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Create A Back Tap Shortcut On The iPhone

Brandon Mack October 27, 2021 0 Comments

Did you know you can set up actions to trigger when using back tap accessibility feature added in iOS 14? You probably did, otherwise why would you be on this post. You're probably asking how to get that done though. You're in the right place! I ended up looking into this to get my camera setup on the back tap. I found that sometimes trying to get your phone ready and open the camera app takes a bit too long to get that spontaneous perfectly timed photo.

How Do I Set Up The Back Tap Feature?

You can set this up in the Accessibility settings under the Touch menu. You can select pre-defined actions provided by iOS or any of your own shortcuts for both double and triple taps on the back of your device.

  1. Open 'Settings' on your iPhone
  2. Select the 'Accessibility' option
  3. Select the Touch option
  4. Select Back Tap to turn on the option
  5. Select Double Tap or Triple Tap and choose an action from the list

How Do I Set Up My Own Shortcut?

What if you don’t want to use the built in iOS actions? What if you want to get a little more creative? You’ll have to use the Shortcut app on your phone and create your own action with the many, many options it gives. You can have it open up an app, run available actions from a non-default iOS app, chain actions together, and more.

Give the following Apple Support article a quick read and if you have any questions, just let us know in the comments below.

Create a Custom Shortcut on iPhone or iPad

Thanks for reading!

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