Using Apple’s Hidden iPod Controls

2GAs those of you who regularly read this blog know, I am in a never-ending search to use my personal technology more easily and quickly. I have two quick tips today about controlling your iPod application on your i-device.

The first tip shows you how to control your iPod application without opening the iPod application itself.  From the home screen below, tap the home key twice quickly.

iPad Home Screen

iPad Home Screen

This brings up the list of applications that you have running on the device along the bottom of the screen.

If you have more than a few applications running, swiping to the left will slide the list along so you can see what else is running. If you press and hold an application in the tray until it jiggles, you have the opportunity to terminate it by pressing the “-” in the upper left corner of the icon. Killing an application in this manner is sometimes needed if it is operating abnormally.

iPad Home Screen - Two Home Key Presses

iPad Home Screen - Two Home Key Presses

If you swipe to the right, you will bring up an extra control panel which allows you to adjust (from left to right) the rotation lock, brightness, iPod controls, volume or open the iPod application directly. The name of the currently playing item is displayed at the very bottom of the panel – “Watching The Sky” in this case – a classic by the Bangles.

iPad Home Screen - Swipe Right

iPad Home Screen - Swipe Right

The second tip involves controlling the iPod on a locked device. The image below indicates “Watching The Sky” is playing on the locked iPad. From this screen, if you tap the home key twice, you will bring up a control panel that allows you to change the volume, advance to a different track and play/pause.

iPad Home Screen - Locked

iPad Home Screen - Locked

Both of these tips work similarly between the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch.

The background includes my two dogs.  Gracie, a Yorkie-Bichon is on the left and Max, a Bichon-Poodle, is on the right.

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