Nigel Ramsay

Software Engineer from Wellington, New Zealand

Secret launch sequence for NZ COVID Tracer

02 November 2020

The iPhone has a secret menu buried within the settings that lets you launch the NZ COVID Tracer app with just 2 taps.

How to set it up

Watch the video, or follow the instructions at the bottom.

Open the Shortcuts app

  1. Click +
  2. Click Add Action
  3. Click Scripting
  4. Click Open App
  5. Click Choose
  6. Scroll down and tap NZ COVID Tracer
  7. Click Next
  8. Enter a name such as Open Covid
  9. Click Done

Then open the Setting apps

  1. Scroll down and tap on Accessibility
  2. Click on Touch
  3. Scroll down to the bottom and tap on Back Tap
  4. Click on Double Tap
  5. In the Shortcuts section at the bottom, click on Open Covid

That’s it!

How to use the launch sequence

  1. Pick up your iPhone
  2. It should unlock automatically (newer iPhones)
  3. Double tap the back of the phone
  4. The NZ COVID Tracer app opens
  5. Scan your QR code