How to Pair Your Samsung Galaxy Buds With Different Devices

Galaxy Buds Live on Windows laptop
Galaxy Buds Live on Windows laptop

Want to use your Galaxy Buds, Buds Pro, Buds Live, or Buds + with your PC or mobile devices? Read on to discover how.

Pairing the Galaxy Buds to a Galaxy phone is super fast – the whole process could take less than 15 seconds, thanks to the automatic pop-up pairing notification. But the problem arises when you want to use your Galaxy Buds, Buds Pro, Buds Live, or Buds+ with an iPhone, Mac, or a Windows PC.

Sure, you can pair them with most Bluetooth devices that support wireless audio. But with the absence of the automatic pairing feature, not everyone can easily figure out how you can actually use these with non-compatible devices.

If you’re one of those, worry not! This article will show you the step-by-step guides on how you can connect them to Samsung Galaxy phones, Android, iPhone, Mac, and Windows devices.

Let’s dive right in.

How to Put Galaxy Buds Into Pairing Mode

The setup process for Galaxy Buds is especially effortless with Samsung Galaxy phones. The automatic pop-up prompt allows you to pair your buds with just one tap.

However, if you want to use Galaxy Buds with non-Samsung devices, you’ll need to switch them into pairing mode and initiate a manual connection. Here are two ways to do so:

Via the charging case

  1. If your Galaxy Buds are out of the charging case, put them back inside the case.

    Putting Galaxy Buds Live back to the case
    Putting Galaxy Buds Live back to the case

  2. Close the case, and wait for 5-6 seconds.

    Galaxy Buds charging case
    Galaxy Buds charging case

  3. Open the case lid, and your Galaxy Buds should enter Bluetooth pairing mode.

    Open your Galaxy Buds case to enter pairing mode.
    Open your Galaxy Buds case to enter pairing mode.

Via the touch sensors

If you have connected them with another device, you’ll need to turn on pairing mode manually. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Put your earbuds in your ears. 
  2. Hold both Buds’ touch sensors for around 10 seconds.
  3. Wait until you hear slow successive ‘beeps’ that confirm your buds are in pairing mode.

    Holding Galaxy Buds sensor
    Holding Galaxy Buds sensor

If you’re having difficulty turning your Galaxy Buds into pairing mode, your buds may need to be reset. For this, you can refer to our guide on how to reset Galaxy Buds.

How to Connect Galaxy Buds to Samsung Devices

The Galaxy Wearable is a fantastic app that will help you connect and manage your Samsung buds, watch, and band in a more integrated environment. The app also allows you to take full control of your earbuds on most Android and iPhone devices. But there are unique features that are only available for Samsung Galaxy phones.

Pairing your buds with your Samsung devices through the Galaxy Wearable app is effortless and can be done in a few seconds. Here’s how you can do so:

  1. Download the Galaxy Wearable app from Google Play Store.

    Install Galaxy Wearable App
    Install Galaxy Wearable App

  2. Turn on the Bluetooth on your Samsung phone.

    Turning on Bluetooth
    Turning on Bluetooth

  3. Open the charging case to enter the buds into pairing mode. There should be a pop-up that asks if you want to connect.

    Automatic connection pop-up
    Automatic connection pop-up

  4. If there is no pop-up, launch the Galaxy Wearable app and select your Galaxy Buds.

    Pairing your Galaxy Buds via the Wearable app
    Pairing your Galaxy Buds via the Wearable app

  5. Tap OK on the prompt to start pairing.

    Confirm pairing through the Galaxy Wearable app
    Confirm pairing through the Galaxy Wearable app

  6. You can also manually disconnect your buds through the Wearable app by tapping on the menu (☰) and selecting Disconnect.

    Disconnecting Buds via Wearable App
    Disconnecting Buds via Wearable App

The pairing steps above only work if you haven’t connected any other device to the Galaxy Wearable app. If you already did, you can connect to your Galaxy Buds by selecting ‘Add new device’ under the app menu (☰).

How to Connect Galaxy Buds to Other Android Devices

You may love the Galaxy Buds, but not quite the Galaxy phones. If that’s the case, here’s a guide on how to pair Galaxy Buds to other Android devices:

  1. Turn your Galaxy buds to pairing mode.
  2. Open the Bluetooth settings on your Android device, then turn it on.

    Turning on Android Bluetooth
    Turning on Android Bluetooth

  3. Wait for your phone to detect the Galaxy Buds. Tap your Galaxy Buds’ name to start pairing.

    Pairing Galaxy Buds manually
    Pairing Galaxy Buds manually

Alternatively, you can download the Galaxy Wearable app and let it handle the pairing process.

How to Connect Galaxy Buds to an iPhone

The AirPods are the go-to choice to get that seamless Apple ecosystem experience if you’re using an iPhone. However, there’s no reason to avoid using Galaxy Buds if you prefer their shape, sound profile, or other aspects. Here’s how you can connect the Galaxy Buds to an iPhone.

