Google’s upcoming Android 11 will bring an exciting set of new features, including moving music controls to quick settings. Until now, the new additions were only available to owners of selected devices who had previously signed up for the beta program. The good news is, you don’t have to wait for the Android 11 update to reach your phone – you can enjoy the new music controls right now on your Android phone using a third-party app.
What are the new multimedia controls in Android 11?
Android 11 changes the display of multimedia controls. Until now, these always appeared in the notification bar. Android 11 now offers the ability to move the controls to quick settings, to free up space for its new dedicated conversations notification section.
Plus, the new controls let users switch from phone speakers to Bluetooth speakers with just a few clicks. The feature is incredibly useful and you can now try it out for yourself, provided you have a phone running Android 5.0 Lollipop or higher.
How to get Android 11’s new music controls on your phone
Download the Shadow of power app from the Google Play Store and install it on your device. Launch the app and make sure you give the necessary permissions to run the app. This includes accessibility and notifications. Skip the dual SIM option if you don’t have a dual SIM smartphone.
As soon as you do this, you will notice that your quick settings have a new look. For starters, the toggles have been visually revisited and the brightness slider is now at the top of the screen.
Now go back to the app and check out the main menu. Tap the Extras tab at the bottom, scroll down, and check if the Integrate media players in quick settings toggle is turned on. If not, turn it on and then go back.
Using the new music controls
Open your usual music app (eg Spotify) and listen to a song. You will notice that the media controls no longer appear in the notification drawer. Instead, a smaller-scale Quick Settings panel now houses them. As before, you will be able to play, pause or skip the tracks, just as you would in the old format.
New media controls also allow users to quickly switch between their phone’s speakers and other Bluetooth speakers. To do this, simply swipe down once on your status bar to view your new quick settings.
There is an additional button in the upper right corner of the window titled Phone Speaker. Tap on it and you will be able to choose the option to stream music through other device. Keep in mind that you will need to connect a Bluetooth speaker (or other media output device) to your Android before attempting this action.
For those who use multiple streaming services, the new controls let you simply swipe left or right to switch between them as well.
If for some reason you feel like going back to the old way of displaying media controls, you can easily achieve it. Just turn off the Run toggle in the app’s main menu area.
The Power Shade app is extremely handy in other areas of customization as well. For example, you can change the background color in quick settings or select different icon shapes for toggles. Definitely worth digging deeper.
If you want to continue to polish your music listening experience on your phone, you might want to find out how to turn your Android into a high resolution audio player and check out the best Android music player apps.
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