How to sync multiple smartphone speakers and create an ad-hoc sound system

How to sync multiple smartphone speakers and create an ad-hoc sound system
While you're never going to impress an audiophile with the sound quality of a smartphone speaker, or even that of a portable speaker, most people want to get the best sound experience with the little that they have. In this tutorial, we're going to take a look at a neat little app that lets you synchronize multiple smartphones, tablets, and wireless speakers into an ad-hoc sound system.

The app in question is called AmpMe, is available in both the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store, and it's currently the best way to sync multiple smartphones and have them play back the same song. However, before we dive into how the app works and what should be done to maximize the audio experience, it's worth mentioning that Samsung was among the first companies to explore with this functionality on a smartphone. 

Cross-Platform Group Play

When Samsung launched the Galaxy S4 back in 2013, Group Play was one of the countless features that TouchWiz brought on top of the standard Android version. The app allowed Samsung Galaxy S4 owners to synchronize their smartphones, turning multiple handsets into a sort of distributed sound system. 

Like many of Samsung's proprietary features, Group Play was often regarded as a gimmick, and not a true advancement, especially since the usage was limited to Galaxy S4 phones. However, now that all Android and iOS smartphones can tap into this functionality at will, and not through a preinstalled app, it looks like the public perception has changed. 

Using AmpMe to sync multiple smartphone speakers

Step 0. Before getting on to the good stuff, Android users should go ahead and download AmpMe from the Play Store. iOS users should obviously install the iTunes version of the app



1. bambamboogy02

Posts: 842; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

Now I can utilize my backup devices in a different way. I have 3 back up phones laying around. This will be awesome! Wonder what the "party" limit is on how many people can join?

2. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

I'm more interested in the new chromecast audio update to allow grouping of chromecast audio devices and play music throughout the house.

3. Dee79

Posts: 307; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

How pointless this is

6. bambamboogy02

Posts: 842; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

How is it pointless? At your own party, you can hookup your old/backup smartphone to the stereo, sync it with your phone, and be able to control the music from anywhere. There are countless uses for this. Or if your hanging out at the beach with friends , didn't bring a BT speaker or anything, but everyone can use their phones. Maybe a feature YOU would never use, but doesn't make it pointless. I'm sure it'll be able to use other media sources as well with future updates.

4. prasanthben

Posts: 6; Member since: Jul 11, 2015

Still it can't beat the Symbian legacy with FM Transmitter... That's an epic feature...

5. raykingellis

Posts: 13; Member since: Oct 31, 2014

Seems the app has gotten a little better since the last time I used it. Soundcloud was once the only option, glad to see they added local music to the mix. Still, it would be nice to have Google Play Music available considering that I have all of my music loaded there. Maybe Google will see their potential and buy them out :p

7. kent-gaga

Posts: 609; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

delays and delays and delayssss it's just about 0.x of a second but it's freaking annoying

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