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Here’s how to turn your Android screen on or off with two taps


Double tapping the screen to turn your mobile phone on and off is one of the most useful features of Android: this is how you can use it.

Last updated on November 1st, 2020 at 6:01 pm

Android is full of useful little tricks and functions that makes the operating system comfortable and satisfying.

One of those little details is the possibility of Turn the mobile screen on or off with a double tap about the panel, something that a good number of companies have included in their terminals for years and that has almost become something today essential.

But Not all cell phones offer this option. And in those who do, the option to enable double touch of the screen it could be something else to the rest.

That’s why we want to explain today Everything you need to know about Double Tap on Android: how to use it, what are its advantages and how to activate it in case your phone does not have it.

Some phones have an Always on Display mode that you can access by touching the off-screen.

Why tap screen twice?

“My cell phone already has a power button. Why should I enable double tapping on the screen?”

It’s true that There are other ways to activate our cellphone’s screen beyond the double tap. Without going any further Use the power switch It is an extremely simple and convenient gesture that we are all familiar with.

Don’t forget that now The button is a physical mechanism, and as such, could fail or worsen if used too intensively.

So, Use the screen tap twice can be a good alternative that allows us Keep the phone keys in good condition for longer.

Not to mention that in general Double touch the mobile screen This is a faster gesture than looking for the button on the side and pressing it, especially if these are cell phones with a curved screen, the buttons of which are even more hidden on the sides of the terminal.

Other cell phones too Use internal sensors such as a gyroscope and accelerometer Determine movement and Know when to grab or lift it from a table or bagand so activate the screen automatically.

But again, the gesture of double tapping the screen It’s faster and we don’t have to lift the phone or move it out of position.

Samsung Galaxy S10e, lock screen

The lock screen of a Samsung phone.

How to enable Double Tap on Android

The Benefits of double tapping the screen to lock or unlock The cell phones are already clear. Now is the time to do it See how this option is enabled.

Depending on our cell phone, The process will be different. In some cases it is enabled by default and in other cases it cannot even be disabled This function does not exist and it is necessary to resort to third-party applications.

Whatever your case, we’ll show you below How to enable double tapping on the screen on Android.

On phones that have the native option

If your cell phone has it Option to activate the screen with two tapsthe process will be very simple.

Here's how to turn your Android screen on or off with two tapsHere's how to turn your Android screen on or off with two taps

Usually you just have to do it Go to System Preferences and go to Screen or Lock Screen Settingsactivate the call option To unlock, tap, double tap to activate, or similar.

Still some manufacturers hide these features in special submenus which we review below.

On Samsung phones

As of One UI 3.0, Samsung introduced the option Double tap the screen to lock. The process for enabling this option – along with the double tap option to turn on the screen – is as follows:

  1. Open System Preferences and go to Advanced Features.
  2. Access the Gestures and Motions section.
  3. Enable the option “Double tap to turn on” or “Double tap to turn off”.

Now you can Double-tap the screen to activate it if it is offor switch it off with a Double-tap an empty space on the home screen or the lock screen.

On Xiaomi phones

Enabling this option is quite easy on Xiaomi phones with MIUI.

Just follow these steps:

  1. Open System Preferences and go to “Lock Screen”.
  2. Enable the option “Double tap the screen to wake up”.

On Huawei phones

If you have a Huawei terminal, this is the process a little longer because the Chinese company “hides” this option in the accessibility menu of their phones.

These are the steps you need to follow:

  1. Open System Preferences and go to the Accessibility section.
  2. Access the Shortcuts and Gestures section.
  3. Tap Activate Screen.
  4. Enable the option “Double press to activate”.

On phones that don’t have it: better apps

However, What if your phone doesn’t have this feature?

In this case, to use that Double tap to turn off the screen You have to resort to it Third party apps.

In most cases, you can Use this feature when downloading a Launcher from third parties on your phone.

To carry out this process, we are using Nova Launcher to be the most popular launcher among Android users. However, the steps should be similar in most apps of this type.

These are the steps you need to follow:

  1. Open the launcher settings.
  2. Go to the Gestures and Input section.
  3. Select the “Double Tap” option and assign the action you want to take. In this case “screen lock”.

Now, You can now turn off the mobile screen by double-tapping an empty space on the launcher.

Things get a little more complicated if you want to Enable double tapping the screen to unlock on a cell phone that doesn’t have it.

And it has been since then This function is linked to their support by the Kernel or operating system kernelThird-party apps cannot easily enable or disable this feature.

At least not without seriously impacting phone battery life.

Hence the only option would be Use a custom kernel in which the option of Activate the screen with two taps.

Fortunately, the number of phones that don’t include this option is getting smaller and smaller.