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What happens when I tap the back of my iPhone?

Apple’s iPhone has many handy features that are not so obvious. One of them is hidden on the back of the iPhone. atechbook explains how to use the “tap on back” function properly.

With iOS 14 came some adjustments for iPhone users. Since then, you can place widgets on the homescreen or use the app library, among other things. But there were also less obvious features that came with the update. One of them is called “Tap on back” and is hidden in the settings. But what can the function actually do and how is it best used?

What’s behind the “Tap on back” function?

The back of an iPhone is not very spectacular from the camera downwards; the Apple logo is in the center. But have you ever tried tapping on it? Usually nothing happens then, unless you activate the aforementioned function. The name is honestly a bit misleading, because it is actually specifically about tapping the logo in the center.

However, with the right setting, it is possible to use two applications directly by touching the center back multiple times. So if you want to access your camera, take a screenshot or turn on the flashlight as quickly as possible, you can do that extra fast by double or triple tapping the Apple logo.

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How to set up the function

Before you can even use the “Tap on back” function, you have to define it in the settings. To do this, go to your iPhone settings menu.

  • Open the “Accessibility” item.
  • In the “Physical and Motor” section, you will find the “Tap” tab.
tap on the back Screenshot iOS
Photo: atechbook via iOS
  • At the very bottom hides the “Tap on back” application, tap on it.
  • In the next step, you can choose to double tap or triple tap for a particular shortcut. You can also store two applications.
  • Select the corresponding function, such as “Camera” or “Lock screen”.
tap on the back Screenshot iOS
Photo: atechbook via iOS

Of course, you’ll notice the biggest effect when you put functions on the back that you use frequently and for which it might otherwise take several clicks.

“Tap on the back” also works with the phone case

If you are now worried that the application only works when you do not use a smartphone case, you can rest assured. In our test, even thicker cases did not restrict the function. If it does hook, then simply tap a bit harder. However, you have to have at least an iPhone 8 to actually use the tap function. Older models do not have the corresponding software.

“Tap on back” also only works when the phone is unlocked. This ensures that the iPhone does not launch applications in your pocket by accidental contact with the logo on the back, for example.


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