iPhone Earbuds – Learn More About Their Hidden Features

The earbuds that came with your iPhone do more than let you listen. Apple has built into them several fun features. Surrounding the right earpiece cable, you’ll spot a thin white piece with three little buttons and a microphone. Apple calls this The Control Capsule. With it you can easily adjust the volume, play music or videos, check your voicemails, and of course answer or end calls on your iPhone.

Here are some of the ways your earbuds make life a little easier:

  • Use the center button to pause or play a song.
  • Tap the center button twice to skip a song.
  • To go back to a previous song, tap the center button three times.
  • If you receive a call, tap the center button to answer, then tap again to hang up.
  • If you want to ignore a call, hold down the center button. You’ll hear two beeps that confirm the caller went to voicemail.

It’s always a good idea to lower the volume before unplugging the earbuds. Then you won’t blast your ears with decibel overload. No one wants that!

15 Thoughts on "iPhone Earbuds – Learn More About Their Hidden Features"

  1. Tonya says

    We were pretty pleased with having this phone service as an extra until our contract was up with another company. To prevent paying for another cell service until that time came, we found out that we were Very unhappy with the fact that when I cancelled my service in the middle of the month. I was charged an overage by prorating my account. I was charged more than what I had been paying for 5 months the same amount of $24 and change. The proration for having my phone for 14 days was a final bill of 25.90…. Not very pleased with getting penalized for cancelling service when I was quoted it would only be $14 and change for my final bill! We were going to come back to consumer cellular and recommend it to others but not now!

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    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      We apologize for any confusion, Tonya. When canceling an account, we do quote your pro-rated plan amounts and pricing. Overages can occur if those amounts are exceeded for that time period, which could cause the final bill to differ from what was quoted. I was able to take a look at your account, and I’m glad to see that Elizabeth in our Billing department was able to go over your invoice with you. We’re happy to answer any questions you may have about your usage, so please feel free to give us a call at 888-345-5509. We’re sorry for any frustration, and we appreciate you taking the time to reach out to us today.

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  2. Charlotte Meyer says

    Help! Today is 9/2915 at 12:18 P.M. and I have lost all service to my phone. I cannot call you. Can someone check on the service in my area. I am able to receive a text. Thank You.

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    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Thank you for reaching out to us, Charlotte. I was able to take a look at your account, and everything looks good on our end. There don’t seem to be any outages in your area, so please try turning your phone off, then back on again. This will allow it to reconnect to the nearest tower for a stronger signal. If the problem continues, we can assist you via email at [email protected] and we’ll be happy to troubleshoot it further. We look forward to getting this resolved for you!

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  3. Diane Ybanez says

    With the ear buds on am I to understand that I can answer the call and not look like I’m talking on the phone? Will it be a handsfree phone then?

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    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Thank you for asking, Diane. The standard iPhone earbuds do come with a speaker option, so you can talk hands free. It is not recommended to use them in that manner while driving, but you would be able to have a conversation. If you have any other questions about using the earbuds, feel free to call us at 888-345-5509. We’re happy to help! Thank you for your question and we hope you have a great day!

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  4. Sharon says

    I had a pause in my WiFi service today and ever since I cannot get my up to the minute count of my texts and calls on my consumer cellular application on my phone. Can you please send me a signal or whatever you have to do to get it working again ?
    Thanks, I do love consumer cellular.

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    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Thank you for asking, Sharon. First, ensure that your Wi-Fi connection is strong, and try connecting again. I took a look at your account, and everything looks good on our end, so if the problem persists, try powering down your phone, then turning it back on again. Sometimes that’s all it takes! Please give us a call at 888-345-5509 if the problem continues, and we’ll be happy to do any additional troubleshooting. Thank you for taking the time to comment today!

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  5. lakash warnauth says

    Do you have mobile sharing plan and what’s the monthly cost?

    reply to lakash

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Thank you for asking, Lakash! With our family plans, you can share any of our plans for just $10 per month per additional phone. All phones on the account will share minutes, texts and data, and best of all, calls made between phones on the same account are free! You can view our plan here on our website to find the best option for your family. And of course, we’re happy to help you at 888-345-5509 if we can answer any questions for you. Thank you for posting, and we hope to see you as a Consumer Cellular customer soon!

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  6. Patricia E Riley says

    Yesterday (10/06/2015) I attended a TEK Workshop in my City of Philadelphia sponsored by AARP/CONSUMER CELLUAR. It was much appreciated and thoroughly enjoyable. Thank you much! If ever done again; maybe the time could be extended. There were many questions by the participants but not enough time for all to be addressed. However, although I’m quited savvy for someone my age; I learned something new by attending. Thank you so much for the class and for Consumer Celluar in general. Love my phone service!!!

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    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Thank you for sharing your experience, Patricia! I’ll pass your suggestion for more time to the organizers, and we’re so glad to hear that you learned some new tips and tricks!

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  7. Jeanne says

    When I was on my web account I was going to add a line for my husband, but I stopped because I was very confused as to why it was asking about talk and text/data plans for him, plus the $10.00 add on charge. When I got to the last checkout part, it shows an invoice with the added phone extended pay plan, which was fine, but it showed my phone and text/data plans in the invoice area, which I thought would be shared if he was added to mine, so I have not added him yet until I can get some clarification.
    If a family member is added on, why do you need to choose a talk and text/data plans at all, when your add states they use off the existing plan?

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    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      We’re happy to clarify, Jeanne. You and your husband will share the current data plan that you have, which is why it appears along with the phone you are ordering. We show it as a reminder of sorts. The only increase in your monthly bill will be the $10 for his phone and any EasyPay payments. We apologize for the confusion, and if you have any questions about our family plans, we’re happy to answer them at 888-345-5509. Thank you for posting, and we’re glad to welcome your husband to Consumer Cellular!

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