How do I change my headphone settings on my Samsung?

There are many ways to customize your headphone experience on Samsung devices. In this guide, we will walk through the key headphone settings you can adjust and how to optimize them for your personal listening preferences.

Being able to customize the headphone settings allows you to tweak the audio output to your liking. For example, you can change the equalizer to boost certain frequency ranges, upscale compressed audio for a fuller sound, adapt the sound profile based on your hearing, and more.

We’ll cover both wired and Bluetooth headphone settings across various Samsung models. Follow along to learn how to get the most out of your headphones when using Samsung devices.

Locate Settings

To find the headphone settings on a Samsung device, first open the Settings app. This can be accessed by navigating to Apps > Settings on the home screen or by using the phone’s search feature and typing “Settings.”

Once within the Settings app, scroll down to and select the “Sounds and vibration” or “Sounds and vibration settings” section, depending on the Samsung model. Look for options related to audio and headphones here. This section may be called “Sound quality and effects” on some devices, but contains similar headphone-related controls.

For some models, you may need to tap the “Advanced sound settings” section within Sounds and vibration to find all headphone controls. Refer to your device’s user manual or the Samsung website [1] for specific navigation steps if needed.

Headphone Settings

Samsung Galaxy phones offer various headphone sound settings to customize and enhance your audio experience.


The built-in equalizer allows you to adjust the sound frequency levels and customize the sound profile to your liking. You can choose from presets like Bass Boost, Soft, Dynamic, Clear, Treble Boost, or create a custom EQ setting.

UHQ Upscaler

The UHQ (Ultra High Quality) Upscaler significantly improves the audio resolution of music and videos for a richer listening experience. Enable UHQ Upscaler for high-quality wired or Bluetooth headphones.

Adapt Sound

Adapt Sound is an audio calibration tool that analyzes your hearing and finely tunes audio to your specific hearing sensitivity. It creates a tailored profile for your ears. Use headphones and run a hearing test to configure this setting.

These powerful controls let you get the most out of your headphones. Experiment with the different modes and effects to find the optimal settings for your preferences.

Adjust the Equalizer

The Equalizer allows you to customize the sound profile on your Samsung headphones to suit different music genres or preferences. Here’s how to adjust the Equalizer settings:

1. Open the Settings app on your Samsung device.

2. Tap on Sounds and vibration.

3. Select Sound quality and effects.

4. Tap on Equalizer and choose from presets like Rock, Pop, Classical, Dance, Jazz, and more that boost certain frequency ranges for that music genre.

You can also create a custom Equalizer setting by dragging the frequency sliders up or down. Pull sliders higher for frequency ranges you want amplified, like boosting bass on the lower end. Lower other sliders to reduce frequencies that overpower. Experiment to find the right balance for your listening preferences.

The Equalizer allows granular audio customization for the optimal listening experience. Choose a preset genre profile or create your own signature sound. Just be careful not to max out all frequency ranges to avoid distortion. With the right Equalizer settings, you can enjoy crisp treble, rich vocals, and thumping bass on your favorite tracks.

UHQ Upscaler

UHQ Upscaler is a feature that enhances the audio resolution of music and videos for a richer listening experience on your Samsung headphones. It upscales lower quality audio to near high-resolution quality using an advanced algorithm.

Here’s how to turn UHQ Upscaler on or off:

  1. Open the Settings app on your Samsung device.
  2. Tap on Sounds and vibration.
  3. Tap on Sound quality and effects.
  4. Tap on the setting next to UHQ upscaler to toggle it on or off.
  5. When enabled, the UHQ upscaler icon will appear blue. Disable it to turn the feature off and the icon will turn gray.

With UHQ Upscaler enabled, you’ll notice improved clarity and detail in music tracks and videos. High frequencies like cymbals, vocals, and guitar solos will sound crisper and more defined. Turning it off reverts to normal audio resolution.

