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Control Your iPod While Your iPhone Is Locked

Geek Tip: Control Your iPod While Your iPhone Is Locked

It's time for another iPhone tip I wish I'd known about much sooner. Today's revelation: you are able to control the iPod on your iPhone even while the phone is locked.

If your phone is locked but you'd like to listen to music, double click the home button. It pulls up simple iPod controls: play, skip forward, and skip backwards. (The double click also works to bring up these same simple controls if your phone isn't locked.)

You can also use the headphones to control your iPod. Honestly, I didn't realize the small microphone included on the headphones is also a button, but it's extremely convenient to use if your phone is in your bag or pocket. When listening to your iPod, clicking the button on the headphones once plays or pauses the current song. Pressing twice skips to the next track. The headphones included with the new 3GS phones also have volume controls, but these headphone shortcuts work with both 3G and 3GS headphones.

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mek123 mek123 7 years
Thanks for the tips, keep them coming. I knew about the 3G headphones clicking and double clicking but not about the home button.
EricaJane EricaJane 7 years
WHOA! i now probably wont get in a wreck trying to change my song! thanks!
bethinabox bethinabox 7 years
You keep pointing out all these things I already knew about but keep forgetting isn't common knowledge. I figured out the double clicking home button trick by accident while cleaning the screen. :P Also, for the button on the headphones, if you click 3 times you skip back a song. Pretty handy!
esmerb esmerb 7 years
Thanks for sharing!
dexaholic dexaholic 7 years
I knew about the double click on the iPhone, but not about the headphones - great tip!
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