The setActionHandler() property of the MediaSession interface sets an event handler for a media session action. These actions let a web app receive notifications when the user engages a device's built-in physical or onscreen media controls, such as play, stop, or seek buttons.


navigator.mediaSession.setActionHandler(type, callback)


A DOMString representing an action type to listen for. It will be one of play, pause, seekbackward, seekforwardseektoskipad,previoustrack, or nexttrack. Further details on the action types can be found below under Media session actions.
A function to call when the specified action type is invoked. The callback receives no input parameters, and should not return a value.

Return value


Usage notes

To remove a previously-established action handler, call setActionHandler() again, specifying null as the callback.

The action handler receives as input a single parameter: an object conforming to the MediaSessionActionDetails dictionary, which provides both the action type (so the same function can handle multiple action types), as well as data needed in order to perform the action.

Media session actions

Each of the actions is a common media session control request. Implement support for each of these in order to allow that type of action to be performed. The action to be performed is specified using one of the following values from the MediaSessionAction enumerated type:

Advances playback to the next track.
Pauses playback of the media.
Begins (or resumes) playback of the media.
Moves back to the previous track.
Seeks backward through the media from the current position.
Seeks forward from the current position through the media.
Moves the playback position to the specified time within the media.
Skips past the currently playing advertisement or commercial. This action may or may not be available, depending on the platform and user agent, or may be disabled due to subscription level or other circumstances.
Halts playback entirely.


The following example creates a new media session and assigns action handlers (which don't do anything) to it.

if ('mediaSession' in navigator){
 navigator.mediaSession.metadata = new MediaMetadata({
    title: "Podcast Episode Title",
    artist: "Podcast Host",
    album: "Podcast Name",
    artwork: [{src: "podcast.jpg"}]
 navigator.mediaSession.setActionHandler('play', function() {});
 navigator.mediaSession.setActionHandler('pause', function() {});
 navigator.mediaSession.setActionHandler('seekbackward', function() {});
 navigator.mediaSession.setActionHandler('seekforward', function() {});
 navigator.mediaSession.setActionHandler('previoustrack', function() {});
 navigator.mediaSession.setActionHandler('nexttrack', function() {});

This example uses appropriate action handlers to allow seeking in either direction through the playing media.

let skipTime = 10; // Time to skip in seconds

navigator.mediaSession.setActionHandler('seekbackward', evt => {
 // User clicked "Seek Backward" media notification icon.
 audio.currentTime = Math.max(audio.currentTime - skipTime, 0);

navigator.mediaSession.setActionHandler('seekforward', evt => {
 // User clicked "Seek Forward" media notification icon.
 audio.currentTime = Math.min(audio.currentTime + skipTime,  

To remove a media action handler, assign it to null.

navigator.mediaSession.setActionHandler('nexttrack', null);


Specification Status Comment
Media Session Standard
The definition of 'MediaSession.setActionHandler()' in that specification.
Draft Initial definition.

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IE No support NoOpera Full support YesSafari ? WebView Android No support NoChrome Android Full support 57Firefox Android No support NoOpera Android No support NoSafari iOS ? Samsung Internet Android Full support 7.0


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