Fastest way to access iPhone camera: Change this awesome setting

Person taking a photo with iPhone

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We have another of the best hidden features on iPhone to share. We’ll show you how to set it up to quickly access the iPhone camera so you never miss a shot.

And we’re going to add a bonus tip to show you how to take a screenshot faster than ever. The two tips are related as you will see.

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Configure ‘Back Tap’ to open the camera

  1. Open Settings
  2. Tap Accessibility
  3. Tap Touch
  4. Scroll down and press Back Tap
  5. Press Double Tap
  6. Then tap Camera
  7. Tap the back arrow in the top left corner
  8. Select Triple Tap and then select Screenshot

Now all you have to do is double-tap the Apple logo on the back of the phone to quickly open your camera app. And tapping it three times will now take a screenshot.

back tap setting

Screenshot by Jason Hiner/ZDNET

If you configure this and you have trouble getting it to work, be aware that in some cases it will be more difficult to use this feature depending on how thick they are. But it will still work with most cases.

The other thing to keep in mind is that cadence matters. If you’re tapping and it’s not working, try tapping a little slower and/or a little faster until you find the right cadence.

You can also watch our short video that walks you through this tip in a flash youtube short (embedded below), Instagram rollor on TikTok.

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