The second-generation Pixel Buds are finally here. While most will still have to wait for their order to show up from Google’s online store—since, y’know, most physical stores are currently shut down—you can prepare for them by downloading the just-launched Pixel Buds app right now.
The new Google Pixel Buds app appeared on the Google Play Store entirely unannounced ahead of the Pixel Bud 2’s launch this week, and some Pixel users report it’s showing up on their devices automatically. (In fact, you’ll then find its features directly within your Bluetooth audio settings.)
If you don’t have a Pixel, however, the app is a must-download if you want to unlock the full functionality of your new Pixel Buds. That’s because the app displays the battery level and connecting status for each earbud and carrying case individually, and lets you access other settings and features such as:
Find Device – Your Pixel Buds 2s will ring like your smartphone, making it hopefully easier to find them if they go missing. They’ll need to be paired with your device and turned on, however.
Touch controls – A tutorial on how to use the Pixel Bud 2’s touch controls.
Adaptive Sound – Modifies the in-ear volume based on the noise level of your surroundings.
There are also options for modifying Google Assistant controls and preferences, turning in-ear detection on or off, and further in-app troubleshooting support.
The original Pixel buds aren’t supported, unfortunately, so installing the Google Pixel Buds app is more of an anticipatory move right now if you’ve ordered (or are planning to order) the new Pixel Buds.