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Map volume keys to perform quick actions

Take control of your favourite apps using your device’s volume keys

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There are plenty of apps on the Google Play store that add a ton of functionality to existing features on your smartphone, many of which are completely free to download. Your volume keys, for example, can do a whole lot more than simply control the sound levels on your device with one simple app. Quickclick assigns different functions to your volume keys, enabling users to open apps, change songs and other things by mapping out different inputs to them.

Mapping out the volume keys requires you to put together a sequence of volume key inputs, which when correctly done, will start the feature you’re looking to use. In this tutorial, we’ll be guiding you through the process of mapping out numerous features through the Quickclick app. We’ll show you how to create sequences, as well as some of the features that the app is best suited for.

  1. step1

    Create a new action

    When opening the app for the first time, you’ll be prompted to create a new action from scratch. The next screen will show you a wide array of actions that you can use to map your volume buttons, select one and continue.

  2. step2

    Which function to use?

    Now that you’ve selected an app or action, you’ll need to choose what you want it to do. For example, you can map your volume keys to change songs, or simply play and pause them. Select the appropriate action and continue.

  3. step3

    Starting a sequence

    You can now begin mapping out the sequence you want to use. Quickclick gives you plenty of options and you can make sequences as complex as you like, depending on what the function you’ve chosen is on the previous screen.

  4. step4

    Map it out

    Now go through and map out the volume keys for other functions and apps you want to integrate it with. If you go back to the homepage in Quickclick, you’ll now be able to see a list of all the sequences you created and what they represent.

  5. step5

    Final checks

    Before saving your newly created sequence, go through the various settings associated with it. This includes setting a name for it, choosing how long you want it to work for and making any necessary edits to the sequence itself.

  6. step6

    Preserve battery life

    Before backing out of the app altogether, venture into its settings many and find the Preserve battery life option and tick it. This will make sure that Quickclick and the functions you’re running will only work when the screen is on.

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