[Fixed] LDAC Codec Not Working on Galaxy S23 Ultra

Key Takeaways:

  1. Enable developer options:
    • Go to Settings > About Phone > Software Information.
    • Tap Build Number 7 times.
  2. Select LDAC in Developer Options:
    • Go to Settings > General > Developer Options > Bluetooth Audio Codec.
    • Choose LDAC.
  3. Enable LDAC in the Bluetooth menu:
    • Go to Settings > Connections > Bluetooth > Headphone Name.
    • Toggle on LDAC.
  4. Check the Headphone App:
    • If available, enable LDAC in your headphone’s app.

LDAC enables high-res audio streaming over Bluetooth. Some Galaxy S23 Ultra users face LDAC not working. This guide fixes it by enabling LDAC in Developer Options, Bluetooth menu, and Headphone app.

Samsung recently came out with its latest flagship series featuring Galaxy S23 Ultra and it has proven to be a major hit. The device has a lot of exciting features, including LDAC. Out of the available codes like SBC, aptX, LDAC, and AACM, LDAC is often the go-to choice for the masses. This codec is developed by Sony and it allows you to stream high-resolution audio over Bluetooth up to 990 kbps at 24 bit /96 kHz. Despite the positives, some Galaxy S23 Ultra issues are having issues, including LDAC Codec Not Working.

Galaxy S23 Ultra users have been voicing concern that the LDAC Codec isn’t working along the expected lines, even though their headphones support it. If you are getting affected by this issue, then this guide is perfect for you. In this guide, you will learn how to fix LDAC Codec Not Working on Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra.

How to fix LDAC Codec Not Working on Galaxy S23 Ultra (Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra as well)

To rectify this issue, you will need to enable LDAC by going to three different locations (two compulsory and one optional). The locations are Developer Options, Bluetooth Menu, and Headphone app (if it is available). Let’s get started with the task of fixing this issue.

Note

One our readers, named Jeroen, has shared some information. Tidal HiFi Plus, Galaxy S23 phone, and Sony WF-1000XM5 earbuds all support the LDAC audio codec. LDAC provides better quality than the default AAC codec. However, LDAC is not automatically selected and needs to be manually switched on. Switching from AAC to LDAC improved audio quality and listening experience with this setup using Tidal HiFi Plus, Galaxy S23, and Sony WF-1000XM5 earbuds. The tip to enable LDAC allowed for optimization of this configuration.

How to fix LDAC Codec Not Working on Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra

  • First, you must go to Settings > About Phone > Software Information
  • After that, tap on Build Number 7 times to enable Developer Options

Samsung developer options, usb debugging and oem unlocking settings

  • Now, head over to Settings -> General -> Developer options -> Bluetooth Audio Codec and then choose LDAC from the list
  • Once it is done, you should go to Settings -> Connections -> Bluetooth -> Headphone Name
  • After that, enable the toggle beside LDAC from there
  • If your headphone comes with an associated app, you should ensure that you enable LDAC from there too

My testing: How I got LDAC Codec working on my Galaxy S23 Ultra (Tested with S24 Ultra as well)

By default, SBC is selected if you go inside Bluetooth audio codec and remaining options are grayed out.

Bluetooth audio codec settings
Bluetooth audio codec option

SBC inside Bluetooth audio codec settings
SBC inside Bluetooth audio codec settings

The reason is mentioned there: “Gray-out means not supported by phone or headset”. In our testing, we used a Galaxy S23 Ultra (later tested with a Galaxy S24 Ultra). When I went inside the Bluetooth audio codec settings, I saw all options except SBC are grayed out.

Below, I have shared some images where you can see when I connected my Oppo Enco Air 3 Pro, which is a very budget-friendly TWS from Oppo with LDAC support, I saw my Galaxy S23 Ultra automatically selected LDAC from the available options.

Oppo enco air 3 pro is connected to Galaxy S23 Ultra
Oppo enco air 3 pro is connected to Galaxy S23 Ultra

LDAC is automatically selected
LDAC is automatically selected

LDAC is now enabled
LDAC is now enabled

So this is my experience. If you have any of the latest Galaxy devices with LDAC support, you can follow the above steps to fix the LDAC Codec Not Working issue. If you have some other workaround or fix, feel free to let us know in the comment section down below.

Aviral Sharma
Aviral Sharma
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Aviral Sharma is a talented and passionate writer who has been using words to express his thoughts ever since he learned how to hold a pen. He is passionate about outer space, history, sports, and most importantly, technology. Aviral has been a regular writer for rootmygalaxy for over 6 years and has been covering games and Android guides. He currently owns a Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra, an iPhone 13, and a HP Pavilion laptop.

Comments (7)

  1. Avatar of Jeroen
    Jeroen

    This solution worked for me, thanks for sharing. I use tidal hifi plus and a galaxy s23 combined with wf-1000xm5, both LDAC ready. I just found out that LDAC wasn’t selected, although I have also a wf-1000xm4 and never looked to the codec it was using. Strange that the better LDAC codec is not selected by default and AAC is. Anyway, thanks again ;-).

    Reply
    • Avatar of Tamás
      Tamás

      Szia!
      Ma vettem egy wh1000mx4-et,és egy s23ulrám van!
      A “sima” samsung music zenelejátszóval nem működik az LDAC?
      Pedig FLAC formárumban vannak letöltve a zenék a telóra…
      Vagy hogy van ez?
      Nem értek hozzá teljesen…
      Előre is köszi a választ!

      Reply
    • Avatar of Tamás
      Tamás

      Azóta egyszercsak előjött az LDAC lehetőség… érdekes…
      Na mindegy,szuper nagyon így a minőség!!!

      Reply
  2. Avatar of Csaba
    Csaba

    It won’t fix it

    Reply

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