Three great iOS 14 accessibility features everyone will want to use

At the core of making an inclusive, easy-to-use software experience is recognizing that accessibility is not just code for “people with disabilities.” It’s just a set of tools to match people’s capabilities with the use of a product. We are all situationally disabled, and everyone needs different forms of help to interact with digital products.

Apple has made great strides in its accessibility features, and clearly recognizes the importance of making the iPhone or iPad easy for everyone to use, regardless of physical capabilities. But some of the coolest stuff, stuff everyone can and would want to use, is still frustratingly buried in the Accessibility section of the Settings app.

When iOS 14 launches this fall, or when you decide you want to try out the beta, you may want to dive into that menu and check out these three new features. They’re incredibly useful for everyone.

Back tap

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Double- or Triple-tap on the back of your iPhone to perform a host of functions.

Open Settings > Accessibility > Touch and scroll all the way down to find the Back Tap menu.

This lets you add an action to a double-tap on the back of your iPhone, and another action to triple-tap. These include the ability to open Control Center, take a screenshot, return to the Home screen, adjust volume, and more. You can even set them to one of your Shortcuts, making it very flexible.

In our testing, it doesn’t very often trigger accidentally, though you may want to start with triple-tap just to make accidental triggers a little less frequent.

This is like having two extra buttons on your iPhone, and getting to customize exactly what they do! To really make the most of this feature, you’ll want to check out everything Shortcuts can do.

Headphone accommodations

If you have AirPods or Beats headphones, you’re going to love this one.