Access Control Center Without Touching Your iPhone's Screen

When using an iPhone without a Home button, slide your finger diagonally down from the top-right corner of the screen to activate Control Center. This isn’t very convenient if your other hand isn’t free, but there is another way to access the Control Center without touching your iPhone’s screen.

Rather than scrolling through the various sections of the Settings app, your iPhone’s Control Center provides quick access to a variety of settings and options that you can access with a single swipe on your screen. If your other hand is occupied and you need to access the Control Center with the hand that is holding your iPhone, the downwards or upwards swipe to get it on your screen may be difficult. You can completely avoid this annoyance by using an iPhone accessibility feature called Back Tap, which allows you to access the Control Center without touching the device’s display.

Follow the steps below to assign Control Center to a double-tap or triple-tap of the back of your iPhone. In order to use the Back Tap option, you need an iPhone 8 or later model running iOS 14 or later to work.

How To Access Control Center Without Touching Your iPhone’s Screen

At first, go to the settings and then click on Accessibility to access the Control Center without touching your iPhone’s screen.

Under the Physical and Motor section, select Touch.

After that, scroll down and select the Back Tap option.

To set an action to happen, tap on double-tap or triple-tap.

From the list, choose Control Center.

This will connect the Control Center to the double/triple back tap gesture, allowing you to access it by tapping twice or three times on the back of your iPhone. As you may have noticed, opening the Control Center with either of those gestures is just one of many possibilities.

You can also set them to go to the App Switcher, lock/unlock your screen, lock/unlock screen rotation, mute/unmute the device, and many other things. If you think you’ll be able to get used to them, use those two gestures to make signing into your iPhone even more efficient.


After you’ve assigned an action to a Back Tap using the steps above, it’s ready to use right away, so go ahead and try it out. Control Center can be dismissed with the same Back Tap. Finally, contact customer support if you have any other questions about your iPhone’s settings.

Experiencing difficulties with your Device, check out our “How To” page on how to resolve some of these issues.


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