Solution: Trigger Activates Zoom Instead of Shutter!

Selfie Stick Information Tips

A lot of people experience the problem that, if they connect a conventional selfie stick with an integrated shutter or an external remote* (see review here) to an Android or iOS device, the shutter itself does not activate the shutter of the photo device. Instead it does activate the device’s zoom-in function.

One possible solution for that problem will be explained in this article.

General Information

The selfie stick trend becomes more and more popular in the western world. In the beginning it took over Asia and that’s exactly where most new released selfie sticks come from.

Every day more and more models appear in record time on the market.
Every so often, however, a user’s manual is either incomplete, missing or in Chinese.

Now what can we do, if the selfie pole or the external remote we purchased doesn’t seem to be compatible with our smartphone or tablet?
First things first! Neither your selfie stick or remote, nor your photo device is broken. In fact they probably work perfectly fine.
The issue is that the communication between the different components is not functioning properly.

The Root of the Problem

Your selfie stick or your external remote can be connected to your device in 2 different ways:

  1. Via cable: You plug in a cable into your headphone output.
  2. Via Bluetooth technology: Selfie stick/remote is synchronized via Bluetooth.

More detailed information about these 2 variants here.

Volume Controller

It doesn’t really matter whether you are using a cable or a Bluetooth connection. The problem can appear in both cases.

Starting with iOS 5.0 and Android 4.3 the volume controller button can be used as an additional shutter for your smartphone camera. If you hold your phone in landscape mode, the volume control buttons come quite close to a camera shutter button on a regular camera.

Selfie stick manufacturers valued that feature.

If you push the trigger on your selfie stick’s handle or your external remote, a signal is send to your phone (via Bluetooth or cable), really much alike a signal, that would be send, if you pressed the volume(+) button.
That way the volume(+) button works as a shutter. It’s simple. It’s reliable. It’s energy efficient for the remote’s or selfie stick’s battery.

What is the problem?

Selfie stick manufacturers valued that feature.

The different versions of Android and iOS function in different ways.

The more modern smartphones, such as the Samsung Galaxy S3/S4 etc., should support the volume(+) button working as a shutter.
But sometimes this function is changed or missing. It all depends on your current version of Android and iOS!

The Solution

What do I have to do, if my smartphone doesn’t support Android 4.3 or iOS 5.0?
And what do I do, if I do have at least Android 4.3 or iOS 5.0, but it still isn’t working?

Don’t rush! You don’t have to flash your firmware. Actually solving the problem doesn’t involve anything complicated:
Simply install a camera app, which enables you, to use your volume(+) button as a shutter.

But before you do that, check your current camera app. Maybe it already supports that option.

Open your camera app and go to settings and look out for words like “volume control”, “volume button”, “zoom function” etc.

Once you made sure, that you definitely have to install a new camera app, visit the iOS App Store for iPhone users or the Google Play Store for Android phones and download the Camera360 Ultimate app or simply click the badges on the right!

Camera360 Ultimate

The function should already be activated in default settings.
However, if that is not the case, start the app, go to “settings” (gear wheel) – “advanced settings” – “camera settings” – “more” – “volume control” (or something like that) and activate the function.

These simple steps might be all you have to do to solve the problem. Now you can use your phone with your selfie stick, even if it doesn’t support Android 4.3 or iOS 5.0!

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