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iOS 14: How to use iPhone Back Tap custom controls for Shortcuts, Accessibility, system actions

Apple's WWDC 2020 was full of surprises and there have been some exciting new features in the iOS, macOS, WatchOS software. If you're looking for the little tricks that Apple might not have mentioned on stage, here's one iOS 14 feature that is cool and something iPhone lovers are going to love.

iOS 14 introduces a new accessibility feature called "Back Tap" that works as the name suggests. This will allow iPhone users to perform various system actions just by tapping the back of the device. Users can map the double tap and triple tap actions to various functions such as launching an app, taking a screenshot and more.

How to enable Back Tap in iPhone?
The Back Tap feature is new in the iOS 14 software and works with iPhones upgraded to the latest Apple software. Users can simply head over to the iPhone settings where the new feature can be enabled.
  • On your iPhone, head to Settings > Accessibility
  • Tap Touch
  • Swipe to the bottom and choose Back Tap
  • Tap Double Tap or Triple Tap to pick an action
  • Don’t forget you can use a Double or Triple Back Tap to launch automation with Shortcuts
If you want to use an iPhone Back Tap to do something like pull up Control Center, Notification Center, etc. that takes over your screen, doing the same tap gesture will take you back to where you were previously.

Users can map functions such as taking a screenshot, locking or muting your phone, changing the volume, and even launching certain apps like Google Assistant. These taps on the back of iPhone gestures can be used to activate Shortcuts like turning the lights on and off via HomeKit. That's not it, users can even map the taps to app shortcuts to send a message through WhatsApp or a tweet.

Interestingly, the double and triple tap functions on the back of the iPhone work even with a case on it. But this raises concerns of accidental actions, which could be triggered easily. So it is wise to not map the tab functions to send a tweet or a message, which could be embarrassing. Also, the feature doesn't seem to be working on iPhone SE 2020.

Here's a list of iPhones eligible for iOS 14
  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone 7
  • iPhone 7 Plus
  • iPhone 6s
  • iPhone 6s Plus
  • iPhone SE (1st gen)
  • iPhone SE (2nd gen)
  • iPod touch (7th gen)

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