Did you know that you can control your Galaxy Buds true wireless earbuds with the Galaxy Watch 5 and Galaxy Watch 5 Pro? Well, you can! This neat (and useful) little feature from Samsung makes it possible to adjust certain functions on the earbuds. And if you just aren’t fond of messing with the on-earbud controls, this is the best way to supplement that. Setup is rather easy to do and it mostly happens on the watch itself. So you don’t have to mess with a smartphone app at all. You will have to have the buds connected though.
It should also be noted that this controller will be compatible with all versions of the Galaxy Buds. So whether you have the original pair, or the new Galaxy Buds 2 Pro, you can use this feature. That being said, if you aren’t sure how to do this, we’ll walk you through the steps. As there aren’t many and setup only takes a couple minutes to complete.
How to control your Galaxy Buds with the Galaxy Watch 5
To control your Galaxy Buds with the Galaxy Watch 5 or Galaxy Watch 5 Pro, get started by making sure that your devices are both powered on. That’s the obvious first step.
Connect your Galaxy Buds and your Galaxy Watch 5 to your phone
To kick things off, connect your watch and your earbuds to your phone. Upon doing so, you can move on.
Swipe to the left on the watch screen to bring up the Tiles, then tap “Add Tiles”
On Wear OS, the Tiles feature is a useful tool for giving you quick access to various pieces of information in addition to letting you interact with other watch functions. You’re going to need to scroll all the way to the end of the current list of active Tiles. Then tap on the “Add Tiles” option.
Add the Buds controller Tile
Now that you’re in the add Tiles menu, scroll to find the Buds Controller Tile. This should be the second Tile in the list. Tapping on it will automatically add it to your watches active Tile list.
Tap on the ANC or touch controls buttons
Once the Tile is in your active list and your buds are connected, you should see buttons for both turning the active noise cancellation on and off, and for using the touch controls of the buds. Which should allow you to pause/play tracks, skip tracks, and adjust volume. And if you want super easy access to this, we recommend making this either the first Tile in the list, or putting it towards the front.
Removing the Tile
It’s also possible to remove the Tile if you no longer want to control your buds this way. This is a simple process as well. Simply find the Buds Controller Tile in the active list, tap and hold on it, then tap the red subtraction icon to remove the Tile from the active list. And that’s it. You can also use this for any other Tiles that you may have added and no longer want to use.