Tired of fumbling in the dark? With iOS 14 or later on an iPhone 8 or later, you can quickly turn your flashlight on and off with two or three taps on the back of your iPhone using the “Back Tap” feature. Here’s how to set it up.
How does Back Tap work?
Back Tap is an iOS accessibility feature that uses your phone̵
CONNECTED: Here’s how to start Actions by tapping the back of your iPhone
Create the keyboard shortcut to toggle the flashlight
To turn the flashlight on and off, you’ll need to create a custom shortcut using the built-in Shortcuts app. To do this, open “Links”. If you can’t find it, try a Spotlight search: swipe down from the center of your Home screen with one finger. Enter “shortcuts” in the search bar and tap the “shortcuts” icon.
If you see the Shortcuts summary screen when you open the app, tap the My Shortcuts tab and select All Shortcuts.
On the All Links screen, tap the plus sign (“+”).
Next, you will see a New Link page where you will add the steps (called Actions) to the link. First, let’s rename the shortcut. Tap the “Ellipses” button (three dots).
Tap the “Shortcut Name” text area and rename the shortcut to “Flashlight Switching”. Then tap Done.
When you’re back at the shortcut screen, tap Add Action.
When the Actions window appears, search for “flashlight.” In the results, tap Set Flashlight.
The “Set Flashlight” action is displayed in the Action List. By default, the flashlight is only on when the shortcut is running. We want the flashlight to turn on or off when the shortcut is running. To do this, tap on the word “switch on” in the phrase “switch on flashlight”.
When the Operation menu appears, choose Toggle.
Back in the action list, the action “Flashlight” should now read “Switch flashlight”. That is, if you do the shortcut and the flashlight is off, the flashlight will turn on. If you do the shortcut while the flashlight is on, the flashlight will turn off. You program!
Tap Done to complete the link.
After that, you will see your “Flashlight Toggle” shortcut in your list. You can now test it out by tapping the shortcut button. When the flashlight turns on, tap the keyboard shortcut again to turn it off.
Now you can move on to the next step: Link the shortcut to Back Tap.
Configure Back Tap to perform the flashlight link
Now that we’ve set up the shortcut that will turn the flashlight on and off, we need to configure how we enable it with Back Tap. To do this, open “Settings”.
In Settings, navigate to Accessibility> Touch.
Under “Touch Settings”, select “Tap Back”.
In the Back Tap Settings, choose whether you want to turn on your flashlight with two taps (“double tap”) or three taps (“triple tap”) on the back of your phone, and then select the appropriate option.
Next, scroll through the Action List until you see the “Shortcuts” section. Select the “Flashlight Toggle” shortcut that you just created.
Press back once to make sure the change is registered, and then exit Settings. The next time you double or triple tap the back of your iPhone (depending on how you set it up), your iPhone flashlight will turn on. Tap the back two or three times to turn it off. Have fun illuminating dark rooms!