There are many reasons to like the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro — but do Google’s 2021 flagships come with a headphone jack? The Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro have striking designs, outstanding cameras, and good battery life. They’re top-notch flagships through and through, but like most Android smartphones, are missing some features previously considered crucial.
For someone who frequently uses wired headphones and/or likes the convenience of having a headphone jack, the Pixel 6 lineup may not be a good choice. That’s because neither the Pixel 6 nor the Pixel 6 Pro have a 3.5mm headphone jack. This isn’t surprising considering the overall state of the smartphone market, but it does signal yet another phone forgoing the increasingly rare port. Most modern flagships (and even mid-rangers like the Pixel 7a) don’t feature a headphone jack these days, and it’s something customers will just have to get used to.
Pixel 6 Listening Options
The Pixel 6 and 6 Pro feature a single USB-C port. This port can be used to charge the smartphones or plug in wired USB-C headphones. Buyers can either get a USB-C to 3.5mm dongle to use their existing wired headphones, or invest in a pair of USB-C headphones. Google sells a USB-C to 3.5mm adapter for $14.99, but there are plenty of third-party options available on Amazon for under $10.
The selection of USB-C headphones is quite limited compared to the conventional 3.5mm type, but a quick search online will reveal enough options. Unfortunately, most major audio brands don’t make USB-C headphones, so Pixel 6 users should check ratings and reviews before buying a pair from an unknown brand. A safe option is Google’s Pixel USB-C earbuds. Priced at $29.99, they’re available on the Google Store.
The best option when it comes to listening to audio on the Pixel 6 series is using wireless earbuds. Once again, users can choose from Google’s own earbuds selection, comprising the Pixel Buds A-Series and Pixel Buds Pro. The latter is the more premium option, with additional features like ANC, better battery life, and Bluetooth Multipoint support. Pixel 6 buyers don’t need to be restricted to Google hardware when it comes to earbuds though, and should check out other wireless buds like the Sony WF-1000XM4, Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro, and Jabra Elite 7 Pro, to name a few.