The Apple logo on the back of your iPhone is a secret button and this is how you can use it

New iPhones have a feature that many people may not have even realised is there.

However, the new setting could make it easier to carry out simple tasks on your phone.

The new feature is called “Back Tap” and uses the the Apple logo on the back of an iPhone, as reported by SomersetLive.

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“Back Tap” was introduced with the iOS 14 software update rolled out to iPhones in 2020 and is usable on iPhones 8 and onwards.

As long as you have updated your phone’s system to iOS 14 at the earliest, you can go into your phone’s settings now and check it out for yourself.

The feature is activated by a user tapping either twice or three times, depending on how they set it, on the Apple logo on the back of their phone, which then performs the assigned action.

To change the setting, which may well be turned off as it stands:

  • Go to ‘Settings’
  • Go to ‘Accessibility’
  • Go to ‘Touch’
  • Scroll down to the bottom of the menu, where you will find a setting called ‘Back Tap’

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When you enter this setting, it will have options for ‘double tap’ and ‘triple tap’ depending on the way you want to use it.

You can assign a wide variety of phone functions to this action, including volume control, screenshots, returning to the Home or Lock screens and switching between apps.

You can even set a double or triple tap to trigger an Accessibility Shortcut to quickly access features like AssistiveTouch, Siri Shortcuts, Magnifier, Reachability, and VoiceOver.

You can also assign two different functions to this hidden button, one triggered by a double tap and one by a triple tap.

The setting can be adjusted, changed and reassigned however you like.

Using a Back Tap command is potentially much quicker and more intuitive than unlocking your iPhone and identifying the appropriate function in the usual manner.

It can also replicate common gestures and inputs that you find fiddly, awkward, or even impossible to execute.

It is important to note for people that use particularly heavy or thick phone cases for their iPhone, that the tap on the logo may not register through it.

However, the feature should still be usable through most thinner phone cases.

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