It’s never too late to discover that those boring, all-white headphones Apple threw in with your iPhone can do a lot more than adjust the volume.
In fact, any headphones that include a remote (or have a remote adapter attached) can be used to control your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch in up to 10 ways.
Here are all the ways you can use your headphones as a remote controller, allowing you to perform useful functions without taking your iDevice out of your pocket.
- If you’re listening to music, toggle pause or play by tapping the center button once.
- To fast-forward a song, tap the center button twice and long-press on the second tap.
- To rewind a song, tap three times and long-press on the third tap.
- To skip a song, double tap.
- To go to the previous song, triple tap.
- If you have an incoming call, tap the center button once to answer. Tap again to hang up.
- To ignore an incoming call, long-press the center button. You’ll hear two beeps to confirm that the caller was sent to voice mail.
- If you’re on the phone and you get a new call, tap the center button once to switch calls. To end that new call, hold the center button down for 2 seconds.
- You can achieve supersteady shots by using your headphones as a shutter release. Tap the volume-up button to capture a photo.
- For iPhone 4S owners: prompt Siri by long-pressing the center button.
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