How to Customise Back Tap Accessibility Feature in iOS 14

Among the plethora of impressive new features in iOS 14, there is quite a lot of importance given to accessibility features as well. For example, the new sound recognition feature in iOS 14 is an amazing new addition for people with hearing issues. Similarly, there’s a new Back Tap accessibility feature as well. As the name suggests, the new feature allows you to perform functions on your iPhone by tapping it on the back. There are two types of back tap interactions available — double tap and triple tap. You can set these up to perform a host of functions on your iPhone. It’s pretty impressive.

So, if you are wondering how to use Back Tap in iOS 14, here’s what you need to do.

Customise Back Tap in iOS 14

  • Go to Settings -> Accessibility -> Touch

go to touch accessibility settings in iOS 14

  • Scroll down and at the very bottom you will see ‘Back Tap‘. Tap on this.

tap on back tap at bottom of list

  • Here, you can choose either double tap or triple tap. For example, tap on ‘double tap’. You will now see a list of actions that can be performed when you double tap the back of your iPhone. For this example, I’m choosing ‘Control Centre’.

customise back tap ios 14

Now, any time you double tap on the back of your iPhone, it will open up the Control Centre for you. Pretty neat right? Bear in mind that you can also set up the triple tap interaction alongside the double tap interaction to perform two different functions based on the number of taps you make. This is really handy, especially because it also works from the Lock Screen. Personally, I like using the double tap for Control Centre, and triple tap for Siri. It makes my life a lot easier.

List of Actions Supported by Back Tap in iOS 14

  • None
  • Accessibility Shortcut
  • System
    • App Switcher
    • Control Center
    • Home
    • Lock Screen
    • Mute Notification Center
    • Reachability
    • Screenshot
    • Shake
    • Siri
    • Spotlight
    • Volume Down
    • Volume Up
  • Accessibility
    • AssistiveTouch
    • Classic Invert
    • Magnifier
    • Smart Invert
    • Speak Screen
    • VoiceOver
    • Zoom
  • Scroll Gestures
    • Scroll Down
    • Scroll Up
  • Shortcuts
    • All available shortcuts

Customise Back Tap to Perform Tasks on iPhone

As you can see there’s a whole lot of stuff you can do with back tap in iOS 14. It’s really quite powerful. Plus, thanks to its integration with Siri Shortcuts you can pull off some neat party tricks with it as well. More importantly, you can use back tap gestures to launch apps on your iPhone if you want as well. That sounds really interesting right?

Anyway, what use cases do you have for back tap on your iPhone? Let us know in the comments below. Also, check out our other iOS 14 articles for helpful tips, tricks, and how tos:

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