How to control media and devices on your Galaxy smartphone?

Last Update date : 2023-06-06

Want to control the volume of your connected Bluetooth speaker or control your SmartThings devices directly from your Quick panel? Simply set up the Media and Devices Panel on your Galaxy phone or tablet to conveniently manage your connected devices. 

Note: Before you try out the recommendations below for your solutions, check if your device's software and related apps are updated with the latest version.

After setting up the Media panel, you'll be able to effortlessly monitor the current media playing on your phone, such as songs from Spotify or Google Play Music. Just follow the provided steps to configure the Media settings initially.

1 Swipe down from the top of the screen to open the Quick panel.
Swip down
2 Tap Media under the Quick settings icons.
Media output icon
3 Read on-screen instructions, and tap Done.
Underneath the displayed song, you will see a list of connected Bluetooth audio devices.
a list of connected Bluetooth audio devices

You can:

  • Change the audio output by tapping your desired device, such as Galaxy Buds.
  • Have more than one Bluetooth audio device connected, a circle will appear next to each one. You can play the same media on multiple devices simultaneously.

Not only do you have a dedicated space for your audio devices, but there's also a designated spot for all your other connected gadgets. The Device panel serves as a convenient shortcut to access all your smart devices linked to either your SmartThings account or your phone.

Step 1. To open the Device panel, swipe down from top of the screen to open Quick panel.

How to use devices panel

Step 2. Tap Devices under the Quick settings icons.

Device control option

Step 3. Read on-screen instructions, and tap Next.

Step 4. When you are finished, tap Done.

Device control page showing Smartthings app and Home
  • Tap your desired icon to access a device's settings or to run a Scene. 
  • To add, remove, or adjust the order of the listed devices, tap More options (three vertical dots) in the top right, and then select Choose scenes and devices or Change order. 

You can control Spotify on your TV using your phone with the Media panel. Prior to action, make sure the TV and phone are connected to the same Wi-Fi network. 

Step 1. Swipe down from the top of the screen to open the Quick panel.

Tap the Smart View icon

Step 2. Tap the Smart View icon.

Smart View

Step 3. Select your desired TV and then tap Start now on the phone.

Select your desired TV

If necessary, select Allow on the TV to give the phone permission to connect. Your phone's audio will now begin playing on the TV's speakers. 


  • The previous SmartThings panel has been replaced by the Media and Device panels. If you want to control your SmartThings registered devices, you need to update Media and Devices to version or later, and SmartThings app to version or later. 
  • Device screenshots and menu may vary depending on the device model and software version.
  • If you are experiencing unusual behaviour on Samsung mobiles, tablets or wearables, you can send us a question in the Samsung Members app.  
  • This allows us to take a closer look at what is happening. The data is anonymized and only held for the duration of the investigation. Find out more about sending an error report through the 'How to use the Samsung Members app'.

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