Change Google Pixel Buds settings

Depending on your device, you can change the settings for your earbuds in different ways:

On a Pixel phone with Android 10+: Go to Settings and then System and then Software updates and then App updates and then tap Settings  by your paired Pixel Buds name.
On other Android devices: Open the Google Pixel Buds app Pixel Buds.

Rename your Pixel Buds

To rename your Pixel Buds device, tap Edit Edit and then Enter a new name and then Rename.

Note: If the old name is displayed on a previously paired device (example: your laptop), the display will update to the new name when you re-pair your earbuds to the device.


When setting up Pixel Buds for the first time, you may be prompted to download and open the Pixel Buds app. Once downloaded, open the Pixel Buds app to get to the main settings screen for your connected Pixel Buds.

Learn more about setting up Pixel Buds for the first time.

Main screen

Google Assistant

This will only appear when you're actively connected to the Pixel Buds.

From Assistant settings, you can:

  • Set up your Google Assistant and enable Assistant features on Pixel Buds
  • Manage your spoken notifications
  • Turn on "Hey Google" to access Assistant, even when your phone is locked
  • Turn the start sound on or off

Learn more

Find device

If you misplaced your earbuds, you can make them ring or find their last known location.

Learn more

Touch controls

Touch controls

All gestures can be performed with either earbud and can be turned on or off. On Pixel Buds Pro, you can also customize gestures.


  • Play / Pause media
  • Answer call
  • Dismiss Google Assistant

Double tap

  • Next track
  • End / Reject call

Triple tap

  • Previous track / Repeat

Swipe backward

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

Swipe forward

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

Touch and hold (Android 6.0+ only)

  • Activate Google Assistant
  • To listen to notifications, remain silent until you hear a chime, then let go of the earbud
  • Pixel Buds Pro only: Switch between Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) and Transparency mode. This gesture is configured to ANC by default, but you can customize this gesture in the Pixel Buds app to activate Google Assistant.
    Note: Some features are only available with certain touch and hold combinations.

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Active Noise Control (ANC)

Google Pixel Buds Pro only

Select Noise cancellation, Transparency mode, or Off.

Conversation Detection

Google Pixel Buds Pro only

Automatically switches Noise Cancellation mode to Transparency mode and pauses your media when talking. Once you and your conversation partner are both done talking, your media will resume.

Hearing Wellness

Google Pixel Buds Pro only

Shows you stats about your listening behavior, and alerts you with context about how often you are exposed to high volume levels.

Learn more.

Volume EQ

Automatically adjusts the tuning as you turn the volume up or down. Hear fuller sound at lower volumes.

Equalizer (EQ)

Google Pixel Buds Pro only

Select a preset or customize your EQ.

Spatial audio

Google Pixel Buds Pro with phones P6/P6 Pro/P7/P7 Pro only

"Spatialize" sound to create a multi-speaker effect (similar to a surround sound setup).

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Volume balance

Change volume balance between left and right earbuds or switch to mono audio. Your chosen setting will apply across all your host devices.

Adaptive Sound

Google Pixel Buds A-Series only

Turn on to optimize volume based on environmental noise

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Bass boost

Google Pixel Buds A-Series only

Get more bass with bass boost.

Learn more

Audio switching

Android devices running Google Play Services and O+ can switch seamlessly between Fast paired devices based on what you’re doing.

Learn more


Automatically switch between two concurrently paired Bluetooth devices.

Learn more

Eartip Seal Check (Pixel Buds Pro only)

Check the quality of your eartip seal and get the best possible sound.

Learn more

More settings

Add shortcut to Home screen (Pixel phones only)

Quickly access your Pixel Buds settings from your Home screen by adding the shortcut.

In-ear detection

In-ear detection automatically pauses music when Pixel Buds are removed from your ear and plays music when they are placed back in your ear. If you’re switching from using both to using a single earbud on your own, tap play to resume listening. Tap to turn In-ear detection on or off.

Firmware update

  • Check for updates
  • Turn automatic updates on or off
  • Manually begin an update (available on Pixel Buds Pro and Pixel Buds A-Series)
  • Find firmware versions for both Pixel Buds and charging case


  • Connectivity status
  • Make and model
  • Tutorial
  • Turn automatically sending diagnostics on or off
  • Your Pixel Buds device’s serial numbers

Tips & support

Email notifications

Send feedback

Safety, warranty, and regulatory

Pixel Buds (2017)

Follow the instructions listed below to change headphones settings.

  1. Connect your Pixel Buds to your phone
  2. Press and hold the center button on your phone to invoke your Google Assistant
  3. Tap on Headphones settings

What's in the headphones settings menu?

Here are some examples of what's available in headphones settings menu:


If you need a refresher on what you can do with your Pixel Buds, you can check out a few helpful tutorials.

Double Tap Gesture Customization

Choose your desired action for the double tap gesture: Check notifications or Next track.

Battery Level

The headphones settings menu will inform you of how much power you have left in your Pixel Buds.


The headphones settings menu will inform you the connection status of your Pixel Buds to your phone.

Firmware Version

The headphones settings menu will keep you informed on the current firmware running on your Pixel Buds.

Serial Number

The headphones settings menu will inform you of the serial number of your Pixel Buds.

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