This Android status bar app makes it easy to change songs

Imagine this. You’re standing on the train looking at your email and you really want to change the song. You can reach for your headphones to do this, and opening the music app to do this is very tedious. And if your buds can’t stand certain moves, good luck with that.

Luckily, I found this nifty Android app called Media Bar that lets me do this right from the status bar, without having to switch screens or drag the notification bar down.

Here’s how it works: By default, you have three actions on your status bar. Previous, pause/play and next. All of them work when you press the status bar once. You can also customize other actions by double-pressing and long-pressing. I assigned a five second jump on both sides on the double click action.

After installing the app, it will ask you for notification and accessibility settings so that it can enable touch controls on your status bar.

The great thing about this app is that it hardly takes up any screen space. You’ll see a progress bar on the top of your phone showing how much your track or podcast has been played. And you can change theme, position, thickness of this bar.

Configuring the progress bar in the Media bar app

The app is free, but you can donate money – starting at $2.38 – to the developer to unlock premium features such as a multi-device license, additional themes and colors, and an ad-free experience .

You can download the app from here.

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