Adapt Sound


galaxy s4 adapt sound

Update 1: FAQs were added at the bottom of this page. PDF version of all these FAQs can be downloaded from this post.

Galaxy S4 dials music up and down and balances left and right audio based on your hearing, the sound source and your preferences. Samsung called this Adapt Sound.

Basically, audio can be adapted and optimized  to the content you’re listening to (video, music, etc.) This is good for your ears.

To set a personalized sound while listening to songs with a headset, tap Settings–Adapt Sound– On. When you turn the volume up to level 14 or higher, the adapt sound option is not applied to music playback. If you turn the volume down to level 13 or lower, the option is reapplied.

This feature can be controlled in Settings–Sound–Adapt Sound.


FAQs on Adapt Sound

Q1 : Can the Adapt Sound feature work with headsets connected via Bluetooth ?

A : No. It’s not compatible.


  1. My sound adapt is not working. The setting just crashes. Please help

  2. does adapt sound work with other audio players such as google’s play music?

  3. For the ones who needs the adapt sound pattern for the stock S4 Headset(white flat-corded headset included in the S4 box), feel free to try the pattern I came up with..




    0: No
    1: Yes

    compare this to your adapt sound pattern and see if this one does better.

    Most used side (left/right) is an option that is entirely based on your preference.


    Patterns may differ from octa/quad S4 versions.
    I came up with this pattern on my
    Galaxy S4(SHV-E330S) Quad Core “LTE-A” version.

  4. George Banut says:

    How to disable Adapt Sound on Galaxy trend plus? I can hardly hear anything with it on.

  5. Many of you are wondering how to disable the Adapt Sound feature and like me, have found little to no success in doing so after google searching and forum scrolling. I have a solution! Forum “experts” will try to tell you that you simply go to settings> device> sound> adapt sound to “reconfigure” adapt sound, but nobody will tell you the real answer… until now anyway. You need to go to Settings> More> Apps Manager>Running (the All section will work as well)>Adapt Sound. There you will be prompted with a few options, the ones you will look for being “Force Stop” and “Turn Off”. Both of these features will be able to be reversed if you think you will use Adapt Sound again, but if you are likely to toggle it on and off frequently, select the “Turn Off” option from the “Turned Off” section of the apps manager. This way your settings will be saved and you will not have to run the testing process each time you wish to toggle it on. However, if you attempt to start the process while the feature is turned off, the settings app will close. This should certainly help those of you who have been irritated by Adapt Sound.

    • Your instructions work perfectly…everyone else gave short answers that didn’t work..thanks much for your knowledge.

    • Nancy Palmer says:

      Justin, I have a Tab 4 7.0. I haven’t been able to find ANY answers online about disabing Adapt Sound my tablet. Finall, in disgust, I went back to Adapt Sound and said “yes” to every question. It’s not optimal sound but at least I can hear vocalists in Amazon Music, etc., again. Do you have any ideas about setting up Adapt Sound on a Tab 4?
      Nancy Palmer

  6. Thank you so much this helps with all my other apparently aswell

  7. Thanks Justin for the help!!!!!!!

  8. Help meeeee! I still can’t hear for both my earphone, it’s so irritating. I followed as justin said, but still cant stop this adapt sound.

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