The easiest way to open the iPhone camera yet.
One of the new accessibility features in iOS 14 is the addition of a “Back Tap” feature, where you can configure actions to occur based on a double-tap or triple-tap of the back of your iPhone. This is a great idea, and the idea of launching the iPhone camera from a couple taps sounds perfect.
Unfortunately, none of the built-in actions lets you launch the camera:
Thankfully, you can launch a Shortcut… and we can use a Shortcut to open the camera.
Through a simple one-action Shortcut, you can configure your iPhone to launch the camera app with just a couple taps on the back of your phone. There are two steps: creating the shortcut, and configuring the tap action to be used.
There is a quick prerequisite: your photo has to allow the installation of third party Shortcuts. If you’ve never enabled this, follow these instructions from Apple and then continue.
Install the Camera Launch Shortcut
You’ll need an iOS Shortcut with a single action (the Open App action configured to open the Camera).
I’ve created this action and you can install it with this link:
Note that the process to install someone else’s shortcut means that after you open the shortcut from this link, you need to scroll to the bottom and choose to Install Untrusted Shortcut.
Configure Back Tap to Launch the Camera Shortcut
After installing the Shortcut, we need to set up the Back Tap feature to launch our camera.
Go into the Settings app, then Accessibility, and then Touch.
There you’ll find Back Tap, and then the option to configure either the Double or Triple Tap. Choose whichever you prefer (I use the Double Tap) then scroll down to the list of Shortcuts and choose the Open Camera shortcut that we just installed.
Now, at any point once your phone is unlocked, you can use your chosen tap pattern to launch the iOS camera. If the best camera is the one that you have with you, why wouldn’t you want to make it as easy as possible to use that camera?
Here's how to open your iPhone camera using the new Back Tap feature of iOS 14: https://t.co/VPH5dnIKQ6
— Aaron Hockley (@ahockley) October 12, 2020