Use Ambient sound on your Samsung earbuds

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Do you ever get lost in a song while you’re wearing your earbuds and can't hear what's going on? Well, you’ll never be caught off guard when you use Ambient sound on your earbuds. Ambient sound will filter outside noises, so you can still hear important sounds and keep alert of your surroundings - while still enjoying that song or podcast.

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

Galaxy Buds Live

The Galaxy Buds Live do not have a traditional Ambient sound mode the way other Samsung earbuds do. Instead, it has Active noise cancelling. When this feature is turned off, you may feel some stiffness or compression while listening to music. To prevent this, you can turn on "Relieve pressure with ambient sound."

Open the Galaxy Wearable app, and then tap Labs. Tap the switch next to Relieve pressure with ambient sound. That's all there is to it.

Labs screen in the Galaxy Wearable app with a list of features

Galaxy Buds+

Note: Ambient sound is only available when the Buds+ are connected to the Galaxy Wearable app on Android devices or the Buds app on an iPhone 7 or later with iOS 10 or higher.

Ambient sound lets noise from your surroundings flow into your earbuds, so you can keep your ears open to what's going on in the world around you. Be sure to adjust your earbuds for a perfect, comfortable fit.

Ambient sound can be turned on with a single earbud when using Galaxy Buds+. Navigate to and open the Galaxy Wearable app, and then tap the switch next to Ambient sound to turn it on. You can amplify sounds with High or Extra high volume options to hear additional surrounding noises.

Use Ambient sound during phone calls to hear your voice clearly when wearing both earbuds. Tap Advanced, and then tap the switch next to Use Ambient sound during calls.

Ambient sound switched on and set to High in Galaxy Wearable app

You can also activate Ambient sound using the touchpads on the earbuds. First, open the Galaxy Wearable app, and then tap Touchpad. Under Touch and hold touchpad, tap Left or Right, and then tap Ambient sound. Next, touch and hold the earbud of your choice to use Ambient sound. The touch-sensitive sensor must be clean in order for this to work.

Note: If your ear tips aren’t fitting correctly, howling may occur when using Ambient sound. You can adjust the level of the Ambient sound or try replacing the ear tips.

Galaxy Buds

When you need to be aware of your surroundings, turn on Ambient sound. Remember to also adjust your earbuds for a comfortable fit.

Note: Ambient sound is only available when the Buds are connected to the Galaxy Wearable app. Ambient mode is not available with iOS.

Navigate to and open the Galaxy Wearable app. 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. Both earbuds must be detected to use Ambient sound.

Additionally, 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. The touch-sensitive sensor must be clean in order for this to work.

Ambient sound settings menu in the Galaxy Wearable app

Note: During a call with Galaxy Buds, Ambient sound will turn off. It will automatically turn back on after the call.

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Activate Ambient sound whenever you need to stay in tune with what's going on around you. Make sure to also adjust your earbuds for a comfortable fit.

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

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