A Secret iPhone Feature

It’s late, you’re struggling with your keys at the front door, and the porch light is on the blink again… if only there was help at hand.

Well, for iPhone users there is potentially a solution. A little-known feature hidden away among the many settings on the Apple device. A quick double-tap with your finger of the back of the phone, and viola! On goes the flashlight. Now you can find the keyhole.

The Back Tap feature enables the device to perform a whole series of tasks that would otherwise be activitated by pressing on the homescreen or similar. Camera, screen rotation lock, mute, screenshot, Siri, volume controls and the flashlight are among the 16 functions that can be performed by tapping the back of the phone either twice or three times. Users can select two functions, one performed with a double tap, another with a triple-tap.

Switching the setting on is straightforward, but double-tapping to turn on the flashlight is a little more complicated. Hopefully these directions will help.

  1. Go to the phone’s home screen
  2. Head over to settings 
  3. Click accessibility
  4. Click Touch
  5. Scroll to Back Tap
  6. Select the functions for Double Tap or Triple Tap – the options include:
  • Open an app
  • Lock screen
  • Screenshot
  • Mute
  • Activate Siri
  • Adjusting the volume
  • Open camera
  • Turn on the flashlight
  • Adjust screen’s zoom 

Good luck!


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