There is a common misconception that AirPods and AirPods Pro do not work with Android. The fact is that this is completely wrong. Not only do they work with Android, they are my choice for the best real wireless headphones you can get, no matter what operating system you use. That said, there are a few things to consider when you want to use AirPods with your Android phone.
Cool, so what can you do with AirPods or AirPods Pro on Android?
Have you ever used Android wireless headphones? ? If so, you already have a good idea of what you can do with AirPods or AirPods Pro. You can listen to music, podcasts, or other audio data. You can even play and pause this audio!
AirPods default to double tap play / pause for the left pod and skip the title for the right pod ̵
Of course, you can use all real wireless headphones and get built-in playback and tracking controls. AirPods Pro, however, have the excellent features ANC (Active Noise Canceling) and Transparency, which still differentiate them from all other headphones on the market. And guess what? Both also work on Android. Just long press on one of the buds to switch between the two modes.
I can't overdo it that these two modes are by far the most valuable aspect of AirPods Pro and if that The fact that you have an Android phone has prevented you from acquiring a number of professionals, do not hesitate. Both work the same way as on the iPhone and it's fantastic.
Okay, right – so what's missing on Android?
While some functions of AirPods and AirPods Pro work well on Android, they don't all . For example, if you change your preferred long-press features of AirPods Pro on an iOS or iPadOS device, those features will not persist when you return to Android (unlike the double-click options on AirPods that retain the custom features) ,
But there is another function that many users consider valuable and that does not work under Android at all: automatic ear detection. I personally hate this feature, but I have had many conversations with users who absolutely love them. Therefore, I would refuse to ignore their absence on Android. Perhaps this is a deal breaker for you, but as I see it, if I'm already reaching for my ear to take out an earphone, it is just as easy to quickly press the AirPods Pro handle to pause playback on it simultaneously.
Of course, this is not so easy with normal AirPods, because stopping on them requires a double tap. That means you have to tap the bud twice and then remove it, which takes several steps. In this case, I can see how beneficial it is to simply remove the AirPod from your ear and have it stop automatically. However, if you want to purchase AirPods Pro, this is not a problem.
Otherwise, you won't get quick pairing on Android. With this feature, iPhone users can pair AirPods with their iOS device almost instantly when they open the headphone case. But considering that pairing occurs only once most of the time, that shouldn't be a big deal. Since quick pairing is missing, the nifty battery notification will also appear on the iOS home screen when you open the AirPods case near the phone. These are all small details, but they give a meaningful experience.
Sound quality is also okay.
Of course there is also the question of sound quality. Some people say AirPods don't sound as good on Android because AAC isn't as efficient on Android as it is on iOS. According to Sound Guys, AAC requires more processing power than other audio codecs, and Android just doesn't process them fast enough, which leads to lower output quality.
But here's the thing: If you don't know that, you don't know that.
I have tested several headphones over the years and now compare all headphones on iOS and Android when I check them. And my ears can hardly tell a difference between the audio quality between the two operating systems – even with AirPods. They both sound good! I would be willing to throw some money on a table that 90 percent of people in a blind test would not be able to tell the difference between the two. Bet.
So yes. AirPods are fine. You sound good. They work fine. They are amazing.
Also on Android.