Samsung's Galaxy Buds resemblebecause they are completely wireless earphones, use a compact charging compartment, and have exceptional battery life. What sets the Galaxy Buds apart from AirPods, however, is the focus on Android First, which provides features such as message notification and playback control.
Whether you're using a Pixel 3 or a Galaxy S10, pairing is easy, tap customizable interactions, and app notifications are easy to set up. Here is just that and a few extra tips.
Pairing the Galaxy Buds with a Galaxy phone is pretty easy. Open the case, wait a few seconds, tap a button, and you're done.
It may, however, be more nuanced. We have a full post here with all the details you need to know.
One tap, two taps, three taps, more?
Either Galaxy Bud responds to taps and allows you to control music playback or interact with your phone without having to touch your phone. The number of taps in the middle of the Galaxy Bud determines what happens:
- Simple Tap: Play / Pause
- Double tap: Play Next Track / Answer / End Call
- Triple Tip: Play Previous Track  Touch and Hold down: Customizable (see below)
If you tap and hold a Galaxy Bud when your phone starts ringing, the call is disapproved.
Touch and hold
You can customize what happens when you touch and hold a Galaxy Bud and assign separate tasks. Open the Galaxy Wearable App, select your Galaxy Buds from the list of devices, and then select Touchpad .
Each Galaxy Bud has three possible jog-hold interaction settings: Voice Command, Quick Ambient Sound, or Volume Up / Down.
If you increase or decrease the volume for one of the two buttons, the opposite direction of the volume control is automatically applied to the other level. That is, when you adjust the volume of the left bud, the right bud changes to volume.
Locking the Touchpad
Lock the touchpad of your Galaxy Buds in the Galaxy Wearable app in the Touchpad section. This prevents the touchpads from responding to touch.
Find a lost Earbud
Also integrated into the Galaxy Wearable app is the ability to track down lost earplugs. Your phone must be within the Bluetooth range of the lost Galaxy Bud, so in some situations a non-starter may occur.
Open the Galaxy Wearable app and view your Galaxy Buds. Select "Find my earphones" and then press the green play button. Both buds start to play a sound and grow louder to make finding them easier.
Search for software updates
Samsung has regularly released updates for Galaxy Buds since launch. Most of the time, the Galaxy Wear app will let you know when an update is available. However, you can also manually search for an update.
Open the Galaxy Wear app and navigate to the Galaxy Buds section. Scroll to the bottom of the list and select About earbuds. Next, select Update earbuds software followed by . Download and install and follow the instructions.
If an update is available, put your earphones in the charging case and leave it open. The update will be downloaded, copied to your earphones and then installed. The entire process takes less than five minutes.
Originally published on March 8, 2019.
Updated April 15, 2019: Updated with additional information.