How to connect Samsung Galaxy Buds to an Android phone

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If you’ve got yourself a shiny new phone, you’ll likely be in the market for a good pair of Bluetooth headphones, too. With headphone jacks becoming a thing of the past, the design of many new phones has rendered traditional wired headphones almost obsolete. 

There are loads of good wireless headphones out there varying in design, price and quality, but if you’re looking for a premium, in-ear option, you could do worse than the Samsung Galaxy Buds. 

The Galaxy Buds can connect to any Android phone – not just those manufactured by Samsung – and offer many of the same advantages as their biggest rival, Apple’s AirPods. That means big sound, streamlined design and clever built-in microphones, all wrapped up in a teeny package.

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Price-wise, you have two options. The standard Galaxy Buds cost £139, while the upgraded Galaxy Buds+ will set you back £159 and offer enhanced sound and longer battery life.  

Read on to find out everything you need to know to connect a pair of Samsung Galaxy Buds to your Android-based phone…

How to turn on Bluetooth on your phone

Before you can pair any Bluetooth device – such as headphones – with your phone, you need to make sure that Bluetooth connections are enabled in your phone’s settings. Here’s how you do it.

  • Swipe down from the top of the screen to reveal the notification panel.
  • Swipe down again to see your Quick Settings.
  • If it's not already highlighted, tap the Bluetooth icon to switch it on.
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How to put Galaxy Buds into pairing mode

To place your Galaxy Buds into pairing mode, simply insert the earbuds into the charging case and close the case. According to Samsung’s support page, “If the battery indicator light doesn’t flash, you’ll need to charge the earbuds for at least 10 minutes before they’ll pair.”

Next, open the Galaxy Buds charging case and the earbuds will automatically enter Bluetooth pairing mode.

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How to connect Galaxy Buds to your Android phone

Once your Galaxy Buds are ready for pairing, the process of connecting them to your Android phone is incredibly simple. In fact, it’s the same process as connecting any pair of Bluetooth headphones. Just follow these simple steps.

  • Open the Settings app on your phone.
  • Choose ‘Connected devices’, then tap ‘Pair new device’.
  • Select your Galaxy Buds from the list of available devices.
  • In the window that appears, tick the checkbox to allow access to your contacts and call history.
  • Tap ‘Pair’.
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Should you ever wish to unpair your Galaxy Buds from your Android phone, simply navigate to the ‘Connected devices’ menu. Tap the gear icon next to your headphones, then tap ‘Forget’.

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