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How to enable the Back Tap shortcut gesture in iOS 14 for iPhone

How to enable the Back Tap shortcut gesture in iOS 14 for iPhone

Note: Back Tap is only available on iPhone 8 or later devices.

  1. Open the Settings app Note: The Settings app icon may appear in a different place on your home screen than shown in our example, below.
  2. In the Settings app, scroll down and select Accessibility from the list.
  3. On the Accessibility screen, scroll down and select Touch.
  4. On the Touch screen, scroll to the bottom and select Back Tap.
  5. On the Back Tap screen, select either Double Tap or Triple Tap and choose an action to associate with that gesture.

    Choose from:

    • Accessibility shortcut - activate an accessibility feature associated with the Accessibility Shortcut.  If more than one feature uses the Accessibility Shortcut a list of those features will appear for you to choose from.
    • App Switcher - open the app switcher screen for choosing an app to switch to.
    • Control Centre - open the Control Centre **
    • Home - go to the Home screen pages of apps.
    • Lock screen - Lock your device.
    • Mute - mute the volume on your device.
    • Notification Centre - open the notification centre.
    • Reachability - shrink the screen to the bottom of the device to make items easier to tap when using one hand.
    • Screenshot - take a ‘photo’ of the current screen.
    • Shake - trigger the ‘shake to undo’ feature to undo typing or an action such as deleting something.
    • Siri - launch Siri, the iPhone voice assistant. **
    • Volume Up / Down - change the volume on your device.

    Accessibility Features

    • Assistive Touch - activate Assistive Touch. Assistive Touch can make the touch screen easier to use. **
    • Classic Invert / Smart Invert - invert the colours of the screen. **
    • Magnifier - use your device as a magnifying glass. **
    • Speak Screen - your device will read aloud the contents of the screen. **
    • Zoom - zoom in to make items larger on the screen. **

    Scroll Gestures

    • Scroll Up / Down - scroll the screen.


    • Activate any of the shortcuts you have set up through the Shortcuts app.
  6. When you are happy with your settings, you can return to the home screen page of apps by:
    • On devices with Face ID: Swipe up from the bottom of the screen.
    • On all other devices:  Press the home button once.

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