SCREENSHOTS are very useful whether you’re trying to save a recipe or take note of an interesting conversation.
Many iPhone users don’t realise that they can take a quick screenshot simply by tapping the back of their device instead of using the double button method.
The feature arrived last year with the iOS 14 update so if you have that software or higher you should be able to take advantage of it.
Known as “back tap”, you can turn on the setting to control your device in a number of new ways.
As well as screenshots, Apple lets you set a double or triple tap to turn the volume up or down, magnify, scroll up or down and more.
How to use Back Tap on iPhone
Known as ‘back tap’, you can turn on the setting to control your device in a number of new ways[/caption]
To turn on the feature make sure you’ve updated to iOS 14 or higher.
Go to your Settings, scroll down and tap “Accessibility” and then click “Touch”.
Then scroll down to “Back Tap”. You’ll have the choice to turn on “Double Tap” or “Triple Tap”.
If you want to set one of these to screenshot, select double or triple tap and scroll down to sreenshot. Tap it.
Now you should be able to take a screenshot just by tapping the back of your phone either twice or three times, depending on what you picked.
Bear in mind that this feature might not work if you have a thick phone case.
You can switch the features Back Tap controls or turn it off anytime by using the same steps above.
iPhone tricks to try today
Here are some of the best…
- Typing cursor – When typing, hold down the space bar to turn your keyboard into a trackpad, letting you move around words and sentences more easily
- Close all Safari tabs – To do this in one go, simply hold the overlapped squares in the bottom right-hand corner, and press close all tabs
- Delete lots of photos quickly – Hold down on a photo and then drag your finger diagonally in Photos to select lots of images at once, then hit delete
- Convert currency quickly – Swipe down from the top of your Home screen (or swipe left to right on an iPhone X or later model), then tap in the bar and type a currency (like $200) and it will automatically covert to your local currency
- Check if you’re due a battery upgrade – Batteries inside smartphones degrade over time. Just go to Settings > Battery > Battery Health, and check out the Maximum Capacity reading. Generally a battery is considered worn when you’re down to 80% capacity. If you’re below, you can buy a battery swap from Apple
- Move apps around faster – Hold an app until it starts wiggling, then (while still holding) tap other apps, causing them to stack so you can move them around easier
In other news, nine apps have had to be removed from the Google Play Store after they were caught stealing Facebook passwords.
Facebook is facing backlash in the US over plans to create a version of Instagram for children under 13.
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