In addition to using the iPhone's built-in earpiece or its speakerphone to hold your phone conversations, you can also use the earbud headset that was packed in the box along with your phone. The current earbuds called the EarPods feature a small remote unit attached to the right earbud's cable. It has these Plus(+) and Minus(-) buttons. The center portion is a button, too, making this a three-button device. This headset lets you control functions related to phone calls as well as video and audio playback. In this movie, we're going to focus on using the headset during phone calls. Obviously the headset has to be plugged into your iPhone.
You can place calls with the headset using voice commands but we'll cover voice control a little later in this chapter. Let's say I get an incoming call while my headset is plugged into my iPhone. To answer an incoming call, press the center button once. You can then hold your conversation through the headset. Press the center button again to hang up when you're done. (ringtone playing) If you want to silence the phone but continue to let it ring press either the Plus (+) or Minus (-) button.
This is the equivalent of pressing the Volume control buttons on the phone itself when a call comes in. The phone will continue to ring in the sense that your caller will still hear ringtones for the full 20 seconds it takes for your voicemail service to answer the call and you still have the option of answering the call at any time during that 20 seconds. (ringtone playing) If you want to send an incoming call immediately to voicemail press and hold the center button for about two seconds and then release. That release part is important. If you just continue to hold down the button the phone will continue to ring. When you release you'll hear two low beeps to confirm that you have declined the call.
(ringtone playing) All right, so Scott is calling again. I'll answer by pressing the center button once. Now you can also use the earbud remote to toggle between two calls if you get another call while you're talking to someone. When a second call comes in, just press the center button once to put your original call on hold and now you're talking to the second caller. At that point, you can switch back and forth between the callers by pressing the center button on the remote. If you want to initiate a conference call though, you have to use the merge calls button on the phone screen.
If you're on a call and a second call comes in and you want to end the current call before answering the new call press and hold the center button for about two seconds and then release. You'll again hear two low beeps, this time letting you know that you ended the first call. You can also always glance at your iPhone screen to make sure you hung up on the first caller. And finally, you can use the Plus (+) and Minus (-) keys to increase or lower the volume of the call in the headset. It's important to note that you don't have to use the earbuds to control your phone at all. Even with the earbuds plugged-in you can still control your iPhone from its screen just like you do when you're not using earbuds.
So if you're not inclined to memorize all the functions of the remote on the headset you don't have to.
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