If you’d like to open your iPhone’s Camera app and take photos quickly without even touching the screen, you can launch it with two or three taps on the back on an iPhone 8 or higher. The secret is a built-in feature called Back Tap. Here’s how to set it up.

First, open the Settings app on your iPhone.

In Settings, tap “Accessibility,” then select “Touch.”

Tap Touch in Settings on iPhone or iPad

In “Touch Settings,” select “Back Tap.”

In Accessibility Touch settings on iPhone, select "Back Tap."

In “Back Tap” settings, you’ll see two options. You can launch the Camera app with either a “Double Tap” (two taps) or a “Triple Tap” (three taps) on the back of your iPhone. Select the option that suits you.

In Back Tap settings, select "Double Tap" or "Triple Tap."

In “Double Tap” or “Triple Tap” settings, look in the “System” section and select “Camera” until it has a check mark beside it.

In Back Tap options, select "Camera."

Next, exit Settings. The next time you tap on the back of your iPhone two or three times (depending on which option you chose), the Camera app will open.

And guess what: You can use the Volume Up or Volume Down buttons on the side of your device to trigger the camera shutter (in addition to the usual on-screen shutter button), which means no touchscreen use is required at all for taking basic photos. Have fun!

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Benj Edwards is a former Associate Editor for How-To Geek. Now, he is an AI and Machine Learning Reporter for Ars Technica. For over 15 years, he has written about technology and tech history for sites such as The Atlantic, Fast Company, PCMag, PCWorld, Macworld, Ars Technica, and Wired. In 2005, he created Vintage Computing and Gaming, a blog devoted to tech history. He also created The Culture of Tech podcast and regularly contributes to the Retronauts retrogaming podcast.
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