How to pair the Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 with your device

How to pair the Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 with your device

Samsung just launched the new Galaxy Buds 2 at Unpacked, the latest true wireless earbuds from the tech giant. With dynamic two-way speakers and three levels of ambient sound control, these are some of the best wireless earbuds out there. If you recently picked up the Galaxy Buds 2 with your new Galaxy Z Flip 3 or Galaxy Z Fold 3, it’s time to pair them up. In this article, we’ll walk through how to pair your Galaxy Buds 2 with all of your favorite devices.

Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 in Graphite Black, Lavender Purple, Olive Green, and White, kept open in their cases

Your earbuds can connect to Bluetooth devices for streaming music or making calls. You’ll get the best experience when using the Galaxy Wearable app on your phone or tablet because you’ll have full control over your music. Some features won’t appear in the app unless you’ve already connected the earbuds at least once.

Pair your Galaxy Buds 2 to an Android phone using Galaxy Wearable app

Pairing your earbuds to your phone or tablet with the Galaxy Wearable app is practically effortless. Here are the steps:

  • To connect a new pair, navigate to and open the Galaxy Wearable app, and then tap Start. Place your earbuds in the charging case, close the lid for five to six seconds, and then open the case back up.
  • When your device is spotted, select it, and then pairing and setup will begin.
  • When a pop-up message appears, tap OK to confirm the pairing.
  • If you want to disconnect the earbuds from your phone or tablet manually, open the Galaxy Wearable app, tap Menu (the three horizontal lines) and then select Disconnect (the icon may look like a chainlink). If prompted, tap Disconnect again to confirm.

These connection steps only work if this is the first device you’re pairing with the Galaxy Wearable app. If you want to pair an additional device, open Galaxy Wearable, tap Menu (the three horizontal lines), and then tap Add new device. Make sure your earbuds are in pairing mode by inserting them into your ears and holding both touchpads for a few seconds. Next, select them from the list of available devices.

If you’ve already paired your earbuds with a phone or tablet, just open the charging case to reconnect them.

Pair your Galaxy Buds 2 to an iPhone, PC, or other device using Bluetooth

Have an iPhone, another Android, a computer, watch, or any device that doesn’t support the Galaxy Wearable app? No worries, you can use your Samsung earbuds just like other Bluetooth headphones. Just follow these steps:

  • Place your earbuds in the charging case, and then close the lid. Wait five to six seconds, and then open the case.
  • The earbuds will automatically enter Bluetooth pairing mode.
  • If they’re already paired to another device, insert them into your ears and hold both touchpads for a few seconds until they enter pairing mode.
  • Navigate to your device’s Bluetooth settings, and then select your earbuds from the list of available devices.

Note: Some devices, especially those not tested or approved by the Bluetooth SIG, may be incompatible with the earbuds.

Pair your Galaxy Buds 2 to a Samsung smartwatch

Connecting your Samsung earbuds to your smartwatch will let you manage calls and listen to music on your watch, no matter where the day takes you. To pair with your watch, follow these steps:

  • On your watch, navigate to Settings.
  • Swipe to and tap Connections, and then tap Bluetooth.
  • Verify the switch for Bluetooth is turned on. If your earbuds have not been paired to another device, simply open the case to put them into pairing mode. If they’re already paired to another device, insert them into your ears and hold both touchpads for a few seconds until they enter pairing mode.
  • Tap BT audio or BT headset, and then select the desired earbuds.
  • Tap the Settings icon next to the earbuds, and then make sure Call audio and Media audio are both turned on.

Note: Audio output for phone call conversations on earbuds is only available with LTE watch models. If the switch for Call audio and Media audio is turned off, you will not hear any output to the earbuds and they may disconnect from the watch.

Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 in Olive Green and Lavender Purple kept besides a pool

That’s pretty much all there is to it. Pairing your new Galaxy Buds 2 is incredibly simple, regardless of which device you choose to use them with. If you’re planning to use your Buds 2 at the gym, consider grabbing a protective case. If you need a new Samsung phone to pair your earbuds with, check out the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3 at the links below.

    Galaxy Buds 2
    The Galaxy Buds 2 are the newest iteration of Samsung's true wireless earbuds. With a lighter construction and improved sound, these are the best Buds yet. Ideal for use with your Galaxy smartphone.
    Galaxy Z Flip 3
    The Galaxy Z Flip 3 is the newest iteration of Samsung's compact folding smartphone. With a larger cover screen and improved durability, this is the best Flip yet.
    Galaxy Z Fold 3
    The Galaxy Z Fold 3 is the newest iteration of Samsung's flagship foldable. With S-pen support and improved durability, this is the best Fold yet.

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Applied mathematician with a love for Android. I am interested in inverse problems for imaging and integration with camera software for mobile phones.