Best iOS 14 Tips and Tricks for iPhone

iOS 14 transformed the way we used to interact with our iPhones. Bestowed with some of the best privacy and accessibility features, there’s so much in the box for everyone. However, being new for the users, some iOS 14 features are still new for most of us. Acknowledging the same, we tried listing the 18 best iOS 14 tips and tricks to help you know your iPhone better.

  1. Add Widgets to Your iPhone Home Screen
  2. Change App Icons
  3. Use Back Tap
  4. Pin Conversations in Message App
  5. Change Default Web Browser and Email App
  6. Use Smart Stack
  7. Security Recommendations
  8. Hide Precise Location
  9. Recording Indicator
  10. Recognize Sounds
  11. Limit Access to Photos
  12. Hide your Hidden Albums
  13. Compact iPhone Call Interface
  14. Plan a Cycle Trip in Apple Maps
  15. Change your CarPlay Wallpaper
  16. Use Picture-in-Picture Mode on iPhone
  17. Access App Clips
  18. Emoji Search Option

1. Add Widgets to Your iPhone Home Screen

The traditional way of interacting with widgets and homescreen has changed with the release of iOS 14. As you might be aware of the App library on your iPhone. The section features all your apps in one place. Having this, you have the liberty to remove all your apps from the home screens and lessen the number of pages to just one. And that single page can be used to house your widgets.

Regarding using widgets for the home screen? You get the range of options, including third-party widgets, and the process to add widgets to Home Screen is pretty simple.

tap on plus choose widget from widget gallery and tap on add widget on iphone

2. Change App Icons

iOS didn’t offer enough customization options lately. However, with the launch of iOS 14, you receive a host of options for the same. One out of many available options is changing app icons. To further compliment the feature, you receive a range of exquisite app icons for your iPhone’s homescreen.
So just in case you want to play with the looks of your iPhone’s homescreen, this can be one appealing way to get it done.

change app icon on iphone

3. Use Back Tap

The back Tap feature in iOS 14 comes with two customization options – Double-tap and Triple-tap. The feature will be supported by iPhone X and those later. You can enable a back tap for a range of options. You can individually assign a feature to both double tap and triple by choosing from the list of options, including Control Center, App Switcher, Mute, Screenshot, and many others. Not just these, don’t forget to use tap backs for iMessages on mac. It’s indeed fun.

enable back tap in ios 14 on iphone

4. Pin Conversations in Message App

The new messages app in iOS 14 is adorned with features like Thread messages, Memoji, Group chats, tagging people in group chats, pin conversations, etc. Amidst the list of features, pinning conversation is undoubtedly the eye-grabber. The feature lets you pin the conversations that are important to you.

pin conversations in message app

Doing this, you won’t have to scroll through the entire list of messages and can open a pinned conversation/sender right from the top of the iMessages app.

5. Change Default Web Browser and Email App

To date, tapping on a link on your iPhone will redirect you to the Safari browser or the mail app (based on relevancy). But things changed with the release of iOS 14. Now you are allowed to change your default browsing and email app. While the preceding version didn’t allow you to change the default apps, now you can change your default browser and default email app in few simple steps. Isn’t that alluring?

open settings tap on chrome then tap on default browser app and select chrome on iphone

6. Use Smart Stack

The Smart Stack feature is an unbiased example of excellence and innovation. Adding to the widgets feature, iOS 14 came with a smarter form of these widgets. Smart Stack Widget on your iPhone home screen uses on-device intelligence to present you right widget and the right time. For example, you’ll start your day with a weather/news widget, maps during your regular travel time, and a calendar throughout the day.

use smart stack on iphone running ios 14

7. Security Recommendations

Adding to user security, Apple introduced this functionality to iOS 14. The feature notifies you in case your password is weak or can be easily hacked. Besides this, the iCloud keychain will verify whether or not your chosen password has been part of a data breach. This password monitoring feature won’t just allow you to change your password instantly, but it will also enable you to avoid using repetitive passwords or those that are commonly used across the globe.

password monitoring and privacy report on iphone

8. Hide Precise Location

One of the most talked-about concerns people have in this smartphone age is sharing their location on the device. Though there are some excellent reasons behind doing so, making it available for all the apps is undoubtedly a threat to people’s privacy. With iOS 14, you can now hide your precise location for the apps you want. Hence, you can now restrict sharing your exact location with the apps you want and allow it only for the necessary apps like cab or delivery services.

hide precise location in ios 14 on iphone

 

9. Recording Indicator

Certain apps request access to your microphone and camera. But ever thought, after giving this access, you allow the apps to use your iPhone’s mic and camera as and when needed? Not with iOS 14 security enhancements, knowing this has become possible. You can learn about this through the indicator lights. While a green light will indicate the camera is in use, an orange light indicates mic is on.

