How to Store Earbuds

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Updated September 30, 2022

If you are new to the world of teeny-tiny headphones, you may wonder how to pair earbuds. Some of the best headphones, after all, are earbuds, and wireless models must be paired to an audio device. So what are the steps to successfully pair the best wireless earbuds with your audio device of choice? Keep reading to find out.


  • Storing earbuds correctly is essential for their longevity, as it keeps them safe from theft and properly charged for extended periods of time.
  • On that note, some modern earbud cases include integrated chargers, which is a nice perk. Cheap headphones or wireless earbuds do not typically include a case.
  • Properly store your earbuds in the case and consider placing a location tracker in this case. If they are wired, use the over-under technique or keep them close to the headphone jack.

Why Store Earbuds Correctly?

If you don’t store your earbuds correctly now, you could struggle to learn how to reset your earbuds later. In other words, proper storage leads to a longer lifespan, so you won’t have any issues learning how to turn on AirPods. Additionally, modern earbuds ship with storage cases that often double as chargers, so you will be fully charged when it’s time to connect the earbuds to a TV.

Insider Tip

Some third-party Bluetooth tracking apps can be used to locate misplaced earbuds, though results vary.

It also keeps them in a secure location, even if you have learned how to wrap earbuds. So, yeah, keep your earbuds properly stored to ensure the true wireless earbuds are in proper working order.

How to Put Away Earbuds

There is no universal how-to here, as each design is different, but there are some common-sense tips.

Put Them in the Case

If your earbuds are shipped with a dedicated storage case, use that when they are not in use. Place the earbuds snugly in the case and make sure each bud is in the right place, to ensure proper storage. Additionally, these cases often include chargers, so your earbuds will automatically juice up when they are stored correctly. Even if the case lacks a charging component, you should still keep them there, as a case is easier to find than a tiny earbud.

Consider Location Trackers

Earbuds are tiny. They are often too small to integrate with a dedicated tracking device, but the same does not hold true for the storage case. Place a tracking tag right inside the case along with the earbuds, so you will always know where the case is. As long as you put your earbuds in the case when not in use, you will have no trouble finding them when you need them.

STAT: Rather than wrapping the cable around your device or bunching it up, disconnect the earphones from your device and coil it using either the “over-over” or “over-under” method. (source)

Mark the Case

It is not as if earbud cases are gigantic. They are still pretty small. Make the storage case easier to find by marking it up with stickers, colored pencils, and anything else you can think of to make it easier to spot from a distance.

Storing Earbuds FAQs

Should you let others use your earphones?

Earbuds go inside the ear canals, so loaning them out can be a bit gross. The same goes for wired earbuds and any other in-ear headphone style.

How often should you clean your headphones?

Clean your pair of headphones every two weeks or so, depending on how often you use your in-ear headphones. Use a soft cloth or a damp cloth according to the manufacturer's instructions.

Just how bad are dollar store headphones?

Dollar store in-ear headphones or on-ear headphones are known to be quite bare-bones. These cheap headphones will likely break after coming into contact with a headphone jack, for instance, and may not fit inside your ear canal.
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