The iPhone is a simpler and more intuitive device than other smartphones. But behind the screen, lots of great features work to make your time easier. The latest update to iOS 14 brought a bunch of extra features like Widgets and App Gallery.
But not all features make it stand out. Here are some iOS14 tips and tricks that are new and may become your favorites.
1. Compact call for more screen space
Before we forget, a phone is used for calling. But smartphones do more than that. That’s why the latest iOS version has chosen a compact banner for all calls that doesn’t take up the entire screen.
Incoming phone calls and video calls can be displayed in full screen as before or limited to a banner. The second option allows you to continue performing actions on the screen before answering the phone.
Settings > Phone > Incoming calls > Banners or Full screen.
2. Time-saving 3D touch tips
After organizing similar apps into neat folders, you can save yourself a click or two with 3D Touch. When you see any folder with a notification badge on it, you can go directly to the app with notifications in that folder.
Tap the folder and the 3D Touch menu will display the name of the app with a notification. Tap it to open the app.
You can change the sensitivity of 3D Touch by going to
Settings > General > Accessibility > 3D TouchH.
3. Facetime Picture-in-Picture
Facetime Picture-in-Picture makes multitasking a lot easier while on Facetime calls or watching videos. Call or video window shrinks in size and then you can access any other app from home screen. Resize the video window or drag it anywhere on the screen while working on another application.
4. Write captions with pictures
Captions can help you add context to your photos. Go
Picture and select a photo. Swipe it up and write a caption.
5. Hide your Hidden Album
What’s the use of a Hidden Album in your Library if it’s visible? iOS14 has the ability to actually hide albums with a simple toggle.
Settings > Photos > Hidden Albums. Turn the switch to the off position and the album will disappear from your Library. Turning it on will make it reappear.
6. Use the volume button to quickly rotate
One small tweak to the volume buttons and you can take better snapshots or video. Press the volume up button to take a quick shot
Capture mode. Press the volume down button to record video. Press and hold it for the duration of the shot.
But how do I enable this hidden trick in iOS 14 that turns a physical button into a button for the camera shutter?
Settings> Camera. Activated
Using the Volume Up for Burst switch.
7. Swipe up and down to quickly set an alarm
The Clock app got a small upgrade, and the Alarms got a little smaller. You might hate that the big scroll wheel is gone now. Instead, there is a small window with a timer. It may seem counter-intuitive, but that little window also works like the old scroll wheel that lets you set the time.
You can set the time by two methods after tapping to add a new alarm or edit an existing alarm.
Use the numeric keypad to enter alarms quickly.
Click the hour to select it. When it turns orange, you can swipe your finger across the screen like the old roller to choose the time. Then do the same for a few minutes.
The keyboard is the fastest way to enter the time (or use
Siri). But it’s also good to know about other options.
8. Tap the Back of your phone for faster actions
Imagine this: a simple double or triple tap on the back of your phone helps you perform quick actions on your iPhone. The Back Tap feature is an Accessibility tool, but you can customize it to control your phone.
Settings > Accessibility. Clap
Touch. Swipe to the bottom and select
Click Back. Clap
Double tap or Press three times to select an action. For example, use double tap to take a screenshot.
Tip: You can also set up Back Tap with Custom Shortcuts for more powerful automation.
9. Change the default browser
Safari has been the default browser on iOS devices for a long time. You can now change the browser to Chrome, Edge, or DuckDuckGo.
Settings> [Browser] > Default browser app
10. Share an approximate location for privacy
Some apps won’t work without your location information. But now you can control your privacy by sharing your approximate location instead of your exact location. This may be sufficient for some applications.
Settings > Privacy > Location Services. Select the apps above
Share my location list and check their location permissions. Turn off Exact location toggle for any apps where you don’t want your exact location sent.
11. Better security with password suggestions
Security Suggestions is like checking all the passwords stored on your iPhone. It will alert you when your password shows signs of a suspected data breach. The security feature on your smartphone will also suggest you to change your password that is common and easy to guess.
To enable this feature, go to:
Settings > Passwords > Security Suggestions > Detect Compromised Passwords
12. Stay Safe with Exposure Notifications
Thanks to the Covid pandemic, Apple has made Exposure Notifications a standard part of the iPhone. This is an opt-in feature (as of iOS 13.6) in countries where it is supported by local health authorities. You don’t have to download any third-party contract tracking apps and worry about data privacy.
Setting. Swipe down the list and tap
Exposure Notice. Clap
Turn on exposure notifications to participate in the feature. Click
Continue and check if it is available in your country. Turn off
Availability alert if you don’t want to know when contact tracing is available in your area.
13. Improve your language skills with translator app
With Apple’s own Translate app, you won’t lose (foreign) words. You can use it to translate both text and voice into any of the supported languages. No internet connection required for downloaded languages.
Synthetic voices can speak whole sentences and can be a useful tool for learning pronunciation in a foreign language. Also, save difficult words or words you will use most often
This Apple Support article explains all the features of an app that is currently a possible alternative to Google Translate.
14. Traveling with Apple Guides
Explore new places with Apple Guides in Maps. The curated guides offer recommendations on all the hotspots for selected cities. You can save the Tutorials and come back to them later as they will be updated regularly.
More hidden features
Want to discover more hidden features on iPhone? iPhone Settings is the place to go. The things we’ve covered here are just some of the ways that can help you be more productive and safer with the device in your pocket. Let us know of any other iOS 14 tips or tricks you’ve come across.