How can I change camera button functionally and use it (or any other physical button) to pause/resume mp3 in a media player app? It is very important for my, because I want be able to pause/resume mp3 without looking to screen of the phone.

Actually my phone (Xperia Mini Pro) has a hardware keyboard with 42 keys, but a few apps use this button as a keyboard shortcut (X-plore is one of few programs that uses hardware keyboard properly).


You have multiple choices on how to accomplish this:

Using a headset

If you've got a 1-button-headset connected, you can facilitate that button. There are multiple apps on the playstore providing enhanced possibilities to this -- just search for "headset-control. Having a Philips headset, I use Philips Headset, which works pretty well; you might have to try several of the available choices to find the one suiting you best.

Most of these apps offer things like:

  • configure a media player app to be started as soon as the headset gets connected
  • play/pause (or accept an incoming call) with a single press
  • skip forward (or reject an incoming call) pressing twice
  • increase volume by holding the button, decrease it by one click followed by holding it
  • skip backward (triple click)

Actions are usually configurable.

Without a headset

Re-defining a hardware button can be achieved e.g. using Tasker, which is an automation app for Android (to be more precise: it's the most complete automation app available; costs ~ 5 Euro, a 7-day-trial is available at the homepage, but it's worth every cent). The Tasker manual states:

Simulate Media Button: when selected, any media player which listens for Media Button events can be controlled. Without it, the only the Android system media player will respond.

Note: the Toggle Pause function may not work unless playback has already been started manually.

And yes: You can bind that action to...

  • Button: Camera
  • Button: Long Search

amongst others. You could even bind it to a "shake pattern" (e.g. shake left-right to skip a title).


  • Condition: Event → Hardware → Button: Camera
  • Task: Media → Media Control → Cmd: Toggle Pause
  • Thanks, Is there also any player with shortcut customization feature like X-plore ? Jan 17 '13 at 13:05
  • I don't know that -- never checked whether a player had shortcuts. All I saw was widgets... But app recommendations are off-topic here (see FAQ).
    – Izzy
    Jan 17 '13 at 14:00
  • I installed tasker and I use TTpod as mp3 player, can you please say how can I configure it to pause/resume mp3? Jan 17 '13 at 14:14
  • I never tried especiall that. But in theory: Condition: Event->Hardware->Button: Camera; Task: Media->Media Control->Cmd: Toggle Pause
    – Izzy
    Jan 17 '13 at 14:28

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