I have the standard HTC RC-E160 headset with 3 buttons and a mic. I can use the button in the middle to pause and play music tracks, and I can use the buttons on each side to jump to next or previous track. Is there a way I can use these buttons to increase or decrease the volume? I am thinking maybe something like quickly pressing one of the buttons two times to increase the volume by one increment? Is something like this possible?

Maybe I need a Bluetooth headset? Or a wired headset with a 5 button remote control?

I am using MortPlayer Music as my primary music player and it has some options to set the button action for the headset but I see no options for volume control.

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You can use a headset controller app from the playstore (e.g. Jays or Philips Headset or HeadsetButton Controller) to use the "middle button" for that. Might take a few tries to find the correct app (if one doesn't work fine, try another -- I did the same and finally found one working perfectly, see my answer here). I'm not sure if they affect the other two buttons at all, or if you even could configure them -- but they allow me (having a headset with a single button) to perfom all the most necessary functions like play/pause, skip, vol+ and vol- with a single button.

  • My HTC headset control buttons have stopped working. I thought it was because of my recent installation of SuperNova ROM on the phone, and maybe some headphone background service or process not working properly, but it turned out that the cable was chewed up (from inside) at the point it enters the jack. I originally used my Sony headphones with this phone, but the left one got broken. Now I have used my original HTC headset that came with the phone and it only lasted about 5 months or so.
    – Samir
    Commented May 28, 2013 at 20:47
  • Well, this solution should work with your replacement headset (which you certainly have to buy now) as well :)
    – Izzy
    Commented May 28, 2013 at 20:54
  • Thanks for the answer. I looked into the a-Jays One+ and the companion app. I don't think it's for me. I don't like flat cables and also it's not very good for sports. The Philips ActionFit series with 3 buttons seems like a better option, and also the companion app seems to be very good.
    – Samir
    Commented May 28, 2013 at 20:55
  • I tried the Headset Button Controller app. It has a lot of options and I like that. But it interferes with my music app. I used MortPlayer Music during the test. This app has some headset control options already built in to it. Is there no dedicated option in Android that controls which apps get priority?... I couldn't find such option. If you have more than one music app they will interrupt each other. I also experienced some delay, like 2 to 3 seconds, after pressing a button to go to next track and then hearing the track.
    – Samir
    Commented May 28, 2013 at 20:59
  • I'm not sure if it's possible to disable headset control in MortPlayer Music. But any such app should have this option, in my opinion, otherwise they will conflict with other such apps.
    – Samir
    Commented May 28, 2013 at 21:01

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