Control media and devices on your Galaxy phone

An Note20 Ultra with the Media panel opened

With so many smart devices around these days, things can get confusing quickly. Is that song playing on the phone itself, Bluetooth headphones, or your TV? Be confused no more - with the new Media and Devices panels, you have everything in one place. It’s never been easier to swap between music or your smart devices because these panels provide quick and easy control for both. You can even play music to two Bluetooth devices simultaneously with Dual audio.

Note: The previous SmartThings panel has been replaced by the Media and Device panels. If you want to control your SmartThings registered devices, you need to update Media and Devices to version or later, and SmartThings app to version or later.

Set up and use the Media panel

Note: This feature is currently only available on phones with the Android 10 update.

The Media panel may seem like some kind of complicated enigma, but using it is actually really simple.

To use it, just swipe down from top of the screen using two fingers to open the Quick setting panel. Then, tap Media. Read the information and allow the permissions. That’s it!

From here, you can view the current media that’s playing on the phone, such as songs from Spotify or Google Play Music. Use the different controls to play, pause, or skips songs. You can also control the volume by tapping the Volume icon.

Underneath the displayed song, you’ll see a list of connected Bluetooth audio devices. 

The Quick settings panel displaying Media and Device panels

Control audio output

You can change the audio output by tapping your desired device. For example, if the song is playing on your phone, you can tap Galaxy Buds to make the song play on your buds. Or, vice versa.

Manage Dual audio

If you have more than one Bluetooth audio device connected, a circle will appear next to each one. Checking off the devices will allow you to play the same media on multiple devices simultaneously and easily adjust the volume.

Galaxy Note20 connected to 2 bluetooth audio devices

Cast your phone's Spotify songs to your TV

Note: This feature is currently only available on phones with the Android 10 update.

Want to listen to music through your TV's speakers? You can stream Spotify songs from your phone right to your TV! It’s perfect for parties or playing DJ when you’re in the mood to jam. Before anything else, make sure the TV and phone are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.

  1. Open the Spotify app on your phone, and then tap Play on a song. 

  2. Then, open the SmartThings app while the song is still playing. Tap Menu (the three horizontal lines) and then tap the Location drop-down menu to find the location with your TV.

  3. Tap the TV, and then tap More options (the three vertical dots).

  4. Tap Play Phone sound on TV.

  5. Your phone will begin connecting to your TV, and your selected song will play from the TV’s speakers.

Set up and use the Device panel

Note: This feature is currently only available on phones with the Android 10 update or later.

If having a special place for just audio devices wasn't enough, there's also a place for all of your other connected gadgets! It's called the Device panel. And it's basically a shortcut to all your smart devices or scenes that are connected to your SmartThings account or your phone.

To open the Device panel, swipe down from top of the screen with two fingers to open Quick settings. Then, tap Devices. If it's your first time using the panel, read the information, and then tap Next.

Your connected Bluetooth and SmartThings devices will appear. Choose your desired devices or scenes that you want to show up in the Device panel - you should pick the ones you use most often. When you're finished, tap Done. Now whenever you open the Device panel, your chosen devices will appear for quick and easy access.

Device panel screen with a list of devices and scenes
  • Tap your desired icon to access a device's settings or to run a Scene.

  • To add, remove, or adjust the order of the listed devices, tap More options (the three vertical dots) in the top right, and then select Choose scenes and devices or Change order.

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