Back Tap

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  1. NSquirrel

    NSquirrel Well-Known Member

    Mar 23, 2017
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    Settings/Accessibility/Touch/Back Tap

    On my iPhone 8, partly because I have a cover that is hinged to cover the screen on the lefthand side, I find the app switcher, by pressing the left hand edge, not particularly easy. I could, and mostly have to, use the home button to bring up open apps, but even that I am not happy with as it is a bit clumsy. (I believe that the iPhone 11 allows you to swipe up from the bottom, not having a home button.)

    I discovered the Back Tap facility - simply tapping on the back of the device. It can be set to a wide variety of functions, including shortcuts, mute, scroll and lots more. I have set mine for Double Tap to bring up the app switcher and Triple Tap to Play/ Pause some radio channels I have set up as shortcuts.

    (The above is with iOS14.01, so I am uncertain which earlier system versions it applies to.)

    I hope that this is of interest to others.
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  2. scifan57

    scifan57 Super Moderator Staff Member

    Sep 24, 2012
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    I tried it and noticed that a second double or triple tap cancels whatever feature was activated.
    The Back Tap feature is available in iOS 14 on iPhone 8 and newer models.
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