Adapt Sound

Adapt Sound is a feature on Samsung devices that customizes the sound output based on your hearing abilities. It tunes the sound frequencies to your specific hearing range through a hearing test when you first enable the feature.

Here’s how to set up and use Adapt Sound on your Samsung headphones:

  1. Open Settings and go to Sounds and vibration > Sound quality and effects.

  2. Tap on Adapt Sound and then tap on the Start button to begin the hearing test.

  3. Follow the prompts and tap the screen whenever you hear a tone. The test runs through a range of frequencies to identify your hearing range.

  4. Once complete, Adapt Sound will be customized to your hearing. Toggle it on to enable the customized sound.

  5. You can redo the hearing test at any time to update your profile. Just go back into Adapt Sound and tap Retest your hearing.

With Adapt Sound enabled, your headphones will optimize the sound frequencies so you hear every detail clearly and customized for your hearing.

Limiting Maximum Volume

The Volume Limit setting allows you to restrict the maximum volume level on your Samsung headphones. This can be useful for protecting your hearing or preventing the volume from getting uncomfortably loud.

To set a maximum volume limit:

  1. Open the Settings app on your Samsung device.
  2. Tap on Sounds and vibration.
  3. Tap on Volume.
  4. Toggle on the switch next to Volume limit.
  5. Drag the slider below to set your desired maximum volume level.

Once set, your Samsung headphones will not be able to exceed the chosen volume limit. This provides a simple way to protect your hearing or prevent unwanted high volume levels.

Additional Tips

Here are some other handy headphone settings you can adjust on your Samsung device:

Enable Dolby Atmos

Dolby Atmos can provide a more immersive listening experience by simulating surround sound audio. To enable it:

  • Open Settings and go to Sounds and vibration > Sound quality and effects
  • Toggle on Dolby Atmos to enable it

Turn on Media Volume Sync

Media Volume Sync allows you to control the volume of media apps (like videos, music, and games) together rather than separately. To enable:

  • Go to Settings > Sounds and vibration > Volume
  • Toggle on Media Volume Sync

Now when you adjust volume controls, it will apply to media sounds as well as ringtones and notifications.

Troubleshooting Headphone Issues on Samsung Phones

If you are experiencing issues like low volume, no sound, music playback problems, etc. when using headphones with your Samsung phone, there are a few things to try to resolve the problem:

Check headphone/phone connectivity: Make sure your headphones are properly plugged into the headphone jack or paired via Bluetooth or NFC. Try unplugging and reconnecting, or disconnect/reconnect Bluetooth. Make sure Bluetooth is on and enabled in your phone settings.

Restart your phone: Restarting your phone can help fix temporary connection or performance issues with headphones. Simply turn your phone off and back on again.

Check for software updates: Run a software update on your phone, as headphone issues are sometimes fixed in system updates from Samsung.

Check headphone/audio settings: Go to Settings > Sounds and vibration > Headphone/audio output and adjust volume, headset/audio options, or reset headphone/audio settings to default.

Clear app cache and data: An app with unintended bugs or issues could be interfering with headphone performance – try clearing the cache/data of apps like music/media players, the Google app, etc.

If these steps don’t resolve your headphone issues, contact Samsung Support for further troubleshooting and recommendations for your specific Samsung device.


Adjusting your headphone settings on a Samsung device allows you to customize your listening experience.

The key steps covered in this guide were:

  1. Open your Settings app.
  2. Go to Sounds and vibration > Sound quality and effects.
  3. Enable or adjust equalizer settings.
  4. Enable UHQ upscaler for high-resolution sound.
  5. Run Adapt Sound for personalized audio.
  6. Set a volume limiter if needed.

Check our Troubleshooting section if you encounter any issues with these features. For more details on utilizing your Samsung device’s advanced audio capabilities, refer to your device’s user manual or Samsung’s website.

We hope this guide provided the information you needed to get your headphone settings configured just right. Enjoy your personalized listening experience!

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