iPhone’s iOS 14 has surely did numerous new features that help its users. But, one thing that most iPhone users have not yet discovered is the latest feature called, ‘Back Tap.’
Here’s how to launch the feature on your iPhone.
How to use iPhone’s ‘back tap’
Not all people know how to use, or even launch ‘back tap’ from iPhones. After all, this feature was only introduced last year, which makes it excusable.
If you’re one of them, here’s how to make this feature useful for you from now on.
Back tap feature can be customized in whatever the user prefers to use it for. It could be used to open Control Center, take a screenshot, or enable Accessibility features like AssistiveTouch, VoiceOver, Zoom, etc.
Aside that, it could also be used to launch Google Assistant for easier voice assistant control off of your iPhone.
Here’s how to do it, according to Apple:
- Check that you have the latest version of iOS on your iPhone 8 or later.
- Go to Settings > Accessibility > Touch, and tap Back Tap.
- Tap Double Tap or Triple Tap and choose an action.
- Double or triple tap on the back of your iPhone to trigger the action you set.
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.
How to do it for Google Assistant
As said, Back tap can also be used to launch Google Assistant for iPhone devices.
To do this, iPhone users must first download the app from Google Play Store. Thanks to How-to-Geek, here’s the step-by-step on how to launch the feature:
- Create an Apple shortcut to launch Google Assistant with a “Hey Google” query.
- Find the ‘Shortcuts’ app icon that appears on the device.
- Once Shortcuts opens, tap “My Shortcuts” at the bottom of the screen, then select “All Shortcuts” tab.
- Once you get to the “All Shortcuts” page, add a new shortcut on the tab by tapping the plus button (+) in the upper-right corner of the screen.
- Rename the ‘New Shortcut’ tab on the phone.
- Tap the three dots in a circle button
- When the “Details” panel appears, tap the “Shortcut Name” text area and type “Launch Google Assistant.”
- Then tap “Done.”
- iPhone users add an action that will make our new shortcut launch Google Assistant. Tap “Add Action.”
- In the actions panel that appears, search for “Hey Google,” then tap the “Hey Google” result in the list.
- Turn off “Show When Run” with the switch, then tap “Done.”
- Next, we’ll need to configure Back Tap to launch this new shortcut that we just created. Exit Shortcuts and launch Settings.
- In Settings, navigate to Accessibility > Touch, then select “Back Tap.”
- In “Back Tap” settings, decide whether two or three taps will launch the Google Assistant shortcut. Select the option you’d prefer.
- Next, you’ll see a list of actions that you can trigger with Back Tap (some of which may be worth exploring later). Scroll down until you get to the “Shortcuts” section. In the list, select “Launch Google Assistant.”
- Next, exit Settings, then tap on the back of your phone two or three times (depending on which option you selected).
Once you’ve done all these steps, Google Assistant will then launch, and it will automatically be listening for a voice command.