Shortcut keys using Apple Headphones

Those three simple buttons dangling on the left side your Apple headphones hide a decent amount of usefulness. Play/pause, next track, answer call, talk to Siri, etc. 

Many of you who have been already using your headphone with your Apple device might already be knowing many or most of these functions. However, I’ll try to include all possible functions of the headphone for the benefit of those who don’t know it.

Don't forget that most of these controls also work when plugged into your Mac's headphone jack, too. Oh, and many third party headphones, like my beloved Phiaton Chord MS 530's, include these same buttons and work in the same way.

(via Minimal Mac)

Update: Jordan Merrick has a great followup piece and turns this topic up to 11. Read it.

Rick Stawarz

Minneapolis, MN

I am an Apple Certified Support Professional with over a decade of experience supporting families, schools, and businesses. Tech has always captured my imagination, but it's not my only passion. I'm an ordained Anglican minister;  Aeropress is a daily ritual of mine; I've driven across Mongolia; and I'm the father of three girls. I hope to provide for you a balanced and realistic perspective into the practicality of technology.