How to Connect the Galaxy Buds to a Computer, iPhone, or Other Non-Galaxy Device

The new Galaxy Buds from Samsung are super easy to connect to your Galaxy phone. You open the case near your phone with Bluetooth enabled and viola a pop-up appears on the screen asking you to connect.

But, what if you want to connect them to say, a computer? Or your non-Galaxy phone? Well, it’s a little less intuitive but it’s not that hard.

Since I myself was trying to figure this out and realized that Samsung has no instructions on how to do this anywhere on their site, I thought I’d write it down for anyone else out there looking for how to connect the Galaxy Buds to their device.

Connect Galaxy Buds to Windows Computer

First, here’s how to connect them to a Windows computer.

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  1. If your Galaxy Buds are connected to a device, make sure that they are disconnected from it before getting started. No need to unpair them, but make sure they are not connected (easiest way for me to do this is to just turn off Bluetooth on the device they were originally connected to while doing this process).
  2. Open the Galaxy Buds case with the Galaxy Buds inside and they’ll go into pairing mode automatically (even though there is no visual indication that they did).
  3. Now, on your Windows computer, click on the search box at the bottom left and type in Bluetooth.Open Search Bar
  4. Click on Bluetooth and other device settings.Select Bluetooth
  5. Click on Add Bluetooth or other device.Click Add New Device
  6. Click on Bluetooth device.Select Bluetooth
  7. You should see the Galaxy Buds in the list there, click them to pair.Select Galaxy Buds
  8. You’ll now need to just wait until Windows gives you a notification saying that the Galaxy Buds have been set up and are ready to use.Displays Connected

Connect Galaxy Buds to a Non-Galaxy Android Device

Now, let’s go through how to connect them to a non-Galaxy Android device.

  1. If your Galaxy Buds are connected to a device, make sure that they are disconnected from it before getting started. No need to unpair them, but make sure they are not connected (easiest way for me to do this is to just turn off Bluetooth on the device they were originally connected to while doing this process).
  2. Open the Galaxy Buds case with the Galaxy Buds inside and they’ll go into pairing mode automatically (even though there is no visual indication that they did).
  3. Now, on your Android phone, pull down the notification shade and tap and hold on the Bluetooth icon to get to Bluetooth settings.
  4. Tap to add a device.
  5. You should see the Galaxy Buds in the list there, click them to pair. Once tapped, they should be ready to go.

Connect the Galaxy Buds to an iPhone

And lastly, here’s how to connect the Galaxy Buds to an iPhone.

  1. If your Galaxy Buds are connected to a device, make sure that they are disconnected from it before getting started. No need to unpair them, but make sure they are not connected (easiest way for me to do this is to just turn off Bluetooth on the device they were originally connected to while doing this process).
  2. Open the Galaxy Buds case with the Galaxy Buds inside and they’ll go into pairing mode automatically (even though there is no visual indication that they did).
  3. Now, on your iPhone, open Settings.
  4. Tap on Bluetooth.
  5. Tap to add a device.
  6. You should see the Galaxy Buds in the list there, click them to pair. Once tapped, they should be ready to go.

There you go! Hope that helps someone out that was looking for this like I was. Let me know how it goes and if you have issues below in the comments and don’t forget to subscribe to the weekly email newsletter for more tips, tricks, videos, etc delivered every Sunday.

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  • Stephen Smith

    I’m weirdly only getting sound through the left bud after doing this. Can’t seem to figure out why.

    • So this happened to me one time and it ended up being that it just needed to be charged for a while then recommend them.

      • Stephen Smith

        I’ll give it a shot. Thanks!

  • Abdul Rahman Saeed

    Hi. I tried to connect my buds to my windows 7 laptop but it cant seem to find them. It is because of Windows 7? Please help me out. Thank you.

    • No should work the same regardless. Try plugging in the earbud case and leaving the earbuds in the case until the light turns on on the case and then turn off and back on Bluetooth on the computer and try again.

      • Roopan Sharma

        Hi. I am also facing the same problem on my windows 10. I tried plugging in and connecting again, Didn’t seem to work

        • Leave them in the case with it open and plug them in and leave them like that. When the light turns on on them turn off and on blueBlueton the PC and then follow the steps above. It should find them then.

          • Roopan Sharma

            Thanks a lot! This worked.

          • You’re welcome! Glad to hear!

  • Grimm Locke

    Any idea if there’s a way to activate ambient sound mode while connected to pc? These would be perfect for office use but I can’t figure out how to enable the feature on pc.

    • Oh that would be a good idea. I don’t think you can though just because you have to turn it on in the Wearables app and be connected to your phone. And there’s no tapping on the headphones shortcut that I know of ?

      • Grimm Locke

        Nope, no shortcuts. I guess I’ll just stick to phone audio. Thanks for the reply though! 🙂

  • mike

    dear friends, is there a samsung app that can be downloaded for iPhone XR? the buds can be used like a Bluetooth device, but having the app allows control of the special features on the Samsung Buds.

    • Search for “Galaxy Wearable” and there should be an app for it.

  • HeyEph

    Can they be paired with an audio-to-BT converter, when used with a non-BT enabled device, like a TV? I’d like to listen to the TV on my treadmill with the buds, but the treadmill only has an audio jack. Would like to find an audio-to-BT adaptor to broadcast to these buds. Possible? Which adaptor might this work with?

  • SC

    I want to use that Samsung Buds with Windows 10 for Skype calls and stuff. Has anyone tried this out? How good is the mic?

    • You can but honestly I don’t think the microphone is great for calls in general. Only real way to know is to buy them and try if out and you can always return them.

  • wickedpygmy

    Thankyou for taking the time to write this. Helped me out 🙂

  • Thanks a million. Worked perfectly on win 10.

    • So glad to hear that! Happy I could help!

  • Manuela Li Yuk Lo

    Hi.. I followed thw instructions to connect it to my laptop windows 10 and it says connected with me having to pair it however, I am not able to use them to listen to music on my laptop as it’s not showing up on the icon as connected.. Please help me ?

    • Click the volume icon in the taskbar and make sure the Galaxy Buds or there and selected from the drop down.

      • Manuela Li Yuk Lo

        It doesn’t show as one of the options when i select the volume icon however, it states that it is connected but nothing seems to play through the earbuds.

        • Unpair them. Then put them in their case with it open and repair them. See if that helps. You should have a volume slider when you click on the volume icon and by moving it it’ll play a ping sound that you can use to confirm if any sounds is coming out.

          • Manuela Li Yuk Lo

            I’ve unpaired them twice and tried to pair them again and it automatically pairs and connects. However, it doesn’t appear as a drop down within the volume icon in order to use. It just states connected and that’s it. Not like in your screenshot where it says audio and music. And my other devices show the same thing and don’t have issues connecting. I will try again and see what happens. Thank you.

          • Hmm post screen shots of what it says in the taskbar when you click on the volume button and on Bluetooth settings.