iOS 14 is bringing many new features to your iPhone, and App Clips is one that promises to make your life easier. App Clips can give you instant access to certain app functionality when you need it even if you don’t have the corresponding app installed on your iPhone. If you’re wondering how to use app clips in iOS 14 and what their purpose is, keep reading.
What is App Clips in iOS 14?
App Clips is like a small part of an app that provides some specific functionality. You can use it without having the actual app installed. These can be handy for many different kinds of purposes.
For instance, if you need to pay for parking but don’t have the specified app, you can quickly pay through an app clip if it’s available. Or if a friend sends you a cool new product, you can check it out and even buy it with the help of an app clip.
The possibilities will be endless as developers create more and more app clips for different kinds of tasks.
How to Use App Clips on iPhone running iOS 14
App Clips can be accessed via links in Safari, iMessage, and Maps, as well as through NFC tags or Apple’s custom-designed app clip codes.
When you tap on an app clip link or scan a QR code using your iPhone’s camera or NFC reader, a card will pop up at the bottom of your screen. You can tap the card to open the app clip and complete whatever task or transaction you want to do.
This means that there’s no need to download a new app to use a particular service it provides, which saves time and helps you out in an instant.
Moreover, app clips work with Apple Pay, so you don’t need to enter your card information. Similarly, you can save the hassle of logging into any separate accounts by taking advantage of sign in with Apple.
Finally, app clips won’t clutter your home screen and will stay only as long as you need them. However, you can easily access recently used ones from the App Library.
Of course, you can always opt to download the full app if you want to.
It seems like Apple is taking their iconic old tagline “there’s an app for that” to another level with “there’s an app clip for that.” Moreover, these will also help us al discover great new things on the App Store. Are you excited to try out app clips? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
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Mehak has a master’s degree in communication and over ten years of writing experience. Her passion for technology and Apple products led her to iGeeksBlog, where she specializes in writing product roundups and app recommendations for fellow Apple users. When not typing away on her MacBook Pro, she loves being lost in a book or out exploring the world.