How to Setup Back Tap on iOS

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In this podcast, Thomas Domville introduces us to Back Tap, a new accessibility feature in iOS 14 that lets you double and triple tap on the back of your iPhone to trigger accessibility features, iOS system actions, and shortcuts.



Submitted by Sasha Stride on Wednesday, September 16, 2020

I got a new iPhone SE2020 and I now have this feature. It works, as you say, in a case. I have set it to move between apps.

Submitted by Holger Fiallo on Thursday, September 17, 2020

How is the battery after using it? I heard that battery does not last long because of it?

Submitted by Remy on Thursday, September 17, 2020

While for me it is a tiny bit unresponsive at times (likely user and case error) I love having two extra shortcuts. Right now I have Double back tap activating magnifier and triple tap enabling and disabling voiceover. Love it!

Submitted by AnonyMouse on Saturday, September 19, 2020

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In reply to by Holger Fiallo

Hi Holger,

I have not personally seen any kind of battery impact using this new feature.

Submitted by Jo Billard on Sunday, September 20, 2020

One of my friends is using back tap on his iPhone 8, and I've seen the option on my 8 plus. I also read a few months ago that backtap would work with an 8, so I think some of this information was not quite correct.

Submitted by AnonyMouse on Sunday, September 20, 2020

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Hi Jo,

Thank you so much for posting your comment to this thread. As your information had me wondering and sure enough. the Back-tap feature does indeed work on older devices like the iPhone 8. I second in what you said and my information in this podcast was incorrect. Thank you for letting me know about this as I learned something new today. I learn something new from people about iOS every day and it is so great to share the knowledge with each other. I'll mention this in the next Unleashed podcast. Thanks Jo!

Submitted by blindscouter on Monday, September 21, 2020

In reply to by AnonyMouse

Thomas, thank you for your podcast and just to confirm I have this option working on my iPhone 8 as well. You mentioned in the podcast that you can run shortcuts with these gestures. How do you do that?

Submitted by blindscouter on Monday, September 21, 2020

I have an iPhone 8. In VoiceOver settings there is no option for voiceover recognition. However, my iPhone is describing all of my pictures. Is there a way to turn that off? For instance, when I go onto Netflix it’s describing the pictures for every show which takes up more time than I want when scrolling through the shows. I’d like to be able to turn it off if possible. Any ideas?