This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.
Many people keep their phones in their clothes or bag pockets when they listen to music on their phones while they are out and about. It's a bit of a hassle to have to take your phone out of your pocket when you want to control the volume in those situations.
With the new 'back tap' feature in iOS 14, you can easily control the volume with one hand, even if you have the phone in your pocket. In this article, we'll show you how to do it.
The 'back tap' feature is available on iPhone 8 series, iPhone X series, and iPhone 11 series models. Note that some models are not available.
'Back tap' to control the volume
The 'back tap' is an accessibility feature that allows you to double- or triple-tap the back of your iPhone to activate pre-assigned actions such as mute and zoom. To control volume with 'back tap', open the 'Settings' app, scroll to 'Accessibility' and tap, and finally tap 'Touch'.
Then, scroll down and tap 'Back Tap'. On the next screen, assign 'Volume Up' and 'Volume Down' to 'Double Tap' and 'Triple Tap' respectively. Here, I've set 'Volume Up' to 'Double Tap' but you might want to assign 'Volume Up' to 'Triple Tap' to prevent malfunction.
Now, when you tap the back of your iPhone with the unlocked status twice with a thump, the volume will go up one level. Tapping it three times will lower the volume by one level. Depending on the thickness of the phone case and cloth, it worked fine with the phone in my bag or clothing pocket.
In addition to that, the 'back tap' has a wide range of other features to choose from, such as calling up Siri and Control Center, taking a screenshot, and more. If you want to control your phone with one hand while lying down, you can assign functions such as Scroll Down and Scroll Up. However, be careful, as a shock, such as when you place your phone on a table, can cause it to malfunction.
This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl. The Japanese edition of Engadget does not guarantee the accuracy or reliability of this article.