Learn controls for Google Pixel Buds

The Google Pixel Buds allow you to control your media, manage your calls, or activate Google Assistant while on the go with just a few simple gestures. All gestures can be performed with either earbud. You can also disable touch controls entirely.

How To Use Touch Controls Google Pixel Buds Pro | Google Pixel Buds Pro

Touch controls

Tap

  • Play / Pause media
  • Answer call
  • Pixel Buds Pro only: Leave Conversation Detection mode

Double Tap

  • Next track
  • End / Reject call
  • Stops Google Assistant

Triple Tap

  • Previous track

Swipe Forward

  • Raise volume (not available on Pixel Buds A-Series)

    You can also control the volume by saying, "Hey Google, turn up the volume."

Swipe Backward

  • Lower volume (not available on Pixel Buds A-Series)

    You can also control the volume by saying, "Hey Google, turn down the volume."

Touch & Hold (requires Android 6.0+)

Turn off or on Active Noise Cancellation (Google Pixel Buds Pro only)

Use Google Assistant

  • For Google Pixel Buds Pro (that are configured to Assistant), Google Pixel Buds, and Pixel Buds A-Series:
    • Listen to notifications (release after chime)
    • Activate Google Assistant (speak while holding)
Activate Google Assistant on Pixel Buds Pro

How you activate Google Assistant will depend on how you've configured the left and right buds of your Pixel Buds Pro.

If your LEFT bud is configured for:

And your RIGHT bud is configured for:

Then to activate Google Assistant:

Noise control

Noise control

Use hotword ("Hey Google")

Noise control

Assistant

Use hotword ("Hey Google") or

touch and hold RIGHT bud

Assistant

Noise control

Use hotword ("Hey Google") or

touch and hold LEFT bud

Assistant

Assistant

Use hotword ("Hey Google") or

touch and hold LEFT or RIGHT bud

Good to know:

  • At least one of your worn earbuds must be configured for Assistant if you want spoken Assistant notifications. An example of a spoken notification is, "You have a message from [contact name]."
  • When you touch and hold either Google Pixel Bud, wait for a chime and then speak to the Google Assistant. You can also say "Hey Google" or "OK Google" to talk to the Google Assistant without touching your earbuds.
  • The Google Assistant on Google Pixel Buds is only available on Android and requires an Assistant-enabled Android 6.0+ device, Google Account, and an internet connection. Data rates may apply. See minimum requirements.

Turn off touch controls

If you'd rather not use touch controls for your earbuds, you can turn them off. When you turn off touch controls, your Pixel Buds won't respond to any touches or taps, but you can still get hands-free help from your Google Assistant by saying "Hey Google". You can turn off touch controls from your phone or by asking your Assistant.

From your phone:

  1. On a Pixel phone with Android 10+: Go to your phone's Settings and then Connected devices and then Pixel Bud's settings Settings.
    On other Android devices: Open the Google Pixel Buds app Pixel Buds.
  2. Tap Touch controls.
  3. Turn off touch controls.

Using the Assistant:

  1. Say "Hey Google, turn off touch controls."

Google Assistant requires an Assistant-enabled Android 6.0+ device, Google Account, and an internet connection. Data rates may apply. For available languages and minimum requirements go to g.co/pixelbuds/help

 

Pixel Buds (Gen 1)

The Google Pixel Buds allow you to control your media, manage your calls, use your Assistant, or translate spoken languages while on the go with just a few simple gestures. The available gestures are:

The Google Assistant on Google Pixel Buds is only available on Android and requires an Assistant-enabled Android device and data connection. Data rates may apply. For minimum requirements, go here. A Google account is required for full access to features.
Google Translate on Google Pixel Buds is only available on Pixel phones.
Internet connection required. Fees may apply.

 

 

Touch & Hold

Note: You don't have to wait for a tone. As soon as you touch and hold your right Google Pixel Bud, you can speak to your Google Assistant.

 

 

Tap

 

 

Double Tap

To customize Double Tap:

  1. Connect your Pixel Buds (Gen 1) to your phone.
  2. Press and hold the center button on your phone to activate your Google Assistant.
  3. Tap Customize Double Tap.
  4. Select Check notifications or Next track.
  5. Note: Selecting Next track will disable the spoken notifications function.

 


Triple Tap

 

 

Swipe Backward

Note: All gestures are performed with the right earbud.

Gesture with a finger to perform commands

To do this... Perform this gesture
Answer call Tap the right earbud
End call Touch and hold the right earbud
Ignore call Touch and hold the right earbud
Play or pause media Tap the right earbud
Increase volume Swipe forward on the right earbud
Decrease volume Swipe backward on the right earbud
Invoke your Google Assistant Touch and hold the right earbud
Confirm your choice with Google Assistant Tap the right earbud
Stop your Google Assistant Double tap the right earbud
Listen to notifications with Google Assistant Double tap the right earbud
Wake/Sleep your Pixel Buds Triple tap the right earbud

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