Recently Apple has revealed a new secret function featured in the new iOS14 update that will change the way you use your phone. The ‘back tap’ feature allows people to quickly access certain features of their iPhone just by tapping the back!
What is the back tap?
The back tap is a new feature of the iOS14 update that allows iPhone users to trigger certain actions and shortcuts, such as changing your volume. The new secret feature has mostly flown under the radar, and you bet we are all excited to try it out!
How can we use the back tap feature?
Setting up the back tap feature is a breeze. All you need to do is head into your settings and head into ‘accessibility.’ From there, you will be able to select ‘touch’ and scroll down to select the ‘back tap’ option.
With this setting, you will be able to enable either a double tap, triple tap or both and set up shortcuts for each.
You have the ability to set up the back touch feature to do a whole range of things like enable Siri, change your phone’s volume, opening your notification centre, muting your phone, shortcutting to the home screen, taking screenshots, locking your phone or even switching between apps. Looks like we don’t need the home button any more!
However, if you do choose to use the new back tap feature you may be risking your phone’s safety as you might have to take off your cases to use it.
Which iPhones are compatible with the new feature?
Not all iPhones are able to use this fancy new feature but as long as you’ve updated your phone sometime in the last few years you should be good. The new iOS14 update is available through the following models:
- iPhone 8 and 8 Plus
- iPhone X
- iPhone XS and XS Max
- iPhone XR
- iPhone 11/11 Pro and 11 Pro Max
Unfortunately, those sporting an iPhone 7 or older won’t be able to use the back tap setting, but that’s just another reason to treat yourself to a new phone!