Manage in-ear detection

In-ear detection tells your Pixel Buds when they’re in your ear or when you take them out. If your Pixel Buds detect that you’ve taken them out, your current audio selection will automatically pause. When you put them back in, the audio will automatically resume. While paused, you can also tap once on the earbud to resume listening.

In-ear detection is enabled automatically if you pair your Pixel Buds with an Android 6.0+ device with Fast Pair enabled, and will then remain on for any connected host device. You can disable this feature manually using the Pixel Buds app or by factory resetting your Pixel Buds with the case plugged in.

Note: For Pixel Buds A-Series, a factory reset will default to In-ear detection on.

Turn in-ear detection on or off

  1. On a Pixel phone with Android 10+:  Go to Settings and then Bluetooth, and tap the Settings icon by your paired Pixel Buds name.
    On other Android devices: Open the Google Pixel Buds app Pixel Buds.
  2. Scroll down and tap In-ear detection.
  3. Tap the toggle button to turn on or off In-ear detection.

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