How to turn on or off the Android screen with two taps

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Android is packed with little tricks and useful functions that make the operating system experience pleasant and satisfying. One of those little details is the ability to turn on or off the mobile phone screen with a double tap on the panel, something that a good number of companies have included in their terminals for years, and which today has already become almost something indispensable.

Ma not all mobile phones include this option. And in those that do, the option to activate double-tapping the screen it could be something different from the rest.



Therefore, today we want to explain to you everything you need to know about double screen tap on android: how to use it, what are its advantages and how you can activate it in case your mobile does not have it.

Some phones have an Always on Display mode which is accessed by tapping the blank screen.

  • Why use the double tap on the screen?
  • How to activate double tap on Android
    • On mobiles that have the option natively
    • On mobile phones that don't have it: better apps

Why use the double tap on the screen?

"My mobile already has a power button, why should I activate the double tap on the screen?"

It is true that there are other ways to activate the screen of our mobile in addition to the double tap. Without going further, the using the power button it is an extremely simple and convenient gesture, which we all know.

Now: don't forget that the button is a physical mechanism and, as such, it could fail or deteriorate if used too intensively. Therefore, use the double tap on the screen it can be a good alternative that will allow us to keep your phone buttons in good condition longer.



Not to mention that, in general, double tap the mobile phone screen it is a faster gesture than looking for the button on the side and pressing it, even more so if we are talking about mobile phones with curved screen whose buttons are even more hidden on the sides of the terminal.

Other cell phones too they use internal sensors such as gyroscope and accelerometer to determine the movement e detect when it is grasped or lifted from a table or pocket, thus automatically activating the screen. But once again, the double tap gesture on the screen it is faster and we avoid having to lift or move the mobile from its position.

The lock screen of a Samsung mobile.

How to activate double tap on Android

I benefits of double tap on the screen to lock or unlock the cell phone are already evident. Now is the time to see how this option is activated.

Depending on our mobile, the process for doing this will be different. In some it is activated by default and it is not even possible to deactivate it, while in others this function does not exist and it is necessary to resort to third-party applications.

Whatever your case, we show you below how to activate the double tap on the screen your Android.

On mobiles that have the option natively

If your mobile has the ability to activate the screen with two taps, the process will be extremely simple.


Generally speaking, all you need to do is go to system settings and within the screen settings section or lock screen, activate the call option tap to unlock, double tap to activate or similar. However, some manufacturers they hide these functions in dedicated submenus, which we examine below:


On Samsung phones

Starting with One UI 3.0, Samsung introduced the option for double tap the screen to lock. The process for activating this option, along with the option to double tap to turn on the screen, is as follows:

  1. Open the system settings and go to "Advanced features".
  2. Access the «Gestures and movements» section.
  3. Activate the option "Double tap to turn on" or "Double tap to turn off".

Now you can activate the screen with a double tap on it when it is off, or turn it off with a double tap on an empty space on the home or lock screen.

On Xiaomi mobiles

On Xiaomi phones with MIUI, activating this option is quite simple. Just follow these steps:

  1. Open the system settings and go to «Lock screen».
  2. Activate the option «Double tap the screen to wake up».

Sui telefoni Huawei

In case of Huawei terminal, the process is a little longer since the Chinese company "hides" this option in the accessibility menu of its mobile phones. These are the steps you need to follow:


  1. Open the system settings and go to the "Accessibility features" section.
  2. Go to the «Shortcuts and gestures» section.
  3. Tap «Activate screen».
  4. Activate the “Double press to activate” option.

On mobile phones that don't have it: better apps

Now what if your mobile phone doesn't offer this feature?

If so, in order to use the double tap to turn off the screen will be necessary to resort to third-party applications. In most cases, you can use this feature if you download a third party launcher on your mobile.


To perform this process, we will be using Nova Launcher for the simple fact of being the most popular launcher among Android users, but the steps should be similar in most apps of this type. These are the steps you need to follow:

  1. Open Launcher Settings.
  2. Go to the section «Gestures and inputs».
  3. Select the "Double tap" option and assign the action you want to perform. In this case, «Screen lock».

Time you can turn off the mobile phone screen with a double tap on an empty space in the launcher.

Things get a little complicated if you want activate the double tap on the screen to unlock on a cellphone that does not have one.

And is that since this function is linked to its support by the kernel or the operating system kernel, third party apps can't turn this feature on or off that easily. At least, not without severely impacting phones' battery life.

Therefore, the only option would be to use a custom kernel where the option for was included activate the screen with two taps. Fortunately, the number of mobile phones that do not include this option is less and less.


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