I have used a good number of Symbian phones from Nokia, especially the S60 and later ones and one of the best things I liked about those phones was the music control buttons on the headphones. When I switched to Android, the first thing I missed was the lack of the music control facility using the headphones. My first good experience with the music control issue on Android phone was with MIUI ROM which let you control the music playback right from the lockscreen.

It  really feels heavenly when you are listening to a favorite song via headphones, keeping the phone in your pocket. And it feels like “what the hell!!!” when you have to take out the phone and unlock it to change the track. How nice it would be if you can play, pause and switch to the next or previous song without touching the phone. When I got the Galaxy S3, I was a little comforted to see the volume control and a play/pause-cum-call receiver button on the headphones.

One day while sitting idle and listening to a song on my Galaxy S3 with MIUI ROM, I accidently pressed the play/pause button and was surprised to know when the song changed suddenly! Then I began to look for some other patterns of pressing this little button with my dream features and discovered a few things. I still remember writing about this headphone trick 6 months ago on two of my following articles:

Samsung Galaxy S3 Customization: Tips and Tricks

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Customization: Tips and Tricks

The reason why I chose to write about the Samsung Galaxy headphone tips again has a few good reasons. First, all search queries related to the topic did not reach my old posts; and second, I thought these tips might work on various Galaxy devices. So here it is!

Control Music Using Headphones on Samsung Galaxy

Volume Control: You can increase or decrease the volume on Samsung Galaxy phones  using the ” + “ and ” – “ buttons.

Receive or End Calls: While the head/earphone is plugged in, you can receive a call or cut it by pressing the small control button.

Launch S Voice or Google Voice: By pressing and holding the control button, you can quickly launch S Voice or Google Voice

Play or Pause Music: Just plug in the headphone and press the control button once to play music, and to pause it by pressing a single time.

Play Next Song: Press the control button 2 times continuously to skip to the next song.

The above trick works on all Galaxy phones and tablets including:

  • Galaxy Note 3
  • Galaxy S4
  • Galaxy Note 2
  • Galaxy S3
  • Galaxy Tab 2 & 3
  • Galaxy Note 10.1

Now these are the default features but you can enjoy a wider and richer music control by using a third-party app. Below you will find the links to two nice apps that you can download from the Google Play.

Ultimate HeadSet Controller + Equalizer Price: Free
SoundWire (free) Price: Free
Headset Button ControllerTrial Price: Free

Not Happy with Your Phone’s Low Volume?

How to Boost Volume of Your Samsung Galaxy S3, Note 2 and S4


  1. For some reason I can’t change a song by pressing twice the volume button on my headset. I’m using the headset that’s coming with the phone and the “stock” music player. (Samsung Galaxy S4 )

  2. Yes, I used to be a Nokiaholic from the very beginning until I was seduced by the Android side of the Force three years ago. Now I am a Samsungholic, mainly because of the S-Pen of my Galaxy Notes. I had a Nokia controller with Play, prev, next, vol +/- and mic but unfortunately, the connector was not a standard audio jack but a Nokia port. This controller has a female jack to connect the earphones so you could use it with the supplied ones or with any other earphones you liked (and since the mic was in the controller, that means ANY earphones)

  3. The old Nokia phones used to come with such headphones with track and volume controls. Unfortunately, Android devices give us only partial control. Have you tried the apps listed above?

  4. Some Android phones like Galaxy use vol +/- and play/pause buttons but some others use play/pause and prev/next buttons so I was wondering if there is some way to have all combined in the same earphone. I don’t know if this is an Android feature or it is limited by the hardware of the manufacturer

  5. I’d like to know how to get the voice commands working for the music player using the mic in the headset.. it only works with the mic in the phone itself. The mic and S-voice work for typing text, so that’s not the issue. It just won’t work with the music player.

  6. Hi thanks for this informative post, not what i was looking for but i did learn something.

    What I’m looking for is a way to use these buttons on a windows 8 PC,If anybody has a clue please do tell me

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