How to Use the Apple Logo as a Secret Button

Did you learn that yours iPhone has a secret button: the Apple Logo. You’ve read online that tapping the Apple logo on the back two or three times is enough for a direct action, like taking a screenshot, opening Control Center, or accessing Siri Assistant shortcuts. This all sounds good, doesn’t it? Too bad though that you’ve already tried tapping the bitten apple logo two or three times but nothing happens.

In reality, it is normal that nothing happens, because for use the Apple logo as a button you must first activate the function “Touch feedback” of the heading “To touch” from the menu “Accessibility” which is otherwise disabled by default. In this article we explain how to do it, but first make sure you have a compatible iPhone (the function, called Press back is not available on all iPhone models made by Apple) and how it works back key.

Which iPhones have the Back Touch feature?

Using the Apple logo as a button requires having a iPhone 8 or one next model, updated to the latest version of the iOS operating system. For the most curious, the function “Touch feedback” arrived in 2020 with iOS 14.

Below is the list of Compatible iPhones (and not) with the functionality that turns the Apple logo into a button:

  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone 8Plus
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone SE (2nd generation)
  • iPhone 12 mini
  • iPhone 12
  • iPhone 12 Pro
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max
  • iPhone 13 mini
  • iPhone 13
  • iPhone 13 Pro
  • iPhone 13 Pro Max
  • iPhone SE (3rd generation)

These are however the iPhone models in which the function “Touch feedback” it does not work because not supported:

  • iPhone 7
  • iPhone 7Plus
  • iPhone SE (1st generation)
  • iPhone 6S
  • iPhone 6S Plus
  • Iphone 6
  • iPhone 6Plus
  • iphone 5s
  • iphone 5c
  • iPhone 5
  • iphone 4s
  • iphone 4
  • iPhone 3GS
  • iPhone 3G
  • iPhone

What shortcuts are available with Back Touch?

Here are all shortcuts which you can activate by pressing the Apple logo twice or three times after setting the function correctly “Touch feedback” on your iPhone.

System

  • Easy access
  • Shake
  • Rotation lock
  • Control center
  • Notification Center
  • List of apps
  • Camera
  • House
  • Mute
  • Lock screen
  • Screenshot
  • Siri
  • Projector
  • Torch
  • Volume –
  • Volume +

Accessibility

  • Support contact
  • Zoom controller
  • Color filters
  • Classic inversion
  • Smart reversal
  • Read screen
  • Magnifying glass
  • People detection
  • background noise
  • Voice off
  • Zoom

Scroll gestures

  • Scroll up
  • Scroll down

Quick orders

  • Shazam Quick Order
  • What is a Quick Order?
  • take a break
  • Message with the last photo

How to Enable the Apple Logo as a Secret Button

The setting of the Apple logo as secret button requires access to the section “Accessibility” Settings app and activating the option “Touch feedback” in the zone “To touch” (function disabled by default).

Here is the step-by-step procedure:

  1. Open the app Settings and press the option Accessibility

iPhone Settings app

  1. Find section Mobilitythen tap the item To touch

iPhone accessibility

  1. In the new screen that opens, scroll down and select the function back key

iPhone touch function

  1. Press on Double touch

iPhone touch feedback

  1. Double-tap any of the actions included in the tabs System, Accessibility, Scroll gestures, Quick orders

Dual Touch iPhone

  1. To touch backward and select now Triple touch

iPhone Back Touch Shortcuts

  1. Choose the action that corresponds to the triple tap on the logo used as the secret button.

How to Use the Apple Logo as a Key

To use the Apple logo as a key, simply double or triple tap the back of your iPhone, depending on the action you want. It is not mandatory to touch the Apple logo, the function “Touch feedback” it is activated even if you double tap the remaining area of ​​the phone back cover.

Button I like Apple logo

The important thing is that they are quick and decisive touchesotherwise, in most cases, the system will not recognize the shortcut you are trying to run using the bitten apple logo as the key.

Case yes or case no? In our test, we used an iPhone 12 Pro Max with and without a case: from the first attempts with the back cover, few were successful, but without the case, the success rates increased considerably.

That said, we recommend that you experiment with the cover inserted first: if it is not very thick, you may be able to obtain more than acceptable results, regardless of the position of the logo (it depends of the model used).

But if you see that on ten attempts you can make it work “Touch feedback” only once or twice, it’s best to remove the back cover and use it in natural quotes, as you found inside the sales package.

iPhone Back Touch not working?

First, make sure you have a Compatible iPhones with function “Touch feedback” (iPhone 8 or later, with iOS updated to the latest version). This being established, you should know that the Apple logo used as a secret button it doesn’t always work, or rather it is not infallible. Even without the back cover, in our tests we noticed that on some occasions the double tap (and triple tap) on the back does not match the shortcut previously set using the function “Touch feedback”.

At first we thought the problem was with the back cover, but even removing it the results – although significantly better in percentage terms – didn’t come close to perfect.

Second, we assumed the cause was the sensitivity of our touch, perhaps a bit too light. Even then, however, we had to change our minds, because using the same force, the behavior of the iPhone was not the same.

conclusion

The time has come to draw conclusions. Admittedly, turning the Apple logo into an actual button is a neat idea, though perhaps more on a commercial level than a utility level. We say this not because we feel it is a useless feature, but because of the difficulties in achieving acceptable continuity of use.

Have you also encountered the same problem as ours? What was your experience with the feature back key from your iPhone? Let us know by visiting us on our social pages!

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