How to Assign Two Functions to the Action Button in iPhone 15 Pro? Apple’s iPhone 15 Pro models include an Action button that may be customised to perform a specific function. Officially, the Action button only supports one function, however, a unique Shortcut allows you to choose between two actions. Continue reading to find out how it’s done.
The iOS Settings app on iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max devices features an Action button menu with many programmable tasks that you may assign to the Action button, which is situated above the volume buttons in place of the standard Silent/Ring switch.
This menu only allows you to select one choice for the Action button, such as launching the Camera app or activating Silent mode, while the Shortcut option allows you to designate two functions to the Action button.
It’s possible to instantly cycle between two shortcuts by tapping the Action button numerous times in rapid succession thanks to a publicly downloadable third-party shortcut called MultiButton created by MacStories’ Federico Viticci. In a nutshell, pressing the Action button once executes a primary shortcut, and pressing it again within a few seconds executes a secondary shortcut.
How to Assign Two Functions to the Action Button in iPhone 15 Pro?
It is totally up to you what the primary and secondary shortcuts are, so take a look at what’s available in the Shortcuts app before proceeding. Once you’ve settled on them, write down their names and proceed with the procedures below.
- Download and install the MultiButton shortcut for free.
- You’ll be asked to input the names of the two shortcuts you want to use with MultiButton during setup. Make sure to use their full names. (Alternatively, hit Skip Setup and then select these shortcuts in the MultiButton editor afterwards.)
- Select Add Shortcut.
- Now, launch the Settings app and select the Action Button.
- Swipe to the Shortcut menu.
- Tap the selection button to the right of “Shortcut” and then MultiButton.
- Long press the Action button now.
- Give MultiButton permission to access your iCloud Drive if prompted (don’t worry, MultiButton doesn’t read any other files or communicate with any third-party services, and you won’t be prompted again).
Following these instructions, your principal shortcut should run on the first Action button push. Your secondary shortcut will be activated if you hit the Action button again within 7 seconds of the first press. If you wait more than 7 seconds, MultiButton will execute the primary shortcut instead.
It’s worth noting that you can’t press the Action button again while the initial shortcut is still active. You must wait for the principal shortcut to complete its execution. Unfortunately, the Shortcuts app does not support simultaneously launching two shortcuts from the Action button.
Modifying the 7-Second Threshold
Developer Federico Viticci picked 7 seconds as the default threshold for clicking the Action button twice based on his own real-world usage, but you can change it. Open the Shortcuts app, touch the round ellipsis (three dots) button on the MultiButton shortcut card, then go down to the hash symbol and alter the number “7” to your selected threshold duration in seconds. To save your changes, press the Done button.
Set up Primary and Secondary Shortcuts
Tap the round ellipsis (three dots) button on the MultiButton shortcut card, then replace the Shortcut 1 and Shortcut 2 lines with the precise names of the shortcuts you wish to assign to one and two Action button pushes. Finally, press the Done button to save your shortcut modifications.