What is Samsung Separate App Sound?

Samsung Separate App Sound
Hear calls and alarms on your phone as you listen to music on your headphones on your Galaxy S8 or S8+. Getty Images 

The Samsung Separate App Sound feature allows you to play music from your smartphone from one app to a Bluetooth speaker or headphones. For example, you may want to listen to music on your headphones, but you don't want the music interrupted by a call. When the feature is on, you’ll still hear system sounds from your smartphone’s speakers, such as alarms and the ringtone to alert you of an incoming call, so you can pause playback yourself or ignore the call or alarm.

The Separate App Sound feature is available on Galaxy S8, S8+, and later smartphones that run Android 7.0 (Nougat), which is the default operating system for the Galaxy S8 and S8+, and Android 8.0 (Oreo).

Here's a short list of apps that support this feature:

  • Google Chrome
  • Facebook
  • The Google text-to-speech engine
  • YouTube
  • Samsung Members, which replaces mySamsung, for receiving product support online
  • Samsung Billing for purchasing apps through the Samsung Store
  • SideSync, so you can hear information from a connected PC or Galaxy Tab
  • Samsung Push Service, which is the notification service for Samsung services such as Samsung Pay

Connect Your Bluetooth Device

Before you enable the feature, you need to connect your Galaxy S8 or S8+ to a Bluetooth device. Bring the device near the phone (say, on your desk) and then follow these steps to connect your device:

  1. Tap the < icon in the upper-left corner of the screen until you see the Settings screen.

  2. In the Settings screen, tap Connections.

  3. In the Connections screen, tap Bluetooth

  4. In the Bluetooth screen, turn the feature on by moving the toggle button in the upper-right corner of the screen from left to right. The setting at the top of the Separate App Sound screen shows the feature is On.

Bluetooth turns on and your Galaxy S8 or S8+ searches for available devices. When your smartphone finds the device, connect the device by tapping the device name in the Available Devices list.

Turn Separate App Sound On

Now you can turn on the Separate App Sound feature. Here’s how:

  1. Tap Apps in the Home screen.

  2. Swipe to the appropriate Apps screen that contains the Settings icon (if necessary) and then tap Settings.

  3. In the Settings screen, tap Sounds and Vibration.

  4. In the Sounds and Vibration screen, tap Separate App Sound.

  5. Turn the feature on by tapping Off at the top of the Separate App Sound screen.

  6. In the Select App and Audio Device window in the center of the screen, tap Select.

  7. In the App screen, tap the name of the app to play its sounds on your Bluetooth audio device.

  8. In the Audio Device screen, tap Bluetooth Device.

You can see if your audio device is connected in Separate App Sound by tapping the Back icon in the upper-left corner of the screen twice to return to the Separate App Sound screen. At the bottom of the screen, you see the selected app and your audio device.

Now you can test how well your app works with Separate App Sound by pressing the Home button to return to the Home screen, and then open the app. Depending on the app you selected, you may have to do something within the app to play sound, such as play a video in the Facebook app.

Turn Off Separate App Sound

When you want to turn off the Separate App Sound feature, follow these steps:

  1. Tap Apps in the Home screen.

  2. Swipe to the appropriate Apps screen that contains the Settings icon (if necessary) and then tap Settings.

  3. In the Settings screen, tap Sounds and Vibration.

  4. In the Sounds and Vibration screen, tap Separate App Sound.

  5. Turn the feature on by moving the toggle button in the upper-right corner of the screen from right to left.

Now the setting at the top of the Separate App Sound screen shows the feature is Off.