[APP] Button Mapper - Customize your hardware buttons

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New member
Jan 4, 2020
Hello. I have 2 questions.
1-) I bought the pro version and saw that there is no account opening event in the application. Is the pro account I bought registered directly in my
google play mail? So if I install the application on a new phone, how do I activate the pro version? If I download the application with which google play
mail I received the application, will the pro version be activated automatically?
2-) My second question is application error. I've set music track switching to one-tap actions for the "volume up and down" sections in the app, while I've
set the long press to volume up and down. It works fine when the screen is on. When the screen is off, I can change the songs with a single tap, and that's
fine. But when I long press, I cannot adjust the volume, and when I press long, it perceives it as if I press it alone and changes the song. If I double
tap then it turns up the sound but my double tap setting shows no action and I don't understand why it only happens on the lock screen. I looked at the
troubleshooting and all the settings in the application settings in detail, but I couldn't find a solution, please let me know.


New member
Apr 19, 2023
Need some help- I work in an old folk's home where we use an android smart TV in the main living area. Residents aren't allowed to use the remote because they tend to steal and hide remotes. I have made a wall mounted usb button board that plugs into the tv and is recognized by button mapper. I want to make it so that pressing a button will play specific youtube playlists- is there any way to do this or do i need a different app?


Nov 13, 2022
I would like to contribute to your funds but I would like to know how often the developers respond on this thread, I have some glitchs to report.
Thank you


New member
May 17, 2023
Does anyone know if it’s possible to send ssh commands externally using a button?

For example, if I wanted to send an ssh command to a raspberry pi to run a script on pressing the volume button, is that possible and how?

Happy to purchase pro, I just wasn’t sure if it was doable - maybe via shell command?


Senior Member
Apr 3, 2013
Am I missing the instructions for this app to do its thing without having to "allow one-time access" every time the phone is rebooted? I thought I remembered there being a ADB command that made it permanent without rooting, but I can't find it anymore.


New member
May 24, 2023
Hello, I'm trying Button Mapper Pro to remap the PTT button on my device (oukitel wp22), but it doesn't work correctly. I checked on Zello, the button works flawlessly! But I can't use Zello, I'm using PROPTT2 app, can you add PROPTT2 support similar to Zello ?


New member
May 29, 2023
Since the developer can take money but not actually respond to questions, I thought I'd come here for help. Here's the situation.

Heard about this great app called button remover so downloaded it. Well it worked for about a half hour before just shutting off the actions of a few of the keys (mainly of concern, the OK circle). This corrupt mapping doesn't just affect the physical remote, but apps like the Philips TV and Google TV, same issue.

Shockingly, there is no hardware way to force a hard reset, so I'm screwed. I literally can do no more than move between icons.

I ran out of ideas but accomplishing any of the below things would be awesome:

- remotely uninstalling this ****ty app

- overwriting the OS with a clean version

- of course finding a way to navigate and select things on screen

- or any other ideas?

The dev is not even responding to emails and there doesn't seem to be a back door that I see. I would hate to return a 2 week old TV over this, but that seems to be where things are going :(

Any ideas or thoughts are appreciated!
Nov 7, 2017
Google Pixel 6 Pro
Quite useful for customising my Android TV experience. Unfortunately I wasn't able to set up the biggest thing I was hoping for (being able to trigger the "display off" without having to go through a bunch of menus every time).

As far as I can tell I'd either need adb support or http POST support for that to work, and neither seem to be available through this app, or at least not currently. Was looking to implement one of the triggers listed here: https://github.com/eslavnov/pylips/issues/71

Guess I'll still use it to tweak a few other buttons that will be convenient.

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    Button Mapper allows you to remap any action you want to physical or capacitive hardware buttons. This includes volume buttons, camera button, home button on Samsung devices and capacitive home, back and recents, Bixby, Active Edge, LG assistant button and many buttons on game controllers and other hardware. It does NOT work with onscreen home, back and recents buttons (i.e. soft keys or the navigation bar).

    You can launch shortcuts, apps or actions to single press, double tap and long press for hardware buttons.

    Download on XDA Labs:

    -does not work when the screen is off (unless rooted)
    -only works with hardware buttons, not onscreen buttons (i.e. navigation bar)
    -power button cannot be modified
    -there can be quirks with some devices due to non-standard hardware and software implementations by various manufacturers. I try to fix them, but sometimes it's difficult if I don't have the device to test.

    Examples of things you can do with this app:

    -Lockscreen peek: press and hold the home button to quickly check your lockscreen messages, release to turn off the screen (requires PRO VERSION)
    -Launch an app by long pressing the home button
    -Swap the back and recents buttons (capacitive buttons only, like on Samsung Galaxy or Asus Zenfone or One Plus One)
    -Use the home button to the turn the screen off from the homescreen on your Samsung Galaxy (requires PRO VERSION)
    -Control the button lights on your Samsung Galaxy. Turn them on or off, or change the length of time they light up
    Big update!

    After many weeks of work, I've released an update that adds many new features and improvements, and fixes some longstanding bugs.

    The new version is rolling out to a small number of users on the Google Play Store.
    You can download the new version now on XDA Labs.

