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How to Enable Back Tap Shortcut on Your iPhone



How to Enable Back Tap Shortcut on Your iPhone

First things first, what exactly is a back tap shortcut? It is simply a way to return to the previous screen or level quickly. This guide will teach you how to enable this feature on your iPhone and make it easier than ever before to navigate through your device.

That being said, there are two important things that we should cover before getting started:

  • What will this guide not cover?
  • Why should I care about this guide?

The first thing we want to talk about is what the guide won’t cover. You can enable many different gestures on an iPhone XS Max or any other model using various apps and features in iOS 13. Still, one of them is not the back gesture option that allows users to quickly return from wherever they were previously without having access issues or having issues with their screen’s resolution changing because of someone else nearby (this applies especially if they’re wearing glasses). So while we might discuss some of those other options later on in this article where appropriate, for now, let’s focus solely on how people can enable this feature for themselves so that when they need it most—like when trying out new games or apps—they have quick access available at their fingertips!

Open the Settings App

The first thing you’ll need to do is open the Settings app on your iPhone. Once there, scroll down and click Touch.

Once in Touch and Accessibility, scroll down again until you see Back Tap. The next step will depend on whether or not you want it to happen when double-tapping (two taps in quick succession) or triple tapping (three quick taps). If it’s double-tap, click Double Tap; if it’s triple tap, click Triple Tap.

Navigate to Accessibility

How to Enable Back Tap on Your iPhone

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To enable this feature, you need to navigate to Accessibility settings.

To get there:

  • On your iPhone home screen, tap Settings > General.
  • Scroll down until you see the ‘Accessibility’ section and click on it.

If all goes well, a window should open with a list of accessibility features that can be enabled or disabled. Scroll through the list until you find the Back To Return gesture at the bottom of the list (it may appear under “Assistive Touch” if it’s already been enabled). To turn it on, just toggle its switch into green mode by tapping once, as we did with our location settings earlier in this post!

Navigate to Touch

  • Navigate to Touch.
  • Touch the Touch option. It will open, and you can now enable the back tap shortcut on your iPhone! You can find the touch option under General in Settings.

Tap on ‘Back Tap’

Now that you have enabled the Back Tap shortcut, it’s time to test it out!

To see if this feature works for you, follow these steps:

  • Open up any application on your iPhone.
  • Tap on the text box in a text entry field (for example, tapping on an address bar or a search bar)
  • Please tap on the drop-down arrow at the right of this text box (this is a small circle icon with three lines in it)
  • Choose appropriate options for both Double and Triple-tap options from here, depending on what you want to do; we recommend choosing None if there are no other settings applied yet, which might interfere with how Back Tap works by default (such as 3D Touch). Press the Home button after making selections so that changes take effect immediately without restarting the app itself.*

Tap on Appropriate Options for Both Double and Triple-Tap Options.

  • Tap on appropriate options for both Double and Triple-tap options.
  • You can enable one of these functions: Siri, App Switcher, Notification Center, Control Center, Lock Screen, or Mute.
  • Or you can make your custom gesture by tapping “Custom” and then choosing the action that will happen when you perform this gesture (for example, Launch Camera).

You Can Now Use the Back Tap feature on Your iPhone.

Apple officially introduced the back tap feature into iOS 10, and it allows you to open apps, messages, and more with a simple flick of your thumb. If you haven’t already activated the feature, here’s how:

  • Go to Settings > General > Accessibility
  • Enable Assistive Touch by tapping on the switch next to it (it will change from white to green)
  • Set up an icon for Assistive Touch by tapping Customize Top Level Menu Items under ‘AssistiveTouch.’


You now know how to enable the back tap gesture on your iPhone. This is a significant feature for the iPhone, and once you have it enabled, you can do many things with it. If you want to see more articles about how to do things on your phone, please check out our other articles and our guides section, where we have several helpful tips for iPhones and iPads. We hope this article was useful for you!

Unyime Anthony is a gaming enthusiast specializing in first-in-class gaming content, including PS4, Xbox, Nintendo, and Movies, to educate and inform readers.