IOS 14 and Android 11 will add new controls to the “back tap” action when they roll out later this year, but you can get the feature in advance on any Android device running Android 7.0 or higher now. (IPhone users can install iOS 14 beta for an early taste of back-tap life, too).
To launch actions on your Android by tapping it back, you will need to download Tap, Tap app – an open source Android app developed by Keiron Quinn. It was used in the available beta of Android 11 before it was awarded by Google in subsequent build tests. Before that, Android 11 beta tests can double-tap to open their phone’s camera, call Google Assistant, grab a screenshot, or use it as an access shortcut.
Tap, Tap resto function and port it to other Android devices.
Quinn developed Tap, Tap using the same settings that Google used to tune back-tap performance to back-to-back Pixing 3XL and Pixel 4/4 XL, so it should work closely with real thing. That being said, Tap, Tap is in alpha only and some features are not yet fully implemented.
Tap, Tap performance depends on your device; the closer it resembles the Pixel 3XL, 4, or 4XL in size and shape, the better the response should be. It is also possible that thick phone cases may interfere with Tap, the Tap function.
The considerations next to, Tap, Tap are reported to work well on different Android devices. Quinn demo Tap, Tap with a OnePlus 7T Pro, XDA Developers reports The app runs on Asus ROG Phone 3 and Huawei P40 Pro, and I can confirm that it only works on my trusted Pixel 3a XL with Android 10.
Here’s how to get Tap, Tap running on Android devices running Android 7.0 or higher:
- Download Tap, Tap .APK to your phone Quinn’s XDA forum post, or his GitHub page.
- After downloading it, tap to open and install the file. Confirm that you want to install from unknown sources if prompted.
- After the installation is complete, open Tap, Tap from your app screen.
- Tap “Access Service” banner at the top of the main menu. This opens your device’s Access settings.
- Select Tap, Tap from the downloaded services menu.
- Tap “Use the Service” then “Confirm.”
- Close Access settings then return to Tap, Tap the app window.
You can now configure Tap, Tap to work however you want. There are many settings and customization options available, but here are some important things to consider:
- You can change the sensitivity and model of the gesture below “Controls gesture.” You can choose between Pixel 3XL, Pixel 4, or Pixel 4XL gesture models; try to find the one that best fits your phone’s dimensions.
- Go to “Actions” to change what double tapping does. Use “Add more” to add new ones.
- “Gates” lets you disable the gesture for a few hours, such as when you make a call, charge your phone, plug in another device via USB, or when the display is off. You can add more exceptions to “Add more.”