The list of hidden functions on Apple devices is truly extensive, expanding with each new release of the iOS operating system. However, one particular feature that remains relatively unknown to many users is the secret button hidden on iPhone devices. […]
The list of hidden functions on Apple devices is truly extensive, expanding with each new release of the iOS operating system. However, one particular feature that remains relatively unknown to many users is the secret button hidden on iPhone devices. This feature is known as Back Tap.
Apple does not recommend or enable this hidden button by default. It is up to the user to find it in the settings and activate its functionality.
Once activated, the back of your iPhone will wait for you to tap it two or three times, triggering pre-defined actions. For example, tapping twice could turn on the flashlight, while tapping three times might take a screenshot. It’s important to note that this feature only works on iPhone models 8 and newer. Take a look at Back Tap in action:
To activate the Back Tap option, you need to find it in your phone’s settings. Open “Settings” > “Accessibility” > “Touch” > “Back Tap” (located at the bottom of the options).
What Does the Back Tap Feature Offer?
When you activate the Back Tap feature, your phone will present you with several pre-defined options, such as opening the camera, returning to the home screen, muting the sound, taking a screenshot, turning on the flashlight, and many more. However, the real fun begins when you see the option at the bottom to activate your own shortcuts.
The available shortcuts are actually actions that you can customize in the Shortcuts app. This app is crucial if you want to open your desired application by tapping. Here’s how you can do it:
- Open the Shortcuts app.
- Press the “+” button in the top right corner.
- If the “Open App” option is not presented, go to “Add Action > Scripting” and find “Open App”.
- Tap “App” next to the “Open” field at the top of the screen.
- Select the application you want to open, and then press “Done” in the top right corner.
- If you want to rename the shortcut, hold your finger on it and select the “Rename” option from the dropdown list.
Now that you’ve created your shortcut for opening an application, go to the Back Tap option, choose whether you want it to happen with two or three taps, and you’ll find your shortcut at the bottom.
Note: The Back Tap feature only works when the screen is on.
What is the Back Tap feature on iPhone?
The Back Tap feature on iPhone is a hidden function that allows users to tap the back of their device two or three times to trigger specific actions.
How can I activate the Back Tap feature?
To activate the Back Tap feature, you need to find the Back Tap option in your phone’s settings. Navigate to “Settings” > “Accessibility” > “Touch” > “Back Tap” and enable its functionality.
What actions can be triggered using the Back Tap feature?
Pre-defined actions include opening the camera, returning to the home screen, muting the sound, taking a screenshot, turning on the flashlight. However, users can also create their own shortcuts using the Shortcuts app.