I fixed an annoying problem with a Kitvision Bluetooth Selfie Stick that selected settings mode or zoomed in on my HTC One M7 whenever I pressed the ‘take photo’ button on the stick. I thought other people may benefit from this solution if they have the same issue, which may impact other Android smart phones, so here goes…
[UPDATE 19th July 2015]
I updated my HTC One M7 to Android version 5.0.2 and I’ve had to change the Volume button option to ‘Volume’ instead of the setting described below, which is ‘Capture’. Also, it’s worth noting that if you want to test that the Selfie Stick is communicating with your phone, then try going to your Home Screen and clicking on the Selfie Stick button; the screen should scroll to the right and the ringtone menu should appear. If this happens then you know the Selfie Stick is connected and you need to figure out the right option to take a photo.
[END OF UPDATE]
First off, the Selfie Stick connects via bluetooth with no issues and it works perfectly when tested with an iPhone. Having tried all kinds of solutions to fix the issue with my HTC One, there’s a very simple solution: start the camera app, go into settings and change the ‘Volume button options’ to ‘Capture’ from the default option of ‘Zoom’. The following step-by-step instructions explain how to do this.
Open the Camera and select the three dots at the top left of the screen:
Then select the ‘Settings’ option:
Then scroll down and select ‘Volume button options’:
And finally change the setting to ‘Capture’:
And then the button on the Selfie Stick should take photos. I’d be interested to hear if anyone has had similar issues with other Android devices, or other Selfie Sticks or similar accessories.