You can listen to music, calls, videos, and other sounds on your phone. You can use your phone's built-in speakers or audio accessories like headphones, earbuds, and speakers.
On Pixel 4a (5G) and later, to improve sound quality from your phone’s speaker, you can turn on Adaptive Sound.
- To find what’s playing on your phone, swipe down from the top of your screen.
- To open the app where the media is playing, tap the panel.
- If you use more than one media app, swipe right or left to find them.
- To change where the sound plays, at the top right of the panel, tap the name of your audio accessory. For example, "Speakers" or "Pixel buds."
Important: To use Adaptive Sound, check that you have the latest Android software. Learn how to check your Android version. Then, from the Play Store, check that you have the most recent version of the Device Personalization Services app.
Adaptive Sound only works on your Pixel phone. It doesn’t work with sound played through external speakers or headphones. Adaptive Sound is on by default in Pixel 7 phones.
- Open your phone's Settings app.
- Tap Sound & vibration Adaptive Sound.
- Turn Adaptive Sound on or off.
Use Conversation mode
On Pixel 3 and later, Conversation mode adjusts your phone's microphone to tune in to your conversation partner and tune out other noises.
- Open your device's Settings app .
- Tap Accessibility Sound Amplifier.
- Tap Open Sound Amplifier Phone mic Conversation mode.
- Point your phone’s camera at your conversation partner.
- Tap Adjust sounds.
- To change how much noise you block, turn on Noise Reduction and use the slider.
- To boost quiet sounds, turn on Boost and use the "Boost Quiet Sounds" slider.
- To change frequency, turn on Boost and use the “Boost High and Low Frequency” sliders.
- Use noise-canceling wired headphones.
- For clearer speech, move the “Noise reduction” slider to above 90%.
- Tap Flip camera and have your conversation partner hold the phone.
- To pause amplification, swipe the notification shade and tap Pause .
Troubleshoot sound problems
Choose how to listen
If headphones say "Made by Google" or "Made for Google," we certified that they work with Pixel phones. Other digital audio accessories can also work with Pixel phones. Find accessories on the Google Store.
If you have a Pixel 3 or Pixel 2, the headphone adapter that came in your phone's box works with 3.5mm accessories that meet the Android headset requirements. If your headphones don't work with your adapter, contact the manufacturer and ask if your headphones meet the requirements.