Samsung's new SoundAssistant app is a powerful audio tool for Galaxy devices

Samsung has launched a new app that grants Samsung Galaxy owners greater control over the sound of their devices. Aptly named SoundAssistant, the app gives a wealth of audio options to play with, alongside some special bells and whistles that are available only on the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus.

Some of the stand-out features of SoundAssistant include a claimed “150 steps of fine volume” control, a floating EQ, volume adjustments for individual apps, as well as personalized profiles and “scenarios.”

Scenarios offer a sort of scheduling manager for time-based profiles that can automatically adjust the sound settings of your phone, depending on the time of day, which is not that novel of an idea, but it's still a nice option to have under one roof with all the other features of the app.

Another interesting feature in Samsung’s SoundAssistant is the option to remap the hardware volume keys from adjusting ringtone volume, which is the default, to media volume control. This is neat, because usually the keys control whatever sound is playing at the time, but this feature gives you more granular control.

Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus users are getting a bit of a special treatment with SoundAssistant, as the new app allows owners of Samsung’s latest flagship phones to choose different output paths for individual apps. This means that, for example, you could be playing a game on your S8, utilizing its speakers, and streaming Spotify to your stereo at the same time.

Samsung’s new SoundAssistant is already live on Google Play and you can download it by following the link below.

Download Samsung SoundAssistant




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21 Comments

1. ShadowSnypa786

Posts: 573; Member since: Jan 06, 2017

"You could be playing a game on your S8, utilizing its speakers, and streaming Spotify to your stereo at the same time" Wow im liking that its definetly a cool feature for the S8 duo

4. Macready

Posts: 1821; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

The S8 came with this feature built in from the factory, so unlike what the article claims, this particular part is not new /added with the app.

15. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Exactly. Actually its a feature natively built into Bluetooth 5.0.

17. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

But as BT5 isn't officially supported by Android N, Samsung had to take steps to make this happen

9. izim1

Posts: 1599; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Which the s8 can do just fine without this app

3. Bankz

Posts: 2543; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Another duplicate? No wonder samsung devices are so slow and laggy after a few months *facepalm*

6. submar

Posts: 713; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

Salty *facepalm*

7. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Duplicate of what exactly?

8. izim1

Posts: 1599; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Im guessing of features the s8 already does. This doesnt add anything new, contrary to what the article says, it just brings out the options/menus that are already there, into a neat little package.

13. Macready

Posts: 1821; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

That's not true, Scenarios are new, as is the option to control media volume at all times through the volume buttons, rather than just when playing media or accessing it through the audio menu/ extra volume bars.

19. izim1

Posts: 1599; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Except, you know.... you CAN remap the volume keys to media, ringtones, etc. without this app....

12. tedkord

Posts: 17357; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Keep trying to sell it. You've got some slack to pick up now that Mxy has departed.

20. sissy246

Posts: 7111; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Mxy is still here, just has another new name.

5. skymitch89

Posts: 1452; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

This app doesn't really add any new features to the devices. It just makes it easier to access these features because for some reason Samsung has hidden them rather deeply in the settings menu.

10. Lauticol

Posts: 404; Member since: Jun 25, 2011

Someone knows if its possible to send different audio to speakers and other things in other phones?

16. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

In order to do that, the phone must have Bluetooth 5.0. The S8's are rhw first phonea with ot. So thr answee doe now is, No.

11. paynekiller

Posts: 152; Member since: May 24, 2010

"Another interesting feature in Samsung’s SoundAssistant is the option to remap the hardware volume keys from adjusting ringtone volume, which is the default, to media volume control." I had also done this with my S8, and I haven't downloaded this app as yet

14. BuffaloSouce unregistered

"alongside some special bells and whistles that are available only on the GalaxyS8 and S8 Plus."

18. GhostV6

Posts: 10; Member since: Apr 04, 2017

I would like to play music from my player during a phonecall so that we both hear the song in the earpiece. Come on Samsung

22. Nick040489

Posts: 29; Member since: Apr 01, 2010

You can already make the volume keys control the media volume all the time without the new app.

23. paynekiller

Posts: 152; Member since: May 24, 2010

I've scoured this app since I got it yesterday, there's really nothing new to it, but it does allow for more scheduled sound profiles (three) than the one you can do normally from what I can see. For me it is just an extra app, I will uninstall it, but it definitely does help bring a lot of sound adjustment options into one handy place, so its not a bad thing.

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