If your iPhone has the latest iOS 14 changes, there are a bunch of new features that you’re probably not getting the most of.
If you are an iPhone user and have updated to iOS 14, chances are you are not taking full advantage of all the awesome features that come with the update.
In fact, in many new software iterations, it’s easy to miss out on some of the many awesome features included by Apple. Let’s take a look at some of my favorite useful additions that you may have missed recently or even in the past.
Customize the control center
You will probably know what “Control Center” is even if you don’t know it by name. Control Center is where you quickly and easily access useful controls such as airplane mode or screen brightness.
To access it on your iPhone, simply swipe down from the top right corner of the screen and a collection of controls and apps will appear.
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Now that you know how to access it, I can tell you about my favorite hidden feature – you can customize what appears in Control Center. Just go to Settings> Control Center on your iPhone.
Once you’re there, you can see most of the controls that already appear in this menu, but also some additional controls that you can include. Just click the green plus or red minus button to add or remove controls. Now you can access more of your favorite apps and features even faster on the fly.
Speaking of speed and ease, when cooking in the kitchen I often use the timer function to make sure everything is cooked to perfection, so I added the timer to my control center.
If you tap on the timer icon in Control Center, it will usually take you to the clock app to set up the timer. However, did you know that you can just tap and hold this icon to set the timer in seconds?
Pressing and holding the icon will allow you to quickly slide up or down to select the length of the timer.
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Once you turn it off you can tap anywhere on the screen to exit and you will be able to see that it is on as the icon will turn white and yellow. You can access this timer again by tapping the timer icon in the “Control Center” or by going into the clock app and tapping “timer” in the lower right corner of your screen. . If you like it, try tapping and holding the other Control Center icons and apps. You will be amazed at the other built-in shortcuts.
I know we all take a lot of pictures these days. Sometimes it’s embarrassing to take 10 selfies in a row (or more!) Just to get the right one. Well, did you know that you can actually hide photos so that they don’t show up in your main photo album? It’s easy, tap an image you want to hide, tap the icon that looks like a box with an arrow pointing up inside (the share button), scroll down and click the word “Hide”.
Once this option is enabled, all of your hidden photos will appear in a folder called “Hidden” which is located in your Photos app under Albums, under “Utilities”.
Arguably it’s not hidden because you can still find and see the ‘Hidden’ album – so here’s how to hide it too. Head to settings> photos> turn off hidden albums. From now on, the album ‘Hidden’ will not be found. Just turn this setting on or off as you want.
LED flash alerts
Did you know that you can turn off your device’s flash (in addition to the dial tone) when you get a notification? This is a thoughtfully included accessibility feature. To enable this, go to Settings> Accessibility> Audio / Visual. Then turn on the LED flash for alerts (also turn on the flash in silent mode if you want LED flash alerts only when your phone is in silent mode).
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