Check the battery life difference between the left and right earbuds of the Galaxy Buds

Last Update date : Oct 01. 2021

While using your Galaxy Buds, the battery consumption of the left and right earbuds may differ significantly, or only one earbud may discharge first. The battery consumption of each earbud can be different for various reasons. Check out the guide below to find out more about the Galaxy Bud's battery consumption.

Before you try out the recommendations below, be sure to check if your device's software and related apps are updated to the latest version. To update your mobile device's software, follow these steps: 

Step 1. Go to Settings > Software update.

Step 2. Tap on Download and install.

Step 3. Follow the on-screen instructions.

The master device may consume more battery power

One earbud of the Galaxy Buds operates as the master device, and the earbud that works as the main one consumes battery power faster than the other. The master device can be either the left earbud or the right earbud interchangeably depending on the usage environment.

Battery consumption may vary depending on earbud usage

The battery consumption of the left and right earbuds may differ depending on whether you mainly wear one side while using the Galaxy Buds, or due to Bluetooth confusion. Depending on your calls, media listening, volume, and other usage patterns, the battery of both earbuds may be consumed differently. So, the left and right earbuds' battery life may differ depending on the usage pattern and circumstances. This is not a malfunction of the device.

Check the battery life in the Galaxy Wearable app

If your Galaxy Buds is connected to your phone, you can check the battery level of the Galaxy Buds in the Galaxy Wearable app. This battery indicator shows the battery life of each earbud as a single level or shows each separately.

  • When the difference in battery life between the left and right earbuds is less than a certain level, it is displayed based on the lower battery life as a single level.
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  • When the difference in battery life between the left and right earbuds is more than a certain level, they are displayed separately.  
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  • The Galaxy Buds' battery life and charging time may differ depending on the model you have and how you use them.
  • Use only Samsung-approved charging devices and accessories. Samsung accessories are designed for your device to maximize battery life.
  • Device screenshots and menus may vary depending on the device model and software version.

If you're experiencing unusual behavior on Samsung mobiles, tablets, or wearables, you can send us an error report or ask us a question in the Samsung Members app. This allows us to take a closer look at what is happening. The data is anonymized and only held for the duration of the investigation. Find out more about how to send an error report here: How to use the Samsung Members app 

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