How to Open Apps When Plugging in Headphones on Android

MakeUseOf | 6/10/2019 | Shubham Agarwal
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You probably launch your music app of choice as soon as you plug in or connect your headphones. Yet for some reason, Android still doesn’t have a native feature to automate this process.

Fortunately, some third-party apps let you automatically open any app on your phone when you connect your wired or wireless headphones. Let’s take a look at the two best apps for doing this and how to configure them.

AutoPlay - App - App - Audio - Accessories

AutoPlay is a free app that can fire up any app you’d like whenever you plug in your audio accessories. It works with a range of devices, from a pair of basic wired headphones to a Bluetooth speaker. The process is simple—since AutoPlay has a utilitarian interface, you should be up and running in no time.

Once open, you will find most of the options you need right on the homepage.

App - Device - List - Apps

At the top, select the app you’d like to open when you connect an audio device. Tapping this will show the list of all installed apps.

For efficiency, by default AutoPlay doesn’t show every app on your phone. If the app you’re looking for is not displayed, tap the All Apps button at the bottom.

App—it - Music - Service

You can choose any app—it doesn’t have to be a music service.

Next, there’s a checkbox to let AutoPlay know whether you’d like it to also begin playing music automatically. Turning this on means AutoPlay will start the last playlist you were listening to as soon as the app launches.

AutoPlay - Handful - Features

That’s all you need to do for AutoPlay to launch apps on its own. However, there are a handful of additional features you might find handy.

Beneath the top section, you’ll see dedicated panels for wired and wireless devices. You can define separate audio levels for each. AutoPlay will remember these preferences and when you connect the device, it will adjust the...
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