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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39 responses to “How to Connect the Galaxy Buds to a Computer, iPhone, or Other Non-Galaxy Device”

  1. Stephen Smith says:

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

  2. Abdul Rahman Saeed says:

    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.

  3. Grimm Locke says:

    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.

  4. mike says:

    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.

  5. HeyEph says:

    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?

  6. SC says:

    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?

  7. wickedpygmy says:

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

  8. Thanks a million. Worked perfectly on win 10.

  9. Manuela Li Yuk Lo says:

    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 ?

    • David Cogen says:

      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 says:

        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.

        • David Cogen says:

          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 says:

            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.

          • David Cogen says:

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

  10. beverly windham says:

    So i had the Gear wear app for pc up and the add bluetooth screen up at the same time. The wear app may not be needed it only showed me when the case was in pairing mode. I needed to use the cable plugged into the case and laptop, with the case open the gear app would say searching, the bluetooth screen would say Gear Buds (install from the bluetooth screen) and that is how i was able to install. I did have to open and close twice.

  11. Bryan says:

    Sheesh. Talk about a major disapointment from the IconX. I can’t get this paired to anything, even after your instructions. It doesn’t have the built in MP3 player. Ambient sound can’t be activate from the device. I’m leaning on sending these back to Amazon and just getting another set of the iconx. I thought I would share the ones I had with my father since I knew these were coming. No good deed, etc….

  12. Daan Dusseljee says:

    Hey, i connected the buds but as soon as i take them out of the case they disconnect again. Any tips? Also i cant hear anything if they are connected.

  13. Derrick Flemings says:

    I have windows 7 and the driver won’t download for my Samsung ear buds.

  14. Robin says:

    Now after I connect will I be able to go between devices or will I have to pair each device when I use it. Say like if I want to use with my galaxy phone when I go somewhere will I have to pair it back to my phone or will it just pick it up?

    • David Cogen says:

      It should be able to stay paired to multiple devices so you just need to disconnect it from one and tap it in Bluetooth settings on the new one and it’ll connect.

  15. waseem says:

    Hi. I connected the galaxy buds to my laptop (Dell xps15 with windows 10). The sound only works if I listen to music on spotify or do other audio releated stuff, however if I watch a video on Youtube the audio on the buds stops working, instead the audio starts playing on the lapotop internal speaker. I already set my buds as the default device but still the video audio doesnt work on my buds. Can anayone help me pls??

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