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Great trick to tap 3 times on the back to turn on the flashlight on your iPhone that you should know

In addition to turning the iPhone flashlight on and off via the lock screen and Siri, you can also use the shortcut to tap the back of your iPhone three times to turn the iPhone's flashlight function on and off.

How Does Back Tap Work?

Back Tap is an iOS accessibility feature that detects physical finger taps on the back of your iPhone using your phone’s built-in accelerometer. It works on the iPhone 8 and newer iPhones. When configured in Settings, you can use two or three taps to launch many different actions on your phone, including shortcuts, which is what we’ll use here to turn on the flashlight.

Creating the Flashlight Toggle Shortcut

To turn the flashlight on and off, we’ll need to create a custom shortcut using the built-in Shortcuts app. To do that, open “Shortcuts.” If you can’t find it, try a Spotlight search: With one finger, swipe down from the middle of your Home screen. Type “shortcuts” in the search bar, then tap the “Shortcuts” icon.

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If you see the “Shortcuts” overview screen when the app opens, tap the “My Shortcuts” tab and then select “All Shortcuts.”

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On the “All Shortcuts” screen, tap the plus (“+”) button.

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Next, you’ll see a “New Shortcut” page where you add the steps (called “actions”) to the shortcut. First, let’s rename the shortcut. Tap the “ellipses” button (three dots).

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Tap the “Shortcut Name” text area and rename the shortcut to “Flashlight Toggle,” then tap “Done.”

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When you’re back on the shortcut screen, tap “Add Action.”

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When the “Actions” panel appears, search for “flashlight.” Tap “Set Flashlight” in the results.

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The “Set Flashlight” action will appear in the actions list. By default, it is only set to turn the flashlight on when the shortcut is run. What we want it to do is toggle the flashlight to either turn on or off when the shortcut runs. To do that, tap the word “Turn” within the “Turn flashlight on” phrase.

Benj Edwards 

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Hello, my name is Rosé. I a freelance technology writer and editor. I have a passion for technology especially iPhone.

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