Apple EarPods headphones shortcuts and tips

Apple earpods shortcuts and tips

The Apple EarPods headphones come with every box of iPhone and iPod touch. It has a mic for hands-free calling and a remote that allows you to perform useful functions while keeping your iPhone in your pocket.

The remote in EarPods has three buttons: Volume Up (+), Volume Down (-) and a center button between the (+) and (-) buttons. Here are some shortcuts and tips on how to make full use of the remote:

When there is an incoming call:

  • Press the center button to answer the call.
  • Press the center button twice to forward the call to voicemail.
  • Press and hold the center button for about two seconds to decline the call. You will hear two small beeps to confirm that the call is declined. 

When you’re in a call:

  • Simple press the center button to end the call.

When you’re in a call and there is a second incoming call:

  • Press center button to switch to the second call and put the first one on hold. Press the center button again to switch back to first call.
  • Press and hold the center button for about two seconds to decline the incoming call.

When playing music:

  • Press the center button to play, pause or resume.
  • Press the center button twice to skip to next track.
  • Press twice and hold the center button to fast forward current track.
  • Press the center button three times to go back to previous track.
  • Press three times and hold the center button to fast rewind current track.

When using the camera:

  • Press the (+) button to snap photo.

When on idle/sleep:

  • Press the center button to play back the last music or podcast that you listened.
  • Press and hold the center button to activate Siri. This will activate Voice Control if you’re using iPhone 4 or below.

On a Mac:

  • You can use the build-in microphone in EarPods for FaceTime and voice recording.