If you have an iPhone, you know how tedious it is to go back to the previous screen. Android smartphones, for comparison, sport an on-screen — and sometimes a physical back button key — which can easily be reached with the thumb. On an iPhone, there is no such back button, however. But that could change soon, thanks to a now-successfully funded Kickstarter project.


Halo Back is a glass-made screen protector which interestingly enough, adds a back button to an iPhone. The first of its kind screen protector adds a circuit layer to its traditional counterpart, enabling it to send a signal when one presses the lower left corner of the screen. This makes it possible to go back to the previous page, and allow users to operate the phone with a single hand.

The company touts the durability of the screen protector, claiming that it can withstand scratches made from even knives. It offers durability that you expect from “the good ones you get from Amazon or other stores.” Since it is made of glass instead of plastic, the clarity is also nice and it feels like “touching Retina HD screen.”

Halo Back has already been successfully funded on crowdsourcing platform Kickstarter. Originally available for $12, you can still pledge towards the project and get it for $17 when it ships around August. With 17 days left for funding, Halo Back has attracted more than 3,395 backers contributing $96,946 of the original $20,000 goal. As of now, the company only has Halo Back for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

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Manish is an Engineering graduate in Computer Science but spends more time in writing about technology. He has written for a number of Indian and international publications including BetaNews, BGR India, WinBeta, MakeTechEasier, MediaNama, and Digit magazine among others. When not writing, you would find him ranting about the state of digital journalism on Twitter.