How to Disable Absolute Volume on Samsung Galaxy S22

This post will walk you through activating the OneUI 4.1 feature that will protect your ears from extremely loud volume on the newest Galaxy device. Here’s a straightforward guide on how to disable absolute volume on Samsung Galaxy S22.

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Want to ensure hearing safety while using Bluetooth audio devices with your new Samsung device? If so, then you can activate the phone’s advanced feature to disable absolute Bluetooth volume. Read on for more detailed instructions.

Disable Absolute Volume in OneUI 4.1

New Android smartphones including the recently released Galaxy S22 lineups do come with a feature that automatically disables absolute Bluetooth volume control. It’s a very useful feature as it can protect your ears from unexpected volume outputs especially when using the phone with Bluetooth accessories with absolute Bluetooth volume control.

To access and manage this feature, you will need to unlock the phone’s hidden menu called Developer options. Once the built in Developer options menu or developer mode is unlocked, you’ll get to access and utilize more advanced features including the one that’s designed to turn off absolute volume.

If you’re new to the One UI interface, you can refer to the outlined steps below to access the developer menu and enable the feature to turn off absolute volume when pairing your phone with a certain Bluetooth audio device.

Steps to Disable Absolute Volume on Samsung Galaxy S22

The following steps are also applicable when activating the built in feature to turn off absolute volume control on other Samsung Galaxy phones including prior models for as long as they have the same software version with the S22, S22+ and Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra — that is OneUI 4.1 equivalent to Android 12.

However, there may be some slight differences on every device’s user interface given that actual screens and menu items vary between device models and carriers.

Before you proceed, be sure to disconnect any Bluetooth speakers or headsets that are connected to or paired with your Galaxy S22. You can turn off the controls on both the Bluetooth device and your phone, or delete the Bluetooth media. Then, follow these steps when everything is set.
Step 1: First, verify and ensure that the Developer options menu is already unlocked on your device. If it isn’t, then you will need to unlock it first by performing the Build number tweak from the software information menu. You can also refer to a separate guide on how to do it.
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Step 2: After verifying that the developer mode is unlocked, open the Settings app by tapping the Settings icon from the Home screen. If the Settings is not visible from the Home screen, then it must be in the Apps viewer or apps screen.
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Step 3: While on the Settings menu, scroll down to the bottom section and then tap Developer Options. Doing so opens the hidden menu that contains a number of advanced features for software development and app debugging. These features are primarily intended for advanced users like software developers.
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Step 4: In the Developer Options menu, scroll to find Disable Absolute Volume from the list of options. Once you find it, toggle to turn on the switch next to it. 
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When the switch turns blue, it means that the feature is already activated. Your phone should then be all set to control maximal media volume when using certain Bluetooth accessories.

When to Disable Absolute Volume on your new phone?

When the switch turns blue, it means that the feature is enabled. That then should prompt your device to automatically disable extremely loud Bluetooth volume or uncontrolled volume control.

Absolute Bluetooth volume control refers to the way the phone controls the volume of your Bluetooth speaker and vice versa. With absolute volume enabled, you don’t need to use the physical volume buttons on your Bluetooth device to adjust the volume. Instead, you can use the volume keys on your Android phone to reduce or increase the volume level accordingly. This likewise applies when adjusting the phone’s media volume using your Bluetooth audio device. So it’s going to be a one volume control.

Absolute Bluetooth volume control is typically enabled by default in many Android phones. Although this setup has advantages, it may also not be always ideal given that some Bluetooth devices are not totally optimized for this feature. That said, facing unexpected disturbances from extremely loud audio outputs when using a Bluetooth headset, headphones or speaker is possible. 

This is when activating the feature to disable absolute volume on the phone comes in handy.

What exactly happens when absolute Bluetooth volume is disabled?

With the Disable Absolute Volume control enabled, the volume control of your Bluetooth device and Galaxy phone will be separated. That said, you will need to use the Bluetooth device’s volume control to adjust its volume. Adjusting the volume level on your Galaxy S22 will also not alter the volume of your Bluetooth device.

You can always turn this feature off if you think you won’t be bothered with your Bluetooth media or phone rendering the loudest possible sound.

Hope this helps!

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