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Your iPhone ($ 699 on Amazon) the home screen has looked and worked in much the same way for the last 13 years, but everything that will change today with . After installing iOS 14 or iPadOS 14 on one you have more options and features to customize your home screen than you have ever had with iOS before.
Take clues from core featuresApple has focused much of the iOS 14 update on making the home screen easier to organize with more customization options, smarter suggestions and narrower, faster app experiences. The end result is a mobile operating system that does more to get away, giving you faster, more direct access to the information, products and services you need.
We will take a look at the largest new home screen layouts and organizational features available in the new operating system, as well as how you will use them after you. (If you want to help ensure a smooth update, be sure to take care of it .)
iOS 14 can help you clear your home screen
Unless you keep track of it, apps that you download after a while start to pile up and eventually your home screen starts to spread.cleans that mess for you – .
What it is: A page on the home screen once beyond your last home screen page. The app library lists all your apps in smart curated category folders that show the most recently or frequently used apps at the top and all your other apps by type.
How to use it: The App Library. But it organizes all your apps in a new view so you can quickly find and open them without sweeping through page after page. You can also search or browse for app names.
You can trust the App Library as much or as little as you want. If you prefer to collect your own app folders as you have done, the app library will still be there as the last page on your home screen if you need it. If you want some custom pages but to use the App library to quickly find everything else, you can choose which pages you want to hide and which ones to display. Or you can go all-in and have nothing but a custom page with apps followed by the App library.
How to get started: First, activate your iPhone’s “jiggle mode” which you use to rearrange apps. Once in that view, you can tap the dotted line at the bottom of the screen and then select or deselect the pages on the home screen to keep or get rid of them from your normal view. Apps from the pages you deselect will only be available from within the app library, which you access by swiping right past the last page on your home screen.
Widgets can be changed and added to the home screen
Since its introduction in 2008, iOS widgets have moved to the Notification Center or Today View. In iOS 14, you can finally bring them to your home screen.
What it is:are large, dynamic “icons” that show live app data such as the weather or your daily step count.
How to use them: Instead of opening apps like weather, calendar, or fitness tracking apps to see your current data, you can see an overview of their core information displayed in a live feed on your home screen. One widget – Smart Stack – lets you cure and browse multiple widgets. It also lets you view different widgets at different times of the day, ranging from a location on your home screen. So for example, you can see the weather report in the morning, a news widget in the afternoon, your step count in the early evening and.
How to get started: You can tap and hold a widget in Today View and move it to your Home screen or, to do more, enter jiggle mode and then tap + in the upper left corner and select a widget. From there, you can swipe through the three available sizes and then drag and drop the one you want on your home screen.
App clips: Mini apps you can launch without downloading
Sometimes you need to use an app once or twice, but the last thing you need is another app on your iPhone –allows you to access an app without having to download it. If you’ve been the person holding the line to download and sign up for an app you use once to pay for a parking meter, this is for you.
What it is: Basic app functions, run from a pop-up window rather than a full app window.
How to use them: If you need to use an app but know you may not need it again – say ordering food from a restaurant while on holiday – App Clips lets you complete transactions and basic tasks without having to download the entire app.
How to get started: App clips can be triggered in a variety of ways: A web link, a text message, from within the Maps app, a QR code or NFC tag. Once you’ve triggered one, you can sign in with Sign In with Apple and pay for all transactions with Apple Pay and then back out of the app with no more clutter on your iPhone storage or home screen than you started with.
Once again, Apple is doubling users’ privacy with iOS 14, which. Wondering if your current iPhone supports iOS 14? to see if yours is one of them. Wondering when the iPhone 12 might come? . For a look at Apple’s new subscription package, Apple One, .