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The Apple iPhone logo secret you probably don't know (but definitely should)

A hand holding an iPhone 13
(Image credit: Jeremy Bezanger via Unsplash)

The iPhone 13 is hitting the streets with an amazing array of specs, from a flawless HDR screen to an even better camera and longer battery life. But some iPhone users are getting just as excited about a somewhat hidden feature that's actually been available across the iPhone range for some time. That pretty Apple logo on the back of the phone? Many people are just discovering now that you can turn it into a button. 

Ever since iOS 14 was released in September 2020, all iPhones from the iPhone 8 up can enable a customisable feature called Back Tap that allows you to tap the back of your phone two or three times to carry out all kinds of actions. The feature was introduced so quietly that more than a year after it emerged, it's still blowing people's minds as they get hold of the new iPhone 13 (see our guide to the best iPhone 13 deals if you're after the new device).

The back of the iPhone 13

Mind blown. The handy iOS feature lets you tap the back of your iPhone to perform all kinds of actions (Image credit: Jeremy Bezanger)

Tucked away in the Accessibility settings, Back Tap is one of those tiny little iOS tweaks that make Apple smartphones so impressive beyond their raw tech (and there's no denying the strength of the raw tech – the iPhone 13 tops our list of the best camera phones). 

When enabled, Back Tap allows you to double or triple tap the back of your iPhone to perform all kinds of tasks, from taking a screenshot to opening Control Center, turning on the torch or starting up any Siri shortcut, as shown in the Instagram Reel below.

While Back Tap has been available for over a year, the continuing stream of 'mind blown' emoji reactions to the video above show many are still just discovering the existence of the feature. "Very cool, thanks for the tip!" one user comments, while another adds, "Awesome! Way easier for taking a screenshot!"

Contrary to what the video suggests, you don't actually have to tap the Apple logo specifically. Back Tap uses the iPhone's accelerometer, which can be activated by tapping anywhere on the back of the phone. But since the logo sits slap bang in the middle of the back of your phone so it makes a handy target. If you're going to tap the back of the phone, you're probably going to tap the Apple apple.

iOS 14 Back Tap settings

The feature can be found in Settings, Accessibility, Touch, Back Tap (Image credit: Apple/Future Owns)

Although it's somewhat hidden away and not something you'd be likely to discover by accident, Back Tap is actually very easy to enable and customise. Just head to Settings, Accessibility, Touch, then Back Tap. There you'll find a huge list of options you can assign for both double and triple tap.

We really don't know why Apple hasn't made more noise about this. It rather mundanely describes the feature as "a simple and easy way to trigger convenient tasks for those with accessibility needs", but we think it's a lot more exciting than that makes it sound.

Even in Apple's iOS 14 features list (opens in new tab), Back Tap's relegated to the 'even more' section, which seems to underplay just how useful the feature can be. Creatives who need to take a quick screenshot, or use a shortcut to convert an image type, for example, can now do so with a simple double or triple tap. The reactions still coming in on Twitter show how excited users are to discover the feature a year on.

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If you're considering getting a new iPhone, make sure you see our iPhone 13 review and iPhone 13 Pro review, but note that Apple's previous model, the iPhone 12 also stills packs a punch (and comes with Back Tap functionality!) See today's best iPhone 12 and 13 deals below, and see our guide to Apple Black Friday 2021 for great Apple deals in general.

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Daniel Piper
Daniel Piper

Daniel Piper is Creative Bloq’s Senior News Editor. As the brand’s Apple authority, he covers all things Mac, iPhone, iPad and the rest. He also reports on the worlds of design, branding and tech. Daniel joined Future in 2020 (an eventful year, to say the least) after working in copywriting and digital marketing with brands including ITV, NBC, Channel 4 and more. Outside of Future, Daniel is a global poetry slam champion and has performed at festivals including Latitude, Bestival and more. He is the author of Arbitrary and Unnecessary: The Selected Works of Daniel Piper (Selected by Daniel Piper).