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How to Personalize the Action Button on the iPhone 15 Pro

Upon acquiring an iPhone 15 Pro or Pro Max, one conspicuous absence is the traditional mute switch. This fixture has been a staple on iPhones from their inception, but the 15 Pro models have introduced a novel button known as the Action Button. Similar to the Action Button featured in the Apple Watch Ultra series, it can be tailored to perform a wide array of functions. Whether you wish to activate a specific camera mode, illuminate the flashlight, or even order your favorite seasonal beverage from the local Starbucks, this button offers versatility. Here’s a guide on how to utilize it, with these steps demonstrated on an iPhone 15 Pro running iOS 17.

Long Press and Short Press Functions: To execute the designated action for the button, you must engage in a long press; a standard short press merely affirms the predefined function, which, by default, is set to mute and unmute the device, akin to the traditional mute switch. Using it straight out of the box unfolds as follows:

  • A long-press mutes your device, signaled by three distinct haptic pulses.
  • A short-press confirms your phone’s silence, indicated by an icon in the Dynamic Island.
  • A subsequent long-press unmutes the ringer, denoted by a single haptic pulse.

Should you be content with the mute feature, you can leave it unaltered, or you can delve into customization. Navigate to Settings > Action Button, where you will encounter several options at your disposal, including but not limited to:

  • Focus: The ability to select any focus mode, with Do Not Disturb as the default.
  • Camera: By default, it leads to the standard photo mode, but other choices include Selfie, Video, Portrait, and Portrait Selfie.
  • Flashlight
  • Voice Memo
  • Magnifier
  • Shortcut
  • Accessibility options such as Vision (offering features like Classic Invert, Color Filters, VoiceOver, etc.), Motor (with options like Switch Control, Voice Control, etc.), Hearing (with options like Background Sounds, Live Captions), General (featuring Guided Access, Live Speech), and No Action.

These options alone provide considerable versatility, but for those who desire more, the Action Button can be programmed to activate a Shortcut capable of performing nearly any desired function. For instance, imagine you’re a fan of a particular seasonal beverage from a popular coffee chain; here’s a template to create a customized Shortcut:

  1. Download and install the Starbucks app.
  2. Open the Shortcuts app and tap the plus icon in the upper right corner.
  3. Select “Add Action” and then choose the “Apps” tab.
  4. Select the Starbucks app.
  5. Choose “Order from Starbucks.”
  6. Select your desired item for the order, specifying whether it should ask each time or picking a specific item from your recent orders.
  7. Save your shortcut.

To set the Action Button to execute your newly created Shortcut:

  1. Go to Settings > Action Button.
  2. Choose “Shortcut.”
  3. Select your newly created shortcut listed under “My Shortcuts.”

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