Using a feature called Back Tap on iPhone 8 or later with iOS 14 or later, you can configure your iPhone to play or pause your music by tapping the back of your phone two or three times. Here’s how to set it up.
Part 1: Create the play / pause shortcut
To play or pause music with a tap, we need help from an Apple shortcut, which is a kind of automated procedure that you can set on your iPhone to perform a task. But don̵
First, launch the Shortcuts app. If you can’t find it, swipe down from the center of the screen until you see a search bar. Type “Shortcuts” then tap the Shortcuts app icon that appears.
Once the shortcuts are open, tap the ‘My Shortcuts’ button at the bottom of the screen and select ‘All Shortcuts’.
On the “All Shortcuts” screen, tap the Plus (“+”) button to add a new shortcut.
On the “New Shortcut” page, tap the ellipses button (three dots in a circle) to rename the shortcut.
On the Details card, tap the Shortcut Name text area, type Play / Pause Music, then tap Done.
Then tap the “Add action” button.
In the “Actions” panel that appears, type “Play / Pause” in the search bar, then select “Play / Pause” from the list of results below.
Then you will see an overview of our very simple shortcut. It says “Now Playing” and then a list of the “Play / Pause on iPhone” action. When you’re happy, tap Done.
After that, tap on the “Play / Pause” music button in your shortcut list to test it out. The music starts to play. If you tap it again, the music will be paused. It works!
Part 2: Configure Back Tap
Next, we need to configure the Back Tap feature to use the “Play / Pause Music” shortcut that we just created. To do this, open Settings.
In Settings, navigate to Accessibility> Touch> Back tap.
In the “Back Tap” settings, you can choose whether a double or triple tap activates the “Play / Pause Music” shortcut. Tap the one you prefer.
You will see a list of actions that can be triggered when using Back Tap. Scroll through the list until you get to the “Shortcuts” section at the bottom and tap the “Play / Pause Music” shortcut we created earlier. When it is selected, it has a blue check mark next to it.
Then exit Settings.
Tap the back of your iPhone two or three times (depending on how you set it up) and the music will start playing. Tap the back again to pause the music. You can switch between play and pause as often as you like. Back Tap works everywhere on iPhone, including the lock screen, but your iPhone’s screen must be active for it to work. Have fun listening!
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