When Apple releases iOS updates or new iPhones, the focus tends to focus on big changes and flashy new features. And sometimes, in this excitement, people ignore small changes, like the iPhone’s Back Tap function.
Back Tap was introduced with iOS 14 and it turns the back of your iPhone (as long as you’re using anything from iPhone 8 to Apple’s latest and greatest iPhone) into a button of some sort. It’s almost like magic with one software update, the back of your device suddenly becomes a touch sensitive surface.
Versatile back tap feature. You can perform a number of different actions by simply tapping on the back of your iPhone. Back Tap also works while your iPhone is in a case, but it may require a stronger tap. But how do you get it to work? This guide will walk you through setting up the Back Tap feature on your iPhone and help you get the most out of it.
How to set up Back Tap
1. Go to Settings
2. Click on Accessibility
From here, you will be able to set up or change the Back Tap functionality. You will see two options: double click and triple click.
Now, when you double or triple tap on the back of your phone, it will trigger the action you just set up. And speaking of verbs, let’s talk a little more about what you can really do.
How to get the most out of Back Tap
While you are in the Back Tap options, you will notice the Accessibility shortcut. When you associate this with faucets, you will now be able to quickly see a list of all the enabled shortcuts. The menu will appear at the bottom of the screen, and you can choose what you want to do next. This is especially useful because you can embed all the shortcuts on your iPhone and view them all without opening any app. You can also arrange them in order of importance or keep the things you use often at the top of the list.
There are many ways to access your iPhone camera. If ever there was a photo-worthy moment, most people would grab their iPhone and swipe left from the lock screen to take the photo. But what if the phone is already unlocked and you are busy inside another app? Accessing the camera will now require several swipes and clicks…unless you use the back tap feature. Linking the camera function to the Back Tap allows you to quickly tap two or three times to start capturing memories.
Additionally, if you’re someone who always shares the photos you take, you can use the Text Last Image shortcut as a quick way to send the most recent photo you took to your contacts.
If you, like me, have small hands but need the largest display Apple can fit in Pro models, you’ll love it. With the Back Tap feature, you can tap two or three times to lower the top half of the iPhone screen. Sure, the usual way to swipe down on the bottom edge of the screen works but it’s not always easy to get it to work for some people. Back Tap makes it more convenient, once you get the hang of it.
Screen shots are everywhere. Seriously, admit it, you’re always taking screenshots while scrolling your social media sites – so why not make it faster and look great while you’re at it? The next time you get a great tweet to send to your group chat or try to stick to an iMessage (for whatever purpose), consider using the Back Tap feature.
And these are just some of the uses. There are endless ways you can configure Back Tap shortcuts and reduce swipes and pressures on your iPhone. Apple really should have highlighted this feature more because it is so useful and many users are still unaware of it.