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How to enable Adaptive Sound on your Google Pixel phone

Google Pixel 6 And 6 Pro Together Hold
Google Pixel 6 And 6 Pro Together Hold (Image credit: Nick Sutrich / Android Central)

Google's Pixel smartphones are undeniably some of the best Android phones you can buy, and it's not just because of their amazing cameras and hardware. Perhaps the best reason to purchase a Pixel is the software, including everything from exclusive Pixel features to quarterly Pixel feature drop updates. One such underrated yet important recent Pixel drop feature is Adaptive Sound. This uses your phone's microphone(s) to determine the noise in the environment around you and accordingly makes adjustments in the software to improve the speaker's sound quality. Pretty cool, huh? We'll show you how to enable this Adaptive Sound feature on your Google Pixel smartphone.

How to enable Adaptive Sound on your Google Pixel phone

  1. Open up the Settings app on your Pixel phone.
  2. Scroll down and tap on the Sound & vibration tile.
  3. Tap on Adaptive Sound.
  4. Toggle the switch to turn on Adaptive Sound.Source: Android Central

While this feature was initially just available on the Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5, it has since been rolled out to Google's brand new Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro as well. That said, it doesn't seem to be available for the Pixel 5a or the Pixel 4a.

Our top equipment picks

The best way to experience the magic of Adaptive Sound is on the Pixel 6 (or the Pixel 6 Pro). While the Pro will get you goodies like a bigger battery and a 120Hz display, it's otherwise largely identical to the regular Pixel 6, which is the one we recommend you get. Priced at just under $600, it's the best Android phone you can buy today. It comes with a stunning all-new design, Google's new Tensor SoC, and a lot more. You also have three funky dual-tone color options - Sorta Seafoam, Kinda Coral, and Stormy Black - to choose from.

Additional equipment

Even though the Pixel 6 is a gorgeous smartphone that deserves to be shown off, it's still an all-glass device that needs the best protection. That's why we suggest you guard it using a great case like this one.

Caseology Parallax Protective Pixel6 Case

Caseology Parallax Protective Pixel6 Case (Image credit: Amazon)

Caseology Parallax Pixel 6 case (opens in new tab) ($16 at Amazon)

Caseology's Parallax case comes with a dual-tone finish, and its "3D Hexa Cube" design also helps with the in-hand grip. It also features raised bezels around the screen and the camera module for maximum protection.

Jeramy Johnson
Jeramy Johnson

Jeramy is proud to help *Keep Austin Weird* and loves hiking in the hill country of central Texas with a breakfast taco in each hand. When he's not writing about smart home gadgets and wearables, he's defending his relationship with his smart voice assistants to his family. You can follow him on Twitter at @jeramyutgw.