Apple has come a long way to ensure its products are easy for everyone to use, and accessibility is the name of the game for the Cupertino, Calif.-based company.
From the ability to change the display and text size to voice control, gestures and Assistive Touch, most accessibility features available on Apple devices are easily deployed by users. However, one of the most useful features that unfortunately is buried deep in Apple’s accessibility settings catalog is “Back Tap”.
The Back Tap feature, which launched with iOS 14 in 2020, lets you double or triple tap the Apple logo on the back of your iPhone 8 or later device to perform a preset function, like take a screenshot, return to the home screen, turn on the projector, turn on/off the flashlight and a wide range of other features.
The feature works even if you are wearing a hard case and allows you to operate your device with one hand.
iPhone models that support rollback include:
- iPhone SE (2nd generation and later)
- iPhone 8
- iPhone 8Plus
- iPhone X
- iPhone XS
- iPhone XS Max
- iPhone XR
- iPhone 11
- iPhone 11 Pro
- iPhone 11 Pro Max
- iPhone 12 mini
- iPhone 12
- iPhone Pro
- iPhone 12 Pro Max
- iPhone 13 mini
- iPhone 13
- iPhone Pro
- iPhone Pro Max
To access the feature, go to settings and scroll down to “Accessibility”. Under the ‘Physical & Motor’ setting in the Accessibility menu, tap ‘Touch’ and scroll down to access ‘Back Tap’. If you haven’t used the feature before, the page will show you “Double Tap” and “Triple Tap” with no function assigned to them.
You can decide to use double-click or triple-click, or both, depending on your needs, and set a “System”, “Accessibility”, “Scroll gesture” or “Shortcut” to trigger the action of to touch.
As seen in the video above, I set the double tap action to take a screenshot, while the triple tap option allowed me to instantly return to the screen of homepage. And I know there are easier and faster ways to get back to the home screen, but this was just a demo to show you how seamless the tapping feature works.
This feature is particularly useful if one of the buttons on your device malfunctions. For example, if your device’s lock button has stopped working properly, you can set the double or triple tap function to lock the device, while if your volume up/down buttons become loose, you can set double tap as volume up. , and triple tap when volume is low.
You can also adjust the taps to lower the control center, spotlight, or notification center, making it much easier to use your iPhone with one hand.
Finally, if you have configured shortcuts on your device, you can set the tap to trigger that shortcut. For reference, I’ve set up my vaccination card shortcut somewhere on my home screen. So whenever I want to pull it off, I normally go to the spotlight, type in “vaccination” and it comes up. An easier way to pull it off would be to set double-click to trigger the shortcut, so the next time I go to a restaurant and they ask me for my vax record, I won’t be standing there nervously scrambling to find it .