Use the side, Home, and other buttons on your iPhone

Images of iPhone models showing buttons

At left: iPhone SE (3rd generation). At right: iPhone X and later models without a Home button.

Learn about the buttons and switches

1: Side button: Use the side button to turn off your iPhone and to lock your iPhone.

2: Home button with Touch ID: Use the Home button to unlock your device or make purchases using Touch ID. Press the Home button once to go to the Home screen. Press the Home button twice to bring up the App Switcher.

3: Volume buttons: Use the volume up/down buttons to adjust the volume when listening to music, watching videos, or playing games. When you're not using other apps, the buttons will adjust the ringer volume.

4: Ring/Silent switch or Action button on iPhone 15 Pro models:

  • With the Action button: You can choose what you want this button to do, including opening the Camera app or turning on the flashlight. By default, the Action button turns Silent mode on or off. Learn more about the Action button.

  • With the Ring/Silent switch: If the switch shows orange, your iPhone is in Silent mode and will vibrate for incoming calls or alerts. When in Silent mode, the alarms you set in the Clock app will still sound, and calls from favorite contacts will still ring.

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