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Best iOS 14 Tips, Tricks and Hidden Features

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Best iOS 14 Tips, Tricks and Hidden Features

iOS 14 is already out and preparing the world for what is to come installed in the iPhone 12 series. Here are some of the coolest, yet lesser known iOS 14 tips and tricks to try out.

Apple’s latest iOS 14 update brings a lot to the table in terms of security and broad scope for user customization and personalization. With iOS 14, Apple covers all angles for security with the existing robust privacy measures for its platform users and opens up some “Android” comfort features too. There’s plenty of customization options to enjoy as well, with the widgets that finally have made it to the iPhone. The iOS 14 has many new tricks up its sleeve, and some of these are hidden in plain sight. To get the most and squeeze every possibility out of your beloved iPhone running on iOS 14, here are the best tips, tricks, and hidden features to check out.

Best iOS 14 Tips and Tricks

Since iOS 14 is all about security and productivity combines, here are all of the new features tucked away in the Settings for the latest version of iOS from Apple.

1. Passwords now show Security Recommendations

Password Autofill settings allow users to add their app and website credentials with passwords. This feature is one of the best security features for forgetful users, and with iOS 14, it takes it up a notch in security measures. Now, the Passwords settings will also show you security recommendations and whether your password has been involved in a security breach. With the security recommendations, you can be safely assured your passwords well protect your web profiles and safeguard it. If passwords are compromised, you will be given an option to “Change Password on Website” in the Passwords section itself.

2. Disable Precise Location 

Users on iPhones have the ability to choose apps that use location services as per their needs such as, never, when using, or always. iOS 14 takes it further, giving the option to disable “Precise Location” from unwanted apps. Precise Location is only needed for essential and emergency apps and not for Tinder and other dating apps. To disable Precise Locations, go to Settings > Privacy > Locations Services, and the list of apps that have access to your location will appear. Tap an app and select when you choose to allow the app to track your location; you will then be given an option to disable Precise Location.

3. Keep Track of apps using your Camera and Microphone

Does Apple spy on you with the Face-ID? Well, now you can at least track apps that use your camera and microphone. When certain apps access your microphone or camera, you will see a green or orange dot badge on the top right side of the status bar which means that an app is accessing your microphone or camera. To find out which app it is, you can swipe down from the top of the screen to open Control Center and you’ll find the app’s name at the top of the screen.

4. Change the Default Browser or Email

On previous iOS versions, if you tapped on a link or an email, it would lead you to the Safari Web Browser and the Mail client App. But now, with iOS 14, you can choose your default web browser and email client app to your liking. To select a default app, go to Settings and search for the web browser or email client you wish to choose as the default. Tap on the desired app, and you will be given an option to select the “Default Browser App” or “Email Client”. Tap on your preferred web browser or email client and confirm your action. 

5. Picture-in-Picture Mode

The iPad had been bestowed with the Picture-in-Picture mode since the iPad OS 9, and iPhone users were missing out on this useful feature. Now, iOS 14 finally brings this feature to iPhone devices. Currently, iOS native apps like FaceTime and some third party on-demand streaming services are enabled with this feature. When you are on a FaceTime video call, simply swipe up the screen, and your video call will continue in Picture-in-Picture mode. You can drag the mini display anywhere you want on the screen.

6. Apple Translate

Apple wants you to use their own services and apps so that their users don’t wander off to other competitors, so they have bundled the Translate App with the iOS 14 (which can be removed). The Translate app is straightforward and intuitive to use for real translating needs or casual fun. The interface is very simple. On the right and left, you choose the language you want to translate from. You have the option to type or use the microphone to begin the translation. The Translate App is convenient for people who are traveling very often foreign countries.

7. Back Tap (For iPhone 8 and Above)

The Back Tap on iOS 14 (iPhone 8 and above) does what it says. The Back Tap accessibility feature allows you to set functions when double or triple tapping the back of the iPhone. You can assign tasks to these and limit the screen swipes you need to perform daily, like double-tapping for taking a screenshot. To assign a double or triple back tap function, go to Settings > Accessibility > Touch > Back Tap and then assign a function for double or triple tap.

8. QuickTake Video on the Camera App

Apple iOS was missing out on the QuickTake function on the iPhone, which Android phones have had for some time. With iOS 14, QuickTake is the best new camera feature everyone was waiting for. Earlier, when long-tapping on the shutter button, pictures were taken in burst mode, but on the latest version of iOS, long-pressing the shutter button enables QuickTake video. To use the burst mode, drag the shutter button to the left.

9. Hide a Home Screen page

While the world is going crazy over the personalized customizations offered in iOS 14 to organize the home screen, sometimes you’d want to hide the stuff away from the naked eye. Start off by pressing and holding on the Home Screen to make all the apps jiggle. Tap on the dots that show page numbers. De-select the checkmark under the Home Screen you want to hide. Similarly, you can tap again to add back the home screen you have hidden.

10. Add or Remove Home Screen Widgets

iOS 14 gives its user the ability to customize their home screen with widgets. It is useful to watch relevant content at a glance or want it handy every day. To add or remove a widget from the home screen, long-press a non-populated area on the home screen to enter Wiggle mode, tap the “Plus” icon in the top right corner of the screen. You will be given all the widgets options to choose from. Once you choose a widget, it will be added to the Home screen and you can then move it around to any position that you want.

Wrapping Up

Apple has not only given older and current devices a breath of fresh air and features with the iOS 14, but it has also solidified the path for new iPhone users wanting the features they would moan about over switching to an iPhone from an Android. Not only that, iOS 14 will be more feature-rich and compatible with older devices as the iPhone 12 will release. We hope our list for the best Apple iOS 14 tips, tricks, and hidden features has helped you enjoy your iPhone even more, be it even an iPhone 6s. 

Let us know your favorite iOS 14 feature in the comments below.

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Sharing a love-hate relationship with Biotechnology in Uni, Husain moved on to his true calling of becoming a tech geek. While briefly being persuaded by the Apple clan, he made it back to Team Android, and has been a loyal comrade since, with a keen interest in IoT, Entertainment Tech, and Gaming.

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