IOS 14 and Android 11 will add new “undo” gestures as they roll out later this year, but you can get the feature on any Android device running Android 7.0 or higher now. (iPhone users can also install the beta version of iOS 14 to get an early idea of the return age.)
To start actions on your Android device by putting it on the back, you will need to download the Tap, Tap app, an open-source Android app developed by Keiron Quinn. It was available in Android 11 beta before Google removed it from later beta versions. Before that, Android 11 beta testers could double-click to open their phone’s camera, called Google Assistant, take a screenshot, or use it as an accessibility shortcut.
Click, tap to restore that function, and transfer it to other Android devices as well.
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Quinn designed Tap, Tap with the same settings that Google used to tweak the double-tap gesture performance of the Pixel 3XL and Pixel 4/4 XL phones, so it should work very close to the real thing. However, Tap, Tap is only available in alpha and some features are not fully implemented.
Click, tap performance will depend on your device; The more like Pixel 3XL, 4 or 4XL in size and shape, the better the answer. Thick phone cases also may interfere with Tap, Tap function.
Leaving these considerations aside, it is reported that Tap, Tap works well on a variety of Android devices. Quinn Tap, Tap with OnePlus 7T Pro, XDA Developers has reported that the app works on Asus ROG Phone 3 and Huawei P40 Pro, and I can confirm it works fine on the trusted Pixel 3a XL running Android 10.
Here’s how to run Tap, Tap on Android devices running Android 7.0 or above:
- Download Tap, Tap.APK to your phone from Quinn’s XDA Forum post or from their GitHub page.
- After downloading, click to open and install the file. If prompted, confirm that you want to install from unknown sources.
- After installation, open Tap, Tap from your application screen.
- Click the “Accessibility Service” logo at the top of the main menu. This opens the accessibility settings on your device.
- Select Tap, Tap from the list of downloaded services.
- Click on “Use the Service” and then “Confirm”.
- Close accessibility settings, return to the Tap app window, then tap.
Now you can configure Tap, click to work as you like. There are many settings and customization options available, but here are a few important settings to keep in mind:
- You can change the sensitivity and gesture form in Gesture Controls. You can choose between Pixel 3XL, Pixel 4 or Pixel 4XL gesture models; Try to find the one that fits the dimensions of your phone.
- Go to “Actions” to change what you double-click. Use “Add more” to add new ones.
- Doors allow you to disable the gesture at certain times, such as when you’re on a call, charging your phone, calling another device via USB, or if the screen is off. You can add more exceptions with “Add more”.