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About six months ago, I realized I had enough credit in my Google account to snag a couple of Pixel Buds Pro for my wife and me. Because they were basically free, I didn't really pay much attention to them. My snubbing of Google's earbuds was compounded when I received the Denon PerL Pro earbuds, which sound exponentially better than any earbuds I've tested to date.
For whatever reason, I realized I'd put the Pixel Buds Pro in my sling bag. While I was out one day, I pulled them from my pack, inserted them into my ears, adjusted the EQ, and found them to sound almost as good as the Denon PerL Pro. Even though they were just shy of matching those amazing Denon earbuds, the Pixel Buds Pro offered a few features that made me realize just how good they are.
One such feature is the active noise cancelation, aka ANC. It's probably the best noise canceling I've ever experienced. If you insert your buds and find it to be lacking, there's a simple reason for it. What's most likely happening is the seal between the earbud tips and your ear isn't quite right. But how do you know if that is the case?
Fortunately, Google has a trick up its sleeve to help you with that.
Let me show you how to fix that seal.
How to improve ANC on Pixel Buds Pro
What you'll need: To make this work, you'll need a pair of Pixel Buds Pro and a Pixel Phone. You'll also need the extra silicon tips that were shipped with the earbuds, in case the selection you originally made wasn't correct for your ears. When I ran the test, I was surprised to find that the size of tips I typically choose wouldn't allow for a proper seal to get the most from the noise cancelation.
That's it. Let's run that test.
1. Insert your Pixel Buds Pro
The first thing to do is pull out your Pixel Buds Pro and insert them into your ears.
2. Open Settings
Next, open Settings by pulling down the Android Notification Shade twice and tapping the gear icon in the bottom right corner.
Make sure your earbuds are snug in your ears and tap Start to begin the test. The test will begin and play some pleasant music for about 20 seconds.
8. Check your results
At the end, you want to see Your earbuds sound great! on the results page. If you see anything else, something is wrong. What can go wrong is that you've either not snugged the earbuds in tight enough or you have the wrong tips attached to the earbuds. I would suggest you first reseal the earbuds and run the test again. If it fails a second time, change the tips and rerun the test.
It shouldn't take much adjustment to get this test to pass. However, if you want to get the most out of the Pixel Buds Pro ANC, you'll want to make sure you pass this test, otherwise, the noise canceling won't be nearly as effective.
And that's all there is to improving the active noise cancellation for your Pixel Buds Pro earbuds. You'll know when you get this right because the earbuds will not only be better at ANC but they will sound so much better. With a better seal, you'll get a better bass response, which will give whatever you're listening to more depth.