How to dramatically improve your Pixel 7’s sound for better music quality

How to dramatically improve your Pixel 7's sound for better music quality

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I love music. In fact, it’s a rare occasion that I’m not listening to something as I work, exercise, and just generally always have some form of music playing. The thing is, phones never really have the best sound. It doesn’t matter how much a company brags about its onboard sound processors and speakers, phones all sound like phones. 

Sure, there are variations on that theme and some devices do sound better than others. But these are small devices with small speakers and cannot match the fidelity of a dedicated stereo. 

This is especially true when your favorite listening method is vinyl and you consider yourself an audiophile.

Of course, Android 13 does have a little trick up its sleeve to give the audio a bit of a boost. That trick is called Adaptive Sound.

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Adaptive sound uses the mics and sensors on your device to learn the type of environment you’re in, so it can then adjust the sound accordingly. The adjustments are made via automatic EQ and do make a considerable difference in the sound you hear.

At this point, you’re probably thinking, “Hold up. My phone will use its mics to listen in on the ambient sound of a room. Isn’t that a privacy issue?” Given the state of the world and how everything seems to be vying to gather as much information about you as possible, that’s an understandable concern. However, Google has made it clear that all Adaptive Sound processing is done locally, so there’s no need to worry that Google is listening in on you. Android, on the other hand, is listening but doing so to help improve your experience.

One thing to keep in mind is that the changes made by Adaptive Sound may be less noticeable at higher decibel levels. This is all about equalization and how subtle changes can make a big difference in the sound you hear.

With that said, how do you enable Adaptive Sound? It’s quite easy. Let me show you.

How to dramatically improve the sound from your Pixel 7 for even better musical enjoyment

Pull down your Notification Shade twice and tap the gear icon to access the Android Settings app. You can also access this app from within the App Drawer by swiping up from the bottom of the display. 

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From within the Settings app, locate Sound & Vibration. Tap that entry. On the resulting page, locate Adaptive Sound and tap it.

Accessing the Adaptive Sound setting in Android.

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Tap the ON/OFF slider until it’s in the ON position and Adaptive Sound is enabled. You can close the Settings app.

Enabling Adaptive Sound in Android 13.

Image: Jack Wallen

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Now, all you have to do is experience music from your Android device in a way that will automatically adapt to your environment to dramatically improve the sound you hear. Give this feature a try. 

Start playing some music and move from environment to environment to see how the change affects the sound you hear. If music is as important to you as it is to me, you’ll be happy you enabled the feature.

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