    Download on XDA Labs:

    Pixel 2 Active Edge
    The Pixel 2 battery drain was caused by remapping Active Edge with root and not enabling screen off actions. It has nothing to do with the method that I use to remap the Edge squeeze, it was caused by a typo in the options logic. There are a lot of myths about how this app handles Active Edge. First of all, it does not consume battery and does not slow down your system. Such claims are false (notwithstanding the bug, which is now fixed). The method for remapping Active Edge does not scan through every logcat message. With root, it's 100% reliable and you will never see the Assistant and will remain in your current app. Without root, you will occasionally see the Assistant and it may bring you to the homescreen. The only limitation is you need to use English language until Google enables the Assistant for other languages.

    Root Command
    You can now remap buttons to a root command. This offers unlimited possibilities for power users. Obviously this requires root! It's available in the Pro version only

    Custom Key Codes
    You can also remap buttons to custom key codes. This means you can fully remap game controllers, tv remotes and other hardware attached to your device. I've compiled a list of key codes that are recognized by Android here. This requires root, unfortunately. It's available in the Pro version only.

    MIUI does some really stupid things to Android. In order for Button Mapper to work correctly, you need to grant the "Autostart" permission and disable battery optimization. If you do not grant the autostart permission, swiping Button Mapper away in recents will kill the service. If you do not set battery optimization to "No restrictions", then Button Mapper's service will be killed every 10 minutes or so.

    To grant these permissions, in go to the menu at upper right in Button Mapper and select "Introduction." Swipe to the screen title Permissions and follow the instructions.

    Samsung volume bug
    I tracked down a few obscure bugs on Samsung phones, including the volume scaling bug that I could never reproduce. This occurred when the volume buttons were remapped and then later the "Bixby only" option was selected without rebooting.

    Pirating this app
    Don't install pirated versions of this app (or any app that uses Accessibility or root), even just to try for a few minutes. Because it uses Accessibility Service and root, you must fully trust the developer. Using a pirated version of any root app gives hackers carte blanche on your device.

    • New actions:
      -toggle BlueTooth
      -headset key press
      -change keyboard
      -root command (requres root and PRO)
      -custom keycodes (requires root and PRO)
    • Android TV support
    • Screen off only option (requires root and PRO)
    • Fix battery drain on rooted Pixel 2
    • Update translations
    • Fix volume change for screen off actions
    • Improve Bixby handling
    • Fix volume bug on S8/Note8
    • Improve UI
    • Add 180 rotation to swap volume orientation setting
    • Improve root handling
    • Improve MIUI behaviour
    • New intro
    • Add feedback form
    • Speed and memory optimizations
    • Many other bug fixes and improvements

    Button Mapper update!

    There is an awesome new update for Button Mapper rolling out. You can get it on XDA Labs now, and on the Play Store in the coming days. This update improves volume button behavior, has fixes for Android Pie, improves Bixby remapping, lots of updates for Blackberry devices and adds a bunch of new actions, such as fullscreen mode, invert colors, toggles for NFC, airplane mode and mobile data, broadcast intents, Greek and Arabic languages, plus the usual bugfixes.

    Download on XDA Labs:

    I want to highlight two important new features.

    First, the broadcast intent action (pro version only!). With this action, you can use a button press to broadcast an intent, which is Android's way of communicating between apps. This opens up literally endless possibilities. For example, if you have my High Brightness Mode app installed, you could enter flar2.hbmwidget.TOGGLE_HBM for long-press of volume button to toggle high brightness mode.

    The second feature is a new option to disable volume button remapping when the volume panel is showing. For example, if you have long press volume down mapped to toggle the flashlight, when the volume panel is showing, holding down volume will turn the volume down rather than turning on the flashlight. Once the volume panel disappears, holding the volume button will once again toggle the flashlight. I think this makes the volume button behavior more intuitive, so it's enabled by default. This can be turned off if you don't like it, the option is in Advanced options->Volume panel bypass.

    Please enjoy, and don't forget to leave a positive review if you find Button Mapper useful.
    Version 0.66 is now released. It will roll out slowly on the Play Store, if you want it now, get it from XDA Labs

    This version has tons of small fixups: volume button behavior is vastly improved, activities open right away after pressing home, everything is faster, and there are more options. Also quite a few UI improvements. New actions include toggle mobile data (root only), toggle wifi hotspot (Nougat and lower only), toggle autobrightness and clearn notifications. There is a new option to enable pocket detection, so actions won't occur while the phone is in your pocket (requires pro version).

    For Android P users, I've fixed the volume buttons to default to media and added an option to force them to control ring volume like older versions of Android.

    There is now an option to lock the screen in a way that allows you to unlock with the fingerprint. Rooted users could always do that, now unrooted users can too.

    I've also added an option to force audio routing through the speaker while Pressy, MiKey or other headphone jack buttons are plugged in. I don't have one of these devices, but it should all work.

    Pocket detection (pro)
    Toggle auto brightness
    Toggle Wifi hotspot (Android 7 and lower)
    Toggle mobile data (root)
    Clear notifications
    Compatibility with Android P
    Option to use speaker with Pressy, MiKey, etc
    Global bypass option
    More long press duration options
    Receive incoming phone calls with home button (Samsung)
    Add Spanish
    Update translations
    UI improvements
    Optional lock method that allows fingerprint unlocking
    Fix AOD crash with screenshot action (Samsung)
    Optimizations and bugfixes