There Back Touch function to be exploited with the Apple logo placed on the back of the iPhone is certainly useful to save time and activate the desired function. At the bottom just tap the logo on the back two or three times to activate a direct action.
But so that we can use the Apple logo as a button, you must first activate the Back Touch function from the Touch section of the Accessibility menu. Otherwise, it would not work as it is disabled by default. Before discovering how to do it, it is good to remember that not all iPhones are compatible with this function. Let’s find out all the details together:
Apple logo: These are the smartphones that support the multifunction
The very first aspect to clarify before going in search of its usefulness is to know which are smartphones made in Cupertino that support the MFP with the Apple logo.
Using this option as a button requires you to have an iPhone 8 or later, updated to the latest version of the iOS operating system.
If we rewind the event tape, we find that the Back Tap function came with iOS 14. Here, then, is the list of smartphones of the bitten apple compatible with Apple’s secret button is:
- iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus
- iPhone X, iPhone XR, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XS
- iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone 11 Pro.
- 2nd generation iPhone SE
- iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12, iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro, and iPhone 13 Pro Max
- iPhone SE 3rd generation)
- iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro, and iPhone 14 Pro Max
For completeness of information, we recall that the iPhone models that do not support the Back Touch function are: iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone SE 1st generation, iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C and iPhone 5, iPhone 4S and iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3G, iPhone.
Back touch functions: which ones can be activated with the Apple logo
After understanding which iPhones support the multifunction with the Apple logo (and those that are not compatible) and before discovering how to activate this option, it is useful to know what are the shortcuts.
One after the other, those to be activated by tapping the Apple logo two or three times placed on the back of the device are accessibility, shake, rotation lock, control center, notification center, application list, camera, home, mute, lock screen, screenshot, Siri, Spotlight, flashlight, volume, and volume + as regards the System functions.
Regarding accessibility, the functions to be activated with the Apple logo are AssistiveTouch, zoom controller, color filters, classic inversion, smart inversion, read screen, magnifying glass, people detection, background sounds, VoiceOver, and zoom. Scroll gestures chapter, the green light to scroll up and scroll down.
Finally, let us recall quick commands to be activated with the Back touch function or with the Apple logo: Shazam shortcut, what is a shortcut? pause, a message with the last photo.
In practice, With Back Touch, you can open Control Center, take a snapshot, and activate specific accessibility actions, by quickly tapping twice or three times on the back of the iPhone. And also set a double or triple tap to activate an accessibility shortcut and quickly access features such as AssistiveTouch, Siri Shortcuts, Magnifier, Accessibility, and VoiceOver.
How to activate the Apple logo as a secret key
After this preliminary knowledge phase, we just have to learn how to activate the Apple logo as a secret key. First thing, we open the Settings app and touch the Accessibility option. Then we locate the Mobility section and tap on the Touch item. Then, In the new screen that opens we scroll down and select the Back touch function. Then we tap on Double tap and assign to the double tap one of the actions included in the System, Accessibility, Scrolling gestures, or Quick commands tabs. Then we tap Back and select Triple Tap. Finally, we choose which action to match the triple tap of the logo used as a secret button.
Apple logo multifunction button, how to use
The final step is knowing how to use the Apple logo as a button. On balance, it is enough to double or triple-tap on the back of the iPhone. Even more precisely, there is no need to touch the Apple logo with extreme precision: the function is also activated by touching the remaining area of the rear body. The important is that the touches are quick and decisive. And if the iPhone is protected by a case. They are not always successful and consequently to use the multifunction button of the Apple logo it is essential to remove the cover.
Abram left his e-business studies to devote himself to his entrepreneurial projects. In 2017, he created the company Inbound Media and wrote articles about high-tech products for his Chromebookeur site. In 2019, Chromebookeur was renamed Macbound and became a general purchasing advice site. Today, Abram manages the development and growth of Macbound, surrounded by a young and talented team.