Buds, offering volume control with a swipe.
Sony’s WH-1000XM3 is the first pair of over-ear headphones to make the list, and it doesn’t disappoint. With up to 30 hours of battery life and active noise canceling, you can tune out the world and enjoy your music for days. Just 10 minutes of charging provides five hours of playback, which should be enough to round out your workweek.
See also: Sony WH-1000XM3 review: Still the best
As for the tech features, Sony’s WH-1000XM3 uses high-end touch controls to make changing your songs and taking calls a breeze. The proprietary noise-canceling QN1 processor is at the heart of Sony’s luxurious audio experience and analyzes your head for a personal noise-canceling profile. If you prefer headphones to earbuds, it’s tough to top Sony’s WH-1000XM3 for your money.
Similar name, smaller package — at least that’s the idea at the heart of the Sony WF-1000XM3. They’re the earbud equivalent to the aforementioned WH-1000XM3 headphones, sharing many of the same design cues. Of course, as earbuds, you won’t get the same battery life on a single charge, but the charging case can extend your listening by up to 24 total hours.
See also: Sony WF-1000XM3 review
Instead of the QN1 processor, the WF-1000XM3 shrinks to the QN1e which is designed to fit in the smaller form-factor. It’s a perfect pair of earbuds to go with the Galaxy S20 family too because no detail has been overlooked. From the 24bit audio signal processing to the sleek silver or black finishes, Sony wants the WF-1000XM3 to look as good as they sound. Don’t worry if an earbud falls out, your music stops automatically until you pop the ‘bud back in.
Audio Technica ATH-M50xBT
Audio Technica’s ATH-M50xBT headphones are the only other over-ear pair to make the list, but be careful about which version you purchase. They’re available as wired headphones as well, which won’t work with the Galaxy S20. As long as you grab the Bluetooth version, you’ll be treated to large 45mm drivers and whopping 40-hour battery life.
The ear cups and headband are covered in a luxurious soft leather which should make long listening sessions feel extra comfortable. One of the best features of the ATH-M50xBT is the fact that you can still pop in an aux cable for wired listening. Sure, it’s not helpful for the Galaxy S20, but it certainly expands your horizons to non-Bluetooth devices.
Jabra Elite 75t
The Jabra Elite 75t are quite possibly the best option on the list so far if you need new earbuds for your next workout. With an IP55 water and dust resistance rating, running, climbing, and lifting should be no sweat — pun intended. Up to seven hours of battery life should be more than enough even on a long hike, and a quick 15 minutes in the charging case extends your listening by another hour.
Multipoint support and ear detection only further help to cement the Jabra Elite 75t as a great workout pair. Multipoint allows you to connect to multiple devices at once, just in case you need to switch between a phone and laptop for work. Ear detection means that if a rep gets a little too rough and you lose an earbud, your music pauses until you’re all set to continue.
Anker SoundCore Liberty Air 2
There are a lot of headphones on this list, or should we say a lot of expensive earbuds. Outside of the original Samsung Galaxy Buds, these next two options are by far the most affordable on the list. However, the SoundCore Liberty Air 2 can trick you into thinking that they’re a far more expensive pair of earbuds.
The Liberty Air 2 come in at just under $100, but the microphone setup punches up there with the big dogs. A clever HearID system puts you through a series of tests in order to build a sound profile that’s tuned to your needs, but you can always adjust that profile at any time thanks to SoundCore’s app. Between one-step Bluetooth pairing and up to 28 hours of battery life, your ears and wallet should both thank you.
JLab Go Air
The final option on today’s list of the best headphones for the Samsung Galaxy S20 family just so happens to be the most affordable too. You can listen for five hours on one charge and add up to 15 more hours with the charging case for a total of up to 20 hours. That’s not as long as the top competitors, but the price more than justifies the shortcomings.
See also: JLab Go Air review
The JLab Go Air are 20% smaller than the original JLab Air, but the ear stem is longer to provide a more secure fit even in smaller ears. Each earbud can be used independently, and the 8mm neodymium drivers offer crystal clear sound. You can select from three gel ear tips, so there’s bound to be a size that fits your ears.
There you have it, the best headphones you can get to pair with the Samsung Galaxy S20 family. There are a few more things you might need to complete your setup though, so check out some cases and screen protectors below!