Control music playback from headphones

The headphones that came with your iPhone also let you control music playback from the button on the microphone.

  • Press button once to pause a song and press it again to resume playing the song. (If you do this when a call is coming in, the music pauses and the call is answered. When you press it to hang up, the music resumes playing.)
  • Press button twice to advance to the next song.
  • Press button three times to jump back to the previous song.
  • Press button four times to jump back to the previous song and pause it.


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Rich Hall has written about Handheld and Pocket computers for the last 13 years. He is the Editor of Pocket PC magazine and former editor of The HP Palmtop Paper, the NEC Ultralite Connection and the HP Portable Paper. He began his career as a high school Math and English teacher. Rich lives in Fairfield, Iowa, with his wife, Lucinda, and their children, Robert and Ella. You can contact him at