Control media and devices on your Galaxy phone

Last Update date : Aug 11. 2020
Control media and devices on your Galaxy phone

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 new Media and Devices 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.

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 The previous SmartThings panel has been replaced by the Media and Device panels.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 1.0.02.17 version or later, and SmartThings app to 1.7.36.23 version or later.

Set up and use the Media panel

This feature is currently only available on phones with the Android 10 update.

The Media panel may seem like some kind of complicated enigma, but using it is actually really simple. To use it, just swipe down from top of the screen to open the Quick setting panel. Then, tap Media under the Quick settings icons. Read the information and tap Done. That’s it!

Set up and use the Media panel

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 skips songs. You can also control the volume by tapping the Volume icon.

Underneath the displayed song, you’ll see a list of connected Bluetooth audio devices.

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.

Or, 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.

Cast your phone's Spotify songs to your TV

This feature is currently only available on phones with the Android 10 update.

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 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 Menu (the three horizontal lines) and then tap the Location drop-down menu to find the location with your TV.
3 Tap the TV, and then tap More options (the three vertical dots).
4 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.
Set up and use the Device panel

This feature is currently only available on phones with the Android 10 update.

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 Devices panel. And it's basically a shortcut to all your smart devices or scenes that are connected to your SmartThings account or your phone.

To open the Device panel, swipe down from top of the screen to open Quick Settings. Then, tap Devices under the Quick settings icons. Read the information, and tap Next.

Your connected Bluetooth and SmartThings devices will appear. Choose your desired devices or scenes that you want to show up in the Device panel - you should pick the ones you use most often. When you're finished, tap Done. Now whenever you open the Devices panel, your chosen devices will appear for quick and easy access.

Set up and use the Device panel

  • 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 (the three vertical dots) in the top right, and then select Choose scenes and devices or Change order.
Access the SmartThings panel

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.

To begin, swipe down from the top of the screen to open the Notifications panel. Tap the SmartThings panel icon (the horizontal lines with circles) on the right side. 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.

Access the SmartThings panel

If the SmartThings panel has been disabled, it can be found within the SmartThings app. From the SmartThings Home screen, tap Menu (the three horizontal lines), and then tap Settings. Tap the switch next to SmartThings panel to turn it on.

View and actuate devices from SmartThings panel

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

If the SmartThings panel is activated on your phone, you can see the status of a device and even control some of its functions without opening the SmartThings app.

Start by swiping down from the top of the screen. From the SmartThings panel, select your desired device's icon. In the dropdown menu that appears, you can view the status for each device.

View and actuate devices from SmartThings panel

If applicable, a switch will appear for controlling the device. For instance, tapping the switch for the Smart Bulb will turn it on and off. You can also edit and select scenes you'd like to run by tapping Scenes.

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