Ios tips

Use FaceTime Eye Contact

Last year, Apple introduced Attention Correction in early iOS 13 beta builds but ditched it in the stable release. Basically, it gave FaceTime video call participants the impression as if they were directly looking at each other instead of at their cameras. iOS 14 reintroduces it as Eye Contact. Head into Settings > FaceTime to enable or disable it.

Add Photo Captions

While viewing any photo within the Photos app, swipe upward to start adding captions. Your captions will also sync over to other devices if you have iCloud Photos enabled.

Smart Stack to Dumb Stack

You can stop the Smart Stack of widgets from automatically rotating your widgets — long-press the Smart Stack, tap Edit Stack, and then turn off the switch next to Smart Rotate.

Unhide Hidden Album in Photos

In iOS 14, you can no longer see the Hidden Album in the Photos app. It’s now ‘hidden’ by default, which is probably how it should’ve been all along. Head into Settings > Photos, and then turn on the switch next to Hidden Album in case you want to unhide it.

Search in Music Library

The Music app in iOS 14 features a hidden search bar in the Library. Tap on a category (Playlists, Albums, Artists, etc.), and then swipe down to bring it up. Makes locating stuff much easier.

Look Around in Maps

Maps in iOS 13 more or less looks the same, but Apple has continued to expand its redesigned Maps interface with more detail, so you may notice some changes right when you open the app. One neat new feature you might want to check out is the "Look Around" option, which is Apple's equivalent to Google Street View. Look Around lets you get a street level look at what's around you or what you search for, which is great for scoping out restaurants, shopping, and more. Maps has other neat features like lists of Collections and Favorites, and when Siri gives directions, you'll notice that they're much more natural. ‌Siri‌ will say things like "turn left at the next stoplight" instead of "turn left in 500 feet." If you want to know about everything new in Maps, make sure to check out our Maps guide.

Use Private MAC Address

iOS 14 lets you mask the MAC address of your iPhone with a private address, preventing network operators from tracking you. Go to Settings > Wi-Fi, access the current Wi-Fi connection’s settings screen, and then use the switch next to Private Address to enable or disable the feature.

Press Volume Up for Burst Mode

iOS 14 lets you shoot photos in burst mode with the Volume Up button. Head into Settings > Camera, and then turn on the switch next to Use Volume Up for Burst Mode to enable the feature.

Plan Cycling Trips With Apple Maps

Before you plan your next cycling trip, you may want to head over to the Apple Maps app. It’s now updated with cycling paths and includes information such as elevation changes and inclines, which helps a lot when it comes to picking the best routes. At the time of writing, the feature is only available in a handful of cities that only includes New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Shanghai, and Beijing.

Change Default Browser and Email Client

iOS 14 will finally let you change the default browser and email client. If you want to set Chrome as the default browser on your iPhone, for example, head over to Settings > Chrome > Default Browser App and select Chrome on the menu that follows. However, iOS 14’s Safari is a seriously good browser, so you may want to think twice before ditching it for good. Check out the video below for more iOS 14 tips and tricks: