Will the EarPods work with other smartphones and audio devices?

The new EarPods look like incredible headphones and I'm wondering if I can use them with my Android device since I'm not an iPhone user. I understand the remote and volume control are software based and thus not supported, but what about the audio enhancements.

Apple EarPods with Remote and Mic

Apple EarPods with Remote and Mic

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  • Best Answer:

    Yes the EarPods work with other smartphones and audio devices. I have been using EarPods with my HTC Wildfire S.As for the audio control it works for it too.

  • The EarPods use a standard 3.5mm jack which means it'll work with all kinds of music players & Android phones. Was that your question?

  • Work on my Galaxy Nexus.
    The play/pause button works too, and tapping twice will skip track, but 3 taps for previous and volume up/down do not work. Sound good though.

  • I have a Samsung Galaxy S3 and based on the "most useful" responses I read on this thread, I purchased a pair of EarPods with remote and mic to use as my hands-free device. The audio works (I can hear the other person) but the mic does not (they cannot hear me). Additionally, when I tried to use the mic, apparently the person I was calling heard a noise similar to a dial-up modem. Very disappointed, as these are the only headphones I have ever tried that fit comfortably in my ears and I have no plans to buy an iPhone.

  • I just tested my pair on my Lumia 635 (running Windows Phone 8.1) and I found out that the following functions work:
    • Play/Pause works just fine.
    • Holding down the center button for a short time activates Cortana, and the mic on the accessory can also be used.
    • Double-pressing the center button skips forward a track, and three times goes back one or restarts the current one, if a song is already playing.

    The following functions DO NOT work:
    • Volume up/down using the remote buttons
    • rewind/fast forward using the center button

    I know this doesn't answer the original question, but I wrote this response for people using a Windows Phone with the EarPods.

  • The earpods work on HTC phones (Android & Windows Phones). They do not work on Samsung & Nokia phones. I'm a big fan of these ear pods but I do not use an iphone. It looks like pretty much everyone on this thread is wrong. The headset works on any device with a 3.5mm jack, but the mic only works on HTC phones. There may be an exception here and there but this is what I found in my testing.

  • Audio probably works, but unless your Android device understands the input coming from the volume up and down, and the pause/play button, it may not work well to control your music.

  • EarPods, at least as headphones, work anywhere you can plug them in. As for the microphone and controls, pretty much all current Android smartphones can take advantage of them. Other audio devices, such as old or uncommon MP3 players (aka non-iPod) probably can't make use of the mic and controls, but the sound will still work just fine.

  • we have 3 pairs and they do NOT work with my Samsung S3 or my work Nokia Lumia 710, they do work on my daughters iPhone 5c and my wife's iPhone 5S. All i get when i make calls on my Samsung or windows phone is a high pitch noise on the other end and the person cant hear me at all.
    I dont understand this since it should be a standard 3.5 jack and my samsung ear buds work in the iPhone, tested this with all 3 sets of the ear Apple Earpods and get the same results.

  • They will function as headphones in anything with a 3.5mm jack, but the remote and mic will only work on an iDevice.

  • By audio enhancements, I assume you are referring to the enhanced sound output that is supposed to result from the improved earbud design. If that's the case, then yes you will have the same sound audio enhancements as someone using an Apple device.

  • They will work but the volume and/or mic features might not...same problem in the previous version of them

  • Yes. The microphone and headphones will work with other devices that have a 3.5mm headset jack. Volume controls are not supported.

  • it really depends, if the audio enhancement is software based then it wont on other devices. If the enhancement is the hardware then it will work with the other devices. like you said yes the controls wont work on other devices. For me my android the play/pause button works and the mic but thats it.

  • the basic features should work with all phones with the 3.5 mm jack, but volume buttons may have some issues with other devices

  • The only thing is on the Moto G the volume buttons don't work. I wish they did but that is only a small downside to people that use an iPhone.

    So if you are using the new Moto G then i wouldn't recommend this product.

  • Not completely. I have a Samsung Galaxy Note, and the volume controls don't work. But the sound and center button seem to work fine. The sound is great too.

  • Almost everyone is wrong. These earpods are not just headset. Apple uses technology which doesn't work on all devices, but probably on most it does. E. x. It works on Galaxy Ace with Ginger Bread, but don't work on Sony Ericsson WT19i with ICS and my old TV. I don't know if it is because of operating system version or hardware (WT19i is better in performance than Galaxy Ace)

  • They are like any standard earbuds. The remote and mic are not available with android devices. All of the other audio features built in should work just fine.

  • The audio enhancements aren't software related, so yes, the EarPods will work with Android devices that use the standard 3.5 mm jack (which is pretty much all of them). Some Android phones do support the remote functions as well.