Jimmy McGee · Apr 7, 2012 at 10:00 pm

Busted Volume Rocker on Android Phone? Here’s a Solution

Recently our good friend and Member Advocate Admin egzthundar1, wrote an article for people with Windows Phones with broken volume rockers. While this certainly is a great application, I think we can all admit, that while this helps Mango users, it doesn’t help the over 9000 people who use Android. But fear not my green robot friends rocking Honeycomb and above, XDA Senior Member kevdliu created the Status Bar Volume Control Application. This simple application allows you to change the system volumes in a status bar notification. The operation is simple and described by kevdliu as such:

The four buttons on the notification mutes the selected volume, lowers it by one, raises it by one, and displays the system volume slider respectively.

Don’t have Honeycomb or Ice Cream Sandwich? First of all, you should. I promise, it won’t hurt. Second there is another option for you, Widgetsoid. This application allows you to add a widget to your home screen and create your own widget with different buttons to easily and quickly access and control different functions of your Android Device. Widgetsoid has options for controlling the sound, an easy quick mute and unmute option and a turn on and off WiFi, 3G, 4G or Bluetooth option. You can create a button to lock the screen, enable and disable GPS and, if equipped, Near Field Communication. Widgetsoid has options to show signal strength, battery temperature and CPU usage. You can customize the color and appearance of Widgetsoid as well.  There are a lot more features on Widgetsoid that are not mentioned here.

So, if you have suffered the loss of the hardware button functions, due to repeated use or an unfortunate run in with the Washing Machine, or if you know someone with an iPhone that brags about their single button, you have options. You can use kevdliu’s Status Bar Volume Control Application or Widgetsoid to show that Android is so awesome that it doesn’t need buttons to function, but is still powerful enough to handle more than one button. More information is available in the Widgetsoid and Status Bar Volume Control Application threads.

[Thanks to Ken J for the tip!]
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Jimmy McGee

JimmyMcGee is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users.
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