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  • iOS 14 includes a slew of new features
  • These include a new feature called Back Tap
  • Back Tap can be used to do many things on an iPhone including scrolling up and down the screen and launching apps

Apple announced last month the iOS 14, the latest and greatest iPhone operating system version yet, to the world. The new iOS version includes a slew of new and enhanced features designed to give iPhone users the best experience they can have with their handsets.

One of the new features that Apple decided to include in iOS 14 is called “Back Tap,” and it does what its name says. It allows users to do many things on their iPhone using nothing but taps to the back of the device.

iPhoneHacks noted that users can customize Back Tap to do many things on their iPhone. It can be configured to allow users to adjust volume levels, scroll up and down the screen, capture screenshots, launch apps, wake Siri up and more. This feature, which works on all iPhones that can run iOS 14, will help users make the most of their device. Here's how to use back taps:

Setting up Back Tap

Users will need to set up Back Tap in order to be able to use it. Here's how:

  • First, users will need to launch the Settings app on their iPhone.
  • Second, once launched, users will need to look for Accessibility.
  • Third, once there, users must look for, and tap on, Touch under Physical and Motor.
  • Fourth, after that, users should scroll down and look for the Back Tap option, then tap on it.
  • Fifth, users will be presented with options to customize: Double Tap and Triple Tap.

Users will need to choose what double taps and triple taps to the back of the iPhone does. Tapping on Double Tap or Triple Tap brings a list of options to choose from. These options range from accessibility options, gestures, Siri shortcuts and more.

Back Taps can be customized according to the user's preferences. For example, users who tend to read long articles in Safari can opt to assign double and triple taps to scroll up or down the screen. Those who like to ask Siri to search for things on the internet can assign a double or triple tap to “Search with Google.”

The feature works with iPhones that can run iOS 14, including the 2020 iPhone SE. iPhoneHacks noted that it can be used even when the iPhone is protected by a thin silicone case. Thicker cases, however, will prevent the feature from working.