Spotlight: Headset Menu for Android makes nice things happen when you plug in your favorite headset

Spotlight: Headset Menu for Android makes nice things happen when you plug in your favorite headset
So, ever felt like Android's default behavior just isn't up to snuff when it comes down to plugging in your favorite pair of earphones and expecting, you know, nice things to happen? Things like a menu with musical apps or controls to appear automatically, the screen to turn itself on without you having to do that, or the music player to start automatically?

Indeed, Android is lacking in that department, not that the competition has done much in this regard anyway. But, thanks to developer Richard Ginzburg's efforts, a solution is presented in the form of Headset Menu, a clever application for headset users. It does exactly the things we described above, and then some!

In addition to doing all that good automated stuff, the app has customization options aplenty, featuring icon pack support and icon alignment. There's also Bluetooth device blacklisting, should you ever need this stuff.

A free application without in-app purchases, Headset Menu generally works great and doesn't require any outrageous permissions to function. However, it does connect to the internet to report crash data, it employs a wake_lock to turn the screen on, and uses the get_tasks permission to augment crash reports with information on the activity running during a crash. Seems pretty honest!

Developer: Richard GinzburgDownload: Android (Play Store link)
Genre: TweaksPrice: Free



1. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

My LG G2 had this. Just plug in the headphones and it launched Pandora automatically and turned volume all the way up. I don't remember if it was 'stock' LG software or an Exposed mod though.

4. kefalin

Posts: 292; Member since: Feb 08, 2015

yes,it was stock LG software,and not only headphones worked on this,but also USB

2. 8ozchickenbreast unregistered

Shhweeet! Enjoying this feature on my 6S+ and soon my 5X!

3. eman99

Posts: 410; Member since: Aug 03, 2010

they need this on bluetooth sets cant stand plugging in

5. kkmkk

Posts: 699; Member since: May 06, 2013

this feature is not new on android especially for rooted devices

6. uchihakurtz

Posts: 428; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

I use tasker to do this but I remember something similar was available in old Samsung devices.

8. crazymonkey05

Posts: 189; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

Yea my s3 had this feature but I believe it was limited to Samsung apps

7. andyroberts

Posts: 7; Member since: Oct 25, 2014

I do all this and more with Tasker.

9. brasstax

Posts: 543; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Duhh.. I use gravity box to launch the Play Music App (or any other for that matter) automatically upon plugging in the headphone.

10. Odeira

Posts: 300; Member since: Jun 29, 2012

Remember when Samsungs (it disappeared with the newest ones) had the EXACT SAME FEATURE, and people condemned it as "Bloatware," and now the exact same feature is available for all devices?

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