Making a Dedicated Player

Configuration guide
Now that Homer Player is installed on your tablet (see Getting started) it's time to fine-tune the configuration to make a simple audiobook player.


  1. Configure playback features
  2. Disable the lock screen
  3. Easy switch on
  4. Disable WiFi to preserve battery
  5. Enable kiosk mode

Configure playback features

Homer Player offers several settings that allow useful customization: playback speed may be decreased for those hard of hearing, sleep timer may be set up to automatically pause after a short time of inactivity and so on.

Open Homer Player and tap the screen 5 times to enter the Settings screen.

Disable the lock screen

In an audio player the lock screen is just an impediment. Let's disable it so that when the screen is switched on the apps are displayed right away.

Kindle Fire: There is no way to disable the lock screen on a Kindle Fire. Setting it to "Swipe" is the best that can be done.

Go to SettingsLock screenScreen lock and choose None.

The None option not available? See the FAQ for solutions.

Easy switch on

The screen on buttons on the side of tablets are usually quite small and may be difficult to locate and press by people with poor vision or motor skills.

There are several other ways for switching the screen on. The availability of each option depends on the device's sensors and available accessories so you need to figure out what's best.

"Smart" cover
a "smart" cover is a cover that enables the screen when it's open. It usually requires support from the tablet itself. The screen orientation may be locked in Homer Player settings to align with the cover.
Double-tap screen-off gesture
some devices offer screen-off gestures, they can be configured to switch on after double-tapping the screen.
Wave to switch on
there are apps that switch the screen on when they detect a hand being swiped over the priximity sensor. They often work with regular, non-smart covers as well. The device needs to be equipped with a proximity sensor.
Tactile Home button
some devices, notably those from Samsung, have a tactile Home button at the front below the screen. This button may be easier to use than the power button.
Configure the best available method of swiching the screen on so that the device is easy to use.

Disable WiFi to preserve battery

Homer Player doesn't need Internet access therefore you can disable WiFi and cellular connection (in phones) so that the battery lasts longer.

The easiest way is probably to enable the "airplane mode".

Enable the "kiosk" mode

To make a simple audio player all the apps and Android functionality need to be hidden so that they don't confuse the non-tech-savvy user. This is achieved by hiding the system bars and making it difficult to leave the Homer Player application.
This is called a "kiosk mode".

Kiosk mode hides Android system bars and apps.
Two kiosk modes: the app provides two types of kiosk mode. The simple mode has some flaws but is easy to enable and is described below; the full kiosk mode is more robust but is also more difficult to set up.
See the full kiosk mode for more info (you can skip this step and go for the full mode right away).

Enabling the simple kiosk mode requires several steps:

Open Homer Player → tap the screen 5 times → Prevent exiting the application (kiosk mode) → enable the Simple mode... → choose Homer Player at the prompt that shows up.

Notice that the navigation bar at the bottom of the screen is hidden.

Swipe your finger up from below the edge of the screen. The navigation bar shows up.
Now tap the ◯ (Home) button. The tablet will again show a prompt asking which app to use to complete the action. You need to choose Homer Player and tap Always.

Now when the tablet is switched on or resterted it will go directly to Homer Player.

Kindle Fire: There is no easy way to set Homer Player as the home app on a Kindle Fire. The steps above don't work fully as expected.

The regular behaviour is restored by disabling the kiosk mode in Homer Player settings.