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How to use your device as a hearing aid with Sound Amplifier in Android 12

How to use your device as a hearing aid with Sound Amplifier in Android 12

Short guide:

  1. Connect your headphones to your device. Open Settings  and select Accessibility.
  2. Scroll down to the Audio section and tap Sound Amplifier then Open Sound Amplifier.
  3. Tap the Play button in the middle of the screen to start amplifying and Pause to pause it.
  4. Tap Source, then the Amplify menu to switch between amplifying the Sound around you or the Sound playing on your phone.
  5. Tap the Microphone menu to switch between the built-in microphone and an external microphone.
  6. Tap Sound to tweak the amplified sound. Use the Boost and Fine tuning controls to get a clearer sound.
  7. Tap Noise to change the level of noise reduction. Tap the menu to switch between High, Medium and Low.

Before and after

Sound amplifier before and after activation

This section explains how to use Sound Amplifier in Android 12. This is a step-by-step guide with pictures of the screens to help.

Open the Accessibility settings

1. Connect your headphones to your device, either by plugging them in or through a wireless Bluetooth connection. Open the Settings app and select Accessibility.

Open the settings and tap Accessibility

Launch Sound Amplifier

2. Scroll down to the Audio section and tap Sound Amplifier. On the next screen, tap Open Sound Amplifier.

Tap Sound Amplifier then Open Sound Amplifier

Start Sound Amplifier

3. Tap the Play button in the middle of the screen. The first time you do so you’ll see a pop-up notification requesting permission to record audio and use some phone features. Tap While using the app when prompted.

Tap the Play button and agree to any permission requests

Using Sound Amplifier

4. Tapping the Play button starts the sound amplifier. You’ll hear the sound around you louder through your headphones, while the display will change to reflect the volume of any sounds around you. To pause sound being amplified, tap the Pause button.

Tap the central button to Play or Pause

Switching back to Sound Amplifier

5. You can leave Sound Amplifier running in the background while you use your device for other tasks. To return to Sound Amplifier, swipe down from the top of the screen and select the Sound Amplifier notification. You can also pause and resume using it from this notification, by tapping on the Pause button in the notification.

Tap the Sound Amplifier notification to return to Sound Amplifier, or tap Pause

Selecting what to amplify

6. Sound Amplifier has a few useful settings you can use to get the most from the feature. Tap Source, then tap the Amplify menu to switch between amplifying the Sound around you or the Sound playing on your phone.

Tap the Amplify menu and select Sound around you or Sound playing on your phone.

Switching microphones

7. Tap the Microphone menu to switch between using your smartphone or tablet’s built-in microphone, and an external microphone, including any microphones you might have built into a pair of headphones.

Tap the Micropone menu and select Device mic or Headphones mic

Adjusting the sound

8. Tap Sound to tweak the amplified sound. The Boost slider controls how much the sound is amplified, while the Fine tuning slider controls the frequencies at which the sound is boosted most, which can be useful if you’re struggling to get a clear sound.

Tap Sound and adjust the Boost and Fine tuning sliders to refine the sound

Adjusting the Noise Reduction

9. Finally, tap Noise to change the level of noise reduction. Tap the menu to switch between High, Medium or Low.

Tap Noise and select High, Medium or Low

Enabling the shortcut

10. To make it easier to launch the Sound Amplifier, go back to the Accessibility settings, tap Sound Amplifier, then tap the toggle button for Sound Amplifier shortcut to turn it on. A small green shortcut button will appear on the screen, and tapping this will launch Sound Amplifier.

Tap the toggle switch for Sound amplifier shortcut to turn it on

Note: We have written these instructions for devices running the standard version of the Android operating system. You may find some minor presentation differences if the manufacturer has customised the theme.

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