How to Optimize the Use of your iPhone Volume Buttons

I’ve been thinking of several ways on how to optimize the use of my iPhone and I was able to prove that there are hundreds of tricks I can actually do to satisfy my curious mind; one of them is how to optimize the use of the volume buttons on my iPhone. For those who haven’t known it yet, you can use those volume buttons to take a photo; it is even more useful when you are taking a self-portrait picture. Aside from that, you can also use those buttons to unlock your iPhone screen.

Use Volume Buttons to Take Photos

I used to have a Sony Ericsson phone because I love their trademarked Cybershot feature. Thus, I was used to taking photos using a shutter on the side of the phone itself. However, iPhone does not offer the same functionality because you have to use the little touch button. With SnapTap, you can easily turn the volume buttons into a shutter for your own convenience.

SnapTap will only work in a jailbroken iPhone. Just recently, it has been updated to become compatible with iOS 4 and iPhone 4. Thus, if you want to break the monotony of using your iPhone, then jailbreak it and follow the steps below to use the volume buttons as a shutter.

Step 1. Launch Cydia and perform a search. Just key in the name of the hack itself (SnapTap) to find it.


Step 2. Locate the SnapTap package and purchase it.


Note: SnapTap is not offered for free. It costs $1.49 but it is all worth it. If you have promo code, you can use it to get it for free.


Step 3. After the purchase, you can install and run it to enable its features. The installation will automatically enables you to use the volume buttons to take pictures.


Note: To disable it, simply go to Settings and tap SnapTap.

By having this hack on your iPhone, you can also use the volume buttons of your headset to capture still shots or videos.

Use Volume Buttons to Unlock iPhone Screen

Apple was recently awarded for their “Slide to Unlock” patent which is one of the latest technological innovations in 21st century. However, not all iPhone users love this feature. The fact is, there were developers who introduced the “Tap to Unlock” hack to make it even easier. I am not really against the “Slide to Unlock” feature of iPhone, but I find it amusing to use the volume buttons to alter such function.

With the use of VUnlock, a single press on the volume buttons will unlock the iPhone screen. One good thing about this hack is that it is offered free in Cydia. However, only the jailbroken iPhones will be able to use this. Here are the pretty simple steps…

Step 1. Launch Cydia and perform a search for “VUnlock.”

Step 2. Locate the package, once found, tap on it then install. The installation is pretty quick.


Step 3. Tap on “Respring” button and that’s it!

I hope this tutorial will be able to help you. If you got other ideas on how to optimize the use of your iPhone’s volume keys, don’t hesitate to let us know. Feel free to leave comments or suggestions below.


Harold is a techno geek who writes Technology News. While technology is his passion, he also writes about travel tips, iPhone how-to's and other fresh news on the web. He is even very active in a News Community which seeks to bring the latest news for online readers around the world.

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