iOS 14: 5 Great Hidden Features You Should Know About
When you update your iPhone to iOS 14, either with the beta version or when it launches in the fall, you will come across some obvious improvements. The new and more customizable Home screen with widgets and the App Library will change the way you use your iPhone. You’ll also quickly discover the practicality of Picture-in-Picture video.
But some of the best features in iOS 14 are not the ones that Apple has made tutorials on; they are buried in various layers of Settings or hidden behind interface actions that you don’t use every day. Some of them you wouldn’t know if someone didn’t show you.
For that we are! Let us show you some of the toughest-to-find iOS 14 features.
1. ‘Headphone Accommodations’
If you go to ‘Settings’> ‘Accessibility’> ‘Audio / Visual’, you will see a new setting at the top called ‘Headphone Accommodations’ in English. This menu allows you to change the audio output on Apple and Beats headphones to prioritize voice or make the sound shine brighter.
An audio customization function will perform various A / B tests to help you find the ideal settings for you.
Although this accessibility feature is intended for the hearing impaired, it will improve sound quality for millions of users. Over time, we lose our sensitivity to higher pitches, and these settings can help you when listening to music, watching videos, or talking on the phone.
and these settings can help you when listening to music, watching videos, or talking on the phone.
2. Back touch
Another accessibility setting that everyone will find more useful is that iOS 14 allows you to configure certain functions by tapping two or three taps on the back of your iPhone.
Go to ‘Settings’> ‘Accessibility’> ‘Touch’ and look for the option ‘Back touch’ at the bottom of the screen.
There is a fixed list of system features and accessibility that you can assign a double or triple tap to, but you can also assign Shortcuts to it, which will expand this feature to many more capabilities.
A little trick: if you have the Google Assistant app installed, you can create a Shortcut to open it and then configure that Shortcut to double or triple tap.
3. Press and hold the ‘Back’ button
If you are immersed in the sixth layer of an app and you want to go back to the beginning, you have to tap on the ‘Back’ button in the upper left corner again and again …
With iOS 14, you can hold down the ‘Back’ button in the upper right corner to be presented with a list of all previous pages. That feature has been around in Safari for a long time. You can see this as Apple is applying it to all of its iOS.
4. Safari Privacy Report
When you open a new tab in Safari using macOS Big Sur, you are presented with a nice privacy report in which Apple shows you all the trackers that it has blocked for you.
This also exists for iPhone on iOS 14! With Safari open, on any page, tap on the text / letter / reader button on the left side of the navigation bar. At the end of the list you will see the Privacy Report.
As with Safari on macOS Big Sur, you are shown the total number of trackers blocked by Safari, the web pages with the most trackers, and the trackers you come across most often. It is a good way to see how your activity, and even identity, is browsing the Internet and when Safari acts.
5. Inverted selfies
By default, the front camera of the iPhone shows your image upside down: the text comes out the other way around and what you do on your right also appears on the right of the screen.
This makes it easier to prepare the scene to take the photo, but the result is rare, as the photo you take appears reversed. The result is as if it were you who, from where the mobile is, had taken the photo of the subject (that is, you): the text does not appear upside down and the left part of your body appears on the right side of the image.
If you want to portray exactly what you see on the screen, with the text upside down and all that, now you can! Go to ‘Settings’> ‘Camera’ and turn on the new ‘Mirror Front Camera’ switch.