Pixel Buds Pro make it easy to change ANC in the app

ByLance T. Lee

Sep 2, 2022

Today, you can touch and hold Pixel Buds Pro to cycle through Active Noise Control (ANC) or use the app. An upcoming change will make it easier to change ANC with the Pixel Buds app, while Google’s latest headphones are set to get a “Volume Balance” feature in a future update.

Currently, the row of buttons for Active Noise Control is on the “Sound” page of the Pixel Buds app/settings. Some users are now seeing the three-button strip with noise cancellation, off, and transparency right on the Pixel Buds app home page/”Device Details”. It appears just under the “Forgotten” and “Disconnect” actions.

Additionally, this update brings ANC to the Pixel’s “Sound and vibration” panel which is accessed by opening the system volume slider and tapping the three-dot overflow button at the bottom. The controls appear under “Media Volume”.

Both are much better places for the ANC buttons, as the need to dive into another menu has been annoying since the Pixel Buds Pro launched in July. It’s not yet widely available, but there are a handful of reports today.

Current vs New (Via u/npbevo)

It’s unclear how this change plays out as there doesn’t seem to be a new update to the Pixel Buds app. (The last was in July.) A Google Play Services update could be responsible, but we’re not sure at this time.

Meanwhile, at launch, Google said the Pixel Buds Pro will be updated with spatial audio head tracking and a full 5-band EQ. Both will be located in the Sound menu, and joined by “Volume balance” to

Change the volume balance between the left and right headphones or switch to mono audio mode. The setting you chose will apply to all your host devices.

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