Hidden iPhone 14: 9 iPhone features we discovered after installing it

iOS 14 is full of hidden gems. You just need to know where to look.

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Apple is new iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 Update for your iPhone ($ 699 on Amazon) and iPad ($ 239 at Back Market) Add a number of new features that we look forward to Widgets on the home screen, a kind of app drawer and Privacy improvements. You can Install iOS 14 and iPad 14 now after Prepare your phone or tablet, Of course. (And once you’re set up, Make your home screen “aesthetic” like everyone else.) If you are Pre-order the iPhone 12iOS 14 will be installed and these features will be instantly available on your new phone.

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 now Get rid of Apple Mail and Safari completely with a new default setting for apps.

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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. So 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 see all of the installed apps. Find the email or browser app you’re looking for and tap it. If it’s updated for iOS 14 you’ll see either Standard-Browser-App or Standard-E-Mail-App;; Tap on it, then choose your preferred app.

There is currently one Bug in iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 that resets your default app selection when you restart your device. Apple is aware of this and promises that a future update will fix the problem.

I currently know that Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Outlook, and Hey E-Mail have all been updated to include this new “default” switch.


It’s true, you can set some default apps on iOS 14.

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Get rid of app home screens quickly

iOS 14 is new App library Acts 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.



Your iPhone’s home screen is now much more customizable.

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Banish newly downloaded apps from your home screen

You took all the time curating your home screens, adding widgets, and just keeping your most important apps to ruin all of your hard work by having 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.



Can’t you find the emoji you need? Search for it.

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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.

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Your hidden photo album can now actually be hidden. Cool right?

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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 obscure 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 show up on 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 it Go to this unless you return to this setting and enable the Hidden Album feature.



Picture-in-picture is one of our favorite features for iOS 14.

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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 you watch 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.

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Try a custom home screen with iOS 14


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 appear 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.



Tap the back of your phone to do all sorts of fancy tricks.

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Double or triple tap the back of the phone to initiate Actions

With the new “Back Tap” accessibility function, you can trigger system functions such as multitasking or Control Center or 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 putting my iPhone in my pocket or on my desk. However, it was not at all – the phone seems to identify the typing pattern well before activating it.



You can use the Apple Pencil to write in any text field.

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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 one Apple stickand 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 take notes again without ever putting down your 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. iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 are available as free updates and the installation doesn’t take long. Just make sure Do some cleaning work on your device before installation to make sure the process goes smoothly.

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