Best Tips to Fix Action Button Not Working on iPhone 15 Pro/15 Pro Max

One of the highlights of the iPhone 15 Pro is the “Action” Button. What makes it so handy is the ability to let you instantly activate many features and even launch your favorite apps. Unfortunately, the action button is not working on the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max for some users. If you have also found it ill-functioning, give a try to these viable tips and tricks to fix the iPhone 15 Pro action button.

How to Fix Action Button Not Working on iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max

To begin with, let’s briefly discuss what could be ailing the Action button and what you can do to get rid of the problem sooner rather than later. 

Why is the Action button not working on my iPhone 15 Pro? 

There could be both a software and a hardware problem behind the malfunctioning of the Action button. If the issue is due to a minor software glitch, you can fix it through some handy software tricks. However, if it is due to the latter, you will have to knock on Apple’s door to get the button fixed. 

Whatever, we will first focus a bit on how the iPhone 15 Pro Action button works, figure out what you can do with the button, and also learn how to fine-tune it. Hence, if you have any confusion regarding its functionality, a clear understanding will help you sort it out. 

1. Keep It In Mind

Do note that the Action button enables or disables the ringer by default. So, do not be confused to find it doing the same thing as the erstwhile “Mute” switch.

2. Customize Your Action Button

If you would like to make the action button work in line with your preference, make sure to customize it.

  • To get done, dive into the Settings app on your iPhone 15 Pro -> Action -> Now, choose the action that you want the button to perform with a long press.

3. Everything You Can Do with the Action Button 

Another important thing that you should do beforehand is to find out what you can do using the Action button on your iPhone 15 Pro or 15 Pro Max. 

  • Silent mode (default)
  • Focus mode
  • Translate (slated to launch through an update by the end of this year)
  • Camera
  • Flashlight
  • Voice Memo
  • Shortcut
  • Magnifier
  • Accessibility features

After you have set specific functions to the Action button, you will be able to invoke them with the long-press. With the haptic feedback, the button works with the desired efficiency. Better still, it also shows the related information on the Dynamic Island so that you can easily figure out what’s going on. 

4. Speed Up the Haptic Feedback of Your Action Button 

It’s worth pointing out that iOS 17 offers a neat way to speed up the Haptic Touch. So, if you find the Action button a bit sluggish or doesn’t seem to respond to the long-press faster, it would be better to go for the faster Haptic Touch. 

  • On your iPhone 15 Pro, head over to the Settings app -> Accessibility
Choose Accessibility in iOS Settings
  • Now, tap on Touch -> Haptic Touch
Choose Haptic Touch
  • Finally, choose Fast. 
How to enable fast haptic touch in iOS 17 on iPhone
  • Now, try to use the Action button to check if it has started to respond and work as usual. 

5. Hard Reset Your iPhone

Should the problem still persist, force reset your iPhone 15 Pro or 15 Pro Max. 

  • On your iPhone 15 Pro, press the volume up button -> press the volume down button. After that, hold down the side button until the Apple logo greets you on the screen. 
  • After your iPhone 15 Pro/15 Pro Max has rebooted, long-press the Action button to find out whether or not it has started to function as expected. If it has, you’ve gotten the better of the problem. 

6. Update Software 

As I said above, a software bug could also be equally responsible for the Action button not functioning issue. I hope the software update fixes the bug. 

  • On your iPhone 15 Pro, go to the Settings app -> General -> Software Update -> Download and install the latest version of iOS 17. 
Choose software update

7. Contact Apple Support 

If nothing has worked in troubleshooting the Action button, contact Apple Support without any delay. There is a high chance that the button is either broken or faced with some hardware issues that are preventing it from working properly. 

Read more: Pro Tips to Use Double Tap Gesture on Apple Watch 9 & Apple Watch Ultra 2 

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Rajesh Mishra

Co-founder/Editor-in-Chief: Rajesh Mishra (Your beloved “R.K” 360 Reader Voice) is a Shakespearean poet at heart who turned a tech nerd while having a secret rendezvous with iPhone 4. When that rendezvous turned obsession, he let go of his hard-core political journalism in favour of the lifelong love-affair with technology. In a career spanning one and a half decades, Mr. Mishra has crafted over 8K articles and around 2K YouTube videos. He is probably the only journalist alive with this unique achievement. When he is not at his desk, you may find him either engrossed in a Deathmatch or chasing Wordsworth!

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