1. Andrew Brehm's Avatar
    My phone (Xperia Z3 Compact) came with rather crappy (I am forced to say) headphones which didn't even have volume controls (but did feature an L-shaped plug and differently-long wires for the two earpieces).

    I bought new headphones from Samsung which do have volume controls (they work) and a third button which I guess is meant to answer phone calls, hang up, stop music, start music depending on context.

    What it does instead is this:

    1. The phone ignores the button when the phone is ringing.
    2. It does hang up calls as it should.
    3. It does not stop music but pressing it three times in a row increases the volume three times and then stops the music.
    4. It sometimes starts playing music when pressed a few times while increasing the volume each time it is pressed.

    Is there a way to tame the button and make the phone react to the button pressed more sensibly?

    Android 5.0

    04-28-2015 03:48 AM
  2. SpookDroid's Avatar
    Unfortunately not all headphones are made the same. Wired headsets with controls use different protocols (which is why some phones do work with Apple products and some don't, and even some older Samsung headsets won't work properly with new ones. For example, the S2 headphones work with iOS devices, but the S5 and Note 4's won't). The signal the Samsung headset is sending to your phone isn't the same signal the Z3 understands as Play/Pause/Action.
    04-28-2015 03:59 AM
  3. Andrew Brehm's Avatar
    Thanks. Is there no way to configure the phone to react to the signal the headphone actually sends?
    04-28-2015 04:01 AM
  4. SpookDroid's Avatar
    Not really unless you incorporate that into the ROM itself. There might be a 3rd party app that does that, but again, I haven't seen anything like that (all I've seen just customize the volume buttons or physical home buttons on devices that have them, and most of the time they require root for them to work).

    In some cases, the middle button can even cause audio signals to get mixed up (try old Nokia headsets and you'll see what I mean hehe).
    04-28-2015 04:32 AM
  5. maxburn's Avatar
    04-28-2015 05:37 AM
  6. BenL's Avatar
    Try the Sony app "Smart Key". You can use it to configure what the buttons on your headphones do.

    Andrew Brehm likes this.
    04-28-2015 01:15 PM
  7. Andrew Brehm's Avatar
    Thanks. I'll try.

    I don't get why headphone makers make headphones without paying attention to whether the buttons do anything useful...
    04-30-2015 05:58 AM
  8. Fedginator's Avatar
    Quite often it is long press to start a voice search

    Posted via the Android Central App
    04-30-2015 08:40 AM
  9. mip2's Avatar
    There Are in sound settings on your , Phone the abillity too chance whitch ear phones you Are using.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    05-02-2015 02:29 PM
  10. Andrew Brehm's Avatar
    I ultiomately found a solution, in a way. My Xperia phone stopped working with headphones and I needed a new phone immediately. I bought a Samsuns S5 Mini and all headphone buttons now work.
    06-05-2015 10:46 AM

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