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How to Use Back Tap on Your iPhone in iOS 14, Accessibility for Everyone

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We treat the accessibility feature in the operating system as after acts. But every user can benefit from finding out what’s available. Apple’s iOS 14 includes a number of capabilities that include voiceover AI recognition for photos and apps that don’t include built-in accessibility options, voice recognition for things like fire alarms and doorbells, and language recognition in FaceTime (What is FaceTime?).

A new capability in particular has attracted a lot of attention: back taps.

What is back tap?

The back tap just looks like it: it lets you tap the back of your iPhone to take an action. The case of intended use is to turn on any other accessibility feature such as voiceover or take action on hardware switch control. In any case, this component is very adaptable. It tends to be set for availability includes just as fundamental framework activity and custom easy routes.

Set up a back tap in iOS 14 for iPhone

The new access feature works on the following iPhone models:

  1. The iPhone 8, Plus 8
  2. Latest iPhone X
  3. New iPhone XS, XS Max
  4. iPhone XR
  5. And iPhone 11, 11 Pro, 11 Pro Max.

I was getting tickled to see that my iPhone X was included in the list, because I expected it would only be a new phone. Here are the steps:

On the iPhone’s home screen, open the main Settings app and click “Special Features”. In the “Physical and Motor” section, click “Sensory.” Swipe down and select Back.

Here you have two options: double-tap and three touches. The duo looks simpler, so I chose it. At first I wondered why there is no one-touch option, but this will probably cause a lot of unintended positives. This also means that you can choose two different actions to touch your back: one for a double and the other for triple touch.

On the next screen you will find an extensive list of options. The first section includes useful system actions such as App Modifier, Control Center, Home Screen, Lock Screen, No Sound, Notification Center, Screenshot, and Siri. Special features include VoiceOver, Assistive Touch, Classic and Smart Invert (display of inverted colors) and Voice screen.

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You can also use taps to trigger shortcuts. Find a complete gallery of these in the Shortcuts app, and even create custom-to open an app, send messages to a particular contact, play a podcast, create a tweet or get directions. The options are virtually limitless. Any shortcut you add will be available for use with back taps.

I was curious to see if this trick would work on my thick iPhone case and unfortunately. It didn’t happen, probably because I have a metal car plate for the magnetic holder on my dashboard. A normal iPhone case probably won’t present any obstruction. Once I removed the case, the feature worked as an ad, and it didn’t require a very hard tap. It also worked with a rugged Speck case (without a metal magnetic plate).

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Alann Rana is a content writer about many lifestyles and updates. She writes to expand her skills as a writer. Alann joins Easi Solve in 2019 as Editor. Alann writes for woman needs. Alann shares a lot of important information and very useful tips online. She also helps moms & dads earn and learn from passive articles home with online tips and tricks, so they can do meaningful work that pays the bills– without missing out on their kids' lives.



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