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Optimize your sound experience with Samsung earbuds

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There are a variety of ways to adjust the sound options on your Galaxy Buds, Galaxy Buds+, or Galaxy Buds Live, so you’ll always hear things your way. Whether you have hearing difficulties or just want to get a better experience when listening to music or a podcast, your earbuds will have an audio setting that's perfect for you.

Note: You should clean and adjust your earbuds before and after use for the best sound possible. Earbuds that fit properly and are free of debris will perform better while providing you with a comfortable experience. You can try using larger ear tips if the earbuds are not fitting correctly.

Sound settings for the Galaxy Buds, Galaxy Buds+, or Galaxy Buds Live

Once your earbuds are connected to the Galaxy Wearable app, you'll have an array of sound settings at your disposal. The Equalizer is also available when using the Buds app on an iPhone 7 or later with iOS 10 or higher. Additional sound options that are compatible with all devices are provided by iOS.

On the app's Home screen you can choose different Equalizer settings. Drag the slider to change the settings from Normal, Bass boost, Soft, Dynamic, Clear, or Treble boost. If you aren’t happy with your choice, simply tap another option to set it.

You will also be able to control advanced options for Ambient sound when you’re on a call or listening to music. On top of this, you can access sound options directly using your device’s Advanced audio settings, or when connecting to a TV or a computer. To use even more features on your Galaxy phone, enable Dolby Atmos for cinema quality sound.

Equalizer set to Dynamic in the Galaxy Wearable app

Additional sound options are available when you connect to your Samsung smart watch as well, like managing the sound output and vibration. If you have any issues with the sound quality on your Buds be sure to check our sound quality guide.

Special sound settings for the Galaxy Buds+ or Galaxy Buds Live

Note: Gaming mode is only available on Samsung phones that have an Android OS.

When paired with the Galaxy Wearable app or Buds app on a compatible iOS device, the Galaxy Buds+ and Buds Live have some new sound features that are not available on any other devices, such as Gaming mode and launching Spotify with the touchpad.

Open the Galaxy Wearable app, and then tap Labs. Tap the switch next to Gaming mode. This will adjust the audio delay so you’ll only hear what you’re playing. For the best results, keep your phone close while wearing your earbuds, and disable the feature when you're not playing a game. This will minimize external audio sounds.

To launch Spotify with the earbuds’ touchpad, navigate to and open the Galaxy Wearable app, and then tap Touch controls. Tap Left or Right, and then tap Spotify. From there, just tap the appropriate earbud to open Spotify.

With the Galaxy Buds+, you can also access experimental sound features. Swipe up on the Galaxy Wearable's Home screen, and then tap Labs. Tap the switch next to "Double tap earbud edge" to control the volume using the earbud edges. If your touchpads have been set for Spotify, Voice command, or Ambient mode, you’ll still be able to adjust the volume with the earbud edges.

To increase ambient sound’s volume, tap the switch next to Extra-high ambient volume. This setting will become available under Ambient sound if you’re using a music app or answering calls. Tap Back, and then tap Ambient sound.

Automatic sound switching

Note: This feature is not available on the Gear IconX.

When you’re working and listening to music, you may only want to wear one earbud in case someone needs to speak with you. Automatic sound switching on Samsung earbuds was made for this kind of flexibility.

With this feature, the earbuds will automatically switch the sound output to mono or stereo, based on how many earbuds are in the charging case. The best part is that there are no settings to adjust.

For example, if you choose to use only one earbud, the sound output will switch from stereo to mono automatically. When you’re using one earbud, make sure to place the other earbud in the charging case to avoid losing it and prevent battery drain or device errors. If you place both earbuds into the charging case, the music will stop.

Automatic sound switching with sound off on one earbud and sound on with the other earbud

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