Manage Sounds and Vibration on a Samsung Galaxy S8

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The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ both come with an abundance of options to help users fine-tune the device and truly make it their own. The Phone's audio capabilities are second to none and offer not only warm and crystal clear sound, but also a bunch of neat customization features. Changing the Sounds and Vibration on the Galaxy S8 is quite simple, even with its extensive list of options.

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Aside from the basics, such as volume control and ringtones, users can change the equalizer sound effects and set specific sounds for different notifications. There is even an option to play sounds from selected apps on various devices via Bluetooth. An excellent example of how to utilize this is, for example, to set YouTube's sound output on a pair of Bluetooth speakers, rather than using the headphone jack on the device itself. If that wasn't enough, the S8 and S8+ also allow users to personalize how the device plays back specific sounds with the advanced feature, adaptive sound.

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In this article, we'll go through each setting within the sounds and vibration section on a Samsung Galaxy S8 running Android 7 (Nougat).

Sound mode, Vibrate while ringing, Use Volume keys for media

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    On the home screen, swipe up to get into your app drawer.
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    Once inside the S8's app drawer, locate and tap the "Settings" app.
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    On the Settings screen, tap "Sounds and vibration".
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    The setting inside SOUNDS AND VIBRATION is "Sound mode"
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    Tap it, then select between; Sound, Vibrate, or Mute.
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    If you'd like to have your S8 vibrate while the ringer sounds, toggle the switch next to "Vibrate while ringing".
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    If you'd like to be able to control the volume when media is playing, toggle the switch next to "Use Volume keys for media". This setting is handy because different media types often have different decibel outputs and you don' want to be fumbling to turn something up or down on-the-fly.
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Volume, Vibration intensity, Ringtone

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    To adjust Ringtone, Media, Notifications, or System sounds, tap "Volume", then move the slider next to each option.
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    You can also set the "Vibration intensity" for; Incoming calls, Notifications, Vibration feedback, and Hard press vibration feedback
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    Tap it, then adjust each slider to get the desired vibration level.
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    To change your device's Ringtone, tap it, then select from the list of available ringtones.
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    If you want to add a custom Ringtone, scroll to the bottom, then tap "Add from phone"
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    Complete the action by choosing one of the available options.
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Vibration pattern, Notifications sounds, Do not disturb

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    To edit how the S8 vibrates, tap "Vibration pattern", then select a style from the available vibration sequences.
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    Continuing along we come to, "Notification sounds"
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    Tap it to set the default sound for notifications and messages.
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    On the NOTIFICATIONS SOUNDS screen, tap "Default notification sound", then select a sound from the list. This sound will act as the default sound for all your notifications, although you can choose a different sound for messages.
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    Tap "Message notifications" to select a default sound and to turn vibration on as well.
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    On the MESSAGE NOTIFICATIONS screen, toggle the "On" switch to enable sounds
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    To select a different sound from the default back in step 3, tap "Notification sound", then select one from the list. Toggle the "Vibrate when sound plays" switch to enable vibrations along with your notification sound.
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    Next, tap "Calander notifications" from the NOTIFICATION SOUNDS screen.
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    Toggle the On switch to enable sounds, then tap "Notification sound" to select a desired sound effect from the list. You can also make the device vibrate along with a sound by toggling the switch next to "Vibrate when sound plays"
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    Toggle the switch next to "Request Uber" if you want to add a specific button to request an Uber (driving service) directly from your reminders.
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    To enable "Do not disturb mode", tap it, then tap the toggle switch to the on position.
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    From the DO NOT DISTURB SCREEN, you can enable it based on a schedule by toggling the switch next to it
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    To set a schedule, tap; Days, Start time, and End time, and change the values.
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    You can also set exceptions
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    Tap "Allow exceptions", then select either No exceptions or Alarms only.
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    If you want to set a custom do not disturb schedule, select the "Custom" radio button from the ALLOW EXCEPTIONS screen
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    You can enable "Repeat callers", as well as set Calls from or Messages from. Simply tap the option, then when the drop-down appears, choose either; All, Contacts only, Favorite contacts only, or None.
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    To allow exceptions for "Event/tasks alerts" and or "Reminders, tap the switch next to each option.
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    The final option inside ALLOW EXCEPTIONS is "Priority app notifications"
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    Tap it, then choose an application from the list of available apps.
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    Back on the DO NOT DISTURB screen, the last option is "Hide visual notifications"
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    Tap it, then toggle the switch next to "Hide when screen is on" and or "Hide when screen is on".
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  • Touch sounds, Screen lock sounds, Charging sound, Vibration feedback

