One of the unsung heroes of iOS 14 is the back tap feature. Lost from the excitement of widgets on the home screen and the new app library, you can take actions or activate shortcuts with just a few taps on the back of the iPhone. It’s a simple and quick method, and you don’t have to reassign the function of a hardware button.
This guide explains how to use the iOS 14 Back Tap feature. It explains how to turn the feature on and customize it, and it also covers issues you may occasionally run into.
Using the Back Tap function of iOS 1
To activate the function, do the following: Settings> Accessibility> Touch> Back tap.
Once you’re on the Tap Back screen in Settings, you’ll see two options: double-tap and triple-tap. Decide which role you want to assign and tap accordingly.
Once you are in the menu screen for Double Tap or Triple Tap, you will see a number of actions and functions. These are categorized by type: system, accessibility, scrolling gestures, and shortcuts. For example, system actions include the Control Center (which opens the Control Center) and Spotlight (which opens the iPhone’s Spotlight search bar).
Tap the function you want to assign to the double tap. You can now double-tap the back of the iPhone to use the action. Remember: Point the two fingertips at the center of the back of the iPhone and tap them firmly. Also, make sure the faucets come in pretty quick one after the other.
If you want to assign a function to the Triple Back Tap, go to Settings> Accessibility> Touch> Tap back> Triple tap. Then tap the function or action that you want to assign to the triple tap.
How to customize iOS 14’s back tap feature
The following are key aspects of using the iOS 14 Back Tap feature. However, it is possible to customize the function in several ways.
First, one feature you can use with Back Tap is the accessibility shortcut. This means that tapping the back of the iPhone will trigger the function you assigned the shortcut in advance. If you haven’t assigned anything to this shortcut, you can do so by going to Settings> Accessibility> Accessibility Shortcut.
Once you’re on the accessibility screen, you can tap any of the functions to assign it as a shortcut. Once assigned, typically click the side button three times to activate it (and you can still do that). However, Back Tap also allows you to activate it by either double or triple tapping on the back of the iPhone.
Second, any new shortcuts you create using the shortcuts app will show up as an option in Tap Back. To create a new shortcut, open the shortcut app, and then tap More characters (+) Button in the upper right corner of the screen before tapping Add action.
You can now choose from a wide variety of options related to the various apps and functions on your iPhone. For example typing Apps> Phone This option allows you to create a shortcut that you can use to quickly call a contact. Tap Media> play music creates one that quickly plays a selected song.
When you’ve created a new shortcut, return to Settings> Accessibility> Touch> Tap back> Double tap (or Triple tip). You can now see the new link under abbreviation Subheading.
What to do if back tap does not work
Back Tap is still a very new feature, but we’ve already discovered issues. Regardless of how hard the back of our iPhone was tapped, the shortcut we assigned Back Tap was not executed.
Fortunately, an old tradition can solve this problem: shut down and restart your iPhone. This worked for us. If Back Tap still doesn’t work after that, try setting it up and reassigning the actions from scratch.
Also, if you are using shortcuts created in the Shortcuts app, make sure they are created correctly. For example, we mistakenly selected “Expand URL” as a feature when we actually wanted to open a URL to go to a website.