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Pixel Buds 2: Fast pairing, adaptive sound and seven other tips you need to know



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Google's Pixel Buds 2 has many features you need to learn.


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Google's Pixel Buds 2 are the real deal. They sound great, are sweat-resistant and, thanks to interchangeable tips and a fin that holds them in your ears, they offer a good fit. However, Pixel Buds 2 offers more than just fit and sound quality. For example, you can use these tiny gadgets to keep an eye on your inbox due to the integration of Google Assistant . Although there is no active noise cancellation, the volume is automatically adjusted to the sound level of your environment

From quick pairing and checking the battery level to pairing your Pixel Buds 2 with a non-Android phone, we will guide you through everything you need to know the Pixel Buds 2 need to know below.

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Setup is as easy as 1, 2, 3

Pairing Pixel Buds with your Android phone or tablet takes less than 30 seconds. Seriously. All you have to do is open the Pixel Buds case next to your unlocked phone and wait for the prompt. Here it looks like this:

The pairing takes only a few seconds. Really.


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When prompted, tap it and let your phone and buds do the rest of the work. Note that the warning says that the Pixel Buds will be connected to your Google account. This means that you can quickly connect to the Pixel Buds on any Android device you're signed in to. Just open the case near your other phone or tablet and wait for a warning to appear on your screen that says something like "Your saved device is available" and tap to connect .

After pairing the Pixel Buds, a prompt should appear asking if you want to install the Pixel Buds app. The answer is: yes, you can use the app to unlock other sweet features.

If you pair the Pixel Buds with a Pixel phone, you don't need to install the app, it's built into your device. You can access it by opening the Bluetooth settings page and tapping the gear icon next to your Pixel Buds.

At the end of this post, you will find instructions on how to pair the Pixel Buds with a non-Android device.

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The charging case has a battery indicator, but what about the bud? ?


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Just check the battery level.

There are two ways to check the battery status of your Pixel Buds and the charging case. You can open the Pixel Buds app, which clearly shows the battery statistics above. Or you can unlock your phone and open the charging case while the Pixel Buds are still inside. A second or two later, a warning message will tell you everything you need to know about the battery level.

You can charge the Pixel Buds case by placing it on a wireless charging pad or through the USB-C port on the bottom.

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Go through the Pixel Buds tutorial so you can master the gestures and controls.


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Learn the controls.

Both Pixel Buds act as giant touch panels that you can tap or swipe on, for example to play or pause music, or to have Google Assistant read your notifications. Here is a brief overview of the gestures you need to know:

Single tap: Play / pause or answer an incoming call.

Double tap: Skip title, end or reject a call and stop Google Assistant.

Triple tap: Go back one title.

Swipe forward : Increase the volume.

Swipe back : Lower the volume.

Long press: If you touch Bud you can speak to Google Assistant or if you let go after listening to the carillon, read Google Assistant your notifications.

In-ear detection is pretty cool.

Don't worry about taking a break before taking out a Pixel Bud. They're smart enough to know when they're in your ears and stop automatically when you take one out. Put it back to continue playing.

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Adaptive Sound is a must.


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Magic Volume Control

Pixel Buds can automatically adjust their volume based on how quiet or noisy an environment you are in. Adaptive Sound is disabled by default, but you can – and should – turn it on.

Open the Pixel Buds app or Settings page, tap Adaptive Sound, and slide the switch to the On position.

When Adaptive Sound is enabled, your Pixel Buds subtly adjust their volume as the noise around you changes. If you make a manual adjustment, Adaptive Sound will temporarily stop making changes until the ambient noise changes significantly. Pretty cool stuff.

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Google Assistant adds an extra layer of functionality to the Pixel Buds 2 that you shouldn't skip.


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Set up Google Assistant

After the first pairing, you will be asked if you want to set up Google Assistant for the Pixel Buds. This means that Google Assistant reads new notifications from apps of your choice and lets you respond without having to pick up your phone.

Of course, normal Google Assistant tasks are also possible, e.g. For example, controlling an intelligent light or adjusting your nest thermostat.

Open the Pixel Buds app and tap Google Assistant to start the setup process. This includes giving the wizard access to your phone's notifications. Once you're done, you can customize which app notifications you've read automatically and control whether the Pixel Buds respond to the wake-up phrase "Hey, Google".

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One day you can save with the "Find device" function.


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Finding a lost bud

Completely wireless earbuds are amazing, but they're also very easy to lose. In a second you hear your favorite music, then take one out, put it down and go away. Luckily, Google has included a tool in the Pixel Buds app that you can use to find your lost bud.

Open the app and select Find device . Then tap the missing bud and listen. The bud will start to play a sound that is initially quiet and slowly louder until you hopefully find it.

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Pairing with a non-Android device is painless.


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Pairing with an iPhone, PC or Mac

The Pixel Buds can be used with any Bluetooth-enabled device such as an iPhone, iPad ($ 314 at Best Buy) Mac or PC. Granted, you can't use some of the more advanced features like fast pairing and Google Assistant, but not all of it is lost. You still have automatic pause and play, and the volume control gestures and tap controls also work.

Follow these steps to pair your Pixel Buds with a non-Android device:

1. Open the Pixel Buds in the charging case and hold the button on the back of the suitcase.

2. The white light between the buds starts to flash.

3. Open the Bluetooth settings menu on your device and search for your Pixel Buds.

4. Select your Pixel Buds on your device and follow the instructions to complete the pairing.

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Reset your Pixel Buds 2 to the factory settings using the button on the back of the charging case.


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Resetting Your Pixel Buds To Factory Defaults

If you are ready to share your pixel buds with someone else or just want to start over, you can easily reset them to factory defaults. Charge the housing via the USB-C connection with the pixel buds contained therein and hold the button on the back until the pairing indicator stops flashing.

The light will then blink white and orange for a few seconds and then blink only white again to indicate that the reset is complete.

After mastering your Pixel Buds 2, it's time to master your Android phone. We found some hidden killer features and have a complete guide to all Android 10 gestures . And we can't forget to mention our guide to the other major Android 10 features you need to know .


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