Use Dolby Atmos and other audio features on your Galaxy phone

Dolby Atmos setting turned on

Sound quality and effects features on Galaxy phones make you feel like you're having your very own mini theater or concert hall. Phones using One UI will have Dolby Atmos, which gives them cinema-quality surround sound. Starting from the Galaxy S10 and later, there is also a Dolby Atmos feature specifically for gaming. Settings for Dolby Atmos and other audio options, like the equalizer, UHQ upscaler, and Adapt sound can be adjusted on the phone. You can visit the Samsung Shop to find the right Galaxy phone to personalize your sound experience.

Note: Available screens and settings may vary based on the wireless carrier or software version.

Turn on Dolby Atmos

Whether you're watching a zombie movie or listening to some slow jams, Dolby Atmos will add clarity and separation to give you a superior listening experience.

Using two fingers, swipe down from the top of the screen to open the Quick settings panel. Swipe to and tap Dolby Atmos to turn it on or off. 

You may need to add Dolby Atmos to quick settings if it doesn't appear.

Dolby Atmos icon highlighted in the Quick Settings panel

To access more advanced settings for Dolby Atmos, touch and hold the icon. Then, select your desired setting for the type of entertainment you're enjoying.

Use Dolby Atmos for gaming

Dolby Atmos already makes mobile games sound amazing, but with your Galaxy device games will be even more lifelike and immersive. Dolby Atmos for gaming will amplify even the lowest sounds, like footsteps in a horror game.

To turn on this feature, from Settings, tap Sounds and vibration, and then tap Sound quality and effects. Tap the switch next to Dolby Atmos for gaming.

Sound quality and effects with Dolby Atmos for gaming enabled

Note: This feature may not be available on all devices.

Adjust Equalizer settings

If you're listening to your favorite song, but something sounds funny, you can adjust the Equalizer settings to fix it. You can also adjust other audio settings to make the song sound even better.

From Settings, tap Sounds and vibration, and then tap Sound quality and effects. Tap Equalizer to choose your desired settings. You can choose Normal, Pop, Classic, Jazz, Rock, or Custom. Each of those options automatically adjusts the bass, treble, instruments, and vocal settings to fit the music you're listening to.

List of options with Normal chosen under Equalizer

If desired, you can select Custom to adjust the settings manually, so they match your personal preferences. For example, maybe you love to feel that low bass when you're listening to your favorite genre of music.

Under Equalizer, tap Custom, and then use your finger to move the bars up and down, based on your personal preference.

Equalizer screen with Custom selected

Use the UHQ upscaler

Note: This option is only available when wired headphones are plugged into the phone.

Your phone’s audio can sound even better with wired headphones when you use the UHQ upscaler features. If you're wondering, UHQ stands for Ultra High Quality.

From Settings, tap Sounds and vibration, and then tap Sound quality and effects. Tap the switch next to UHQ upscaler.

Wired Samsung Type-C headphones are available on our website.

Switch highlighted next to UHQ Upscaler on a Galaxy phone

Add a sound profile

Note: To hear a preview of a sound profile or test your hearing, you need to have Bluetooth or wired headphones connected to the phone.

We all hear sound differently. With Sound Personalization, you can choose the type of sound that works best for you.

From Settings, tap Sounds and vibration, and then tap Sound quality and effects. Swipe to and tap Adapt sound. Choose your age group. To hear a preview of the different options, tap the Settings icon next to your age group and then follow the on-screen instructions.

You can also create a sound profile based on your own hearing ability. Tap Test my hearing, and then tap Start. Follow the on-screen instructions to take a hearing test and create your very own sound profile. 

You can visit our website to find the right pair of Bluetooth or wired headphones to adapt the perfect sound to your ears.

Adapt Sound settings with Under 30 years old chosen

Samsung Scalable Codec

When your Galaxy mobile device with Android 7 (Nougat) or higher is paired with a compatible Bluetooth device, Samsung Scalable Codec will automatically be enabled. The Samsung Scalable Codec supports UHQ audio and seamless music playback. Wi-Fi can interfere with Bluetooth transmission, and the Samsung Scalable Codec analyzes the interference around you and automatically adjusts the audio bitrate so you can enjoy clear and stable sound without any drop-outs.

Devices that support Samsung Scalable Codec include the Galaxy Z Flip and Galaxy Fold series, the Galaxy Note5 and higher, the Galaxy S6 and higher, the Galaxy A series, the Galaxy J series, the Galaxy Tab S series and the Galaxy Tab A series.

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