From quick pairing and checking battery levels to pairing your Pixel Buds 2 with a non-Android phone, we’ll walk you through everything you need to know about the Pixel Buds 2 below.
1. Installation is as easy as 1, 2, 3
Link the Pixel Buds to yourphone or tablet takes less than 30 seconds. Serious. All you need to do is open the Pixel Buds case next to your unlocked phone and wait for the prompt. Here’s what it looks like:
Once the prompt shows up, tap it and let your phone and Buds do the rest of the work. Note that the warning says that the Pixel Buds will be connected to your Google account, which means you can quickly connect to the Pixel Buds on any Android device you are signed in to. Just open the case near your other phone or tablet and wait for a notification to pop up on your screen saying something like “Your saved device is available” and tap it to connect.
After pairing the Pixel Buds, you will see a prompt asking if you want to install the Pixel Buds app. The answer is yes, you do – the app is how you unlock more cool features.
If you pair the Pixel Buds with a Pixel phone, you do not need to install the app, it is built into your device. You can access it by opening the Bluetooth settings page and tapping the gear icon next to your Pixel Buds.
We have instructions on how to pair Pixel Buds with a non-Android device at the bottom of this post.
2. Simply check the battery level
There are two ways to check the battery status of your Pixel Buds and the charging case. You can open the Pixel Buds app, where battery stats are prominently displayed at the top. Or you can unlock your phone and open the charging case with the Pixel Buds still inside, and a second or two later, an alert will tell you everything you need to know about the battery level.
You can charge the Pixel Buds case by placing it on a wireless charging station or via the USB-C port at the bottom.
3. Learn the ministry
Both Pixel Buds act like giant touch panels, so you can tap or swipe them to play or pause music, for example, or to ask the Google Assistant to read your notifications. Here’s a quick rundown of the gestures you should know about:
Single tap: Play / pause or answer an incoming call.
Double tap: Skip numbers, end or decline a call, and quit Google Assistant.
Triple tap: Go back one track.
Swipe forward: Increase the volume.
Swipe back: Reduce the volume.
Long press: You can talk to the Google Assistant while touching one of the buttons, or if you let go after hearing the bell, the Google Assistant will read your notifications.
4. In-ear detection is pretty cool
You don’t have to worry about the break before taking out a Pixel Bud. They’re smart enough to know when they’re in your ears and automatically pause when you take one out. Replace it to resume playback.
5. Magic volume control
The Pixel Buds can automatically adjust their volume based on how quiet or noisy the environment you are in. Custom Sound is turned off by default, but you can – and should – turn it on.
Open the Pixel Buds app or settings page, tap Adaptive Sound and slide the switch to the On position.
With Adaptive Sound turned on, your Pixel Buds will make subtle adjustments to their volume levels as the sound around you changes. If you make a manual adjustment, Adaptive Sound temporarily stops making changes until the surrounding sound changes significantly. Pretty cool stuff.
6. Set up Google Assistant
After the initial pairing, you will be asked if you want to set up Google Assistant on the Pixel Buds. Doing so will allow Google Assistant to read new notifications from apps of your choice and reply without answering your phone.
Of course, the normal Google Assistant-type tasks are also possible, such as controlling a smart lamp or adjusting your Nest thermostat.
Open the Pixel Buds app and tap Google Assistant to start the setup process, giving your Assistant access to your phone’s notifications. When you’re done, you can customize which app notifications you’ve read out automatically and determine whether or not the Pixel Buds respond to the “Hey, Google” wake-up phrase.
Find a lost Bud
Completely wireless earbuds are great, but they are also very easy to lose. One minute you are listening to your favorite tunes, then you take one out, put it down and walk away. Fortunately, Google has included a tool that can help you find your lost Bud in the Pixel Buds app.
Open the app and select Search deviceThen tap the button that is missing and listen. The Bud will start playing a sound, soft at first, but slowly getting louder, until you hopefully find it.
8. Pair with an iPhone, PC or Mac
The Pixel Buds can be used with any Bluetooth device such as iPhone, iPad ($ 385 on eBay), Mac or PC. Granted, you won’t be able to use some of the more advanced features such as quick link and Google Assistant, but not all is lost. You still have automatic pause and play, and volume control gestures, along with tap controls, also work.
Follow these steps to pair your Pixel Buds with a non-Android device:
1. With the Pixel Buds in the charging case, open it and press and hold the button on the back of the case.
2. The white light between the buttons starts to flash.
3. Open the Bluetooth settings menu on your device and find your Pixel Buds.
4. Select your Pixel Buds on your device and follow the instructions to complete pairing.
9. Factory reset your Pixel Buds
If you’re ready to pass your Pixel Buds on to someone else, or just want to start over, you can easily reset them to factory settings. Start charging the case from the USB-C port, with the Pixel Buds inside, then press and hold the button on the back until the pairing light stops flashing.
The light will then flash white and amber for a few seconds and then only flash white again to indicate that the reset is complete.
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