These welcome improvements will surely add to your experience, but my favorite tricks in iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 are the ones you need to work on to find them. For example you can nowwith a new default setting for apps.
Below, I’m going to show you how to use nine of the best hidden features I discovered in iOS 14. This list is sure to keep growing. So look again for more gems.
Set your default email or web browser
It’s true, Apple is finally giving up control of your default apps. Currently, the functionality is limited to email apps and web browsers. For example, you can assign Chrome as your preferred browser or Outlook as the email app of your choice.
App developers need to update their apps for iOS 14 in order to see the new default assignment option. Hence, you may need to be patient if your favorite app isn’t ready.
First open the “Settings” app on your iPhone or iPad and scroll down to the bottom where all the installed apps are listed. Find the mail or browser app that you are looking for and tap it. If it’s updated for iOS 14 you’ll see either Standard browser app or Standard email app;; Tap on it, then choose your preferred app.
There is currently onewhen you restart your device. Apple is aware of this and promises that a future update will fix the problem.
Currently, I know that Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Outlook, and Hey Email have all been updated to include this new “standard” toggle.
Get rid of app home screens quickly
iOS 14 is newActs like an app drawer, allowing you to remove tons of home screens full of apps that you rarely, if ever, use. Instead of going through each app individually and sending them to the app library, you can hide entire home screens with just a few taps.
Long press any blank area of your home screen to trigger edit mode. Then tap the page indicator and then tap the check mark under each area you want to remove. This does not delete these apps, just move them to the app library, where they are more or less hidden in an app drawer that you can access at any time.
Banish newly downloaded apps from your home screen
You just took the time to curate your home screens, add widgets, and keep only your most important apps to ruin all your hard work with a new app that you just downloaded. Instead of letting your iPhone put apps on your home screen when you install them, send them straight to the app library until they prove worthy.
to open the settings > Home screen and select App library only in the upper area. You can easily find recently downloaded apps in the app library recently added Category that should be at the top right when viewing the folders.
Find the emoji keyboard
Finally – yes, this one deserves a very loud “FINALLY!” – you can search the emoji picker for exactly what you want. Start the emoji keyboard as always and now you’ll find a search bar at the top of the keyboard.
Hidden photos are actually hidden now
The ability to hide certain photos or videos has been around for a while in iOS and iPadOS, but there was one big problem: those photos that you no longer wanted to see were saved in a hidden album in the Photos app called the even far away was easy to find. With iOS 14, Apple added the option to hide the hidden album so that you can really obfuscate the photos and videos you want to keep but don’t want others to see them.
Turn it on by going to the settings > photos and make sure the Hidden album Switch is off. (Yes, off: if you turn the setting on, the hidden album will appear in the Albums tab.) Everything you hide in your camera roll will still be saved on your device and in your iCloud Photo Library, but you won’t have any How to do this unless you return to this setting and enable the Hidden Album feature.
Watch YouTube videos in picture mode in picture mode
The iPhone now has one of my favorite features for the iPad: Picture in Picture (PiP) mode for watching videos or for use during FaceTime calls. This is how it works. Instead of having to stay in an app, e.g. For example, if you’re watching your favorite game streamer on Twitch, you can swipe up from the bottom of the screen to exit the app and the video will automatically zoom out to a floating window. You can move this miniature video around or even hide it on the edge of the screen if you just want to hear audio.
The YouTube app does not currently support PiP. However, the workaround is to watch a YouTube video full screen in Safari and then swipe up to return to the home screen. The key is that you need to put the video in full screen mode before exiting the app. If this doesn’t work for you, request the desktop version of the site before watching the video.
If you’d rather not trigger PiP when you exit an app, deactivate automatic activation by going to the settings > General > Picture in picture and turn it off. After that, PiP will only be used if you tap the symbol in a video that is being played.
Incorrect eye contact in FaceTime
We first saw FaceTime’s eye contact feature in the iOS 13 beta last year, but ultimately it never got released. Well, it’s back in iOS 14. In essence, your iPhone or iPad makes it seem like your eyes are looking straight into the camera even when you’re staring at the screen.
It’s a subtle feature, but one that should make the person on the other end of the call feel like you’re paying full attention instead.
Turn it on by going to the settings > FaceTime > Eye contact.
Double or triple tap the back of the phone to initiate Actions
A new accessibility function called “Back Tap” makes it possible to trigger system functions such as multitasking or control center or to start a shortcut by tapping the back of your iPhone two or three times.
Find the function in the settings > Accessibility > Touch > Back Tap. Select the number of taps you want to use. A list of the actions you can take is then displayed.
For example, you can tap the back of your phone three times to take a screenshot or start Siri.
When I first read about this feature I thought it would be all too easy to prompt it by simply putting my iPhone in my pocket or putting it on my desk. However, it wasn’t at all – the phone seems to identify the typing pattern well before activating it.
Use Apple Pencil to scribble in any text field on your iPad
The iPad has a new feature called Scribble. Basically, every text field is converted to a field that you can write in with oneand your iPad will automatically convert your handwriting to typed text.
If you’re in the middle of taking notes and getting a new iMessage, you can pull down the alert and use the quick reply box to write down your answer and then take notes again without ever putting down the pencil or activating the keyboard.
For heavy Apple Pencil users, Scribble should speed up many tasks that would normally have been slowed down by switching between the pen and keyboard.
These updated operating systems offer a lot more.and the installation doesn’t take long. Just make sure to make sure the process goes smoothly.