How to Launch Actions by Tapping on Back of iPhone in iOS 14

One of the new features that has arrived with iOS 14 that didn’t make a big splash but will be super useful for all users is something called Back Tap. The new iPhone feature lets you customize Double and Triple taps on the back of your iPhone to use for Shortcuts automations, Accessibility features, and iOS system actions.

One of the new features that has arrived with iOS 14 that did not make a big splash but will be super useful for all users is something called Back Tap. The new iPhone feature lets you customize Double and Triple taps on the back of your iPhone to use for Shortcuts automations, Accessibility features, and iOS system actions.

Possibilities for iPhone Back Tap custom controls are pretty much only limited by your imagination since the feature works with Shortcuts app automations. But if you want to keep things simpler, you can assign a Double or Triple tap on the back of your iPhone to do things like open Control Center, take a screenshot, or enable Accessibility features like AssistiveTouch, VoiceOver, Zoom, etc.

How Does It Work

Back Tap uses the accelerometer in the iPhone 8 or higher to detect taps on the back side of your device running iOS 14. You assign the actions you want to launch upon tapping.

Back Tap works from the Home Screen, within apps (including third-party), and even from your your lock screen.

Let’s explore how to launch the built-in iOS 14 actions upon tapping.

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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:

Tap 2
Accessing Accessibility

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

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Accessing Touch

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 Back Tap

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

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Selecting your Back Tap option

Chose one of the list of available actions. At the bottom you will find the System actions. See following image for my example in selecting Screenshot for a Triple Tap.

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Selecting your Back Tap action

Scroll to the bottom to see your shortcuts. If you don’t see any or you want to create one, follow along. Here is how you can build a Camera Shortcut, then attach it to the Back Tap iOS 14 accessibility gesture.

Create a Shortcut

Open Shortcuts on your iPhone by swiping past your first Home Screen, then enter Shortcuts in the Search Box and tap the app. Refer to below image:

Shortcut 1
Entering Shortcuts search

Tap the plus (+) button in the upper-right corner. See below image:

Shortcut 2
Selecting the Add icon

Tap Add Action. Refer to below image:

Shortcut 3
Selecting the Add Action option

Tap the Search Bar. Now ttype in Camera and tap the app. See below image:

Shortcut 4
Entering the Camera search

Tap your selection, Take Photo Or Take Video. See following image:

Shortcut 5
Selecting your Camera option

Tap Next in upper right-hand corner. Refer to below image:

Shortcut 6
Accessing the Next link

Enter a shortcut name, like Camera Shortcut and tap Done in upper right-hand corner. See below image:

Shortcut 7
Entering a Shortcut name

Your Shortcut(s) will be displayed. See following image;

Shortcut 8
Viewing your Shortcuts

Now exit Shortcuts. You’have now successfully created your Camera shortcut. Just follow the above steps and chose this as an action to be associated with Double or Triple Back Tap. Refer to below image for my example of assigning Camera Shortcut to Double Tap and Screenshot to Triple Tap:

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Displaying your Back Tap actions

That’s it. In writing this blog post, I have found the Double Tap to be too sensitive; the associated action goes off accidentally.

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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.

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:

Tap 1
Accessing Settings

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

Tap 2
Accessing the Accessibility option

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

Tap 3
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:

Tap 4
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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