iOS 14 trick: use iPhone functions by tapping on the back

With iOS 14, a few interesting functions have come to the iPhone in 2020. Functions such as: B. by tapping on the back of the Apple smartphone. A touch sensor is not used for this, but probably the gyroscope and / or the accelerometer of the device. This means that the touch-on-back functions also work if you are using an iPhone case. In this guide to the iOS 12 feature, I'll show you which ones are available and how to activate them. I tested the whole thing with the iPhone X from 14.

iPhone with iOS 14: Activate the "Tap on the back" function

In the following list you will first find the general instructions with which you can find the function in the iPhone settings. Under the next subheading there is a list of usable features that you can activate by tapping on the back of the iPhone.

  1. Calls the iPhoneSettings on
  2. Tap on the point Accessibility
  3. Now select the item under "Physical and motoric" Tap
  4. Scroll all the way down and select Tap on the back
  5. Specifies what happens when you double-tap and tap three times
iPhone functions for the "tap on the back" function under iOS 14 can be found under Settings -> Accessibility -> Tap -> Tap on the back.

iPhone functions for the "tap on the back" function under iOS 14 can be found under Settings -> Accessibility -> Tap -> Tap on the back.

Tap on the back of the iPhone: Options that you can activate

If you have followed the instructions above, you can now determine what should happen if you knock twice or three times on the back of the Apple smartphone. These functions are available on the iPhone X (my test device): App Switcher, Lock Screen, Screenshot, One-Handed Mode, Home, Control Center, Volume Up, Volume Down, Notification Center, Shake, Siri, Spotlight, Mute, AssistiveTouch, Speak Screen, Invert intelligent, reverse classic, VoiceOver, zoom, scroll up, scroll down. There is also the option of linking shortcuts to tapping on the back.

If you have followed the instructions above, you will find various commands that can be triggered by tapping the back of the iPhone. A great help for easier operation with certain restrictions.

If you have followed the instructions above, you will find various commands that can be triggered by tapping the back of the iPhone. A great help for easier operation with certain restrictions.

iPhone X from 2017 is slow to respond

I don't know how it is with more recent models, but there was a slight delay when testing the function on the iPhone X. That means, I tapped the back of the device twice or three times and then it took a good second for the selected function to start. In addition to the age of the device, this can of course be due to the fact that the system first checks whether there are further movements, bumps or interactions. Not that the tap function is accidentally triggered for a movement that wasn't actually a tap. Which operating aid do you use on the iPhone? Feel free to leave a comment on the topic;)

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4 comments

  1. Matthias says:

    On the iPhone SE 2020 there is also a short "cooling off" period on the part of the system. I suspect - as do you - that the system is more likely to call out whether the knocking was intentional or planned.

  2. Robert says:

    Have you ever set the type for typing that takes a photo?
    The camera starts. A photo is taken but not saved.
    That's why I set the magnifying glass for typing. This works.

    • Jen Kleinholz says:

      Hello Robert! No, I hadn't tested it yet, but I think the magnifying glass is the more practical solution anyway. A photo will usually show the wrong section if you trigger it with a tap. In fact, I often use the magnifying glass function, which is why it is in my control center. But typing is even faster!

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