How to Pair Wireless Earbuds Together

Updated On February 8, 2021
By Harry Singleton

In Guides

Have you bought yourself a new pair of wireless earbuds but you just can’t figure out how to connect them together?

Then wonder no more as we have come up with a step-by-step process which you can use to ensure your earbuds are working as intended. Syncing your earbuds up with a Bluetooth device can be a frustrating chore, especially when you just want to listen to your favourite music.

However, contrary to popular belief, wireless headphones can be used by technophobes and tech lovers alike. Read on to see how exactly you can pair your devices up with minimal fuss!

A 5-Step Guide to the Pairing Process

Below you will find a rough 5 step guide to pairing your earphones up or with another Bluetooth device such as a phone or tablet. The steps may vary slightly depending on the product and technology used, but this guide should point you in the right direction!

Charge Your Devices Up Fully

The first step to pairing your wireless earbuds together is to ensure that both the earbuds and the Bluetooth device you wish to pair them to are fully charged. Charging your devices up fully before use ensure that their battery life is at its peak and consequently you can use them for as long as possible. This can also prevent any potential issues relating to low battery power from cropping up and postponing the connection process. Try not to use your device as it is being charged as this can limit the overall battery life and prevent your device from sustaining a longer charge in the future.

This is especially true when it comes to their first-time use as the first charge can be the most important. If a device isn’t fully charged before you first use it then the maximum battery life will be slightly lessened. As obvious as it may sound it is also an idea to make sure you have turned the power on each bud. Sometimes in your excitement, even the best of us can forget the simplest things.

Ensure All Earbuds are Compatible

The next step is to ensure that both the wireless earbuds and the Bluetooth device are compatible. If they aren’t then the earphones won’t be able to connect together, to your phone or another Bluetooth device. You should also check that each gadget also features the same Bluetooth type. Bluetooth 5.0 is backwards compatible with every type of Bluetooth up until 5.0, so try to keep your eyes peeled for products that feature this.

When it comes to the earbuds themselves, however, you will tend to find that only earbuds of the same make will be compatible with each other. This is regardless of connection type as each bud will provide a unique wireless range. If you are at all uncertain whether or not a pair of buds is compatible always check the manual provided or ask the manufacturer directly through their site.

Check that Bluetooth is Switched On

This might seem like a fairly obvious step, but it can sometimes be overlooked. This is slightly different depending on whether you are using an Android device or an Apple one, however, the method should be fairly similar. One way of checking that your Bluetooth is on is by checking for the Bluetooth icon somewhere on your phone (typically towards the top right or left). If you can’t find this icon anywhere on the screen then you may need to switch your Bluetooth on.

Most technology will feature the same method so we will use an iPhone as an example as this is perhaps the most popular phone available. The first step is to open the settings menu, which is typically displayed as a cog or another maintenance style picture. Once you have entered this menu find the Bluetooth setting (sometimes under connection or wireless settings) and switch it on. If this switched on fine then you are ready to pair your earbuds up with this device.

Put your Earbuds into Pairing Mode

A lot of true wireless earphones are automatically in pairing mode as soon as they are powered on, however, you may need to take some additional steps depending on the product. The best way to check whether or not your earbuds are constantly in pairing mode is to read the manual as it will usually walk you through a pairing process.

Typically you will find a Bluetooth pairing button on each earbud to activate it’s pairing mode. This is usually only found on one earbud, but some products may have a button on each device (if they need to connect to each other). You may need to hold this button for a couple of seconds to ensure it is switched on.

The ear buds themselves will usually feature a way in which you can tell whether or not they are ready to be paired, commonly through the use of flashing LED lights. However, as always, this can differ per device. Once each earbud’s Bluetooth is switched on, you are ready to get connecting.

Pair Your Ear Buds Up

Once both the earbuds and your chosen device are ready to receive Bluetooth connections, the final step is fairly straightforward. Again we will use an iPhone set up as an example as most gadgets will use the same method. Once the earphones and phone are set up and ready to connect, you must then go back to the Bluetooth settings found in the option menu on your device.

You should then be able to see the name of your earbuds in the Bluetooth menu, or at least a model name. Simply click on this name and your device should connect to your earbuds. This should take a few seconds at most. Feel free to test this by turning up the volume and seeing you get the usual audio feedback response. If however, you can’t hear anything, then repeat the process as sometimes too much time may have passed or the device may not be correctly be set up.

That’s all there is to connecting your true wireless earbuds to a device through Bluetooth. Once you have done this a couple of times, it shouldn’t take too long between each attempt. So put on your headphones and appreciate your favourite songs wirelessly through Bluetooth!

Troubleshooting and Answering Your Issues

There are an array of issues that can arise when it comes to figuring out why your wireless earbuds won’t pair with each other. This is can change slightly depending on the models so it’s hard to make a concise list of each issue you may face. If you are ever unsure with a specific product or problem then you should be able to find the answer on the manufacturer’s site, or by contacting them directly.

One quick method that can typically fix a lot of problems that may appear when trying to use your buds is by turning them off and fully charging them. Although this isn’t the only solution to any audio problems you may come across, it is a fairly common fix.

Another troubleshooting method is to see if your true wireless earbuds have a reset button, or at least a reset function using the connection button. Once pressed the LEDs should flash slightly differently to how they typically do when you first turn the power on. If neither of these methods work you may need to contact support and get someone professional to solve your problem.


How do you pair wireless earbuds to each other?

Most of the latest Bluetooth headphones will feature a pairing button found on each earbud or somewhere accessible on the device. Products vary but usually, the button will require a single click or for you to hold it down for a few seconds. Your earbuds should then be synchronized through Bluetooth allowing you to listen your music content. If you are confused at all about this process then be sure to repeat the 5 steps we have provided as the problem may be solved by a specific step.

How do you pair left and right earbuds?

This is extremely similar to how you typically pair up a set of buds. You should only be required to click or hold down each Bluetooth connection button on your earbuds until the lights indicate they are synced up. Nothing too much should change regardless of the technology used, as long as your earbuds are compatible you will rarely have a problem. Just be sure to check if the ear buds are already in pairing mode without the need of pressing a button or not to save yourself some time.

How do you pair dual wireless earbuds?

People may expect this method to be different from the typical Bluetooth connection method however dual wireless headphones are rarely different. Once each ear bud is connected with each other, you should be ready to sync them up with a compatible Bluetooth gadget. Find the name of your earbuds within the Bluetooth settings menu and simply press the name. Your ear buds should connect without a problem and you can get onto appreciating your tunes with minimal fuss. The technology and the products themselves may be different, but the process is usually the same. Be sure to check our list if you are at all confused!