We can’t get enough of these 6 iPhone features in iOS 14

We’re already discovering iOS 14 options we completely love. 

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Now that iOS 14 has been out for a couple weeks, you may really feel assured you have discovered all of its new options. It is totally attainable you might have, however then once more, there are loads of delicate tweaks within the replace that are not all the time apparent. Apple’s newest software program model for iPhone incorporates a bevy of contemporary options that can change the way in which you utilize your cellphone — for the higher. In some ways, iOS 14 is Apple’s most concerned visible face-lift in years. 

From iMessage enhancements and a helpful Android-like app drawer to widgets for your home screen, there’s quite a bit you can begin utilizing immediately. 

If you have not up to date but, take some time to get your iPhone ready earlier than you install the iOS update. Beneath you may discover six of my favourite options and the best way to get began with them on iOS 14

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1. Tag somebody in a textual content dialog

Apple’s updates to its Messages app primarily centered on group iMessage conversations.

What: Now you can tag somebody in a dialog whenever you need to get their consideration (helpful for giant teams), and straight reply to a message, making a thread inside your dialog. That ought to get you a well timed response.

How: Tagging somebody in a bunch convo must be so simple as typing the @ image adopted by their title when within the chat. An in-line reply is finished by long-pressing on a message and deciding on Reply.

2. Pin a dialog to the highest of messages

What: Pinning a dialog to the highest of your Messages app means you do not have to scroll by means of the lengthy record of contacts and group conversations to seek out your favourite contacts. That is particularly helpful when you have a go-to group, like a household chat or buddy chat you discuss in daily, or if you happen to’re planning a longer-term occasion like a bunch watch social gathering.

How: You’ll be able to pin a contact or dialog to the highest of your dialog record by swiping to the appropriate throughout any thread.


Pin your favourite contacts or conversations to the highest of your Messages app. 

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3. Apple now has its personal Translate app

What: As a substitute of getting to make use of Google’s Translate app in your iPhone, iOS 14 has a baked-in Translate app that can mean you can convert textual content and even maintain conversations with somebody who solely speaks a special language. You’ll be able to translate English, Mandarin Chinese language, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Arabic, Portuguese and Russian.

How: You will have two choices when you open the app. You’ll be able to kind the phrase or phrase you need translated, or faucet on the icon of a microphone on the backside of the display screen to make use of voice-to-text. When you’re accomplished, the app will translate what you stated into your language of selection. That is particularly helpful if you happen to’re asking somebody a fast query or need to hear the pronunciation as nicely.

To carry an ongoing dialog, flip the cellphone to panorama mode and faucet on the identical mic icon — you do not have to press and maintain. 


Overlook Google Translate, Apple now has its personal app. 

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4. A extra organized residence display screen with App Library

Ever wished that your iPhone had an app drawer like Android? Properly, now it does. It is known as App Library.

What: App Library is a brand new display screen that lives simply to the appropriate of your final residence display screen. It autoarranges all of the apps in your cellphone in folders primarily based on app class. The aim of this characteristic is to make it simple so that you can discover all of the apps put in in your iPhone. It goes hand in hand with one other new residence display screen characteristic that allows you to conceal pages of apps that you simply occasionally use.

How: Use App Library whenever you need to open an app that is not displayed on one in every of your house screens. To get to it, swipe from proper to left to go previous the ultimate residence display screen. Both use the routinely organized folders to seek out the app icon you need, or use the search bar on the high of the display screen to seek out the app by title if you happen to’re unsure the place it is situated. Alternatively, on the high of the App Library display screen you may discover two folders: Ideas and Not too long ago Added. Each will routinely replace and regulate which apps are in both folder primarily based on how typically you utilize an app and what you have lately put in. 

Here is extra data on the best way to hide home screen pages to make the App Library easier to access.


Apple’s App Library is just like an app drawer, however with folders. 

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5. Widgets have a brand new look and a brand new residence

You now not need to be envious of your Android-using buddies — the iPhone can now have widgets on the house display screen. That is proper.

What: As a substitute of Widgets being restricted to the At present View that lives off to the left facet of your house display screen, now you can add widgets on to your show, with a number of sizes as an possibility. There’s even a Good Stack widget that can present you data from a number of apps when it thinks you want it. For instance, it might present you the climate widget adopted by your calendar widget whenever you get up within the morning.

How: You’ll be able to view your widgets in At present View the way in which you all the time have, off to the left facet of your major residence display screen, or you may drag and drop a widget from the At present View to your house display screen. Alternatively, when enhancing your app format, you may faucet on the plus signal within the top-left nook of the display screen, carry up the widget gallery and see which widgets you may add to your machine.

Widgets might be pinned to your house display screen and resized to your liking.

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6. Image in Image is a comfort device you may love

The iPad ($260 at Back Market) has been in a position to play a video in picture-in-picture mode for a couple of years now, and Picture in Picture is finally coming to the iPhone.

What: Image in Image creates a thumbnail picture of a video that continues to play even whenever you’re on one other app or display screen. It will seem whenever you need to change gears to make use of a special a part of the cellphone however you do not need to cease the video.

How: Everytime you’re watching a video in a supported app, like Twitch, and swipe to return to the house display screen, the video will proceed to play, simply in a smaller window. You’ll be able to drag PiP across the display screen, regulate its dimension by pinching and zooming and even quickly conceal it off the sting of the display screen. While you’re accomplished, simply faucet the X to shut the video. Oh, and let’s not overlook — Image in Image additionally works with FaceTime video calls and these other apps. Huzzah!


You’ll be able to preserve a FaceTime dialog moving into iOS 14 whereas your schedule, or some other iPhone display screen.

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