Can I screenshot by tapping the back of my iPhone 8?

Answered by Willie Powers

You can indeed take a screenshot on your iPhone 8 or later by tapping the back of the device. This new feature is called Back Tap and is part of the accessibility settings in iOS 14 or later.

To enable this feature and configure it for taking screenshots, you’ll need to follow these steps:

1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
2. Scroll down and tap on “Accessibility.”
3. In the Accessibility menu, tap on “Touch.”
4. Scroll all the way to the bottom and select “Back Tap.”

Now, you’ll see two options for double tap and triple tap. You can choose either of them to assign the screenshot action. Let’s say you want to use the double tap gesture for taking screenshots.

5. Tap on “Double Tap” under the Back Tap menu.
6. In the actions list, scroll down and select “Screenshot.”

That’s it! You have now configured the Back Tap feature to take a screenshot when you double tap the back of your iPhone. From now on, whenever you want to capture a screenshot, simply double tap the back of your device, and it will be saved to your Photos app.

One thing to note is that Back Tap works by using the accelerometer and gyroscope sensors in your iPhone. This means that you need to tap the back of your device with a bit of force, similar to how you would tap on the screen. It may take a few attempts to get used to the right amount of force needed for the gesture.

Back Tap is a versatile feature that can be customized to perform various other actions as well. For example, you can set it to open the control center, launch the camera, activate Siri, or even perform system actions like locking the device. You can explore the different actions available in the Back Tap settings and choose the ones that suit your needs.

In my personal experience, Back Tap has been a convenient addition to the iPhone’s accessibility features. It provides a quick and easy way to take screenshots without having to use the physical buttons or gestures on the screen. It can be especially handy in situations where you need to capture something quickly, such as saving important information or sharing an interesting moment with others.

If you own an iPhone 8 or later running iOS 14 or later, you can take a screenshot by tapping the back of your device using the Back Tap feature. Just configure the double tap or triple tap gesture to perform the screenshot action in the Back Tap settings, and you’re good to go. Enjoy the convenience of capturing screenshots with a simple tap on the back of your iPhone!