With iOS 14, Apple has added a new feature under Accessibility settings called “Back Tap.” You can customize it to launch system actions like open Notification Center, take a screenshot, App Switcher, Accessibility features, or add actions from the Shortcuts app. Once you set it, you can double or triple tap the back of the iPhone to perform the said actions. Let me show you how.
- List of iPhones That Support Back Tap Feature
- How to Enable Back Tap on iPhone Running iOS 14
- How to Use Back Tap on iPhone in iOS 14
List of iPhones That Support Back Tap Feature
- iPhone X
- iPhone XR
- iPhone XS
- iPhone XS Max
- iPhone 11
- iPhone 11 Pro
- iPhone 11 Pro Max
- iPhone SE 2020
Apple has not yet released an official list. However, we found that Back Tap works on iPhone X and 11 series running iOS 14 developer beta. In short, it seems to work on devices that currently support Tap to Wake.
How to Enable Back Tap on iPhone Running iOS 14
Once you have installed iOS 14 developer beta, here is how to set up Back Tap.
- Open the Settings app
- Tap on Accessibility.
- Tap on Touch.
- Scroll to the end, and tap on Back Tap.
- You have Double Tap and Triple Tap. You can set actions for one of them or both. Tap on Double Tap.
- Choose your preferable action
- Tap on <Back Tap to go back, and set an action for Triple Tap as well.
How to Use Back Tap on iPhone in iOS 14
After you set up this feature, hold the device normally, and tap anywhere on the iPhone’s backside. I experimented with tapping different areas of the iPhone back. It worked everywhere. You can even tap on the camera glass or flash, and Back Tap still works!
To exit the performed action, Back Tap again. For example, if you double-tap to bring up App Switcher, double-tap again to exit out of it.
Back Tap work if I have a case on my iPhone?
Yes… for the most part. I tried using it with a case on, and it worked just as it does without one.
Back Tap Works on the Lock Screen or Not?
Well. The answer is Yes. Back Tap works when your iPhone is unlocked as well as locked. However, for some reason, I could not take a screenshot (using Back Tap) when iPhone was locked. But I was able to call Siri (using Back Tap) from the lock screen. It may be a bug that will eventually be fixed.
Video: How to use iPhone Back Tap Custom Controls in iOS 14
This is a cool accessibility feature that offers unlimited ways to customize, as it can be set to perform Shortcut actions. You can create shortcuts using the Shortcuts app and launch them by double or triple tap. What is your take on this? Please share it with us in the comments section below.
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