How to Tap the Back of Your iPhone to Take a Screenshot in iOS 14

If you want to take a screengrab on your iPhone you may be thinking you have to press the Up Volume and Side Button at the same time. This was the way ever since Apple introduced the iPhone X. But with iOS 14 and later, there’s a new way and it’s extremely handy.

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If you want to take a screengrab on your iPhone you may be thinking you have to press the Up Volume and Side Button at the same time. This was the way ever since Apple introduced the iPhone X. But with iOS 14 and later, there’s a new way and it’s extremely handy.

You can now take a screenshot just by tapping its back, thanks to a new accessibility feature called Back Tap, Let’s explore how to set up this feature.

How Does This Work

Back Tap, first introduced in iOS 14, uses the accelerometer in an iPhone 8 or later to detect if you have tapped on the back side of your device. In Settings, you can configure two or three taps to launch certain actions. Apple considers this an accessibility feature, but it is for everyone. With this tip, a quick screenshot is only just two or three taps away.

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Setup Back Tap

First, open Settings (the gear icon). Refer to below image:

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Accessing Settings

Now, scroll down and tap the Accessibility option. See below image:

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Accessing the Accessibility option

Under Accessibility option, scroll down and tap the Touch option. See following image:

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Accessing the Touch option

On the Touch Settings screen, scroll down until you see the Back Tap option, now tap it. Refer to below image:

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Accessing the Back Tap option

Next, in Back Tap settings, you can set the screenshot action to either Double Tap or Three Taps on back of the iPhone. See below image:

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Selecting your Back Tap preference

Now, scroll down the pop-up list that appears and select the Screenshot option. See following image:

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Selecting the Screenshot optiond

Next, go back one menu level to make sure your selection is saved, then exit Settings.

Now, the next time you tap two or three times on the back of your iPhone (according to your selection), you will capture the current screen and save it to an image file. These images can be later viewed in your photo album.

That’s it. This feature is one of several you can setup for using the Back Tap.

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I am Raymond Oglesby, an Information Technology (IT) specialist with 30 years in the field. I have taught Microsoft Applications and troubleshot computers in 15 countries and many States. My career was focused on mainframes and desktops from application development to implementation. I have written hundreds of programs for various architectures. I decided to start a blog to share my knowledge and experiences with you. I plan on updating this blog at least twice a week about smart phone apps to Windows. Please feel free to leave a Comment or Tweet. I would love to hear from you. Do you have a computer tech question? I will do my best to answer your inquiry. Please mention the app and version that you are using. To help me out, you can send screenshots of your data related to your question.

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