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Double tap the back of your iPhone to lock your screen

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Did you know you can double tap the back of your iPhone to lock your screen? Through the Back Tap feature, you can do just that and more. The feature came with iOS 14, and should work with most iPhones.

In the Philippines, at least, many iPhone users rely on Assistive Touch to quickly lock their devices without using the physical power button. With Back Tap, you can assign commands that activate when you double or triple tap the back of your iPhone.

Here’s how to enable the feature.

Double tap the back of your iPhone to lock

Back Tap is tucked away in the iPhone’s settings.

  1. To activate, go to Settings> Accessibility> Touch.
  2. Scroll all the way down and go to Back Tap.
  3. Here, you can assign a command to respond to Double Tap and/or Triple Tap.
  4. Select Lock Screen and you’re done.

Alternatively, you can choose other commands that activate when you double or triple tap the back of your iPhone, ranging from volume controls and spotlight search, to shortcuts you can create through the Shortcut app.

On my iPhone, I have Double Tap set to Lock Screen and Triple Tap to Control Center for easier access.

Give Back Tap a try and let us know how it works out for you.

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Bryan is a tech enthusiast and self-admitted geek who enjoys blogging and watching NBA clips on YouTube. He has over 20 years of experience in corporate communications, marketing services, and customer relations from different industries such as telecommunications and banking.

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