iPhone "Back Tap": How to Use the Hidden Back Tap

iPhone "Back Tap": How to Use the Hidden Back Tap

With every iOS update, Apple introduces new features, some less prominent. The hidden back-tap button, which can be assigned practical functions, has been around for a long time. We'll show you how.

Back tap possible since iOS 14


The new widgets on the home screen were probably the biggest change in iOS 14. Image: © YouTube/Marques Brownlee Marques Brownlee 2020

Tapping on the back of the iPhone has been possible since iOS 14. However, the operating system came out two years ago. The biggest innovations back then were the widgets on the home screen and the app media library for a clear display of all installed apps. The back-tap feature wasn't mentioned in Apple's keynote . And yet it's pretty handy for various actions and shortcuts. However, it is only possible on devices from the iPhone 8 and newer. Older iPhones do not support the back tap.

Tap on the back – Here's how

The back tap feature is a rather hidden feature that can be enabled in the settings. In addition to activation, you can also determine which function should be assigned to the back tap. And this is how it works:

  1. Go to settings.
  2. Tap Accessibility.
  3. Select "Tap" and "Tap on Back".
  4. Tap either "Double-tap" or "Triple-tap".

You decide with which function the back tap should be assigned. With a tap on the back of the iPhone you can e.g. B. Take a screenshot or switch to one-handed mode. That saves time. Because: You no longer have to call up the settings for certain functions.


  • The hidden back tap has been available since iOS 14.
  • The back-tap button must be activated in the settings under "Accessibility".
  • With a tap on the back of the iPhone you can e.g. B. take a screenshot.

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