What is Samsung Separate App Sound?

Play music from your phone without getting interrupted by notifications

This article explains how to use the Samsung Separate App Sound feature on Galaxy S8, S8+, and later smartphones that run Android 7.0 or later.

What Is Samsung Separate App Sound?

The Samsung Separate App Sound feature allows you to play music from your smartphone from one app to a Bluetooth speaker or headphones while still receiving notifications for calls, messages, and system alerts.

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.

Here's a shortlist 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

How to Connect Your Bluetooth Device

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

  1. Go to the Settings app and tap Connections.

  2. Tap Bluetooth.

  3. Tap the toggle switch to turn it On.

    Connections, Bluetooth, and Toggle Switch in Samsung Galaxy Settings
  4. Your Galaxy S searches for available devices. When your smartphone finds the device, connect by tapping the device name in the Available Devices list.

How to Turn On Separate App Sound

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

  1. Go to the Settings app and tap Sounds and Vibration.

  2. Tap Separate App Sound.

  3. Tap Turn on now. The toggle switch should be blue.

  4. Tap App to choose an app to play on your Bluetooth audio device, then tap Audio Device and choose Bluetooth Device.

    Separate app sound, Toggle Switch, and App and Audio device highlighted in Samsung Galaxy Settings

You can see if your audio device is connected in Separate App Sound by tapping the Back icon. 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. Depending on the app you selected, you may have to do something to play sound, such as play a video in the Facebook app.

How to Turn Off Separate App Sound

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

  1. Go to the Settings app and tap Sounds and Vibration.

  2. Tap Separate App Sound.

  3. Tap the Turn on now toggle switch to disable it.

    Sounds and vibration, Separate app sound, and toggle switch in Galaxy Samsung Settings


  • How do you send one audio signal to two separate Bluetooth devices?

    You can connect multiple Bluetooth speakers to one Android device using a third-party app. For instance, you can download AmpMe and sync smartphones and Bluetooth speakers together.

  • How do I separate my phone and Bluetooth volume on Android?

    Many Android devices have absolute Bluetooth volume control enabled by default. To disable it, enable Developer Mode and disconnect from the Bluetooth device. Then, go to Settings > System > Developer Options, and under Networking, toggle Disable Absolute Volume to On.

  • Can you separate right and left audio on Bluetooth speakers?

    Stereo separation recreates a musical experience, letting you relish the enjoyment of surround sound. You can buy Bluetooth speakers that can be paired together and will allow you to enjoy the left and right channel sound.

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