Did you know you can activate „Backtap“ in the accessibility settings? You tap the back of your phone to trigger an action. You can even assign a shortcut to it! There’s double and triple tap.
I was hyped when I first heard about this new feature, but after trying it in person I found it too sensitive for practical daily use. Sometimes I accidentally trigger the double tap simply by laying down my phone on my desk.
Good to know. I will try to use it as a replacement for the annoying „shake to undo“ gesture.
I assume it’s using the accelerometer in the phone. For me:
- Double tap opens Drafts capture.
- Triple tap takes me to Omnifocus Forecast.
It would be nice to be able to define more than this but that’s probably infeasible.
I get a lot of accidental double taps even when I just grab the phone to type and I even use a leather case, which I thought would make invoking it even more difficult. Currently it is set to toggle Control Center, which I can easily dismiss, but still annoying.
I’m surprised Camera wasn’t an option, so I made a Shortcut made that my double tap and it works great.
Triple Tap to Screenshot already becoming ingrained in my daily life.
I have just triple tap enabled and it’s rarely activates with deliberate taps.
Triple tap to invoke undo is wonderful!
Interesting you find Screenshot to be frequent enough to give it one of these precious (at least to me) slots.
I make lot of screenshots, in all kinds of situations.
I had no accidental triggering yet.
I’m very similar.
Double: simple Drafts shortcut for quick capture (doesn’t require the app to open which works well)
Triple: Add item to OmniFocus inbox (similar to the Drafts one)
I screenshot quite a lot, but the Power + Volume up combination is convenient and well ingrained in my head now.
I was using backtap until I went for a bike ride with my phone mounted in its quad lock adapter.
I had it set to screenshot and would end up with about 25 screenshots after every bike ride
Sounds more like there is a need for a “if active workout is bike ride delete last taken screenshot” Shortcuts hook
I don’t know, but my experience is that the backtap is either too sensitive or too insensitive. On the sensitive end, the assigned action is often triggered when I hold and look at my phone while walking (not a cautious way to use, I confess). On the insensitve end, my phone often refuse to recognize my back-taps until my second or third attempt. More calibrations and optimizations are needed to make this feature actually useful and until then I’d keep it off, which is a pity.
For me it’s too insensitive, I had no unwanted triggering but had to try several times. I have pretty rigid case though.
Yes, but I get too many false positives while drumming on the back of my phone with my finger unconsciously.
Had to turn it off again.
You might’ve done the world a favour by breaking yourself of that habit.