Control media and devices on your Galaxy phone

Last Update date : Aug 02. 2022

Media output on a Galaxy phone in front of a Samsung TV

With so many smart devices around these days, things can get confusing quickly. Is that song playing on the phone itself, Bluetooth headphones, or your TV? Be confused no more - with the Media output and Device control panels, you have everything in one place. It’s never been easier to swap between music or your smart devices because these panels provide quick and easy control for both. You can even play music to two Bluetooth devices simultaneously with Dual audio.

Note: The information provided applies to devices sold in Canada. Available screens and settings may vary for smartphones sold in other countries. The previous SmartThings panel has been replaced by the Media and Device panels.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.

Note: This feature is currently only available on phones with Android 10 or later. 

To use it, just swipe down from top of the screen using two fingers to open the Quick setting panel. Then, tap Media output. Read the information and allow the permissions. That’s it!

Media output highlighted on a Galaxy phone

From here, you can view the current media that’s playing on the phone, such as songs from Spotify or Google Play Music. Use the different controls to play, pause, or skip songs. You can also control the volume by tapping the Volume icon.

Control audio output

You can change the audio output by tapping your desired device. For example, if the song is playing on your phone, you can tap Galaxy Buds to make the song play on your buds. Or, vice versa.

Manage Dual audio

If you have more than one Bluetooth audio device connected, a circle will appear next to each one. Checking off the devices will allow you to play the same media on multiple devices simultaneously and easily adjust the volume.

Note: This feature is currently only available on phones with Android 10 or later.

If having a special place for just audio devices wasn't enough, there's also a place for all of your other connected gadgets! It's called the Device control panel. And it's basically a shortcut to all your smart devices or scenes that are connected to your SmartThings account or your phone.

  1. To open the Device control panel, swipe down from top of the screen with two fingers to open the Quick settings panel.

  2. Then, tap Device control. Your connected Bluetooth and SmartThings devices will appear.

  3. Device control highlighted on a Galaxy phone

  4. Tap your desired icon to access a device's settings or to run a Scene.

  5. To add, remove, or adjust the order of the listed devices, tap More options (the three vertical dots) in the top right, and then tap Manage apps.

  6. Tap SmartThings, and select or deselect the devices, services, or scenes you want to show up in the Device control panel. You should pick the ones you use most often.

  7. When you're finished, tap Back. Now whenever you open the Device control panel, your chosen devices will appear for quick and easy access.

Note: This feature is currently only available on phones with Android 10 or later.

Want to listen to music through your TV's speakers? You can stream Spotify songs from your phone right to your TV! It’s perfect for parties or playing DJ when you’re in the mood to jam. Before anything else, make sure the TV and phone are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.

  1. Navigate to and open the Spotify app on your phone, and then tap Play on a song.

  2. Then, open the SmartThings app while the song is still playing. Tap the Devices tab, tap the Home icon, and then select the location with your TV. Swipe to find your TV, and then select it.

  3. Devices highlighted in  the SmartThings app

  4. Tap the TV, and then tap More options (the three vertical dots). Tap Play Phone sound on TV.

  5. Your phone will begin connecting to your TV, and your selected song will play from the TV’s speakers.

Note: This feature is not available on phones with the Android 10 update. You can use the Device panel instead.

The SmartThings panel is available on select Samsung Galaxy phones and provides quick and easy access to your devices so you can monitor and control them.

  1. To begin, swipe down from the top of the screen to open the Notifications panel.

  2. Tap the SmartThings panel icon (the horizontal lines with circles) on the right side.

  3. From this screen, you can turn the SmartThings panel on or off by tapping the switch at the top. To hide or show connected devices in the SmartThings panel, tap the switch next to Always show.

  4. SmartThings panel switched on with a Galaxy phone

  5. If the SmartThings panel has been disabled, it can be found within the SmartThings app.

  6. From the SmartThings Home screen, tap Menu (the three horizontal lines), and then tap Settings. Tap the switch next to the SmartThings panel to turn it on.

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