How to set up back tap gestures on iPhone

iOS 14 has a new feature that allows users to set gestures that are performed by tapping on the back of their phones. The function is called ‘Back taps’, and it works with two and three taps, each with their own action to perform.

Compatible iPhone models

Back taps are an iOS 14 feature, but that does not mean that all iPhone models that can use iOS 14 can use Back Taps. This feature depends on certain hardware capabilities to work so that older iPhones will be left out of account.

Back-tap compatible iPhone models are listed below.

  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone SE 2020

Reset typing gestures

Make sure you have upgraded to iOS 14, and then follow the steps below to replace taps.

  1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
  2. Go to Accessibility> Touch.
  3. Scroll to the very bottom, and tap Back Tap.
  4. Tap ‘Double tap’.
  5. Choose an action to run for a double tap.
  6. Go back to the main Back screen.
  7. Tap ‘Triple Tap’.
  8. Choose an action to perform for the Triple Tap.

Perform a tap

A back button will work if you have a cough on your iPhone, but some cases are a little too thick of function to work. Remove the case on your phone to test it.

To do a double tap on the back of your iPhone, double-tap with one finger on the back.

To perform a triple tap on the back of your iPhone, tap on the back three times, in quick succession with one finger.

Type back gestures

When you set Back Tap on your iPhone, you can select gestures from those pre-set for iOS 14.

  • Accessibility Shortcut
  • App Switcher
  • Control Center
  • at home
  • Lock screen
  • Mute
  • Notification Center
  • Accessibility
  • Screenshot
  • Shake
  • Siri
  • Spotlight
  • Volume off
  • Volume up
  • AssistiveTouch
  • Classic Invert
  • Magnifying glass
  • Smart turnaround
  • Talk screen
  • Agree
  • Zoom
  • Role off
  • Scroll up

Custom typing gestures

You can set up custom tap gestures, but you need a shortcut to get the job done. You must first create a keyboard shortcut (or enter one) for the action you want to perform in the shortcut program.

After the shortcut is set and executed at least once, it will appear in the list of actions you can set for a double and triple tap.

The downside of this method is that you may have to dial the screen of your phone to perform the shortcut (accept or confirm an action).

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