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Q: OK Steve, wow me with a superfluous feature on my iPhone which could actually be useful in some circumstances…

A: Wow that’s a tall order, but I think I’ve got just the thing. We all know you can tap everywhere on the screen, with one or multiple fingers, to perform a vast number of actions… but did you know you can also tap the back of your phone?

Crazy eh, but you might find some uses for it.

How you turn it on is as follows: tap on Settings and select Accessibility. Choose Touch and scroll down until you find ‘Back Tap’.

You can actually set up two separate commands, one activated by a double tap, and another by a triple tap. Your list options are the same for both commands, so make sure you don’t choose the same one!

The actions you can set are somewhat unsurprisingly limited, but they could be great timesavers: you can get back to your Home Screen, trigger Reachability, take a Screenshot, invoke Siri, lock your screen, change the volume, scroll up or down, even turn on specific access-ibility features.

A tick will appear next to whichever action you’ve selected, and you can use it immediately. Give it a try. Whether you find it superfluous or highly useful, I think you’ll agree that… I’ve got your back.


Steve Paris is an internationally published writer, an Apple Certified Trainer, and provides consultancy, training and troubleshooting services to the Swansea area. You can email him at or contact him on 077-8866-0407.






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