What Android Volume Setting do I need with Triggertrap?

Setting the volume in Android can be a little trickier than it first seems.

A quick fix

Android has a number of volumes that control different outputs of a device. As someone using Triggertrap, you'll need the correct volume to be set to max. The easiest way to achieve this is to set the volume to max when the Triggertrap App is open and attempting to trigger the camera. So:

  1. Plug in your Triggertrap Mobile Dongle
  2. Launch the Triggertrap App, and use the Press and Lock mode
  3. Start the timer going by tapping the red button
  4. As it attempting to trigger your camera, use the buttons on the side of your phone to turn the volume all the way up.

Your phone should now trigger your camera!

In detail...

If you're still having problems (or if you'd just like to know a little more about Android volume settings), read on!

Android has volume settings for Music,Video and Media, the Ringer and Volumes for Alarms and notifications. So just to be clear we have four volume settings:

  • Music, Video and Media
  • Ringer
  • Notifications
  • System

In Android 4.3 these last two setting have been combined into one: Alarms. All these volumes can be set independently in the Sound --> volume settings.

The volume that is important to Triggertrap is the "Music, video, game & other media" volume.

For the Triggertrap app to work this volume must always be set to its maximum value. If you are in the Triggertrap app this is the default volume that will be set when you adjust the volume keys on the side of the phone.

You can check this by looking to see if the icon next to the volume control matches the correct icon in the volumes settings. In most cases the icon looks like a speaker icon.

If you adjust the volume using the rocker keys when you are on the Android home screen then you are most likely (but not always!) setting the ringer volume.

In most cases the icon for this volume looks like a vintage phone handset, again you can check the icon against the Volumes settings. Another tip is that when you're adjusting the ringer volume you'll most likely hear an audible beep sound, even if you have the Triggertrap dongle plugged in.

For volume settings that's all you need to know. It's straight forward and once you know how to check which volume you need, everything should work just fine.

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