There are three ways to pair your Linkbuds S to your device.
Sony | Headphones Connect app
Download the Sony | Headphones Connect app to adjust settings, including Ambient Sound settings, Noise Cancelling, Adaptive Sound Control, and more. Lots of the settings we mention on this page can be tailored to your preferences using the app.
The LinkBuds S headphones feature intuitive touch control settings. You can assign your own functions to each earbud using the Headphones Connect app.
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Watch this video to find out how to control playback, volume, incoming calls, and more, using simple touch controls.
Connect your headphones to two Bluetooth® devices simultaneously, so you can wait for an incoming call on one device while listening to music on the other. This feature requires you to update the firmware of the headphones, which you can do using the Headphones Connect app.
With Adaptive Sound Control the Headphones Connect app detects what's happening around you and adjusts Noise Cancelling or Ambient Sound Control settings for you.
Just open the Headphones Connect App and switch it on to use its default detection mode.
If you want to customise it even further, you can adjust Noise Cancelling or External Sound Capture preferences through the app.
This feature learns how you use the headphones while using Adaptive Sound Control and switches settings at an optimal time.
Just enable this setting and follow the on-screen prompt to sign into your Headphones Connect app account.
The Headphones Connect app detects what’s happening around you and what you’re doing. Then it adjusts settings like Noise Cancelling and Ambient Sound levels automatically. So, if you’re running, ambient sound levels might go up, then go down when you’re sitting in a cafe.
In your Headphones Connect app, within the Adaptive Sound Control setting, “Detection of Actions” will begin with the default detection settings.
You can stick with default settings or change them to your liking, for example, putting Ambient Sound levels up when you're walking to hear the world around you.
Noise Cancelling and Focus on Voice
Shut the world off and hear only what you want to hear – from nothing at all to voices only.
Don't miss out on your favourite sounds, no matter where you are. Adaptive Sound Control can cancel external noise, while also letting in voices so you don’t miss important announcements, for example, on your daily commute.
Set up your headphones to change settings to your liking at the locations you visit frequently.
Try a new sound experience with Augmented Reality Gaming, which delivers sounds from different directions for truly immersive gameplay.
Gamers, you'll want to try this new feature! Using a new sensor, spatial sound technology, and head tracking, LinkBuds S deliver incredibly immersive sound when you play Augmented Reality games, such as ‘Ingress’ from Niantic.
When you can hear sound delivered from different directions according to the action in the game, you can improve your accuracy and gain the competitive edge.
To try it out, download the “Ingress Prime” app on your smartphone and play the game while wearing your LinkBuds S headphones.
Set up your headphones so that when you want to have a conversation, all you need to do is start talking.
Fine-tune your equaliser settings and adjust your streaming and upscaling settings for a better listening experience that suits your taste.
Find the sound that’s perfect for you and for everything you listen to, with an equaliser, high-quality Bluetooth settings and audio upscaling from DSEE Extreme.
Find out how to try a whole new sound experience with revolutionary 360 Reality Audio.
360 Reality Audio is an immersive music experience that lets your Linkbuds S headphones create a 360-degree spherical sound field — so you can enjoy music from every direction. Just head to the Sony | Headphones Connect app to get started.
Get started with 360 Reality Audio and find out how to stream 360 Reality Audio tracks on your phone.
Learn how the Voice Assistant, Quick Access, Wearing Sensor and Quick charging functions work.
Find out how to use the Voice Assistant on your Linkbuds S headphones. It's as easy as asking, "Hey Google, what is the weather today?" to know whether you need to grab your coat on the way out.
Open your Headphones Connect App and activate your Voice Assistant from the System tab. Then just select the Voice Assistant you normally use (Google, Alexa, Siri) to get started.
With Quick Access, you can configure these headphones to resume Spotify music playback or Endel personalised soundscapes with two or three taps – no need to touch your smartphone.
In the System menu, find the Quick Access setting. Select the cog icon to adjust what the Quick Access function does. E.g. Double tap to resume Spotify.
Instant pause. Instant play.
If you need to take your earbuds out for a moment, the music will automatically pause. When you put them back in again, the music will resume where you left off.
Listen all day, charge in minutes.
In a hurry? Just 5 minutes of quick charging gives you up to 60 minutes of play time, and the Headphones Connect app will even notify you when your charging case drops below 30%.
Keep your headphones up-to-date with the latest firmware releases.
When using the Sony | Headphones Connect app, it will let you know when there is a new update to download.
Make sure you have the latest firmware updated on your headphones so any bug fixes and improvements will be applied.
Commonly asked questions
Have a question that needs answering? Check here first and learn about the most frequently asked questions from other LinkBuds S ear bud users.
- 1. Put the headphones into pairing mode (press and hold the power button for 5 seconds).
- 2. Operate pairing on the second device. Instructions will differ depending on the device – follow the guidance in the following article for more information.
- 1. Put the headphones into pairing mode (press and hold the power button for 5 seconds).
- 2. Enable Bluetooth® on your laptop/desktop computer.
- 3. Pair and set up your device.
The noise cancelling circuit senses outside noise using built-in microphones and sends an equal-but-opposite cancelling signal to the headset. By producing this countersignal, your headphones block a large part of external sound sources. However, it’s important to remember the following:
- • The effect may not be pronounced in a tranquil environment, or some sound may be heard. If there is little ambient noise, it’s advisable not to switch on the NC function, as it needs ambient input to work optimally.
- • Noise cancellation doesn't transfer during telephone calls. Although it protects you from surrounding noise, the person you are speaking to will potentially hear background noise.
For further information, read the following article.
You can check the specifications of your device on the model support page to confirm if your TV and Bluetooth® headphones, speakers, or soundbar support A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile).
- • If the issue occurs when connected to a Microsoft® Windows® 10 computer, update the software to version 1.6.0 or later.
- • Place the headphones in the charging case and close the lid. After a few seconds, remove them and try connecting to your desired device again.
- • Charge your headphones.
- • Turn up the volume on the connected device.
- • If you are listening to content through an app, check a different app to see if the problem is with the app and not your LinkBuds S.
If none of the above work, you may need to reset your headphones or restore factory settings. For more information, click the link below.
- • Follow the 7-second rule. Many Sony devices require you to hold down the power button for around 7 seconds to activate Bluetooth® pairing.
- • When pairing, keep both devices within 1 metre (3 feet) of each other, and ensure both have ample battery power.
- • If your device is not appearing in your list of paired devices, try switching the Bluetooth® OFF and ON again.
- • Check the Bluetooth® profiles of both devices are compatible. For instance, a Sony TV may be able to connect to a Bluetooth® remote, but your headphones won't.
You’ll find more information about these points in the link below, along with further tips.
Sound can only travel if there is a medium to transport it, such as air, water, glass, or metal. If you stand in an empty room with a speaker playing music, you will hear the music. However, if the air from this room is removed, the speaker will still function, but you won’t hear any sound as there’s no medium to transport the sound waves.
You may hear external sound when using Noise Cancelling due to:
- • Air trapped between your audio device and eardrum.
- • Different pitch levels. Noise cancelling works best when the ambient noise is low or medium in pitch and remains constant. For example, an airplane engine produces a low-pitched, constant sound, meaning that the level of sound you hear remains consistent. Conversely, when someone speaks, sound waves scatter based on the volume and energy created by every word. Unlike a plane engine, speaking pitch changes frequently. That is why you might hear someone talking next to you.
Read the article to learn how to improve noise cancellation.