Samsung Sound Assistant is probably my favorite Good Lock module along with Theme Park and One Hand Operation +. It allows you to tweak a plethora of sound-related settings on your Samsung device. Too bad it’s only available on Samsung devices. We made sure to explain how to get Sound Assistant and took our time to list all available features. Check them out below.
How to install Samsung Sound Assistant?
You can install Samsung Sound Assistant on almost every Samsung smartphone, there’s even a version dating to Android 7. But, for the most part, your device should be at least on OneUI 3.0 (Android 11) for most features to work. It supports most Samsung devices and you can usually get it in Samsung Galaxy Store.
If you can’t find it in Galaxy Store, you can get the APK on APK Mirror and sideload the app. We recommend (not affiliated with the developer) the app called Fine Lock that replaces Good Lock on unsupported Samsung devices. You’ll still need to install Good Lock but with Fine Lock, you’ll get better control of all available modules and some of them are amazing. Alongside the links for all of them. You can find it on Play Store. The app is free with optional premium features.
We talked about safe APK sources and what to avoid when downloading apps from unknown sources (out of official Android Stores like Play Store or Galaxy Store). The most recent version of Sound Assistant works only on Samsung devices running Android 11 and later but you should be able to find an older version that supports Android 9.
How do you use Samsung Sound Assistant?
Once several apps, there are a number of interesting features that are not available by default on OneUI. All of them concern sound, as you would expect. Here’s the list of available options followed by short explanations to give you a better insight.
Customize the volume panel. This tool allows you to change the layout of the Volume panel that appears when you press the volume keys. You can switch sides, enable a floating button that brings the panel by touch, add a toolbar, and enable per-app volume sliders. When you open the panel, a quick tap on the 3 vertical dots will bring these sliders and the toolbar.
Make your own volume panel colors. This one is self-explanatory. This Sound Assistant feature allows you to change the colors of the Volume panel. It offers some presets but you can create your own combination of colors, as well. It requires another Good Lock tool to work called Theme Park. You can get Theme Park in Galaxy Store or install it via APK that’s available to get on APK Mirror. We already talked about how to get Material You themes on any Samsung with Theme Park.
Individual app volumes. This tool allows you to add media apps to the list so they will appear in the extended Volume panel where you can change their volume regardless of the main media slider.
Control media volume. When enabled, every press on Volume keys will lower or increase only the Media volume instead of Ringtone or Notification sliders.
Media manner mode. When your phone is set to Mute or Vibrate, media sounds will replicate. By default, Mute or Vibrate apply only to notifications and ringtone volume.
Change step This one is a really nifty feature. It allows you to change the step volume. By default, when you lower or increase volume with the physical volume keys, the step volume is 10 or 5 (e.g. 100, 95, 90…). That’s not exactly precise. This setting allows you to get super precise volume steps if you choose 1 or 2 and the Android volume is too loud on the lowest setting.
Control music with Volume keys. Great for headphone/wireless headphone music listeners. It allows you to go to the next or previous track by pressing the Volume keys with the screen off. So, instead of waking the screen and using media controls on the Lock Screen, you can just press and hold one of the Volume keys. Remember to hold the key a bit longer, a quick press will just lower or increase the volume.
Favorite media app. This one is similar to Individual app volumes but for headphones/Bluetooth audio devices. You select an app from the list and, if you press volume or media controls on your wired or wireless headphones or earbuds, it will change the volume only for that app. It doesn’t work if the currently open app supports multimedia controls. For example, if Spotify is playing and YouTube is your favorite media app, it’s going to change Spotify volume.
Bluetooth metronome. Allows you to tweak and sync Bluetooth sound on videos to avoid audio delays and lag with a digital metronome.
Advanced settings for External audio devices. Overrides system settings for Ringtone, Alarm, and Notifications. So you can get them on your headphones instead of the phone which is the default option. Also, allows you to swap Left and Right audio output if that’s something you need.
Customize vibration patterns. Samsung devices have some preset vibration patterns for notifications and ringtones. However, you can create your vibration patterns with this tool, by tapping the screen. You can later use these custom patterns on your ringtone or notification sound in Settings > Sounds and vibration.
Concert hall. It works only with Dolby Atmos disabled. It simulates the reverb of a concert hall making your music listening experience more vivid.
Voice changer. This one is wild. When enabled, whenever an app uses a microphone, a notification will appear in the Notification Shade so you can use a Voice changer. From that notification, you can choose one of a dozen silly voices like Sci-Fi Horror, Robot, or Lo-fi landline. You can even set Voice Changer voice effects to be always enabled whenever you use the microphone. A great way to prank someone.
Multi sound. This Sound Assistant setting allows you to set apps that can play their sound over other apps. This is not available by default as one sound will usually pause when another starts in the currently-used app. For example, if you listen to music on Spotify in the background and browse Instagram Reels, the music will pause so you can hear Reels. This tool allows you to override that and choose apps that can always play even if the currently active app plays sound.
Those are all available options. Hopefully, we made it a bit clearer what they refer to with our explanation. All in all, this is a great app that offers some amazing functionality that’s sort of missing in system sound settings on OneUI. Thank you for reading and don’t forget to reach out and share how you use Sound Assistant. You can do that in the comments section below.