Can’t wait for Pressy? Free QuickClick app gives you custom volume button actions

by: J. Angelo RacomaMay 18, 2014
Extra buttons? Why not use the ones you already have?

Extra buttons? Why not use the ones you already have?

On popular crowd-funding platforms today are a couple of interesting smartphone add-on accessories. On Kickstarter, we have Pressy, which plugs into the phone’s 3.5mm audio jack and acts as an extra button. On Indiegogo, there’s Dimple, which is an adhesive strip that contains four buttons that work in conjunction with NFC.

The key functionality in these accessories is the easy access to functions through button-press shortcuts. For instance, a series or combination of button presses could turn on your torch or launch the SMS app, and so forth.

These accessories are taking quite some time to produce and get to market, however. The Pressy team, for example, has just faced yet another delay. Xiaomi’s own MiKey might even beat it to the punch. If you can’t wait to get into the button-pressing action, you can go for another alternative: QuickClick.

QuickClick is a free app that lets users create custom shortcuts from combinations of volume key presses. Some practical use case scenarios include toggling the flashlight, taking a photo, making a call, starting a message or launching an app. For better customizability, the app also supports launching Tasker tasks.

Sequences are customizable, and the app is even smart enough to remember to revert to the previous volume settings so you won’t inadvertently change your ringtone or notification volume when you access shortcuts.

QuickClick is a free-to-use app, while a premium in-app purchase gets rid of the ads. Check out the Google Play link through the source links below. Do you use QuickLink or any other app for shortcuts or automation? Share these with us on the comment thread below.

  • Ankur Raghuvanshi

    It poises a serious threat in HTC One M8, its somehow bypasses the lock screen. I was reviewing it on my HTC one M8, i uses PIN code for lock screen. When i used it while the phone is locked, the app simply bypassed the lock code and opens the application which i configured.

    • Jayfeather787

      Can you then go home and do whatever you want?

    • luke

      You can disbled bypassing in general settings

    • Sean 陳偉國 Tan

      Duh, there is an option in the settings that allows you to do that. spell IGNORANCE

    • Ankur Raghuvanshi

      well there is option i know but i was taking about how it is easy to bypass the security. even the app doesn’t take administrative access and secondly the option is just to disable use of app while screen is off/on/lock/not locked. But there is no option which says the stop bypassing lock screen. It is also possible the will only launch when u enter lock code. Well ur comment shows lack of analytical knowledge

  • Paco Inurreta

    I’ve been using it for like a month now, its very helpful but while I really wanted physical buttons and went for a Galaxy S4 I really dont want to wear my buttons that quick. I even use an app to turn my screen off and this is why I wanted a Pressy. =/

    • Darius

      i really wanted physical buttons, so i bought a phone with physical buttons, but i dont wanna wear em out so i bought an app that recreates them on screen. #darwin

      • Paco Inurreta

        Well, compared to the iPhone 4S the GS4 feels pretty cheap and I have already traded my original cause the home button started to play.

        You also seem to be a pretty smartass…

  • pazvanti

    Or you can buy Klick. I know it is a Chinese knock-off of Pressy, but it is surprisingly good.

    • Ankur Raghuvanshi

      Xiaomi Mikey is also an option… which also very cheap and they are shipping internationally

      • pazvanti

        It only works on Xiaomi Phones as far as I know. The Klick works on most phones.

        • Ankur Raghuvanshi

          okay didn’t know that…