Every version of iOS packs in several new features and the latest iOS 14 is no different. While you may have already explored several of the new features, you will be surprised to know that there are several exciting features that are embedded deep within. These are not visible in the main setting menu. To get the best from your device, here’s a look at top 10 hidden features on iPhone 14.
Ambient sound recognition – This feature is part of accessibility settings. It can detect a variety of sounds in the background and can alert the user about the same. For example, it can detect sound of dog barking, running water, doorbell, sirens, etc. The only downside is that Hey Siri commands will not work, as long as sound recognition feature is turned on.
Mirror front camera – This feature is available with earlier versions of iOS as well. But the functioning have been improved with the latest iPhone 14. You can use this feature to capture a selfie in the same way, as it shows in the viewfinder. You won’t be getting a flipped image, which is what happens in standard selfie mode.
Back taps – Available under Accessibility, back taps can be used to quickly access predetermined shortcuts. For example, you can program the taps for taking screenshots or accessing the control center. You can program double taps and triple taps for different functions. Once you get used to it, back taps can be fun and save your time.
Volume button for quick video – Want to shoot a quick video? Just open the camera app and press down the volume up or down button to start shooting instantly. To stop shooting, just let go of the volume buttons.
Image caption – This can make searching for images a lot easier. You can add captions to the images and search for them with ease anytime you want. This will help avoid endless scrolling to find an image that you need.
Customize control center – On iPhone 14, you can control basic settings and also access some useful widgets. It essentially allows for a more personalized experience. Once you have customized the settings, you can access them via a simple swipe down. It can work even on locked screen.
Hidden trackpad – Editing long text messages or documents can be painful on a small screen. To simplify this, iPhone has a hidden trackpad feature. It can be activated by long pressing on the space bar. Once activated, the keyboard buttons will disappear and the entire keyboard will start functioning like a trackpad. You can then move the cursor to anywhere you want to edit the text.
LED flash notification – Notification lights are really useful, but surprisingly, there are hardly any phones that have it now. On iPhone, an alternative is to use the LED flash for notification. You will be alerted when a message arrives and do not have to keep checking the screen.
Siri spells – If you have interest in casting spells like Harry Potter, you can program Siri to do some fun stuff. For example, Hey Siri Lumos will turn on the flashlight and Hey Siri Nox will turn it off. Similarly, Accio can be used to launch an app of your choice. For example, Accio Twitter will launch Twitter app. More such fun spells can be added via Shortcuts.
Recover deleted chats – It is quite common that we may end up deleting a chat by mistake. Thankfully, iPhone 14 can help you recover it quite easily. You can recover the chats via the ‘Recently Deleted Folder’. This function will work for chats that are no older than 30 days old. Beyond that, the chats will be permanently deleted.