Written by Stan

How do I control earbuds made for Apple devices?

With the controls in my earbuds or headphones, I can easily navigate through my music, pick up incoming calls, and operate both Siri and my phone's camera. I'll tell you how I do all this with 1 product in this article.

Select your remote type

Select your remote type

There are 2 types of controls:

  • Option 1: the controls of my earbuds or headphones consists of 1 button, incorporated in the wiring.

  • Option 2: the controls consist of 3 buttons. The plus increases volume. The minus decreases volume. Between those, I can find the middle button.

To prevent confusion, I speak of the (middle) button. If you have option 1, it's the one button. If you have option 2, it's the button in the middle.

Music controls

Music controls

Before I discuss the functionalities of the remote control, I have to make sure that your music playlist is open. Then I select a song from my playlist.

  • Pause/continue playback: I click the (middle) button once to pause or play the music.
  • Next song: I quickly click the (middle) button twice to skip to the next song.
  • Previous song: I quickly click the (middle) button three times to skip to the previous song.
  • Fast-forward: I quickly click the (middle) button twice and hold it to fast-forward the current song.
  • Rewind: I quickly click the (middle) button three times and hold the button on the third click to rewind the current song.
  • Volume up/down: If my remote control consists of 3 buttons, I click the volume buttons to make the music louder or softer. You can't do this if your controls consist of 1 button.

Manage phone calls

Manage phone calls
  • Pick up calls: I click the (middle) button once to pick up an incoming phone call.
  • Voicemail: I hold the (middle) button once to redirect an incoming phone call to voicemail.
  • Switch calls: I click the (middle) button once during a phone call to switch to another call.
  • End: I quickly click the (middle) button twice and hold it on the second click to end the current phone call.
  • Volume up/down: If my remote control consists of 3 buttons, I click the volume buttons to make the music louder or softer. You can't do this if your controls consist of 1 button.

Use Siri

Use Siri
  • Step 1: I Press and hold the home button.
  • Step 2: Siri will now open.
  • Step 3: I ask Siri to carry out a task.

Take pictures

Take pictures
  • Step 1: I look for the camera icon on my Apple device.
  • Step 2: I make sure my camera is in the desired position.
  • Step 3: I click the volume button (the +) once. If my remote control doesn't have volume buttons, I click on the only button on the controls once. Now, I've taken a picture using the remote control.

Other tips

I now know how the controls of my earbuds work. If I want to know how to prevent broken cables, I can read the article below.


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