Did you know that the Apple iPhone has a secret button that most owners see every day, but didn’t know existed?
Where is the secret button?
It’s the Apple logo on the back on your iPhone.
How do I setup and use the Apple logo as a button?
Follow these simple instructions to activate the button and set it up for a function you want quick access to on your iPhone. For these instructions, I’m going to set it up to get instant access to the control centre on my iPhone.
Note: Will only work on the iPhone 8 and later models.
- Ensure you have the latest version of IOS (at the time of writing this post, IOS 14.4).
- Click on Settings
- Click on Accessibility
- Click on Touch
- Click on Back Tap (to turn it on).
- Click on Double or Triple Tap
- Chose which function you want to open when tapping the Apple logo. You can choose one for double tapping and another function when triple tapping the logo. In my case, I’m choosing Control Centre when double tapping the Apple logo.
- The Apple logo button is now set up to work when double or triple tapping on it. Here’s what I see after double tapping the Apple logo on the back of my iPhone.
- This also works if you have a silicone protective cover on your iPhone (like I do).
Do you know who has access to the details on your iPhone and iPad? Check out Rob’s post, Privacy Review, on his blog – Rob’s Tech Talk.
Any questions about this post? Don’t hesitate to leave them in the comments section.
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49 thoughts on “How To Find And Use The Secret Button On Your iPhone”
Hi Hugh Thank you so much for linking this to #Senisal. I love reading your tips. I tried this as instructed and now as some of the others also mentioned, need to decide which of the choices to link to. Thank you again for sharing.
You’re welcome, Esmé. Don’t forget you have two choices – one for double-tap and one for triple-tap.
You are a wealth of information Hugh! Now I just have to decide which function I need instant access to. I wish I could teach it to make coffee. 😁
Wouldn’t that be great, Christie? Maybe one day, our phones will be able to do that for us?
Not going to work for me unfortunately – I carry my phone in a case to protect the screen. Never mind…
Have you given it a go? You may be surprised to find that it does work.
I shall give it a go when I have a moment.
I use Android, but it appears that finding things on either brand has many secrets. 🙂 x
I think all these technology devices do a lot more than we know about, Debby. I’m sure I’ve only chipped away at the tip of the iceberg.
You said it. I’m still discovering tools when I dig deeper into each setting. Sometimes, less is more – or enough. 🙂 x
That is very cool! 😀 … but by the time I get around to the i8 (I just upgraded my i5 to an iSE) Apple will probably be releasing the i54 😀 😀
Babysteps and all that. And who knows? Maybe Apple will make this option available on other previous models soon.
Heh, heh, heh 😀
Hi Hugh, That is a great tip and one that I’ll use. I like to use and answer my phone using the speaker. Is there a setting with the back tap to make this selection?
At the moment, I’m afraid not, Chuck. But keep checking what’s available as Apple may add it to the list.
I only have the iPhone 7, but this is good to know for when I upgrade. I was completely unaware of this…
Me too, until last week, Jim. When that upgrade comes up, be sure to come back to this post.
I plan to, thanks!
As a guy who doesn’t have the intuitive sense that many others have regarding technology, I appreciate posts such as this one. Your step-by-step instructions are always easy to follow, Hugh.
Thank you for the great feedback on my ‘How To’ posts, Pete. When I draft them, I always ask myself if I’d understand them first before publishing them. That way, I hope that will mean that all of the readers can follow the instructions. I think screenshots also help. Nothing worse than following instructions, getting stuck, and there is no screenshot to help out.
It’s a useful function, isn’t it. I’ve set mine up to take a screenshot – so much easier than messing about with buttons!
I agree, Clive. I chose the Control Centre to get to AirPlay quickly because Apple seems to like moving the position of it around so much.
A good choice, Hugh. From the responses it seems many weren’t aware of this tip, so well done for sharing it!
Hi, Hugh – I love discovering new tricks for my phone. I have a Samsung so I don’t believe that I have a similar logo button as you described here. But I did recently discover how to easily voice activate my phone camera. Now, I only need to say ‘cheese’ and my camera takes a photo. Game. Changer! 😀
What a cool feature for the Samsung phone, Donna. I wonder if the iPhone has something similar. It’s something for me to check out.
Hi, Hugh – My understanding is that iPhone currently does not have the exact same feature. But you iPhone users can activate Siri to do something similar. Here’s that link. https://www.cnet.com/how-to/how-to-take-iphone-photos-with-your-voice/
Thanks so much for the link, Donna. I don’t make much use of Siri. Maybe I should make her work more for me. After all, she came with the phone.
Ah, interesting. I’ll have to give this a try.
I hope it worked, Ingrid? Let me know if you encountered any problems setting it up.
Okay, that’s handy! Thank you, Hugh. I’m going to try it out now 🙂
I hope it worked, Jacquie? Let me know if you encountered any problems setting it up.
All went well. I used the screenshot feature. Thanks again!
Hi Hugh, I’ve heard about the apple icon, but I didn’t try it yet! Thanks for the tutorial!
You’re welcome, Elizabeth. Let me know if you encounter any problems with setting the button up. I’m happy to help.
Wow, great option! I don’t have an iPhone but two of my kids to have one. Will check if they know!
Yours and Ritu’s comment makes me feel I’m in with the kids regarding technology, Erika. They’ll probably already know about this little secret I revealed about the Apple logo on the back of the iPhone. If they don’t, then I’m going to tell myself that I’m supercool. 😎
Hugh, either way, you are super cool 😎
Great tip, Hugh! This one is so useful, and so hidden! And thanks for the mention.
You’re welcome, Rob. Your blog post was an excellent reminder to check who and what knows your every move.
How interesting. You know so much, oh wise Hugh! Thank you for the post.
I knew nothing about this button until last week. But It’s fun learning all this stuff, Esther.
It certainly is, Hugh.
I shall have to share this with my daughter who is getting her new iPhone, soon!
I’m sure she’ll soon find lots of other options for the iPhone that I know nothing about. Don’t forget to share them with us.
I’ll make sure she tells me, Hugh!