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How to Turn On Earbuds

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If you are new to the world of personal audio devices, you may wonder how to turn on earbuds. Some of the best headphones, after all, are earbuds, and these designs can be frustrating to power on. So what are the benefits of earbuds, how to turn on the best wireless earbuds, and what are some troubleshooting tips? Keep reading to find out.


  • Earbuds offer a portable, durable, and highly efficient way to listen to music, podcasts, or audio from TV or games.
  • Some earbuds feature multi-function buttons on the exterior of the left earbud, which are used to turn them on, turn them off, and make them available for Bluetooth pairing on your Android device or Apple device.
  • If your earbuds lack this power button, try to power them on via an integrated smartphone app, which can also feature a pairing mode.

Why Use Earbuds?

Earbuds are low-profile devices that are typically powered by Bluetooth if you wonder what true wireless is. They are portable, lightweight, and easy-to-use, once you learn how to turn on Airpods and related models. They are generally considered to be sturdy, with no obvious maintenance issues. In other words, you likely won’t have to learn how to fix earbuds, though that can never hurt.

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Some earbuds can remain powered on indefinitely, though they will draw battery power even when not being used.

How to Turn On Wireless Earbuds

Each model boasts a completely different design, so there is no universal method for powering on a pair of earbuds. Apple AirPods earbuds, after all, are different from Raycon earbuds or Samsung Galaxy Buds. Here are some troubleshooting tips to make sure you get powered on in no time.

Check the Instructions

Your first move is to check the instructions that accompanied the earbuds upon your initial purchase. Most models include a quick-start guide of some kind that will clearly label and list out the process by which you turn on the earbuds. Follow these instructions to the letter, and you should be fine. If you can’t find the instructions or the quick-start guide, look online and on YouTube for a tutorial video.

Look for a Button on the Exterior

If you lost the instructions or if they didn’t help, it is time to troubleshoot for yourself. Start by examining the exterior of the earbuds. One of the buds should include a dedicated button that you hold down for several seconds to power on the earbuds. Two notes. This button is likely tiny, so wear glasses while you perform this step. Also, this same button is likely used to power down the earbuds and make them available for a Bluetooth connection.

Use an App

Some earbuds do not have any buttons on the exterior, relying instead on an integrated smartphone app. You can power on the earbuds via the app, or they will automatically power on whenever the app is opened up.

STAT: Apple announced the first generation AirPods on September 7, 2016, at an Apple Special Event alongside the iPhone 7 and Apple Watch Series 2. (source)

Earbuds Power FAQs

How do you activate Samsung earbuds?

This is done via an integrated power button or by using voice guidance, the assistant settings on your phone, or any other custom settings available.

How do you turn off headphone mode on Android?

If you want to reset the connection with your Android phone, head into the settings and turn on headphone mode or power down the headphones via the left earbud. You won’t need any voice guidance here or access to a headphone jack or headphone plug.

Do they have wireless charging?

Some earbuds offer wireless charging via the storage container. Once you place the earbuds in the container, they automatically enter sleep mode and start to charge. You won’t have access to phone calls, the power button, the volume down button, or other options as they rest on the power source.

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