Use Dolby Atmos and other audio features on your Galaxy phone

Song playing on a Note10 with Dolby Atmos enabled

Your Galaxy phone is like your very own mini theater or concert hall. The S9, S10, S20, Note9, Note10, and Note20 all 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. You can adjust the settings for Dolby Atmos and other audio options on your phone.

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.

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

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.

Dolby Atmos icon highlighted in the Quick Settings panel

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, search for and select Sound quality and effects. Then, tap Sound quality and effects again, and tap the switch next to Dolby Atmos for gaming.

Sound quality and effects settings page with Dolby Atmos 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, search for and select Sound quality and effects. Tap Sound quality and effects again, and then 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.

Equalizer settings page with Normal selected

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 your headphones are plugged in.

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, search for and select Sound quality and effects. Tap Sound quality and effects again, and then tap UHQ upscaler. In audio, a "bit" is how much information is in a sample. Bit upscaling can help all that info - or the audio - sound clearer. You can choose between the two following settings:

UHQ Upscaler settings with Bit upscaling selected
  • Bit upscaling: The default setting when you plug in headphones.

  • Bit and bandwidth upscaling: A more advanced upscaling option that will make the sound quality higher.

Add a sound profile

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

From Settings, search for and select Sound quality and effects. Tap Sound quality and effects again, and then swipe to and tap Adapt sound. Choose your age group. To hear a preview of the different options, tap the gear icon and then follow the on-screen instructions.

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

Adapt Sound settings with Default mode selected

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 analyses 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, 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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