what do green and orange dots mean on iphone running ios 14

10. Recognize Sounds

This one falls under the category of accessibility settings. The sound recognition feature enables your iPhone to continually listen to certain noises in the background and notify you when detecting specific sounds. The feature can be of great help, especially for those with hearing impairments. Not just them, even for the rest of the people can have this feature enabled for certain sounds, which they can miss during their day to day works.

get sound recognition notification on iphone running ios 14

11. Limit Access to Photos

With iOS 14, gone are the days when giving access to photos to an app meant all or nothing. You can now limit access to the photos you want and restrict it for the remaining photos and videos in your gallery. Another feature linked to photos is that you can add a caption to your photos and videos in the camera app itself. Not make your photos more personalized with a caption on them.

limit access to photos on iphone

12. Hide your Hidden Albums

The photos and videos we hide in our iPhone go to ‘Hidden Folder.’ However, this folder remains visible amidst other images when using image picker through Facebook, Whatsapp, etc. Now you can hide the hidden album by turning the toggle off for ‘Hidden Album’ in Photos App inside the Settings app.

tap on photos and turn off toggle for hidden albums on iphone

13. Compact iPhone Call Interface

Suppose you are middle of a game, typing a message or scrolling through an important draft on the web, and you receive a call. This turns to be the most irritating part when the incoming call would cover the entire screen, interrupting whatever you were doing. However, gone are the days. With iOS 14, instead of covering the full screen, you’ll receive incoming call notification in the form of a banner over the screen’s top.

Compact iPhone Call Interface in iOS 14

You can enable or disable full-screen calls from the settings app. At the same banner, you’ll have the option to answer or ignore it. You can all choose to avoid sliding up the banner out of the screen.

14. Plan a Cycle trip in Apple Maps

Apple Maps received a range of new features in the recent iOS upgrade. One out of the many others is dedicated cycling directions in Apple Maps. The feature lets you check the distance, set the route, know the traffic, elevation in the route, average time, etc. You can either access cycling direction through the Maps application or by asking Siri to do it for you.

Plan Cycle Trip in Apple Maps on iPhone Running iOS 14

The best part about the feature is that it tells you not just about the traffic on your way, but also shares the elevation in your way.

15. Change your CarPlay Wallpaper

With iOS 14, you get to personalize your CarPlay with attractive wallpapers. Surpassing the traditional black screen on CarPlay, now you get 5 new vibrant wallpaper options for your CarPlay. The designs resemble that of available on your iPhone. You can also enable dark and light mode switching to improvise your experience further. The feature can be enabled and disabled from the Settings app in your CarPlay.

Change CarPlay Wallpaper in iOS 14

16. Use Picture-in-Picture Mode on iPhone

If you are fond of watching a video while scrolling through the web or have to make notes while seeing a video, this feature is for you. The feature is currently supported by Apple TV, Safari, Podcasts, FaceTime, Music App, Home, Netflix, and Amazon Prime Video. Once enabled, any video played in a supported app, when minimized, will take the form of a small screen on your iPhone.

To further enhance your experience, you can pinch-in and out to resize the screen or drag it to locate at your preferred location on the screen. You can enable or disable PiP mode on your iPhone.

Use Picture in Picture Mode on iPhone Running iOS 14

17. Access App Clips

This is the most exciting and fresh inclusion in the iOS 14. Soon after the launch, the feature grabbed the eyeballs of not just people, but also the developers across the globe. App Clips is designed to make your life easier by allowing you to access certain app features without installing it. The feature can be of great help while paying for parking, online purchase, or ordering food from an app, with no plans to use again.

Last but not least, it works with Apple Pay. Having said this, you don’t have to enter your card details again and again.

Access App Clips in iOS 14

18. Emoji Search Option

Emojis are one of the most common ways of expressing in today’s world. However, scrolling through and finding the right emoji can be a tedious task. Considering the same, Apple introduced the feature to search emoji filters in your iOS 14 device. Having said this, you can now converse with your near and dear ones without any hassle.

Emoji Search Feature in iOS 14 on iPhone

Concluding note

These were just a few out of numerous handy tips and tricks for iOS 14. The upgrade, which was recently launched, is considered to be the biggest ever for iPhone models. In case you have any doubts or feel like we missed something, please feel free to share it with us in the comment section. We would be happy to hear!!

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Mayank is a published author and a tech-blogger with over ten years of writing experience for various domains and industries. At iGeeks, he mostly writes about blogs that solve user-problems and guide them on unleashing the full potential of their Apple Device. He can often be found with his headphones on, typing to the rhythm of some country song.