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How to pair your Samsung Galaxy buds to any device

Galaxy Buds work better in Samsung's ecosystem, but you can still connect them elsewhere.
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November 9, 2022

If you have a Samsung Galaxy phone, pairing your Galaxy Buds is as easy as opening up the case! That’s just one of the benefits of being in the Samsung ecosystem. And if you have any other type of device, the pairing process doesn’t take too many extra steps either, thanks to the dedicated Galaxy Wearables app. Here’s how to pair your Samsung Galaxy Buds on any device.

Read more: Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro review

THE SHORT ANSWER

For faster pairing with your Samsung Galaxy Buds, download the Galaxy Wearables app. Then, open the case of your earbuds to put them in pairing mode and select Connect within the app.


KEY SECTIONS

How to pair the Galaxy Buds with a Samsung phone

On your Samsung Galaxy phone, the Galaxy Wearables app should be pre-installed on your device. It gives you greater control and access to more features when connecting headphones, smartwatches, and other Samsung products.

When you open the app, it will automatically search for devices to connect to. Open the case of your Galaxy Buds with the earbuds inside to put them into pairing mode. It should only take a second or two for your Samsung phone to pair, and then you’ll be connected for audio. From there, you’ll find quick options for noise-cancelling, ambient sound, blocking touches, and more settings you can explore to make your Galaxy Buds experience suit your current needs.

After that, simply flip open your earbuds case, and you will receive an automatic pairing notification on your phone with quick stats for the battery life. If you close the case with the earbuds still inside, they will be disconnected.

How to manually pair the Galaxy Buds with any Android device

The Galaxy Wearables app is available on other Android devices, but you won’t benefit from all the features without a Samsung phone. If you just want to pair for basic audio streaming, the quickest way is via Bluetooth settings. Simply open the lid on your earbuds case to put them in pairing mode, and then select your Galaxy Buds from the list of available devices.

Bluetooth paired devices
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How to pair Galaxy Buds with an iPhone or iPad

If you are trying to pair Galaxy Buds with an iPhone or iPad, I have bad news because your option is limited. You will only be able to pair Galaxy Buds Live or Galaxy Buds+ with the Galaxy Buds app for iOS. Any newer models will not be recognized. We know it sucks, but that’s Apple’s walled garden for you.

galaxy buds app iphone
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How to pair Galaxy Buds with a Windows PC

Good news! Samsung has made the Galaxy Buds app available on of Microsoft Store. Download and open the app, then click Connect while your Galaxy Buds case is open to pair them with your Windows PC.

Galaxy Buds app windows pc
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How to pair Galaxy Buds with a Mac

Unlike the iPhone app, you should be able to pair any set of Galaxy Buds with a Mac computer. Just navigate to your Bluetooth settings and open the case of your Galaxy Buds to make them discoverable. You can then find them in the list of available devices.

A screenshot of the MacOS Bluetooth settings window.
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FAQs

Yes, you can pair your Samsung Galaxy Buds to multiple devices. However, you can only use them for connected audio with one device at a time.

No, both earbuds will have to be from the same set of Galaxy earbuds to work together. If you have lost an earbud, try using Samsung’s SmartThings Find feature to locate it.