Best Galaxy Watch Active Headphones Android Central 2021

Samsung's smartwatches are great for quick notification management and fitness tracking, and they're equally great for music playback as well, thanks to Bluetooth and local media storage. Whether you want to listen to your favorite tunes on your weekly jog or take in a new audiobook, these are the best wireless headphones for your Galaxy Watch.

Galaxy Buds Live Mystic Bronze

Overall best: Samsung Galaxy Buds Live

Staff pick

Samsung's latest true wireless earbuds pair nicely with its various Galaxy Watch models. They're incredibly portable, last for eight hours on a charge, and the wireless charging case holds an additional 21 hours of juice inside. The Galaxy Buds Live are water-resistant, tunable within the software, and even feature active noise canceling.

Jaybird Vista Render

True wireless earbuds: Jaybird Vista

Jaybird has been making quality headphones for quite some time, and the Vistas are no exception. You can get a full six hours of battery life on a single charge, with another 10 hours stored in the charging case. They're also sweat- and rain-proof, making these earbuds great for any active lifestyle.

Skullcandy Sesh

True wireless for cheap: Skullcandy Sesh

If you want the absolute cheapest possible true wireless experience, Skullcandy's Sesh earbuds are about as affordable as it gets. You won't get great battery life or USB-C charging, but the Sesh earbuds are comfortable, water-resistant, and have a great sound profile with plenty of bass.

Bose SoundSport Free

Premium earbuds: Bose SoundSport Free

If you're hoping to get the signature Bose sound in a much smaller and workout-friendly package, look no further than the SoundSport Free. Like the Jaybirds, the Soundsports are sweat- and weather-resistant, and the gel tips are designed with comfort and stability in mind, with soft-tip wings that keep them in your ears.

Oneplus Buds White Render

Familiar design: OnePlus Buds

The OnePlus Buds may look strikingly similar to ... ahem, a certain competitor, but they're great affordable, water-resistant earbuds with seven hours of battery life and continuous playback. You also get a compact charging case that can boost your earbuds by another 23 hours.

Anker SoundBuds Curve render

Tight budget: Anker SoundBuds Curve

Anker's Bluetooth earbuds are a shockingly great value, with wings that wrap completely around your ears to hold them in place. The SoundBuds Curve also feature removable inner earwings and tips, and up to 12.5 hours of music playback per charge with in-line controls for adjusting volume and pausing your track.

$27 at Amazon
Jabra Move Style Edition

Affordable over-ears: Jabra Move Style Edition

The Jabra Moves are a great option for people looking to dip their toes into the wireless world without spending a ton of money. They don't offer noise cancelation, but still provide impressively good sound quality for the money, along with eight-hour battery life to get you through just about any workday or exercise routine.

$75 at Amazon
V-MODA Crossfade 2 Wireless

Stylish over-the-ears: V-MODA Crossfade 2 Wireless

V-MODA makes some of the best-looking over-the-ear headphones around, and they sound just as good, with the option for wired or wireless listening. The Crossfades offer 14 hours of battery life and include a molded carrying case. You'll need to use the aging Micro-USB to recharge them, but they're well worth the money.

Sony WH-1000XM4

Best ANC cans: Sony WH1000XM4

Sony's fourth-generation 1000XM4 noise-canceling headphones are some of our favorite headphones ever for frequent travelers or anyone who works out of a public spot like a coffee shop. They feature convenient gesture-based controls, and you can selectively filter audio back into your ears.

When you should use earbuds

Samsung Galaxy Buds Live vs. Galaxy Buds+Source: Hayato Huseman / Android Central

One of the main reasons to use a Galaxy Watch with headphones is for convenience; whether you buy a cellular or Wi-Fi-only model, Samsung's smartwatches can store music locally or stream from various services like Spotify, making them great for listening to music on a run, even if you leave your phone behind. Earbuds are just as portable as your watch, with most pairs able to be tucked into a pocket or carried in a small case.

Samsung's true wireless Galaxy Buds Live are a great pairing with any Galaxy Watch, with long battery life (especially when paired with the charging case) and tunable sound profiles. Best of all, you get active noise canceling with the Buds Live, allowing you to filter out unwanted ambient noise while you listen to your music.

When you should use over-the-ear headphones

Sony WH-1000XM4Source: Peter Cao / Android Central

While they're bulkier than their earbud counterparts, it's generally accepted that larger, over-the-ear headphones like the Sony WH-1000XM4 offer significantly better audio quality and better sealing around your ear. If you're willing to look past the large size and high cost, these headphones are among the best ways to experience wireless audio.

Those Sony headphones also offer active noise canceling, completely shutting out sounds from your surrounding environment, along with the ability to selectively filter sounds back into the headphones, allowing you to hold conversations while listening to music. If you're not willing to spend hundreds on headphones, though, the Jabra Moves are another excellent option for a fraction of the price.

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