Do you use AirPods with an Android phone?

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Apple's AirPods (opens in new tab) started the true wireless earbud revolution when they were first unveiled in 2016, and most recently, Apple ushered in the new AirPods Pro with active noise canceling, better audio quality, and a refreshed design.

There's no denying the popularity and success of AirPods, and while they technically work with Android phones, the experience isn't quite as seamless as using them with an iPhone.

Taking a look through the AC forums, here's what some of our members have to say about Apple's earbuds.

I used the air pods pro with my note 10. They worked fine. I returned them because the sound quality is mediocre and not worth 250. But as far as using them with the note, no issues. It is helpful to have an iPhone around to set the stem settings but once you set them they stick.

clerk

I just gave my airpods gen 2 to the wife and bought the galaxy buds today. I like how the galaxy buds are able to read my text messages out loud for me. The air pods cannot do that obviously. So for me the galaxy buds are working out better than the air pods did.

areyes1631

1 is Apple. 1 is Samsung... Its like a Honda using a Mitsubishi part... Its not even 3rd party for example HKS or Pivot... Long story short. If brand A sells a phone, use brand A's accessories or a 3rd party brand. But thats my personal preference. Its not like the Apple Airpods are optimized to work with Android phones.

Hermes Hidayat

I wouldn't go near airplops unless I had an iPong. Waiting for my Jabra 75t pre-order to arrive, I'm downright refusing to pay for Samsung Galaxy Buds when I paid for my Note 10 plus 5G in full and can't get them either free or even discounted like most other people

j_hansen

Now, we'd like to know — Do you use AirPods with an Android phone?

Join the conversation in the forums!

Joe Maring was a Senior Editor for Android Central between 2017 and 2021. You can reach him on Twitter at @JoeMaring1.

11 Comments
  • I don't but my kids do. They don't care about the sound quality. It's good enough. They care more about the look and Apple name. Unless it's the new Pro's. They say they look like hair dryers.
  • Yep. I don't care about assistant or whatever I am missing out on. Airpods (not Pro) are the most comfortable earbuds I have used. I also don't need or want noise canceling so the style/type of the airpods is perfect. I don't like the style that seal into the ear canal. The only thing I would change is the color. I wish I could get them in black.
  • Not AirPods, but I do use a pair of wired Apple EarPods on my lunch. Sound quality is poor, but they sit outside the ear and don't make noise when I chew! Last night I picked up a set of Bose Soundsport headphones, and they are slightly more comfortable and sound better. SO, I'll probably be using the Bose for lunch for now on. The audio quality is not what they claim it to be, but it's ok for the moment.
  • Yup, using AirPods with my Pixel 2 XL. Like everyone says quality is nothing special but they re so convenient when they can connect and for charging.
  • I have decided to delete this app. The intrusive auto playing pop up ads that blast out audio is ridiculous. Many people have complained and the complaints are falling on deaf ears. Plus the articles are really devoid of any real objective opinions. I'm done see ya.
  • I'm leaning in your direction.
  • Why are they so LOUD???
  • The deaf ears are probably from listening to too many of those loud ads!
  • No thanks. My daughter switched from her Galaxy S9 to the iPhone XR. 🙄
    Now she wants airpods and an apple watch. 🙄🙄
    She's 15 and she says that kids in high school make fun of the kids that don't have apple. 🙄🙄🙄
  • Before good airpod competitors existed I definitely considered it, but now there's no way in hell. The competition is better AND cheaper.
  • No. Why would I? There are better and cheaper alternative outhere...