How to Customize the Action Button on iPhone 15 Pro (iOS 17)

What to Know

  • You can change the function of your iPhone 15 Pro's Action button.
  • By default, use the Action button to easily silence your iPhone.
  • Change the Action button's function to quickly open a frequently used app.

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If you’ve recently upgraded to an iPhone 15 Pro or Pro Max, you might have noticed that the Ring/Silent switch has been replaced with a button. Apple calls this the Action button. By default, this button toggles Silent mode off and on but can be customized to perform other functions as well.

    How to Customize the Action Button

    System Requirements

    This tip only works on iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max, as these are currently the only iPhones with the Action button.

    Apple has replaced the Mute Switch on your iPhone with the Action button. The default behavior of the Action button is to toggle between Ring and Silent mode, so it essentially functions the same way as the switch did. To learn more about your new iPhone, be sure to sign up for our free Tip of the Day newsletter! Now, here’s how to customize the Action button on iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max:

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    1. Open the Settings app, and tap Action Button.

      iphone settings with action button option circled in red
    2. In this menu, you can swipe left and right to select which function you want the Action button to perform. Silent Mode toggles Ring and Silent mode on your iPhone.

      iphone action button settings showing the Silent mode setting with red arrows pointing left and right, indicating to swipe
    3. Focus can be used to turn a particular Focus mode on and off. Tap Do Not Disturb to select which Focus you want to use.

      iphone action button settings showing the Focus setting with a red circle around Do Not Disturb
    4. Camera will open the Camera app. Tap Photo to select which Camera Mode you want the app to open to (e.g., selecting Video will make it so that when you press and hold the Action button, the Camera app will open to Video automatically).

      iphone action button settings showing the camera setting with Photos circled in red
    5. Flashlight turns the flashlight on and off.

      iphone action button settings showing the flashlight setting with a red circle around the description
    6. Voice Memo will immediately begin recording a new voice memo when you press and hold the Action button.

      iphone action button settings showing the voice memo setting with a red circle around the description
    7. Magnifier will open the Magnifier accessibility feature.

      iphone action button settings showing the magnifier setting with a red circle around the description
    8. Shortcut allows you to run a Shortcut of your choice. Tap Choose a Shortcut… to select which one you want to activate.

      iphone action button settings showing the Shortcut setting with a red circle around choose a shortcut
    9. You can select from a variety of pre-selected Shortcuts, your own custom-made Shortcuts, or create a completely new Shortcut. For example, the Open App Shortcut will open an app of your choice.

      iphone action button settings showing the different shortcuts one can choose, with a red circle around each section
    10. Accessibility will activate an Accessibility feature of your choice. Tap Choose a feature… to select which Accessibility setting you want to enable.

      iphone action button settings showing the accessibility setting with a red circle around choose a feature
    11. Lastly, you can just turn off the Action button altogether. If you find yourself accidentally pressing the button frequently and you don’t want it to activate anything at all, this could be a good choice for you.

      iphone action button settings showing the no action setting with a red circle around it

    That’s all the things you can do with the Action button. I haven’t decided yet what I want to do with my Action button, so it’s still set for Silent mode. One good suggestion I’ve heard of is that if you prefer Google Assistant over Siri, you could set your Action button to open Google Assistant.

    FAQ

    • Does the iPhone 15 have an Action button? Only the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max have the new Action button. The base model iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus do not.
    • How do I customize my Action button? Above, we showed you all the different ways you customize your Action button. If you program your Action button to trigger a shortcut, you can get it to do all kinds of things, so long as you have a Shortcut set up to perform that action.
    • How do I set up the Action button on my iPhone 15 Pro? Your Action button comes set up to silence and unsilence your phone. You don't have to do any extra setup to get it to do that! If you want it to perform other actions, open Settings, tap Action Button, and scroll through the gallery to find your favorite action, as shown in the steps above.
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    Rhett Intriago is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life, offering his expertise in all things iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods. He enjoys writing on topics related to maintaining privacy in a digital world, as well as iPhone security. He’s been a tech enthusiast all his life, with experiences ranging from jailbreaking his iPhone to building his own gaming PC.

    Despite his disdain for the beach, Rhett is based in Florida. In his free time, he enjoys playing the latest games, spoiling his cats, or discovering new places with his wife, Kyla.