How to use Samsung’s Separate App Sound

The feature that lets you multitask your audio

Credit: Dreamstime: Yeyzaveta Pyrozhkova

Samsung has included a number of useful audio settings in its Galaxy smartphones, one being Separate App Sound. This feature allows you to stream the sound from one of your phone's apps to a Bluetooth speaker or headset, all the while your smartphone continues to make whatever sound it’s making -- a voice call, or playing sound from a different app.

How could I use it?

As an example of its usefulness, I was able to watch YouTube on my smartphone in one room of my house, while simultaneously streaming a podcast to family members in another, freeing up another device for my kids to use in the process. I could also run my navigation app on my smartphone while playing music from my Spotify app on another Bluetooth device, without the music being incessantly interrupted by the navigation commands.  

Samsung devices with Separate App Sound

You’ll find this feature on the latest Samsung smartphones, including the Samsung Galaxy S20, Samsung Galaxy S21 and on most Samsung smartphones released with the Android 7.0 (Nougat), or later operating systems, including the current Android 11 OS.

How to separate app sound

1) Tap Settings > Sounds and Vibration > Separate App Sound.

Credit: Dominic Bayley

2) Tap the switch to turn it on.

Credit: Dominic Bayley

3) Now select the multimedia app you would like to stream to a different device. It may be included in a list of apps already shown. If the app you want doesn’t appear, press Add apps and select it.

Credit: Dominic Bayley

4) Select the audio device you would like your app to be connected to. Note: only connected Bluetooth devices will be shown in the list of devices you can choose.  

Credit: Dominic Bayley

And that’s all there is to it. The app you selected will now play its sound through your selected Bluetooth device or headset, while any other app you launch will be played from your phone's selected audio output device.

Join the newsletter!


Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags AndroidappsbluetoothsamsungSpotifysettingsAndroid 7.0 NougatSamsung Galaxy S20Android 11Samsung Galaxy S21Separate App Sound

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.
Dominic Bayley

Dominic Bayley

PC World
Show Comments

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles


PCW Evaluation Team

Tom Pope

Dynabook Portégé X30L-G

Ultimately this laptop has achieved everything I would hope for in a laptop for work, while fitting that into a form factor and weight that is remarkable.

Tom Sellers


This smart laptop was enjoyable to use and great to work on – creating content was super simple.

Lolita Wang


It really doesn’t get more “gaming laptop” than this.

Jack Jeffries


As the Maserati or BMW of laptops, it would fit perfectly in the hands of a professional needing firepower under the hood, sophistication and class on the surface, and gaming prowess (sports mode if you will) in between.

Taylor Carr


The MSI PS63 is an amazing laptop and I would definitely consider buying one in the future.

Christopher Low

Brother RJ-4230B

This small mobile printer is exactly what I need for invoicing and other jobs such as sending fellow tradesman details or step-by-step instructions that I can easily print off from my phone or the Web.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?