I love discovering cool new features on my iPhone that I never knew existed. Case in point: if you have iOS 14 and an iPhone 8 or newer, you can enable “Back Tap.”
What is Back Tap, you ask? Imagine it’s late, you forgot to turn on your porch light and you’re at your front door struggling to find your keys in the dark. You double tap the back of the iPhone, and boom, your flashlight turns on. Now you have the light you need to find your keys and get in your house. Or think about all the times you wanted to capture a great moment and it passed before you could open your camera app. What if you could tap the back of your phone three times and your camera opened immediately?
Using the Back Tap feature, you can create shortcuts on your iPhone, including opening your camera, calling your spouse, switching apps, texting your last photo and much more by tapping the back of your phone two or three times. There are a variety of system and accessibility options listed for you to choose from, or you can trigger any shortcuts you have previously created on your phone too.
To turn on the Back Tap feature:
- Go to Settings
- Click Accessibility
- Click Touch
- Scroll to Back Tap at the bottom of the screen
- Select the functions your want for Double Tap and/or Triple Tap