Using and Customizing the iPhone 15 Pro Action Button


Using and Customizing the iPhone 15 Pro Action Button

Apple introduced its latest top-of-the-line phones, the iPhone 15 Pro and 15 Pro Max, during a special event on September 12. These phones come with some exciting new features. One of the standout features is the Action Button. This button is a replacement for the mute switch on the previous models and can be customized to do different tasks like opening apps or making voice recordings. Let's explore what you can do with this Action Button on the iPhone 15 Pro and 15 Pro Max.

What's the Action Button and How Does It Operate?

On iPhone 15 Pro models, there's a little button near the volume buttons, in the same spot where the mute switch used to be on older iPhones. By default, it works like the mute switch, but you can change it to do different things. To make it do something else, just press and hold it. It'll give you a nice little buzz to let you know it's working.

What's the Action Button and How Does It Operate?

While some people prefer the mute slider on the iPhone 15 and 15 Plus, the Action Button on the iPhone 15 Pro and 15 Pro Max offers extra versatility. You can set it up to do specific things or start your custom shortcuts. Here are the things you can do with the Action Button:

• Switch Sound On/Off: You can quickly silence or unmute your phone with the Action Button, just like the physical mute switch.

• Pick Camera Mode: Easily start taking pictures or videos in your favorite camera mode by holding down the Action Button.

• Record Voice Notes: Use the Action Button to record voice notes without hunting for the voice memo app.

• Activate Focus Mode: Turn on or off focus mode right from your locked phone using the Action Button.

• Turn On/Off Flashlight: The Action Button can also control your phone's flashlight, which is useful in the dark.

[NOTE: The Action Button on the iPhone 15 Pro series only works when you press and hold the button. Simply pressing the button once won’t do anything.]

Customizing the Action Button on iPhone 15 Pro

You can change what the Action Button does to fit what you want it to do. Here are different things it can do for you:

1. Go to your iPhone's Settings.

2. Look for the Action Button option and tap on it.

3. You'll see a special settings page for the Action Button, which looks different from the usual iPhone settings.

How to Customize Action Button on iPhone 15 Pro

4. To pick what the Action Button does, simply swipe left or right. You'll see the names and pictures of the actions to help you choose.

5. You don't have to press any "Done" or "Okay" buttons. Just swipe to the function you want, and you're all set to use the new feature.

You can change what the Action Button does on the iPhone 15 Pro and 15 Pro Max. Here are some simple things it can do: turn the torch on/off, switch between ring and silent mode, open the voice memo app, and switch between different Focus modes. You can also make it do more advanced things, and we'll explain those below.

1. Open a Certain Camera Mode

 When you're browsing through the choices, pause at the Camera option. You'll notice a little arrow icon next to the Photos icon.

 Tap that arrow, and a small menu will show up with camera modes like Photo, Selfie, Video, Portrait, and Portrait Selfie.

 Pick the camera mode you like, and from then on, when you press and hold the Action Button, the camera app will open in your chosen mode.

Open a Certain Camera Mode

2. Use a Shortcut or Open Apps

• Go to the Shortcut option and tap the blue "Choose a Shortcut..." button.

 The Shortcuts app will open in a little window, and you can pick the Shortcut you want for the Action Button.

 You can also make the Action Button open a specific app from this screen using Shortcuts.

[NOTE: You can also use Shortcuts to quickly access ChatGPT-based Siri Pro shortcut on iPhone. Also, do check out our list of the best Siri shortcuts to bring unique functionality to this button.]

Use a Shortcut or Open Apps

3. Activate an Accessibility Feature

• Lastly, tap the "Pick a feature..." button in Accessibility on the Action Button settings page.

• From here, you can turn on accessibility settings such as Classic Invert, Color Filters, Reduce Motion, Reduce White Point, and others.

• This makes it easier to use these options without needing to go into the Settings app every time.

Activate an Accessibility Feature

That's all there is to it! You can set up the Action Button on the iPhone 15 Pro and 15 Pro Max just the way you like it.

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