How to Launch the Action by Tapping the Back of Your iPhone

How to Launch the Action by Tapping the Back of Your iPhone

Every year, Apple adds new and attractive accessibility features. As long as you run iOS 14 or higher, you have the ability to control the device and launch actions or shortcuts by double or triple the back of your iPhone. This is how it works.

Back Tap is a powerful accessibility feature that is useful for all iPhone users. If you are using an iPhone X and newer, just tapping the back center of your iPhone twice or thrice will launch a preconfigured action.

You can use Tap Back to quickly open the Notification Center, Control Center, Siri, and others. You can even launch shortcuts with this feature. And thanks to the background shortcuts that were also introduced on iOS 14, they will start instantly, without entering the Shortcut apps.

One of the most popular use cases that we have seen so far is to bring up Google Assistant (via a special shortcut) using a double tap gesture.

You can set Back Tap up by first opening the “Settings” apps. From there, open the “Accessibility” section.


Here, tap the “Touch” option.


Scroll all the way to the bottom of the page and select the “Back Tap” option.


You will now see two different options for adjusting the “Double Tap” or “Triple Tap” feature.


Select one to see a list of all available actions. At the top, all find system actions such as Notification Center, Screenshot, Siri, and many more. Scroll down to find accessibility options such as AssistiveTouch, Smart Invert, and others.


At the bottom of this screen, you will find a section dedicated to the Shortcuts application. Here, select a shortcut to associate it with one of the Back Tap gestures.


After you return to the previous screen, the Back Tap gesture will be activated. Now you can double-tap or triple-tap the back of your iPhone at any time to start the selected action.

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