10 ways to control your iPhone with your Apple earbuds

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10 ways to control your iPhone with your Apple earbuds

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10 ways to control your iPhone with your Apple earbuds

by John-Michael Bond

Longtime Apple enthusiasts sometimes forget that the company is still
gaining new fans every day. Apple sold 43,719,000 iPhones in the second
quarter of 2014 alone. That’s a lot of people who may not know all of the
capabilities of their devices, let alone how to make the most of the earbuds
that come with said device. So if you’ve always wondered how to control your
iPhone with just your Apple earbuds or you know a recent Apple convert,
you’re in luck.

We’re here to help.

The Basics:

Your Apple earbuds have three controls: Volume Up with a + sign, Volume Down
with a – sign, and a Center Button in the middle. Even though there are
three buttons on your earbuds, almost every single command is controlled via
the Center button. The Volume buttons are strictly for controlling sound
levels, so congratulations, you’ve already mastered them. Enjoy a cool

Advanced Earbud Controls or How To Master The Center Button:

Now that you know the basics, let’s get down to the nine different ways you
can utilize your Center button to control your iPhone. These controls also
work on your iPad or iPod.

1. Play or pause media: Press the center button once to pause your song or
video. When you’re ready to resume playback simply press it again.

2. Skip to the next track/chapter: Quickly press the center button twice to
skip forward.

3. Fast-forwarding: To fast-forward, quickly press the center button twice
and then hold down.

4. Skip back to the previous track/chapter: To go back to a previous track
quickly press the center button three times.

5. Rewinding: You may be noticing a theme with this one. To rewind quickly
press the center button three times and then hold down.

6. Answering or ending a phone call: Answering a phone call is like starting
or ending a song, simply press the center button once. When you want to hang
up press the center button again.

7. Decline incoming calls: Sometimes you don’t want to talk to people. Apple
understands, so to decline a phone call simply hold down the center button
for two seconds and then let go. You’ll hear two beeps once you let go to
confirm that you successful declined the call.

8. Switch from a current call to an incoming call: If you’re talking to
someone on the phone with your earbud microphone and another call comes in,
you don’t have to pull out your device to switch lines. Just press the
center button once to put your current call on hold. When you’re done, press
it again to switch back.

9. Switch to an incoming call while hanging up on your current call:
Sometimes you need to switch to an incoming call and hang up your current
call simultaneously. Your earbuds have you covered. Just hold down the
center button for two seconds and let go. Much like when you decline an
incoming call you’ll hear two beeps to confirm you’ve hung up.

10. Use Siri: Maybe while you’re listening to your favorite playlist you
suddenly need to know where
Tom Petty is from or search for upcoming movie showtimes. When you’ve got
your earbuds plugged into your iOS device you can activate Siri by pressing
the center button once and holding down. If you’d like to continue a
conversation with Siri, just press and hold the center button again whenever
you want to talk.

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