10 Things You Didn’t Know Your Apple Headphones Could Do


You see, in typical Apple style, an intuitive remote control hides within the ubiquitous white headset, offering users so much more than the obvious headphone capability. Here are 14 things you might not realize your Apple EarPods can do.

1. Play/pause songs

How: Click center button

If you want to start playing the song you left off on, simply click the center button to get the ball rolling (or stopping). In addition to songs, this will work with videos and podcasts, and applies to streaming services like Spotify as well as your iTunes library.


2. Skip to the next song

How: Double-click center button

To skip over the filler in your favorite albums, or to reach “Eye of The Tiger” and give your stamina a much-needed boost at the tail end of your morning jog, a quick double click will do the trick.

3. Start a song over

How: Triple-click center button

If you just can’t listen to “Uptown Funk” enough times, you can triple click the center button to repeat the funk over, and over, and over again. Don’t believe me? Just click (thrice).

4. Fast-forward

How: Double-click, and hold (during a song/video)

Because sometimes, you just want to skip to the good part.

5. Rewind

How: Triple-click and hold (during a song/video)

Because sometimes, you just want to experience the good part all over again.


6. Take a picture

How: Click either volume button (with camera app open)

If you need to swiftly snap an incriminating photo of your best friend at 4 AM, but need to keep your hands steady, an ideal way to get shot you want, without your fingers messing up the action is by clicking the volume button, which is effectively a shutter when your camera is open.

7. Use it as a microphone

How: Um, just talk into it

As someone who spends a lot of time on the phone for work inside an occasionally noisy open office, I can personally attest that this is the best way to clearly communicate over your phone or take down a voice memo.

8. Answer the phone

How: When getting an incoming call, click the center button once

Simple enough, but not having to take your phone out of your pocket when you get a call is surprisingly cool, though you can’t screen your calls with your phone in your pants…


9. Hang up the phone

How: Click the center button once (while on the phone)

If you want to end the call you’ve started (probably because you didn’t see who was calling, in the first place) just hit the center button again and get on with your life. If you are getting another call, and want to hang up on the one you are on, this works, too.

10. Hold one call, and switch to another line

How: Click center button once (while on the phone, and getting another call)

When your on the phone with your mistress, and then your other mistress calls, you can put her on hold and answer the other call, just by holding down the center button for a second. No one gets hung up on; everything is cool.

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