What happens when you hold down the home button, and press the volume button with Voice over active?

iOS and iPadOS

Hello everyone. I've noticed something strange, I tried to be as descriptive in the subject line as posible. Here's my question. If you have IOS 7.1.1 hold down the home button, and with it down, press a volume button with Voice over on. You'll hear a beep, nothing seems to hapen but this behavior happens whether or not you press Up or down. My question is simple, What is that and why is that happening? If anyoen ahs any idea please let me know. I don't know if this occurs ona jail broken device I'd be interested to know if someone does this with theirs and it is happening to them. Thanks.



Submitted by DrewWeber on Saturday, May 3, 2014

Not sure what it is or why it happens, probably just a sound to let you know something is happening, as far as a physical button push even though it's not a command tied to software. No, doesn't only happen with JB devices.

Submitted by Michael Hansen on Saturday, May 3, 2014

Member of the AppleVis Editorial Team

Hi Siobhan,

When you hold down the home button and press a volume button, this takes a "stackshot"--a picture of what the OS is doing at that particular time. This is useful for Apple engineers when attempting to troubleshoot bugs. I have only ever needed to do this during beta-testing of features.

Submitted by Cliff on Saturday, May 3, 2014

Huh? No!? Are you sure??
I've always used this to adjust the volume of Siri! Home key + volume keys sure do that and makes that dinging sound while doing it, but it might do what you suggested too, Michael... Just wasn't aware of that... :)

Submitted by Khafsa2015 on Saturday, May 3, 2014

Hi all,
Michael, to take a screenshot, you press the home and the lock/unlock button at the top of the phone. This is the assumption that you are referring to a screenshot, appologies if I got it wrong. tried the home and volume buttons and it does indeed adjust the volume of Siri, as someone else already mentioned :)