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How to make your Pixel Buds Pro sound even better via the Pixel phone settings

The Google Pixel Buds Pro are a great option for on-the-go sound. For those who'd like to improve audio, the connection between your Pixel phone and earbuds makes that boost possible.
Written by Jack Wallen, Contributing Writer
Google Pixel Buds Pro Bay Blue
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Although the Denon PerL Pro earbuds have become my baseline for how earbuds should sound, the Pixel Buds Pro are certainly no slouches. And with a slight tweak, the Pixel Buds Pro earbuds come very close to the Denons. If your phone is of the Pixel variety, this tweak is built-in and quite simple to complete. 

That's right, unlike many other earbuds -- that require the installation of an app from the Google Play Store to adjust the sound -- the Pixel Buds Pro do not require you to install anything. In fact, even connecting the Pixel Buds Pro to a Pixel phone is as simple as taking the buds out of the case and Android takes care of the rest. Google has done a remarkable job with connectivity for this hardware.

Also: The best earbuds: Expert tested and reviewed

But what about those tweaks to sound that I mentioned? The only significant issue is that locating the custom EQ option isn't exactly intuitive. Once you've connected the Pixel Buds Pro to your phone, you won't find a launcher in the App Drawer named "Pixel Buds" because there is no app. 

Instead, everything you need is built into Settings. Let me show you where.

How to adjust Pixel Buds Pro EQ

What you'll need: To make this tweak work, you'll need a pair of Pixel Buds Pro paired with a Pixel phone. That's it. Let's make those Buds sound great.

1. Connect your earbuds

The first thing you'll want to do is pull your Pixel Buds Pro earbuds out of their case, insert them into your ears, and make sure they're connected to your Pixel phone.

2. Open Settings

Once you've connected the earbuds, pull down your Notification Shade twice and tap the gear icon near the bottom-right corner.

The bottom section of the Android Notification Shade.

You can also access Settings from within the Android App Drawer.

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3. Go to Connected devices

In Settings, tap Connected devices.

The Connected Devices entry in Android Settings.

You don't have to connect your earbuds before opening Connected devices, but it helps.

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4. Open your Pixel Buds Pro option

In the Connected Devices page, tap the gear icon associated with your Pixel Buds Pro.

Pixel Buds Pro listed in Connected Devices.

The listing will also indicate how much battery is left in your earbuds.

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5. Open the Sound option

You'll find a number of entries on the next page, one of which is labeled Sound. Tap that entry.

The Touch Controls and Sound options found in the Pixel Buds Pro Settings.

There are a number of configurations you can change here.

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6. Access the Custom EQ option

On the resulting page, you'll find a number of predefined EQ options. 

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To customize your own EQ, tap the gear icon associated with Equalizer (EQ).

The Equalizer listing for Pixel Buds Pro in Android 14.

You can either opt for a preset EQ or go the custom route.

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7. Adjust the EQ to meet your taste

Finally, make sure to have some music playing through your Pixel Buds Pro, so you can adjust the EQ to perfectly match your taste. Do this by changing the sliders for Upper Treble, Treble, Mid, Bass, and Low Bass as needed. 

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You don't have to save the changes, as Android will remember them in real time.

The frequency adjustment sliders for the Pixel Buds Pro.

Change the sliders for each frequency until the sound is perfect.

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That's it, you're ready to jam. You can now close the Settings app and enjoy the improved sound spilling from your Pixel Buds Pro.

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