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Control iPhone with new 'Back Tap' iOS 14 accessibility feature

Back Tap on iOS 14

When iOS 14 launches this fall a new accessibility feature called "Back Tap" will allow users to perform various system actions by merely tapping on the rear of their device.

This new feature, called Back Tap within Settings, does just that. When the back of iPhone is tapped, an action will be carried out. This includes launching many of the system actions like opening the app switcher or Control Center, as well as accessibility features like enabling the magnifier or VoiceOver, performing gestures, and even launching Shortcuts.

If you get creative, there is a lot that Back Tap can do. A double-tap can start a playlist on your HomePod, for example, or a triple-tap can launch the Camera app.

To enable this feature on supported iOS 14 devices:

  • Open Settings
  • Venture to Accessiility > Touch > Back Tap
  • Choose an action for the double tap as well as the triple tap, if you so choose

In our testing, it works with the iPhone X and newer, though we will likely have to wait until iOS 14 is fully released to know what devices support this specific feature.

This is just one of the many new features found in iOS 14. Stay tuned to AppleInsider as we dig for other new additions.