Lock Screen Controls on Mobile

Lock Screen Controls on Mobile


Roon’s iOS and Android apps have been overhauled for tighter integration with your mobile devices, including easier volume control and the ability to control playback and see what’s playing without unlocking your phone.  


Due to platform limitations, iOS users should pay careful attention to the “What precautions should I take?” section below. 
We strongly recommend setting volume limits on your zones, to prevent raising the volume of your device above a comfortable limit. 

iOS

Improved Volume Control 

Roon’s volume controls on iOS have been completely overhauled, making it even easier to set your music to just the right level.

With Roon open, your iOS device's physical volume buttons can now be used to control the currently selected zone’s volume. The current volume level will be displayed on-screen, and you can make fine adjustments without even looking at your device.

You can also control your device’s volume with your phone locked when you enable Lock Screen controls.

Note that when controlling grouped zones, your iOS device’s volume buttons will only control the primary zone. 

Lock Screen Controls

Lock Screen controls on iOS must first be enabled from the Setup tab of Settings. You’ll need to enable this functionality on each of your iOS devices individually.

Due to how volume control works on iOS, Roon will sync your phone’s volume level back to your audio device, which can cause unexpected changes in volume. This is a well-known problem with iOS, and is a common complaint for many applications that tie external devices to iOS’s controls. 

What precautions should I take?

Using your phone to control Roon’s volume makes it easier to accidentally raise the volume beyond a comfortable limit. This can happen if your phone’s volume buttons are pressed accidentally, or if your iOS device mistakenly syncs volume from another app back to Roon. 

To protect your hearing (and your gear!) we strongly recommend setting volume limits on all your audio devices. By setting a volume limit, you’ll ensure your music always stays at a comfortable level. Learn more about volume limits here.

If you’d prefer not to control Roon when your phone is locked, you can also disable Lock Screen controls on iOS completely from the Setup tab of Settings. You’ll still be able to use your phone’s physical buttons to control the volume of the current zone when Roon is open. 

Android 

Improved Volume Control 

Roon’s volume controls on Android have been completely overhauled, making it even easier to set your music to just the right level.

With Roon open, your Android device's physical volume buttons can now be used to control the currently selected zone’s volume. The current volume level will be displayed on-screen, and you can make fine adjustments without even looking at your device. 

You can also control your device’s volume with your phone locked when Lock Screen controls are enabled. 

Lock Screen Controls

On Android devices, Roon will display Now Playing information on your phone’s Lock Screen and in the notification drawer. 

You’ll also be able to use your phone’s hardware volume buttons (Volume Up/Down) to control the volume of your zone whether the Roon app is open or not.

This works by syncing your phone to Roon’s current volume level, which allows for fine grain control of volume when Roon is open, as well as full control of volume in Roon, even for grouped zones. 

On Android, Lock Screen controls are enabled by default, but you can disable them in Settings, from the Setup tab.

Roon will also sync volume commands back to your grouped zones on Android, with the overall volume of the grouped zones displayed on your Android device.

What precautions should I take?

Using your phone to control Roon’s volume makes it easier to accidentally raise the volume beyond a comfortable limit, like if your phone’s volume buttons are pressed accidentally.

To protect your hearing (and your gear!) we strongly recommend setting volume limits on all your audio devices. By setting a volume limit, you’ll ensure your music always stays at a comfortable level. Learn more about volume limits here.

If you’d prefer not to control Roon when your phone is locked, you can also disable Lock Screen controls completely from the Setup tab of Settings. You’ll still be able to use your phone’s physical buttons to control the volume of the current zone when Roon is open. 


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