Listen to music on your Samsung earbuds

Woman listening to music with Galaxy Bud2

With the Galaxy Buds2 and the rest of the Buds line up, you can stream music from your device to the earbuds. On the other hand, the Gear IconX lets you listen to music saved right on the earbuds themselves. However, to control music playback using the earbud's touchpad, the earbuds must be connected to a device that is compatible with the Galaxy Wearable app or iOS Buds app.

Caution: Listening to music at high volumes may cause hearing damage. If you connect the earbuds to your phone or tablet while listening to music, the volume may change.

Play music from your Galaxy Buds

Note: On iOS devices, you can connect your earbuds to the Buds app instead of the Galaxy Wearable app. The Galaxy Buds, Galaxy Buds2, and Galaxy Buds Pro are not compatible with the iOS Buds app and can only be connected directly through Bluetooth.

Once your earbuds are set up, you can stream music directly from a connected device, such as a phone or tablet. Just make sure to keep the device, apps, and the earbuds' firmware up to date for the best listening experience.

Simply open any music player or music app on your connected device and play a song. The track will play through your earbuds automatically. To improve sound quality, you can try using larger ear tips when wearing your earbuds. Make sure the earbuds are worn properly to avoid discomfort.

Girl using tapping to control music on Galaxy Buds2

To learn how to control your earbuds using the touchpads, please see the next section. 

Adjust volume, control playback, or change tracks

You can use your connected device or the touchpad on the earbuds to adjust the volume, control the playback, or change tracks. Your earbuds must be connected to the Galaxy Wearable app if you want to use the touchpad controls. Touchpad controls are also available when your earbuds are connected to a smart watch.

  1. To adjust the commands, open the Galaxy Wearable app, and then tap the option for Touchpad control. It may say Touch and hold, Touch controls, or Touchpad

  2. Choose your desired earbud (left or right), and then choose your desired command, such as opening Bixby or controlling the volume.

    Touch and hold screen with a list of features in the Galaxy Wearable app
  3. Additionally, if you have the Galaxy Buds2, Galaxy Buds+, Galaxy Buds Live, or Galaxy Buds Pro, you can launch Spotify from the touchpad; just set it as a command using the instructions above.

  4. On the Galaxy Buds+, you can also adjust the volume by tapping Labs, and then tapping the switch next to Double tap earbud edge. This feature is not available on the Buds app on iOS.

Ambient mode and Active noise canceling

Note: Active noise canceling is not available on the Galaxy Buds and Galaxy Buds+, and Ambient sound is not available on the Galaxy Buds Live.

If you need to stay aware of your surroundings when listening to music or a podcast, enable Ambient mode or turn off Active noise canceling. Additionally, all of the buds have advanced sound settings to help make your listening experience even better.

When using your Galaxy Buds Pro, the Detect conversations feature can automatically turn on Ambient sound when you’re listening to music. This way, you’ll still be able to have conversations with people around you. Your buds will decrease the music's volume once you or another person starts speaking, so there's no need to pause your music.

Noise controls Off in the Galaxy Wearables app

Play music from your Gear IconX

Note: To improve sound quality, you can try using larger ear tips when wearing your earbuds. Make sure the earbuds are worn properly to avoid discomfort.

Don't worry if you don't have any songs stored on your Gear IconX. You can stream songs directly to them as well, just like with any Bluetooth headset. Just connect any compatible device, like a phone or tablet, and you'll be ready to go. 

  1. First, make sure your earbuds are connected to a phone or tablet that have the Galaxy Wearable app.

  2. Open the Wearable app, and then tap the INFO tab.

  3. Under PLAY MUSIC FROM, tap Phone. Now any audio will play directly from your Gear IconX. You can still answer calls, but all other audio will play through the phone's speakers.

  4. When the earbuds are connected to a device that doesn't support the Galaxy Wearable app, tracks will automatically play through your earbuds.

Gear IconX Wearable Home Screen Play Music From section

You can use your device or the touchpad on the Gear to adjust the volume or control the playback.

Play music files saved on the Gear IconX

Note: Music can only be streamed from a connected device on Galaxy Buds, Galaxy Buds+, Galaxy Buds Live, and Galaxy Buds Pro. They cannot store songs in their internal storage the way Gear IconX can.

There's no need to stream - just play music straight from your Gear IconX. First, transfer music from your phone, tablet, or computer to properly sync the music files between the earbuds. Then, use the earbud's touchpad to start and control the music.

  • To play or pause music, tap the touchpad.

  • To skip to the next song during playback, quickly tap the touchpad two times.

  • To return to the previous song during music playback, tap the touchpad three times.

  • To adjust the volume during playback, drag your finger up or down on the touchpad.

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