Control your Buds2 or Buds2 Pro from your Galaxy Watch

Galaxy Watch4 with Buds Controller app and Galaxy Buds2 around the watch

Connecting your Galaxy Buds2 or Galaxy Buds2 Pro to your watch is perfect for when you want to control your music but don’t want your phone clunking around in your pocket, such as when you’re doing a workout or going for a jog. With Galaxy Watches running Wear OS, the Buds Controller app makes it even easier to control the sound settings from the watch itself, such as Active noise canceling. You can also turn on the earbuds’ touchpads and Touch controls from the watch, which is handy if you accidentally disabled them.

Connect your Buds2 or Buds2 Pro to the Buds Controller app

Before you can begin controlling the Galaxy Buds2 or Galaxy Buds 2 Pro from your Galaxy Watch, you’ll need to make sure the earbuds are connected first.

Note: This is only available on models running Wear OS. 

  1. Swipe up from the bottom of the watch's screen to access the Apps screen. Swipe to and open the Buds Controller app.

    Buds Controller app highlighted on a Samsung Galaxy Watch

    Buds Controller is installed by default, but if it has been uninstalled, download it from the Play Store.

  2. If you’ve connected Samsung earbuds to the Galaxy Wearable app on your phone or have paired earbuds to the watch previously, your watch will remember them and try instantly connecting!
    Note: Place the earbuds in pairing mode if the app says they’re disconnected.

  3. If you have not paired any earbuds to the watch or phone, the Buds Controller app will ask you to connect earbuds before proceeding.

  4. To do this, simply connect your Galaxy Buds2 or Galaxy Buds2 Pro to the Galaxy Wearable app on your phone.

    Galaxy Buds2 Pro highlighted in the Galaxy Wearable app
  5. Or, you can connect the earbuds directly to the watch. Swipe down from the top of the screen to open the Quick settings panel. Swipe left until you reach the final page.

  6. Tap the Bluetooth headphones icon. If you've already paired your Buds to another device and enabled Seamless earbud connection, they will connect automatically. Otherwise, make sure your earbuds are in pairing mode, and then tap Scan.

  7. When you see your earbuds, select them. They will then be connected directly to the watch!

Once they’re connected, you can begin adjusting some of the buds' settings from the app on the watch! Please see the next section for more details.

Use the controls in the Buds Controller app

Having trouble listening to music on your Galaxy Buds2 or Galaxy Buds2 Pro because the other people at the gym are being too loud? Just use the Buds Controller app on your Galaxy Watch to turn on Active noise canceling or adjust other settings so you can work out in peace.

Note: This is only applicable to watch models running Wear OS.

Swipe up from the bottom of the screen to access the Apps screen. Swipe to and open the Buds Controller app. From here, you can adjust the following settings:

  • View the battery percentage for the buds and case

  • Turn on Active noise canceling

  • Turn on Ambient sound

  • Turn off all sound modes

  • Turn Touch controls on or off

List of information and settings for Galaxy Buds2 Pro

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