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The best hidden feature in iOS for you to check out!

By January 28, 2022No Comments

Originally introduced in iOS 14, this feature is so useful yet despite being really helpful in lots of scenarios for iPhone users, I am still amazed at the number of people who haven’t heard of it or stumbled upon it. In writing this article I read one author talk about the importance of language and the use of the word hidden – that isn’t the case here. It’s more a case of the adage, “you don’t know what you don’t know” and despite it being shared quite heavily at the launch of iOS14, I was surprised that so many others hadn’t heard of it, hence sharing this post.

Back Tap

The ‘Back Tap’ feature is exactly as it sounds – a feature where you tap the back of your phone in order for it to perform a simple task. You can use it to do things such as take screenshots, load the spotlight search and lots more besides.

To access ‘Back Tap’ simply open your Settings app, then head to “Accessibility > Touch”, scroll to the bottom and choose the option ‘Back Tap’.


From there you’ll see the options, ‘Double Tap’ and ‘Triple Tap’. From there, simply choose which option you want to be taken to a screen where you can choose from a long list of actions to take place once you either double or triple tap the Apple logo on the back of your phone.

Choose from:

  • Accessibility shortcut
  • App Switcher
  • Camera
  • Control Centre
  • Home
  • Lock Rotation
  • Lock Screen
  • Mute
  • Notification Centre
  • Reachability
  • Screenshot
  • Shake
  • Spotlight
  • Torch
  • Volume Down
  • Volume Up

…along with lots of accessibility features too such as:

  • Assistive touch
  • Background Sounds
  • Classic Invert
  • Colour filters
  • Magnifier
  • People Detection
  • Smart Invert
  • Speak Screen
  • VoiceOver
  • Zoom
  • Scroll Down
  • Scroll Up

You can even use double or triple tap to invoke any of the shortcuts you have set up on your phone. The options and choices are huge, so much so, it makes you wonder if quadruple tap should be an option!

Check it out on your iPhone now!

Unfortunately, the feature isn’t currently available in iPadOS but I would hope to see it added, if not just for accessibility purposes, but it’s a super useful option for anyone using an iPad in education with the plethora of options that you can choose from to aid your productivity. Let’s see if that will happen!

Mark Anderson

Mark Anderson, @ICTEvangelist. Click here to learn more.

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