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      The next batch of sound options is classified as under SYSTEM
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      The first of the four is "Touch sounds". Enable this, and your device will play sounds when you ap specific items on the screen.
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      The next System sound is "Screen lock sounds"
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      Toggle this on, and you'll hear a sound each time you lock your phone.
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      The third System sound is "Charging sound"
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      Enable this to heat a sound every time the charging cable is plugged in.
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      The last System sound is "Vibration feedback"
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      Enabling this will make the device vibrate upon touching or holding various items on the screen.
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    Dialing keypad tones, Keyboard sound, Keyboard vibration

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      The following three options are known as KEY-TAP-FEEDBACK
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      The first option is "Dialing keypad tones". Enable this to hear sounds when you're dialing numbers from the keypad.
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      The second option is "Keyboard sound"
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      Toggle this on to hear sounds when using the default keyboard on your device.
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      The third option is "Keyboard vibration"
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      Turn this on, and your phone will vibrate each time you tap the default keyboard.
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    Sound quality and effects, Separate app sound

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      The final batch of options inside SOUNDS AND VIBRATION are the ADVANCED settings
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      Tap "Sound quality and effects" to edit your S8's EQ settings.
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      on the SOUND QUALITY AND EFFECTS screen, tap "Equalizer", then select one of the preset equalizers from the list.
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      After you've selected an equalizer preset, you'll notice that the bands have changed to match that preset. Tap "ADVANCED " to see each frequency range
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      You can also move each vertical slider to manipulate the preset.
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      To set a custom equalizer, Choose "Custom" from the list of presets (last option in the list)
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      Now you can edit each frequency band as you see fit to get the desired audio output. Use the ADVANCED section to move each frequency range with more precision. The BASIC view also works, just with less customization.
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      The following four options can only be enabled when either headphones or an audio cable is connected to the phone
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      The first is "UHQ upscaler" and turning it on will enhance playback of music and sound from other media sources.
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      The next option is "Surround"
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      Toggle this to the on position to simulate the effects of surround sound.
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      The third option is "Tube Amp Pro"
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      Enabling this will give the audio a warm feel similar to highly sought-after tube amplifiers.
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      The fourth sound enhancing option is called, "Concert hall"
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      Toggle this switch to give your S8's sound a similar feel to that of an amphitheater or concert hall.
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      The next setting inside the advanced section is "Adapt Sound"
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      Tap this to customize how your phone plays back different sounds, based on your hearing needs.
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      There are three presets that you can choose from
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      Tap the switch next to the preset that suits you the best. If none of the presets satisfy your needs, tap "Personalize sound".
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      On the PERSONALIZE SOUND screen, toggle the switch at the top to enable this feature. You can also choose which ear you prefer for calls by tapping "Preferred ear for calls".
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      To initiate the sound test, tap "Personalize sound" at the bottom of the screen
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      Before starting, go to a quiet location, close all other apps running media, put your headphones on, then tap "START".
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      You'll now hear a series of beeps in different tones and volumes
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      Tap Yes or No as you progress through the test. Once completed, a pop-up will appear asking which ear you prefer to use for calls.
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      Here on the PLAY ADAPT SOUND SAMPLE screen, you can listen to the profile for the right, left, or both ears. You can also hear to the ORIGINAL sample to make a comparison.
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      The last option under the Advanced section is "Separate app sound." Tap this to select an application to use with another device.
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      On the SEPARATE APP SOUND screen, toggle the switch to enable it, then tap "App" near the bottom of the screen
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      A pop-up will appear asking you to select an app an audio device. Tap "Select" to continue.
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      Choose an app from the list, then select a device on the following page
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      If you're using a Bluetooth device such as speakers, go to your Bluetooth settings and pair the device. See our article on using Bluetooth on a Samsung Galaxy S8 for more information.
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    If you have problems with any of the steps in this article, please ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.

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