How To: Add a capacitive back button to your iPhone, similar to Android

Some DIYs are better than others – one of our recent posts that showed you how to add a glowing Apple logo to your iPhone 6/6 Plus/6s/6s Plus became viral on the web. While the idea of replacing the boring old Apple logo with one that actually glows like the one on Mac notebooks is pretty exciting, it did require you (or someone else that knows what they’re doing) to open the phone which most people are not willing to do.

This time, we have another cool and way easier trick (thanks to RedmondPie) you can use to make your iPhone more functional. The hardware Back button is an Android staple many iPhone users wish they could have.

Apple did try to patch things up and implemented a software Back button in iOS but obviously, it’s pretty far from the real thing since it’s placed at the top-left of the screen. As a result, it can be difficult to reach unless you’re willing to use both hands for the task.

Luckily, there is a solution out there and it doesn’t come from Apple, nor does it require you to open your iPhone or have any technical skills. I’m talking about a screen protector created by Aerb which (believe it or not) adds a fully functional hardware button to the iPhone 6 and 6s series.

I especially like how it works: the screen protector links the bottom left and right areas next to Touch ID to the top areas where the iOS software Back and Edit/Select buttons are found, allowing you to tap at the bottom of the screen and the action being registered in the upper area.

Of course, having a built-in back button on the iPhone would be ideal, but Aerb’s solution is the next best thing as all you need to do is place the protector correctly on your screen. And it will keep it scratch-free as a bonus. Watch the video below to see how it works:

Should you decide to purchase one of Aerb’s iPhone screen protectors (see links below), we recommend you carefully read the instructions included in the package to learn how to properly place it on your iPhone.

Aerb Smart Protector with back button for iPhone 6 Plus/6s Plus on Amazon (current price $9.99 reduced from $30)
Aerb Smart Protector with back Button for iPhone 6/6s on Amazon (current price $9.99 reduced from $30)

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