At first glance, it may seem that an Android terminal is a kind of monolithic effigy, which cannot be modified beyond the two or three visual tweaks that we all know, but it is not like that by any means. Take Android buttons for example they have default functions that cannot be changed in theory. But, as in other areas, the theory does not always correspond to practice.
There are ways to make, for example, pressing the volume up button twice, turn on the flashlight of the terminal. If you know-how, you can link your Android keypad to practically anything. And we are here to tell you.
Configure Android buttons with Button Remapper
To reconfigure how the buttons on your smartphone behave, simply download and install an application called Button Mapper. And in case it doesn’t give you a lot of confidence, suffice it to say that it has been created under the umbrella of XDA Developers, the largest Android community of developers and users on the Internet.
Once you have it installed, you will go through a small tour that shows you the capabilities of the app and that warns you: Button Mapper only works with physical buttons. Once the first phase has been passed and with the relevant permissions granted, this will be the first thing you see:
Keep in mind that nowadays mobile phones have a reduced number of physical buttons: volume up and down and, in the case of Samsung terminals, the Bixby button. These buttons have been disappearing to make way for some directly integrated into the terminal interface and navigation by gestures.
Click on Customize to be able to modify its values. Now click on one of the options and you will see the following on the screen
In our case, we have configured it to open Spotify every time the volume up button is double-clicked. If you click where it says Actions you will see that the behaviour of the button can be customized in many ways:
Button Mapper also allows you to set shortcuts for system functions (such as mute the phone’s ringtones and notification or activate vibrate mode), create shortcuts to applications (like the one we just did) or perform specific actions (such as turning on and turn off the flashlight or access the camera app).
All this is available in the free version of the application since to unlock somewhat more advanced functions it will be necessary to go through the box. In any case, with what Button Mapper offers you in its basic version, you should have more than enough.