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iPhone takes random screenshots after iOS 14 update, users complain

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According to reports by several users online, the iPhone is taking random screenshots after the new iOS 14 update. Most of us know that Apple devices hold great potential but I don’t think any of us anticipated random screenshots. Several users have complained online that their iPhone takes random screenshots without any trigger or a reason that sets off the device. This can be annoying because one’s gallery is spammed with random screenshots. Screenshots are a great way to capture information but random information being captured via screenshots defeats the entire purpose.

iPhone is taking random screenshots after iOS 14 update

One user reported, “I would like to ask why this is happening. Iphone 11 takes random screenshots sometimes. i think it happens 5 times a day or worst 8 times. it only happen when i updated to iOS 14 lately. and there was 14.0.1 update thought it will fix the problem but it didn’t.” The comment section underneath this post makes it apparent that a large number of users are facing this annoying problem.

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Many users also reported that their phone takes random screenshots even at times when they are not using their phones. Could the new iOS update have infected iPhones with an invisible ghost that likes to take random screenshots? Finding random screenshots in your gallery taken at a time when you weren’t even using your phone can be disturbing and creepy.

Reports also indicate that the problem occurs intermittently. The random screenshots might range anywhere from 3 per day to even 10-15 times on some days. Most complaints seem to be coming from users who use the iPhone 11, however, users of other iPhone models are also experiencing this issue. Users speculate that the reason behind these random screenshots might be a bug in the new iOS 14 (or a ghost).

Tips and Tricks

A bit of further digging helped us realize that the issue is not paranormal but is caused by a tiny feature that can be easily dealt with. The problem is caused by the Back Tap feature. You might accidentally double or triple tap the back of your device which automatically opens the Control Centre and can trigger accessibility specific actions and random screenshots.

To deal with this situation click on the “settings” then head over to “accessibility” and then the final stop is “touch.” Now scroll down to the bottom for Back Tap related settings. You need to ensure that these settings are off. You can also assign the feature to some other action as opposed to taking random screenshots.

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Saman Iqbal

Saman is a law student. She enjoys writing about tech, politics and the world in general. She's an avid reader and writes fictional prose in her free time.

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