One of the more interesting new features built into the iOS 14 operating system is also, oddly, one that most people still don’t know much about.
With the release of iOS 14, Apple rolled out a new feature called “Back Tap” which allows you to turn on your iPhone’s flashlight just by tapping the back! You can turn it off again just as easily!
The feature is disabled by default, but here’s how you can turn it on with your own device in just a couple of seconds.
First, you’ll need to create an Accessibility Shortcut in order to turn on the flashlight. To do this, you’ll need to:
1. Open the “Shortcuts” app on your iPhone.
2. Tap the “+” symbol to create a new shortcut.
3. Tap the option labeled “Add Action.”
4. Enter “Flashlight” into the search bar. Once it does, select the option labeled “Set Flashlight.” This will create a new Accessibility Shortcut that will be used to turn your flashlight on.
5. Tap the option labeled “Next” and give your shortcut a name using the keyboard.
6. When you’re finished, tap “Done.”
Then, you’ll need to pair the “Back Tap” feature on your iPhone with the Accessibility Shortcut you’ve just created. To do this, you need to:
1. Turn on your iPhone and open the “Settings” icon.
2. Scroll through the list of options until you find the one labeled “Accessibility.” Tap it one time.
3. Select the option from the list on the screen labeled “Touch.” It will be in the section labeled “Physical and Motor.”
4. Tap on the option labeled “Back Tap.”
5. Select either “Double Tap” or “Triple Tap” depending on how many times you want to tap the back of your iPhone to turn on the flashlight.
6. Scroll through the list on the screen until you find the Accessibility Shortcut you created. Tap on it one time and a blue checkmark will appear next to its name.
That’s it! Now, whenever you tap on the back of your iPhone the selected number of times, your flashlight will turn on!