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Do you ever get lost in a song while you’re wearing your earbuds in and realize you can't hear what's going on? In today’s world, it’s important to be aware of your surroundings so you can detect any potentially dangerous situations. Well, you’ll never be caught off guard when you use Ambient Sound Mode on your earbuds.

Note: In Ambient sound mode, feedback may occur when adjusting the volume or touching the microphone.

Turn Ambient sound on or off

Ambient sound mode lets noise from your surroundings flow in to your earbuds, so you can keep your ears open to what's going on in the world around you.

Galaxy Buds

On your connected phone, open the Galaxy Wearable. Swipe to and tap Ambient sound, and then tap the switch to turn it on. You can use the slider to adjust the Ambient sound volume, or tap Voice focus to make voices stand out more clearly while using Ambient sound mode.

Additional, you can change the Touchpad settings in the app to control Ambient sound using the left or right earbud. Once set, just tap and hold the touchpad on the earbud to turn the feature on and off.

Ambient sound settings menu

Gear IconX (2018) and (2017)

Touch and hold the touchpad until you hear "Turn on ambient sound." Next, you will hear "Ambient sound turned on" and the feature will be activated. 

To disable Ambient sound mode, touch and hold the touchpad until you hear "Turn off ambient sound." When you hear "Ambient sound turned off," the feature will be deactivated.

Remember, you go through the Galaxy Wearable app and access the SETTINGS tab to turn Ambient sound mode on and off.

The touchpad highlighted on the Gear IconX

Note: You will still hear loud external sounds in Ambient Sound Mode. During a call, Ambient Sound Mode turns off automatically. After the call, the mode returns to the previous state.

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