How To Use New iPhone Back Tap Feature

iOS

Apple’s iOS 14 came with a plethora of updates for iPhone and iPad users, and among these, Back Tap emerged as one of the most useful functions that can enhance your smartphone experience. This function lets you customize double taps and triple taps on the back of your iPhone to launch different features. 

In this guide, we’ll explain what Back Tap is all about and how to enable it on your iPhone.

 

Which iPhone Models Are Compatible With Back Tap?

iPhone’s Back Tap Feature
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Unfortunately, the Back Tap feature isn’t available to all iPhone models. That said, the Back Tap feature only works with the following iPhones: 

Aside from iPhone models, the Back Tap feature is only available with the iOS 14 update. If you haven’t updated your iPhone yet, the Back Tap feature will not work.

 

Will The iPhone Back Tap Feature Work Even If You Have A Phone Cover?

Yes, it will still work. Unlike the touchscreen functionality, the Back Tap feature doesn’t work by sensing touch. To this end, your iPhone’s accelerometer, gyroscope, and other sensors will recognize the input or movement due to your taps and actions.

 

How To Enable Back Tap

To enable the Back Tap feature, make sure that you have updated your iPhone to iOS 14. Once you have already updated, follow these steps to enable the Back Tap feature on your iPhone:

Enable An iPhone’s Back Tap Feature
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  1. On your iPhone, access the Settings app.
  2. Scroll down and tap Accessibility.
  3. Under Physical and Motor, tap Touch.
  4. Scroll down and tap Back Tap.
  5. Depending on the gesture you want to enable, you can either tap Double Tap or Triple Tap.
  6. If you hit Double Tap, you will see a list of features that you can enable by tapping the back of your iPhone two times. Otherwise, you can hit Triple Tap if you want to enable another shortcut by tapping the back of your iPhone three times.
  7. Close the Settings app and try it for yourself.

 

How To Use Back Tap

Once you’ve already chosen the specific shortcuts for Double Tap and Triple Tap, you can already use them for your convenience. As mentioned, iPhone’s Back Tap feature works by “tapping” the back instead of “touching” it. That said, you must gently tap the back of your iPhone to activate the said shortcuts.

 

What Actions/Features Can Be Accessed Through Back Tap?

iPhone Back Tap feature
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The iPhone’s Back Tap feature is compatible with numerous shortcuts. To provide you with an overview, Back Tap can be enabled to trigger different shortcuts on your iPhone such as accessing the Home Screen, activating the Lock feature, and waking up Siri. Aside from that, the Back Tap can also create Shortcuts for specific actions not offered within the system. To create Shortcuts, you can configure them through the Shortcuts app.

Here are some of the features you can access through the iPhone’s Back Tap feature:

Main
None
Accessibility Shortcut

 

System
App Switcher
Control Center
Home
Lock Screen
Mute
Notification Center
Reachability
Screenshot
Shake
Spotlight
Volume Down
Volume Up

 

Accessibility
Assistive Touch
Classic Invert
Magnifier
Smart Invert
Speak Screen
VoiceOver
Zoom

 

Scroll Gesture
Down
Up

Shortcuts
Make GIF
Shazam Shortcut
Text Last Image
AirDrop Photos
Burst To GIF
Combine Shortcuts
Combine Screenshots and Share
Convert Burst To GIF
Convert Slo-Mo
Create GIF
Delete Photos
Dictate To Clipboard
Download YouTube Videos
Log Caffeine
Make QR Code
Network Tool
Open Settings

 

note

This is an example only since the Shortcuts section will depend on the configurations you made through the Shortcuts app.

 

How To Disable Back Tap

If you don’t want to use Back Tap anymore, you can also easily revert the action. Although you have already configured specific shortcuts for the Double Tap or Triple Tap, it’s also possible to disable them. To disable the iPhone’s Back Tap feature, follow these steps:

Disable An iPhone Back Tap Feature
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  1. On your iPhone, access the Settings app.
  2. Scroll down and tap Accessibility.
  3. Under Physical and Motor, tap Touch.
  4. Scroll down and tap Back Tap.
  5. Depending on the gesture that you’ve enabled, tap Double Tap or Triple Tap.
  6. If you tap Double Tap, tap None. Otherwise, tap Triple Tap > None
  7. Close the Settings app and try it for yourself.

 

Use Back Tap To Enhance Your iPhone Experience

The iPhone has been at the forefront of the innovation game in the smartphone industry for years. Back Tap is one such product of Apple’s innovations, letting you access your phone’s various functions literally with just a few quick taps.

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