Earbuds to Replace iPhone Headphones


Like other accessories for the device, replacement earbuds for the iPhone come in a variety of shapes and sizes to fit any number of lifestyles. If you're in need of a new pair, you may be surprised by the sheer variety available on the market. Whether you need a standard replacement or a specific set of features, a little research can save you some hassle -- and quite a bit of money.

The Basics

  • If the standard iPhone earbuds (or earpods, if you have a newer model) suit your needs, you may want to consider a warranty replacement -- provided you still have your old pair and they are less than a year old. Even if you don't know their exact age, it's worth taking them to an Apple store or calling Apple support at 800-MY-IPHONE (800-694-74663). Apple's warranty policies tend to be a little less stringent for smaller accessories, meaning you may get a free replacement... which is always better than a paid one.


  • If you're hard on your electronics, you may want to consider something a little more durable. Earbud lines like JLab's JBuds, Klipsch's Image, and Jabra's Sport all offer above-average damage and wear-and-tear protection, perfect for anyone who hates shelling out cash for yet another broken pair of headphones. If you listen to music while you work out, moisture protection is another benefit.

Wireless Connectivity

  • If you've ever fumbled with a cord while reaching for your wallet, or hooked your headphones on something as you walked by, you know what a headache a single wire can be. Wireless options, like Plantronics' BackBeat Go, Novero's Tour and Samsung's HM3700 are three well-received options of the many wireless solutions available for your iPhone. Some even double as Bluetooh headsets. Beware, though: Wireless headsets generally cost a bit more than their wired counterparts.


  • If one-size-fits-all doesn't cut it for your ears, softer earpieces may lessen the sting of taking calls or listening to music with earbuds. Some, like Sony's EX line, come with puffy earpieces that compress when placed in the ear. Yurbud's Ironman series, use a fluted design, which may help those with smaller ears Others still, for instance Etymotic's HF2, use a hybrid design, with narrow, foam tips.

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