14 Things You Didn't Know Your Apple EarPods Could Do
14 amazing things you didn't know you could do with your earpods
Just last week I was having an argument with a friend of mine how you can't compare the Apple EarPods with any headphone or earphone. I understood why he was arguing since he is still on the Android waggon.
I won't say I am Tech savvy but been surrounded by guys in tech, I have come to know some things that the Apple EarPods can do, that I am sure you know nothing about. The EarPods offer users so much more than the obvious headphone capability. Here are 14 things you might not realise your Apple EarPods can do, from sending unwanted calls straight to voicemail with one click, to effortlessly fast-forwarding to the best part of your favourite video or songs.
1. Play/pause songs
How: Click centre button
If you want to start playing the song you left off on—or to pause it midstream—simply click the centre button to get the ball rolling (or stopping). In addition to songs, this (and the rest of the music-related tricks) 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 favourite albums, or to reach to your favourite song 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 centre button
If you just can't listen to "Uptown Funk" enough times, you can triple click the centre button to repeat the funk over, and over, and over again. Don't believe me? Just click (thrice).
How: Double-click, and hold (during a song/video)
Because sometimes, you just want to skip to the good part.
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 a 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
Okay, so this might be the most "obvious" inclusion on this list, but you'd be surprised as to how many people don't realise that little volume control is also an effective microphone (it has a little microphone emblem, on the back you know). 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 centre 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 centre 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 centre 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 centre button once (while on the phone, and getting another call)
When you're 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 centre button for a second. No one gets hung up on; everything is cool.
11. Hang up on someone on the other line
How: Click and hold down on centre button for two seconds (while on the phone, and getting another call)
If your mistress is calling, and you definitely don't want to talk to her, just click and hold down the centre button for two seconds, to send them packing.
12. Send an incoming call straight to voicemail
How: Hold down centre button (while receiving an incoming call)
You can send someone straight to voicemail just by holding down the centre button
13. Talk to Siri
How: Press and hold centre button (if you aren't on the phone with anyone)
To get in front of Siri in the quickest way possible just hit and hold down the centre button till she pops up. Then, you can boss her around. Also, once you've already opened Siri up, you can hold your centre button down again to ask her another question.
14. Use these tricks with your Mac and iPad
How: The same way you did everything on your iPhone!
With any modern Apple product, you can use your EarPods to accomplish any of these shortcuts on your other devices along with controlling volume (duh). Who knew you could accomplish so much with just a finger and thumb?
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