We've all been in this scenario before: you're in a coffee shop, library, or some other public place with your headphones on/earbuds in, jamming your favorite tune, when someone comes up and starts talking to you. Yes, they can see the buds in your ears, but they talk anyway. It doesn't matter that they're just going to have to repeat themselves after you grab your phone and pause the music - they have something to say. And you're going to hear it.

That's where easyMute comes into play. Instead of having to fumble around with your phone or remove your headphones, you can just place your hand over the device's proximity sensor. Boom - music paused. Remove your hand, and the music starts playing again.

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Or, if you'd rather just turn the volume down instead of pause it, easyMute can do that, too. It's an insanely simple, yet brilliant app. It's intuitive - by using the proximity sensor the app knows when the phone isn't laying flat on its back, so it doesn't randomly pause the music while the device is in your pocket. I played with it for a few minutes while writing this just trying to get it to kick out a false positive. It didn't work.

And apparently it's not too hard on the battery, either; according to the developer, it doesn't amount to more than 3% of the total consumption. That's not bad.

EasyMute is a free app in the Play Store, so hit the widget to give it a shot.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • jordanjay29

    Does it turn off your music if you put the phone in your pocket? That would be my concern.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      "It's intuitive, too - it also uses the proximity sensor to know when the phone
      isn't laying flat on its back, so it doesn't randomly pause the music while the
      device is in your pocket."

      • jordanjay29

        Thanks for not just saying 'RTFA'. :)

        • Elias

          Even though he should. :p

  • fixxmyhead

    I have wave control pro also looks much better too

    • Kip

      Wave control pro is the best! Looks great and works perfect with many options.
      Graphics on this app look plain tacky in comparison

      • http://seancois.me/ Sebastian C.

        Good graphics are cool but sometimes I like to go with sheer performance.

        • http://www.facebook.com/joan.vilarino Joan Vilariño

          That's my oppinion too... light, fast and only the basic and useful functionality

  • Joan Vilariño

    Hi there.

    I'm the developer of easyMute.

    First of all I wanted to thank AndroidPolice for publishing an awesome review, and of course, all of you who have given it a try!

    I'm reading concerns about the notification icon changes, and in next version (coming soon) will provide a new preference to avoid these changes. Will try to find a way to hide completely the icon, but for now, as far as I know Android requires that icon be present in foreground services.

    I've added a new preference "Only with headset" that will enable easyMute only when you plug your wired headphones. This will allow you save even more battery, since the sensors won't be on all the time.

    There are more surprises coming... stay tuned!


    • Donncha

      Joan - great job with the app. Works perfectly with Podkicker. So much easier now to grab my phone and pause playback. I'll lift it up which keeps the playback paused when someone wants to talk to me.

    • http://www.facebook.com/lucyparanormal Daniel Tiberius

      I'll be sure to snatch this up once you change the notification icon being always on. Great idea !

      • http://www.facebook.com/joan.vilarino Joan Vilariño

        done! you are late! go download! hahah

        • http://www.facebook.com/lucyparanormal Daniel Tiberius

          Thanks for the heads up! OMW to install now!

    • Ryan

      Hey Joan,

      If you set the notification priority to 'MIN' in your app, this might solve your icon issues.

      More info here: https://developer.android.com/design/patterns/notifications.html


      • http://www.facebook.com/joan.vilarino Joan Vilariño

        It's already solved in new version 1.03 . Found a way to pass an empty notification and then it doesn't show without problems. Anyway, for good practices you have to go to options to disable notifications... don't wanted to work stealth by default.

  • IncCo

    Or you could use Sensor music player! Has a ton of options..

  • NikhilW

    But with tasker, this, n many other things are just a profile away! :-)

    • vhick

      Sharing profile will be great! :)

      • http://www.facebook.com/joan.vilarino Joan Vilariño

        I plan supporting Tasker and Llama in future version... can't give ETA tough

  • Joan Vilariño

    V1.03 is out... Now you can disable notifications... Plus other more new features... Update or download at google play