Your smartphone, or your tablet, has several physical buttons. At least one for power, another for volume up, and a third specific button to lower the volume. But these buttons can be remap; In other words, the function they perform can be changed, or even given additional functions, taking advantage of, for example, long keystrokes. And it is something that we can easily do with an application, without root.
In the Google Play Store we can find a multitude of applications that are designed precisely for this. As we advanced, the question is as simple as change function played by the physical buttons of our smartphone. Or even give them more functions than they have by default. In this way, for example, we can make a button launch an app that we use on a recurring basis. Maybe WhatsApp, or Instagram, which one do you use the most? Whatever it is, you can do this and more in the following way, and we have chosen the application for it Buttons remapper.
Change or add functions to the buttons of your mobile with Buttons remapper
As soon as we open the app, with the guided process, we will activate the service that Buttons mapper requires. Then, in the lower right corner we can click on the ‘+’ icon, which is used to add shortcuts. In the free version we can create new shortcuts with short and long pulsations, and with the paid version we can create shortcuts with key combinations. If we click on the first option we will see that it allows us to create a new action that starts on the basis of the use of a button, and not only the physical ones but also the tactile or virtual ones.
We will select any button and then, if we want it to be a short press, we will continue. If we want to long press, then we will have to press the corresponding box, which is ‘Long press’. Then we will only have to choose if we want the flash to turn on, a recent app, the notifications are opened, the search is opened in the web browser and a host of additional options that we have available, all of them, in the list that appears as the last option within the creation of this action.
Thus, we can not only turn a physical button into a direct access to an app, but we can do the same with the touch buttons of our smartphone. And also, as we mentioned before, we can also make these ‘shortcuts’ serve to launch system functions such as the flashlight or even multimedia controls.