How to use Action button on iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max: Ultimate Guide!

Apple has replaced the Mute switch with a new Action button on the iPhone 15 Pro models to make iPhones more customizable. Excited to know more? Here, I will share everything you need to know to effectively use the Action button in iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max.

What is Action Button on iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max?

The Action button on the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max is a force-sensitive solid-state button substituting the decade-old Mute switch. It is customizable to access quick actions on your iPhone. So, you may configure how you want to use the new Action button. It’s identical to the Apple Watch Ultra’s Action button.

Action button iPhone15 Pro Models

It can perform a series of actions, such as:

  • Silent Mode: The Action button is set to toggle between Ring and Silent modes by default.
  • Focus: Quickly activate a preferred focus filter via the Action Button.  
  • Camera: You can launch the camera by pressing the Action button to capture precious moments.  
  • Torch: Like the camera, you may customize the Action button to turn on the flashlight with a press.  
  • Voice Memo: You may quickly capture your idea by activating Voice memos through the Action button.  
  • Magnifier: While going through small texts, you may launch Magnifier via the Action button.  
  • Shortcut: The Action button on iPhone 15 Pro can adapt your custom Shortcuts, such as sending a message or launching an app.  
  • Accessibility: You can use preferred accessibility tools, including VoiceOver, Zoom, AssistiveTouch, and others, via the Action button.  
  • No Action: It is basically for those who wish to do nothing.  

You will receive haptic feedback when you use it to activate any action. Apple has opted for this small solid-state button to reduce dust accumulation and protect your iPhone from water damage.

All right, enough rambling! With an understanding of the crests and troughs this feature entails, let’s move on to some action.

How to customize Action Button on iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max

Before we begin, there are a few things you must take care of.

  1. Access the Settings app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap the Action Button option.

    Tap Action Button in Settings

  3. In this instance, you’ll be prompted with the well-curated interface of Action Button. Similar to what we discussed above, there are a series of actions you can customize to this button.

As we discussed above, there are a series of actions you can assign to this button.

Set a Focus

  1. Swipe left to the Focus option.
  2. Tap the drop-down menu to select a particular action from the following:
    • Do Not Disturb
    • Meeting
    • Driving
    • Fitness

      Tap the drop-down menu in Focus, select a mode for action button

Launch Camera using Action Button

  1. If you’re inclined towards the camera, slide to the third option.
  2. As the Camera option appears, tap the context menu → Select a desired action.
    Here, you can choose between Photo, Selfie, Video, Portrait, and Portrait Selfie.

    Tap Photo, select a action button mode

Set up a Shortcut

  1. Slide to the Shortcut menu → Select Choose a Shortcut.
  2. Select a shortcut that suits your preferences.
    I have opted for Open App.
  3. Tap an application from the listed ones.
    Here, I am going with Calendar.

    Tap Choose a Shortcut, select a shortcut for Action Button
  4. Now, each time I press and hold the Action button, I’ll be redirected to Calendar. Similarly, you can assign a shortcut that you use often to make the most of this new, fancy button!

Note: Once you choose a respective action, simply head back to Settings or kill the menu. Your preferences are saved upon selection.

Enable accessibility features

Apple has been hell-bent on making lives easier with Accessibility add-ons. It is even possible for those with physical disabilities. This idea has now made its root to Action Button as well.

  1. Slide left to the Accessibility option.
  2. Tap the Choose a feature option.
  3. Select a feature according to your needs from the following menus:
    • Vision: This menu is dedicated to visually imparted users.
    • Motor: Simplifies the in-device controls.
    • Hearing: For those who find it challenging to hear.
    • General: Features pretty common yet useful actions. 

      Tap Choose a feature, select a accessibility feature for Action Button

Tip: By assigning Detection Mode to Action button, you can make the most of iOS 17’s Point and Speak feature, which uses the LiDAR sensors to detect nearby text, people, doors, and scenes and provide users with audio or haptic feedback.


Is the Action Button water-resistant like the rest of the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max?

Yes, the Action Button is designed to be water-resistant, just like the rest of the device. It should function without issues in wet or damp conditions.

Does the Action Button work with all iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max models?

Yes, the Action Button is a standard feature on all iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max models.

Are there any third-party apps that make use of the Action Button’s functionality?

Some third-party apps may have integrated support for the Action Button via the Shortcuts app, allowing you to perform specific actions within those apps using the button.

Bring on the action!

And there you have it, fellow iPhone enthusiasts! The incredible world of the Action Button on your iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max is ready for you to explore. From quick shortcuts to seamless multitasking, the Action Button is your key to a more efficient and enjoyable iPhone experience. Remember, the more you explore and experiment, the more you’ll discover just how indispensable this little button can be.

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