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Touchpad commands for Galaxy Buds and Gear IconX

Woman using the touchpad commands on her Galaxy Buds earbuds

Your earbuds have several commands built in to enhance your user experience. With just a swipe or a quick tap, you can play music, skip songs, answer calls from a connected phone, and much more. When you connect to the Galaxy Wearable app to your earbuds, you can set up touchpad commands for adjusting the volume, using voice commands, and enabling Ambient sound as well. You can even launch Spotify if you have Galaxy Buds+.

Note: These features will vary by device and software version. Launching Spotify from the Galaxy Buds+ is not available on iOS devices.

Earbud touchpad commands

All the controls you need are at your fingertips with the touchpads on your earbuds.

    Call commands

  • To answer a call, double tap the touchpad.

  • To decline a call, touch and hold the touchpad for more than two seconds.

  • To end a call, double tap the touchpad.

  • To turn off the microphone, tap and hold the touchpad during a call so the other party cannot hear you. This will mute the call, and nothing will be displayed on the phone.

  • To end a current call and answer a second call, tap and hold the touchpad for more than two seconds.

  • To place a current call on hold and answer a second call, double tap the touchpad.

  • To switch between a current call and a held call, double tap the touchpad during a call.

  • When you aren't on a call, you can access the readout menu by touching and holding the touchpad for more than two seconds. When you hear your option, release the touchpad to select that option. The Galaxy Buds do not have a readout menu. Instead, you may use preset features on the left and right earbuds using the Galaxy Wearable app. Simply tap and hold the corresponding touchpad to activate your preset features.

  • Music commands

  • Tap the touchpad to play or pause music.

  • To skip songs, quickly tap the touchpad two times.

  • To play the previous song during music playback, quickly tap the touchpad three times. If you triple tap the touchpad three seconds after the track starts to play, the current track will restart instead.

  • To adjust the volume, drag your finger up or down on the touchpad. This feature is not available on the Galaxy Buds or Buds+.

Galaxy Buds and Buds+ touchpad command gestures

Check out this handy visual guide that breaks down all the touch gestures for Galaxy Buds. Depending on the circumstances, these gestures may perform a different task.

Hand tapping earbud once
Hand tapping earbud twice
Two hands touching and holding both earbuds
Hand tapping earbud three times
Hand touching and holding earbud

Note: The volume can only be increased when the earbuds are connected to a phone or tablet via the Galaxy Wearable app. However, the Touchpad settings in the app must be set to adjust the Volume, not Voice commands or Quick ambient sound.

Gear IconX touchpad command gestures

Note: You can use workout gestures with your Gear IconX as well.

Review this helpful visual guide to learn all the touch gestures for Gear IconX. Depending on the circumstances, these gestures may perform a different task.

Hand tapping earbud once
Hand tapping earbud twice
Hand tapping earbud three times
Hand touching and holding earbud
Hand tapping twice and holding earbud
Hand swiping up and down on earbud

Galaxy Wearable app touchpad commands

Note: iOS users must download the Galaxy Buds+ app in order to use commands. These options are not available for regular Galaxy Buds that are connected to iOS. They are not available for Gear IconX earbuds at all.

When you connect to the Galaxy Wearable app on your phone or tablet, you’ll be able to set up additional touchpad commands for each earbud. Use these shortcut options to personalize your earbud experience.

Navigate to and open the Galaxy Wearable app, and then tap Touchpad. Tap Left or Right under "Touch and hold touchpad" to choose Voice command, Ambient sound, or Volume up. Tap the switch next to Lock touchpad if you’d like to disable the touchpads.

Left and Right options under Touch and hold touchpad

With the Galaxy Buds+, you can also launch Spotify from the touchpad by tapping Left or Right, and then tapping Spotify. You can also adjust the volume using the earbud tips, even if you have other touchpad commands set up. In the app, tap Labs, and then tap the switch next to "Double tap earbud edge" to turn it on.

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