11 Things You Didn’t Know Your iPhone Headphones Could Do

Everyone who owns an iPhone also owns a pair of Apple’s standard white earbuds, which Apple calls “EarPods.” These headphones appear simple in design, but they can actually do a lot more than most people realize. In fact, many people use them every day and are unaware of just how robust the three-button control system is. The controls are intuitive, easy to remember, and so convenient that they almost completely eliminate the need to ever take your phone out of your pocket while your EarPods are in. Follow these 11 clicky tips for an easier and more convenient iPhone experience.

1. Play Or Pause

Tapping the center button once will play, pause, or resume a song from your music app or a video you have open.

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2. Skipping

Double-tap the center button to skip to the next song.

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3. Go Back

Click the center button three times to return to the beginning of the track or go back to the previous song.

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4. Fast-Forward

Double-click and hold the center button on the last click to fast-forward through a track.

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5. Rewind

Triple-click and hold the center button on the third click to rewind.

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6. Answer Call

If you receive a call while your EarPods are in, click the center button once to take it.

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7. Hold And Accept Call

If you receive a call while already engaged in another, click the center button once to hold your current call and answer the second one.

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8. Ignore Second Call

Hold the center button for about two seconds to ignore the second caller while staying on the line with your current call.

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9. Hang Up

Hit the center button once while in a call to hang up.

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10. Activate Siri

Press and hold the center button for about two seconds to activate Siri.

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11. Take a Photo

In your camera app, click either volume button to snap a photo.

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