Do Skullcandy Earbuds Work With Android?


Skullcandy earbuds are a popular choice ever since they hit it big in 2008 with the 2XLs. In terms of most popular brands, Skullcandy only falls below Bose, Sony, and Beats. Not bad for a company that designs budget earbuds. They’re also very compatible, able to sync with most devices.

Skullcandy works just fine with Android devices, whether it’s the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip, a Lenovo tablet, or anything that utilizes an Android operating system. They sync via Bluetooth, which is common with most earbuds. 

Of course, with everything that’s associated with smartphones nowadays, there’s also an app with that and you won’t be able to bring out the best aspects of your Skullcandy earbuds without the Android, Skullcandy App.

How To Sync Your Skullcandy Earbuds With An Android Device

The first thing you’ll want to do is download the Skullcandy app from the Google Play Store.  Once you have that downloaded, you’re ready to unbox your earbuds and pair them with your Android phone, tablet, or device. 

  • Press and hold the power button—on the Skullcandy earbuds—for 5+ seconds
  • There will be an LED indicator that begins flashing
  • Your Skullcandy earbuds are now in pairing mode
  • Open the settings on your Android device
  • Select Bluetooth
  • Turn on Bluetooth and wait for discoverable devices to pop up
  • When you see your Skullcandy earbuds, select them
  • The pairing process will begin and you should follow any remaining steps

Once your Bluetooth on your Android device has been detected and connected to your Skullcandy earbuds, they will be remembered and you shouldn’t have to repeat the process again in the future. 

The above process will work exactly the same for just about any Android device, whether it is for an Android tablet or an Android smartphone. The lone exception is the Amazon Kindle Fire tablets, though they will operate mostly the same.

Kindle Fire tablets run a truncated version of the latest Android operating system, which means that the Skullcandy app might not be available for the Kindle Fire. That doesn’t mean you can’t use your earbuds with it, just that you won’t have the extra options with the app as you normally would. 

Troubleshooting Connection Problems

As with anything electronic, you’re bound to run into problems at some point. Bluetooth, after all, is not the most reliable communication protocol, although there have been improvements. Interference from WiFi is the primary issue with connectivity and the fact that it is a weak signal.

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Skullcandy Earbuds Not Discoverable

This is the most common issue that users run into when it comes to pairing devices and it’s not a Skullcandy problem per se. If you know that your Skullcandy earbuds are in pairing mode and your Android phone just isn’t picking it up under discovery, try the following steps:

  • Turn off the Skullcandy earbuds and power them back on into pairing mode
  • Hold your Skullcandy Earbuds closer to your Android device while it’s searching
  • Make sure that your Skullcandy Earbuds are in pairing mode
  • Double-check the device in your Android’s Bluetooth discovery list
  • Turn off your Android’s Bluetooth and turn it back on to repeat the pairing
  • Power down both devices and turn them back on in pairing mode

Bluetooth can be finicky. Turning your Skullcandy Earbuds off and back on again, being sure to place them back into pairing mode, will often solve the problem.

Bluetooth has a limited range that generally does not exceed 40’ to 50’. That being said, you still want your Skullcandy Earbuds as close to your Android device as possible, without actually laying them on top of the device.

Be sure that your Skullcandy Earbuds are actually in pairing mode. You will know that it is if there is a steady, pulsing, or flashing light. 

Double-check your Android’s discovered devices list to make sure you didn’t accidentally pair the wrong device, a common mistake that happens far more often than you would think.

Turning off your Android’s Bluetooth and turning it back on again often solves discoverable device issues. Simply repeat the pairing process and wait for it to discover your earbuds.

As a last resort, you should power down both devices completely. Bring the Android back up first. Open the Bluetooth settings and ensure that it is on and actively searching for discoverable devices.

Turn your Skullcandy Earbuds back on into pairing mode once the Android is back up and searching.

All Things Considered

Skullcandy Earbuds are compatible with just about any smartphone you can get your hands on and most certainly with most Android devices. You should never have a problem pairing the two that the troubleshooting tips above won’t solve.

However, if you’re having problems pairing them, even after exhausting the troubleshooting tips, you may actually be dealing with a defective pair of earbuds, which happens from time to time with any brand. Thankfully, Skullcandy has a one-year warranty so feel free to contact customer support. 

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