Want to pause your iPhone’s music player, skip a track, or resume a playlist, all without unlocking your phone?
Well, you can always use the iPhone’s tiny headset remote (more on that in a bit), but there’s also another way: straight from the iPhone lock screen.
The next time you’re playing some tunes on your iPhone (or iPad, for that matter), try this: lock your handset with the sleep/wake button, then double-tap the “Home” key.
When you do, a set of music controls will appear right below the clock, complete with a play/pause button and arrows for skipping forward or back; tap and hold the arrows for fast-forward/reverse.
You’ll also find a volume slider, plus an AirPlay button if your iPhone is in range of an Apple TV or another AirPlay-enabled device.
The lock-screen playback control aren’t just for the iPhone’s main Music app, by the way; they’ll also work for many other third-party music applications, from Pandora and Slacker to Spotify and Downcast.
Wait, you haven’t tried the iPhone’s headset remote yet? If not, you should.
Just click the little “in-line” control once to pause your music, then once more to crank your tunes again.
You can also click once to pick up an incoming call, or double-click to skip a track.
If you have a newer pair of iPhone earbuds, you can control the volume by pressing the “+” and “-” buttons.
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