Capture screenshot with Back Tap iPhone feature

September 26, 2020

The fourteenth and current major release of the iOS mobile operating system – iOS 14 makes the process of capturing screenshots a snap. Yes, it is now possible to capture a screenshot simply by tapping your fingers on the back of the device. You don’t need to pinch the volume rocker and jab the power button! Here’s a walkthrough to enable screenshot capture via the Back Tap iPhone feature.

Back Tap iPhone

How to get Back Tap on iPhone?

Back Tap iPhone feature for iOS allows you to configure quite a few different actions as shortcuts by simply tapping twice or thrice on the back of their iPhone. Currently, it is functional only on iPhone 8 and newer. Also, this feature is not available on the iPad.

  1. Open iPhone Settings.
  2. Scroll down to Accessibility.
  3. Select Touch.
  4. Locate the Back Tap option.
  5. You’ll notice 2 options listed – Double Tap and Triple Tap.
  6. Check out the list of actions and select the desired one (screenshot, in this case).

Although iPhone Back Tap is one of the prominent new features in iOS 14, it didn’t make a big splash. It now finds immense use as it kills the need to press the Volume Up button and the power button together to get your best shot!

How to set double tap on iPhone?

Go to iPhone Settings.

Accessibility Settings iPhone
Accessibility Settings iPhone

Click Accessibility.

Touch Settings iPhone
Touch Settings iPhone

Gently tap Touch.

Back tap iPhone
Back tap iPhone

Now, scroll down to Back Tap.

Back Tap Option
Back Tap Option

The setting when accessed will list 2 more options –

  • Double Tap
  • Triple Tap.

Go to each option to explore a host of actions to select from.

Screenshot Double Tap
Screenshot Double Tap

Check the Screenshot option and Exit.

That’s all you need to know about how to get back tap on iPhone. You can also use the same for creating shortcuts to call someone or text your most important contacts.

Most importantly, the feature can be accessed even when the iPhone is locked.

Hope it makes sense!


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