Differences between Galaxy Buds+ and Galaxy Buds2

Black Galaxy Buds+, Bronze Galaxy Buds Live, and Silver Galaxy Buds Pro in their cases

The Galaxy Buds+ and Galaxy Buds2 are both amazing earbuds, and can be purchased from our website. Still, there are some important differences between them. Advanced sound quality and Active noise canceling are just a few of the benefits available on the Galaxy Buds2. However, the Galaxy Buds+ still have a ton to offer. For example, you can use options like Extra high Ambient sound.

Note: Available features and settings may vary by your region and device model. The Galaxy Buds+ and Galaxy Buds2 are compatible with phones and tablets running Android OS 5.0 and higher with at least 1.5 GB of RAM or more. The Buds+ are compatible with iPhone 7 or later models running iOS 10 and higher. The Galaxy Buds2 are not compatible with the iOS Buds app and can only be connected via Bluetooth.

Battery

The Galaxy Buds+ and Galaxy Buds2 have impressive battery lives. You can use the Galaxy Wearable app to check on the remaining battery percentage, and even some phone models can wirelessly charge them.

Note: Keep your buds up to date with the latest software for the best battery life and performance.

Battery life

  • Galaxy Buds+: Up to 22 hours of play time, with 11 hours of play time in a single charge, and an additional 11 hours with the charging case. Charging in the case for 10 minutes will provide 3 hours of battery life.

    • Galaxy Buds2: Up to 20 hours of play time. Charging in the case for 10 minutes will provide 150 minutes of battery life.

Galaxy Buds2 earbud and case with battery indicators in the Galaxy Wearable app


Regular charging

  • Galaxy Buds+: 10 minutes of charging will provide you with 2 hours of total play time.

  • Galaxy Buds2: Up to an hour of play time on a 5 minute charge.


Wireless charging

  • The Galaxy Buds+ and Galaxy Buds2 are compatible with QI-wireless charging and wireless power sharing.

    Galaxy Buds2 wirelessly charging on Galaxy S21 Ultra

Sound

The speakers and microphones on the Galaxy Buds+ and Galaxy Buds2 will provide intense sound when listening to music and smooth speech when taking phone calls. For example, you can activate ambient sound during calls so your voice will carry as clearly as possible.

Note: Keep your buds up to date with the latest software for the best call and sound quality.

Speaker

  • Galaxy Buds+: Equipped with two-way dual dynamic speakers for a deeper, clearer sound.

  • Galaxy Buds2: Equipped with two-way dynamic speakers and a woofer for a powerful sound.

Labs menu with Gaming mode in the Galaxy Wearable app

Microphone

  • Galaxy Buds+: Two beam-forming outer microphones to enhance speech and one inner microphone to block outside noises when taking calls.

  • Galaxy Buds2: Three microphones and noise reduction technology to ensure every word is spoken and heard clearly.

Gaming

  • Gaming mode is available on the Galaxy Buds+ and the Galaxy Buds2. This feature will reduce audio delays for an intense sound when playing a game.

    Note: Gaming mode is only available when connected to a Samsung phone or tablet through the Galaxy Wearable app.

  • To activate Gaming mode using your Galaxy Buds+, open the Galaxy Wearable app, tap Labs, and then tap the switch next to Gaming mode.

  • To activate Gaming mode using your Galaxy Buds2, open the Galaxy Wearable app, tap Earbud settings, tap Labs, and then tap Gaming mode.


Noise control

  • Ambient sound: This feature allows nearby noises to be detected by your earbuds, so you can keep track of your surroundings while listening to music. You can also use Ambient sound when making calls. Ambient sound on the Galaxy Buds+ includes High ambient sound for additional amplification.

  • Active noise canceling: This will block out surrounding sounds so you can completely immerse yourself in your music.

  • Detect conversations: This allows your earbuds to detect when your voice is heard, so you can enjoy nearby conversations while also listening to music.

  • 360 audio: This feature allows you to hear vivid sounds from all directions so you feel like you’re right in the middle of a scene when watching videos.

  • Note: Detect conversations and 360 audio are not available on the Galaxy Buds2. Active noise canceling is not available on the Galaxy Buds+.

Features and specs

The Galaxy Buds+ and Galaxy Buds2 are compatible with various devices like your phone, smart watch, and tablet. You can connect to most other Bluetooth host devices as well. When using your earbuds, you can even control Spotify.

Note: Keep your buds up to date with the latest software for the latest features and best performance.

Connectivity

  • Both the Galaxy Buds+ and Galaxy Buds2 can easily switch connections between phones, tablets, smart watches, PCs, or TVs. Therefore, you don't have to manually disconnect and pair them again when connecting to a different device.

  • Both the Galaxy Buds+ and Galaxy Buds2 can connect to non-Android and iOS devices using Bluetooth.

Seamless earbud connection switched on in the Galaxy Wearable app
  • The Automatic switching feature is available on your Galaxy Buds2, which allows your earbuds to switch from one Galaxy device to your Galaxy phone when you’re receiving a call. For instance, if someone is calling when you’re watching a movie on your Galaxy tablet, your earbuds will automatically switch so you can take the call, without any additional input on your phone. Keep in mind that all devices must be signed into the same Samsung account to use automatic switching. 

Note: The earbuds cannot be connected to multiple devices simultaneously, but you can switch between paired devices seamlessly with Multi-pairing.

Water resistance

  • The Galaxy Buds+ and Galaxy Buds2 have a water resistance rating of IPX2. They are slightly protected from dripping water at a 15 degree angle for at least 10 minutes.

  • Important: Even though they have a water resistance rating, Samsung earbuds are not intended to be waterproof. You should avoid getting the earbuds wet because they could experience audio issues or become damaged.

Software update

  • Galaxy Buds+: Updates are available on Android devices using the Galaxy Wearable app, on PC using the Galaxy Buds Manager, and on iOS devices using the Galaxy Buds app.

  • Galaxy Buds2: Updates are available on Android devices using the Galaxy Wearable app.

Touchpad controls

  • Galaxy Buds+: You can use the touchpad controls, plus extra controls for activating Spotify. You can also tap on the edges of the earbuds to adjust the volume.

  • Galaxy Buds2: You can use the touchpad controls, and also set up additional controls in the Galaxy Wearable app.

    Touch control settings
  • Note: Please see our guide if your earbuds are not responding to your touch.

Notifications

  • You can receive app notifications. Simply navigate to and open the Galaxy Wearable app, tap Read notifications aloud, and then choose which notifications you'd like to receive. You can select from options like Incoming call, Missed call, Messages, Alarm, and Schedule to hear your alerts. Then, tap the switch at the top to enable the feature.

Read notifications aloud switched on in the Galaxy Wearable app

Note: Notifications and Spotify shortcut integration are not available when connected to iOS.

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