How to Get the Most Out of Your iPhone’s Action Button

The new Action button on the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max is a game-changer. It replaces the iconic Ring/Silent switch and offers a range of customizable functions. With just a press and hold, you can easily perform frequently used tasks. In this article, we will explore how to set up and use the Action button on your iPhone 15 Pro models.

1. Choose Focus Modes

Focus modes on the iPhone are perfect for reducing distractions and helping you stay focused on your tasks. Whether you want to disable notifications from social media or only allow work-related app notifications, the Action button can be handy for quickly enabling and disabling focus modes. Here's how to set it up:

  1. Go to Settings on your iPhone and tap on the Action Button.
  2. By default, the Action button is set to Silent mode. Swipe left until you reach Focus.
  3. Tap on the up and down arrow button to change the Focus mode.
  4. Select the Focus mode you want to enable when you press and hold the Action button.

Note: Different Focus modes will only appear on the Action button list after setting them up.

2. Launch Camera

The camera on the iPhone 15 series, especially the Pro models, is exceptional. While you can access the camera app from the lock screen, you can also set the Action button to launch a specific camera feature. Here's how:

  1. Go to Settings on your iPhone and tap on the Action Button.
  2. Swipe right until you reach Camera. The Action button is now linked to open the photo mode in the camera app.
  3. Tap on the up and down arrow buttons to select different camera modes.
  4. Choose the mode you want to open using the Action button.

Pro Tip: When the Action button is set to the camera app, it can be used as a shutter button to click photos and start video recordings too.

3. Launch Any Siri Shortcut

Siri shortcuts allow you to personalize automation sequences that can perform various tasks on your iPhone. With the Shortcut app and the Action button, the possibilities are endless. Here's how to set it up:

  1. Go to Settings on your iPhone and tap on the Action Button.
  2. Swipe right until you reach Shortcut.
  3. Tap on Choose a Shortcut….
  4. Select any automation from the Shortcut app by tapping on it.

You can open any app with the right shortcut and the Action button. This combination makes almost every feature accessible via the Action button on your new iPhone 15.

4. Open Accessibility

Accessibility on the iPhone is designed to make the device user-friendly for people with different abilities. By adding the Action button to accessibility, it becomes even more convenient to use these features. Here's how to set it up:

  1. Go to Settings on your iPhone and tap on the Action Button.
  2. Swipe right until you reach Accessibility.
  3. Tap on Choose a feature….
  4. Select any feature under the Vision, Motor, Hearing, and General sections to pair it up with the Action button.

5. Try Some Non-Customizable Actions

The Action button offers non-customizable actions that perform pre-defined tasks. To set these options, go to Settings > Action Button and select the feature you want to pair with the Action button. Here are some non-customizable actions you can try on your iPhone 15:

  1. Silent Mode: Tap and hold to mute and unmute ring for calls and alerts.
  2. Torch: Tap and hold to turn the torch on and off.
  3. Voice Memo: Record and stop recordings using the Action button.
  4. Magnifier: Use the camera of your iPhone as a magnifying glass.
  5. No Action: Pressing or holding the Action button does nothing.

Every Action Has a Reaction

The Action button is just one of the exciting updates announced at the Apple event. It brings a lot of value to your iPhone, making it more efficient and customizable. It's reminiscent of the action button on Samsung Galaxy smartphones, efficient and practical.

With the ability to customize functions, launch the camera, use Siri shortcuts, and access accessibility features, the Action button on your iPhone 15 Pro models is a powerful tool that enhances your user experience. Give it a try and discover how it can simplify your daily tasks.