My device is running Android 5.0 and one annoying thing about it is that if I'm listening to music and get a notification, my music will pause just to play my notification sound. Is there a way I could disable the pausing of audio when receiving a notification? I have root access, which should help, but I don't know where to start or how to start.

  • Here we are, 2019, and the problem still persists even in the latest Android releases. An app was created for this purpose called Don't Pause, which worked great, but then I got a new phone, and discovered that app is no longer in the play store. And switching to another music player is out of the question, because I use YouTube and I pay for Plex to stream my own media from home. Commented May 28, 2019 at 21:17

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If you're willing to switch to another audio player than whatever you're currently using, you can achieve this with PowerAmp. It has a menu for audio focus, which has settings for pausing or not when a notification is received, and whether to pause or not when there's an incoming call.

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The one I linked to is the trial version. The pro version costs roughly $5.

I'm not directly affiliated with MaxMP or PowerAmp, but I am betatesting the upcoming version.

  • Awesome suggestion. The only thing is, I use SoundCloud quite often. I can try PowerAmp for local music, but does this also disable pausing for notification/text sounds? Commented Jan 30, 2017 at 3:11
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    @MikeKuplevatsky The Short Audio Focus Change setting does that. When enabled, it pauses for notifications. If Duck Volume is also enabled, it lowers the volume instead of pausing. If Short Audio Focus Change is disabled, it doesn't pause for notifications. I just tried it with wired earphones, and with the built-in speaker, by sending texts to myself.
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    Commented Jan 30, 2017 at 3:29
  • 2021 & I'm on Galaxy S10+ PowerAmp DOES NOT FIX THIS. It briefly pauses when I click "like" on Facebook FFS. Paid version of PowerAmp Commented Apr 7, 2021 at 11:15

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