We’ve talked about some of the changes introduced in the first Developer Preview of Android P before. One of the many noticeable changes is the position of the Volume slider. With the ever growing screen sizes, the software needs to place touch controls where the thumb can easily reach them. Android 8.1 Oreo did something similar to the Power menu. It was moved from the center to the screen edge closer to the power button and reshaped vertically rather than horizontally. Android P is seemingly providing the same treatment to the Volume slider. The volume slider has been moved from the top of the display to the screen edge near the volume buttons, which is the same as the side where the power button is on most phones.
It’s one of the welcome changes in Android P. Ever since the introduction of the LG G6 and Samsung Galaxy S8 last year, smartphone displays have grown much taller. All thanks to the new 18:9 aspect ratio every OEM seems to be chasing. Not criticising the move but kudos to Google for optimizing the software based on current hardware trends. Google even included support for notches and multiple displays, one of those isn’t even a trend yet. It is quite likely that you may never get the Android P update though if you don’t have a Google Pixel or a recent flagship from last year. You may still have a really tall phone sporting an 18:9 display.
Fortunately for you, Android P is not the baseline requirement for getting a similar Volume slider. It may not have been long since Android P DP1 was released but we’ve had the system ringtones and wallpapers available for download for some time now. There is even a port of the Android P screenshot editor for any Android device. It shouldn’t be very surprising then if we tell you that the Android P Volume slider can also be installed on any Android device running Android 4.0 and above. There have previously been a few apps that change the default volume slider on android devices. Android P Volume Slider from Yogesh Dama is simply one such app. There is, however, a big catch. More on that later.
Install Android P Volume Slider
- Android P like Floating Volume Panel with default duration for it.
- Volume Slider Position on the screen to reach out the seekbar easily
- Color for Volume Notification bar and for Widget too.
- Color option for Toggles icon on notification bar
How to use Android P Volume Slider
- Launch the app once it is installed. There are two special permissions you will be required to enable which are Do not Disturb and Screen Overlay. Apart from these, the app requires the Run at startup permission but you don’t have to manually enable it.
- Once enabled, you can start using the app already at default settings but you might want to change the slider position to right center.
- There are a bunch of other settings you can play around with such as changing the colors of the sliders and icon, the color of the persistent notification which contains the icons for the different volume channels, etc.
- Using the app is where you may need some help. You’d think that from now on when you press the volume button, you see an Android P-like slider. Here’s the catch, that doesn’t happen. You will still see the default Volume dialogue if you press the Volume buttons. To bring up Android P Volume slider, you’ll need to pull down the notification shade and tap on the icon of the volume channel you want to change the volume for.
- If you want to, you can also place the Android P Volume Slider widget on your home screen which is essentially the same thing you see in the notification tray. Simply using the Volume buttons may have been a lot easier but that’s currently the only way this works.
In any case, the developer has made the app available for free for users who download it from XDA Labs so there’s no harm in trying it out.