Share your Google Pixel Buds

Now when you share one of your earbuds with another person, each of you can control the volume individually. 

Note: Sharing detection works during media playback and calls. However, during a call or an Assistant query, only one earbud's microphone will be active. Notifications and alerts will play on both earbuds.

Turn on sharing detection

  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. Tap In-ear detection.
  3. Tap the toggle button to enable sharing detection.

Share your Pixel Buds

  1. With sharing detection enabled, give one of your earbuds to the person you’re sharing with.
  2. After 5-10 seconds, each person will hear a chime letting you know that sharing has been detected. 
    • Tip: If you do not hear a chime:
      1. Remove the earbud from your ear, wait a few seconds, and then put it back in.
      2. Have one person be still while the other turns their head left and right.
  3. Once sharing has been detected, each earbud’s volume can be controlled individually using swipe gestures. Learn more.
  4. If either earbud is removed, Pixel Buds will detect that you are no longer sharing your earbuds. The earbuds will re-sync their volume without you needing to toggle off sharing detection.
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