  1. Make sure to disconnect your Galaxy Buds from other devices. To do this, you can put them into the charging case for at least 6 seconds, or manually disconnect them using the Galaxy Wearable app.

    Disconnecting Buds through the Wearable App
    Disconnecting Buds through the Wearable App

  2. Turn the Galaxy Buds to pairing mode.
  3. Turn on your Bluetooth, and tap your Buds’ name to start pairing.

    Turning on Bluetooth on iPhone
    Turning on Bluetooth on iPhone

You can also connect your Galaxy Buds to your iPhone automatically using the iOS Galaxy Buds+ app. However, it only supports Galaxy Buds Plus and Galaxy Buds Live, and only works for Apple devices with iOS 10 and up.

How to Connect Galaxy Buds to a Windows Laptop or PC

Though the Wearable App is only available for mobile devices, you can still use the Galaxy Buds on a Windows PC or laptop. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Open the Galaxy Buds case with the earpieces inside. It should put the Buds into pairing mode and make them discoverable by your laptop or PC.

    Galaxy Buds Live on Windows laptop
    Galaxy Buds Live on Windows laptop

  2. On your Windows PC or laptop, head to the Settings menu (or press the Windows key + I) and go to Device > Bluetooth & other devices.

    Going to Windows Bluetooth settings
    Going to Windows Bluetooth settings

  3. Click on Add Bluetooth or other devices > Bluetooth and wait for your PC to find your Galaxy Buds.

    Adding a Bluetooth device through the Settings menu in Windows.
    Adding a Bluetooth device through the Settings menu in Windows.

  4. Once they’re visible, click on their name, and you should be good to go.

    Wait for the Buds to appear and click on them to confirm pairing.
    Wait for the Buds to appear and click on them to confirm pairing.

You can also update the software on your Galaxy Buds through a PC through the Galaxy Buds download center.

How to Connect Galaxy Buds to Mac

Like pairing the Galaxy Buds to another Windows PC or laptop, you can also pair them to Mac devices just as quickly. Here’s a complete instruction to pairing Galaxy Buds to Mac devices:

  1. Open the Galaxy Buds case to get them into pairing mode. You’ll also need to disconnect them from any connected device before you can start pairing them to your Mac device.
  2. Open up the Bluetooth menu on your apple device.

    Bluetooth Settings on Mac
    Bluetooth Settings on Mac

  3. Find the Galaxy Buds under the Bluetooth devices list, and click ‘Connect.’

    Connecting Galaxy Buds to Mac
    Connecting Galaxy Buds to Mac

What to Expect When Connecting Galaxy Buds to Non-Compatible Devices

While you can use Galaxy Buds on most Bluetooth devices other than Samsung phones, some functions may be missing on devices from other brands. Since the Galaxy Buds are Samsung products, they work better with other Samsung devices.

Here are some of the Samsung-exclusive features that you’ll miss when using Galaxy Buds on non-compatible devices:

  • Seamless switching: Automatically switch your buds’ audio input between two Samsung devices.
  • 360 Audio: Immersive audio profile, which is only available for devices running the latest One UI (Samsung’s custom Android).
  • Buds Together: This allows you to pair two sets of Galaxy Buds to listen to the same music. It’s similar to Apple’s feature that enables you to pair two sets of AirPods to one phone.
  • Gaming Mode: Bluetooth audio often has a slight latency, which results in delayed sound. Gaming Mode reduces the audio latency in exchange for higher battery consumption.
  • Bixby Voice Assistant: You won’t be able to use Samsung’s in-house voice assistant, but you can still use Google, Alexa, or Siri by configuring touch inputs.
  • Automatic pairing: The Galaxy Buds will automatically initiate a pairing sequence with a Samsung phone when you open the case. Non-Samsung phones require manual pairing.

You can still use the active noise cancellation regardless of the device because it’s already activated out of the box. However, you can only customize the noise-canceling intensity through the Galaxy Wearable for Android devices or the Galaxy Buds+ app for iOS.

The Galaxy Buds+ app for iOS does not support regular Galaxy Buds or Galaxy Buds Pro. It only works with Galaxy Buds Plus and Galaxy Buds Live.

It’s also worth noting that the Galaxy Buds app for iOS is lagging in update and support. The last recorded update on their app is November 2020. So while you can still use your Galaxy Buds+ and Buds Live on iOS with essential features, you can expect the app to be less polished than the Android version.

Current Wearable app version for iOS devices
Current Wearable app version for iOS devices

Conclusion

The Galaxy Buds product lineups are versatile and high-quality TWS that you can pair with virtually any Bluetooth device that supports audio playback. But if you’re not using Samsung’s Galaxy phones lineup, you will have to settle on some ecosystem exclusive features.

Now that you’ve learned how you can pair your Galaxy Buds on various devices and platforms, you can start vibing to your favorite tunes no matter which device you’re using. What do you think about Samsung’s Galaxy Buds? Let us know in the comments.

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