Like Siri, you can trigger this from anywhere on the iPhone, regardless of which app you’re in at the time. It doesn’t go directly into Bing Chat though, there is an extra tap, but I can’t think of a faster way.
There is a mild amount of setup to be done and it also involves using the Shortcuts app. But once you’re done, you’ll be able to open Bing by simply tapping the back of your iPhone.
Before you begin
There are some prerequisites for doing this that you need to be aware of before you start. The first is that you can only use Back Tap on iPhones from iPhone 8 onwards.
The second, as mentioned, is that you also need to have the Shortcuts app installed. If you don’t currently have it, you can download it from the App Store (opens in new tab) for free.
And of course the latest version of the Bing app for iOS (opens in new tab).
Here’s how to quickly access Bing Chat anywhere on your iPhone
The process is basically two steps. The first is to create a shortcut to launch the Bing app. The second is to assign that shortcut to be triggered from the Back Tap function.
To create the shortcut:
1. Open Shortcuts app on your iPhone.
2. Tap on + button to create a new shortcut.
3. Tap on Add action.
4. Search for Open App and then press it.
5. Tap on blue text that’s what App says.
6. Select Bing from the list.
7. Tap on done.
It’s also probably worth giving it an easy-to-remember name, especially if you have other shortcuts in play. For example, I just called mine “Open Bing”.
The shortcut is now created, so all we need to do is tell the iPhone to run this shortcut when you tap the back of the phone.
1. Open Settings.
2. Navigate to Accessibility > Press.
3. Find and open at the very bottom Back Press settings.
4. Press either Double click or Triple pressure depending on how many taps you want to trigger the action.
5. Scroll down and find the shortcut you created above and select it.
That’s all there is to it. Now, anywhere on your iPhone (provided it’s unlocked), simply double- or triple-tap, depending on which one you’ve chosen, and the Bing app will open for you. From there, it’s a single extra tap to launch Bing Chat.
The shortcut can also run from the lock screen, but you’ll need to unlock your iPhone to use the app. But it’s still pretty neat that you can do this and launch right into Bing.
Proper shortcut support would be excellent
If Microsoft were to build proper, full support for shortcuts into the Bing app, then in theory we could have a trigger to launch directly into Bing Chat instead of having to press the button. Or launch into any other feature in the app, such as weather or Microsoft Rewards.
Right now we’re limited because this support is missing, so all we can do is use the built-in “Open App” action to trigger what we want. But with proper shortcut support, you can build more complex actions and even trigger them with Siri.