Best iOS 14 Features That You Should Know in 2021

Last Updated on Nov 10, 2020

Apple’s new major update iOS 14 realased worldwide, the latest iOS, everyone’s looking for what’s new and more. According to our revoew, iOS 14 is arguably the biggest update ever for iPhone Custome Home screen desing. The research says iOS 14 is now installed on more than 35% iPhones across the world, here the best part comes, all the iOS 13 supported iPhones can download and install the latest iOS 14 version and can taste the incredible features of the new iOS. Beginning with the revamped iOS Home Screen to covering almost all the system apps and features to re-decorate and add more functionalities, Apple didn’t miss the opportunity.

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I’d ask you to update iPhone to the latest iOS 14, if already not (Settings App > General > Software Update), and continue along with the list of the best iOS 14 Features that you don’t want to miss. I can assure, iOS 14 will take the iPhone to the next level.

Best iOS 14 New Features List

iOS 14 hidden Features [Top 10 Tips & Tricks for iPhone users]

#1. App Library page that is last on the iOS Home screen

App Library aims to gather all the applications of the iPhone in a single App Page, well organized, filtered by category. On updating the iPhone to the iOS 14, App Library automatically appears to the end of the App Pages, and unfortunately can’t be removed. Different categories like Social Apps, Fitness, Health, Banking Apps, Games, Apple Arcade, and more, will be included in one page, that can be scrolled down to the end.

Thankfully, Apple has also ensured to give you quick access to the most used apps by offering Suggestions Card and secondly, the Recently Added Card that will store all the latest downloaded apps.

Our best suggestion for you is to keep one or two App pages and hide the rest of them. This will directly reduce the jammed home screen of the iPhone while providing access to all the apps from App Library.

To do so, press and hold anywhere to enable Jiggle Mode on iPhone, and tap on the Dock. Then uncheck the App Pages that you want to remove and tap Done.

Refer our detailed guide on How to Use App Library on iOS 14.

#2. Picture in Picture

Picture in Picture is a great feature, from years Android users are already enjoying, but for the first time, Apple has added picture-in-picture to the iPhone. With pictures in picture mode, you can easily watch the videos and continue using other applications of the iPhone. This will be more helpful when you want to keep YouTube Video on but at the same time chat with friends.

Other than that, picture in picture mode is good for FaceTime, works flawlessly. You may have experienced PIP mode in WhatsApp, but Apple’s PIP is quite advanced, it can be re-adjusted anywhere on the home screen, even you can hide the picture in picture video, while the audio will continue playing in the background.

However, till now there are limited applications that work with Picture in Picture mode, Apple TV, Podcasts, Safari, FaceTime, iTunes, and Homes.

You can visit our separate tutorial to explain how to use Picture in Picture Mode on YouTube.

#3. Messages App (Filter Messages, Inline Messages, Pinned Chats, Mentions, etc)

Messages App got various features, you’ll love all of them. This time iOS 14 is targeting the Group Chats of the Messages App.

Filter Messages

The very first thing is, you can simply bifurcate the Message Threads by choosing to display All Messages, Known Senders, and Unknown Senders. All Messages will show messages from known, unknown senders, in a single feed. While Known Senders and Unknown Senders are limited to display messages.

If you don’t want to deal with computerized, offers or insurance spam messages, then filter the settings to Known Senders.

After opening the Messages App, choose your preference.

Pinned Chats

You can pin favorite conversations at the top of the Messages App. At a time, iPhone lets you pin up to 9 conversations, which can be accessed by scrolling pinned chats side by side. Pinned chats are easy to access, also shows a typing indicator is a person who has set Memoji or Photo right on the mouth of the image.

All the unread chats appear front in the row or pinned chats.

Swipe right on the Conversation to Pin it.

Inline Replies

Inline Replies keeps the threads look different and shows the messages inline, so you won’t lose the important message of the session.


We’ve been using Mentions for a long time in Facebook, WhatsApp Groups, Twitter, and many other apps, it works the same in Messages App too, with an iOS 14 update.

Mentions in Messages App can only be used in the Group Conversations, besides, if you have muted the group chat, but someone has mentioned you, the iPhone will send a notification for that particular message.

Typing Indicators

With the latest iOS 14 update, the typing indicator shows up on the main screen, no need to open the Conversation to determine whether someone is typing or not.


Undoubtedly, the Memoji got new Faces, Expressions, and several other tools to designed avatar efficiently.

#4. Translate App

Presenting Apple’s own Translate app, you don’t have to use the Google Translate anymore, by default the Translate App will be there in iOS 14 or later. As of now, here are some languages you can use in the Translate app, Spanish, French, Arabic, Chinese, Russian, Portuguese, German, Italian, English, Korean, and Japanese.

Translate App is more than just translating your phrases, it works offline, no more need to have an active internet connection to translate, although it can be only possible after downloading the language package; use Dictate or manual text entry, whatever you want.

Turn the iPhone into landscape mode, to enlarge the Translation, which they call it as an Attention Mode.

I find the Translate app bit tricky to use, though, you would appreciate a detailed article on How to Use Translate App on iPhone iOS 14.

#5. Add Captions to Photos

If you own Mac, then probably aware of the adding caption using the description field of the Photos App is much easier, however, the feature is expanded to the iOS 14.

When you add the captions in the Photos, these changes also reflect in the iCloud Photo Library, across all the iPhone or Apple Devices signed in with the same Apple ID.

This feature is more than just adding captions to the Photos, you can use the Captions to locate the photos in the library by searching. We are still hoping, Apple would let us edit the metadata in a future update. Till then, learn how to Add Captions to Photos on iOS 14.

  • Open the Photos app, then tap on the Photo.
  • Swipe up and find the Caption field. Enter the caption and Save

#6. Car Key

Car Key is remarkably the best thing we are getting with iOS 14. It is totally NFC-based feature, allows you to unlock the car using the iPhone, what’s more, surprising than this? Other than unlocking the Car, you can use the iPhone to start the car, however only when placed on the wireless charger or NFC reader, and most importantly when iPhone is inside the car.

The digital key is securely stored in the Wallet App, which can be shared with whomever you want. Dont worry about the iPhone battery, Car Key is designed to work for five more hours when iPhone is dead.

Miserably, Car Key is totally dependent upon the Car Manufacturer, so it might not work with your current car. The BMW 5 Series will be the first-ever car supporting NFC-based Car Unlocking.

#7. App Clips

Call App Clips as the subpart of the App, if you need to use a feature of App for once, that actually you don’t have, download the App Clips, rather than installing the whole app. Installing App Clips is pretty simple, Scan the QR Code, Apple-designed App Clip code, or the NFC tag, to use the App Clip on iPhone.

For instance, if you find some restaurant interesting and want to visit, then, use the App Clip of that restaurant, make reservations and once you are done, the App Clips will be eliminated from the iPhone automatically.

All the recently used App Clips will appear in the App Library, but won’t be stored on iPhone.

#8. Widget Stacks & Widget Smart Stack

You can now design a very own App Page of your iPhone, whether you want to keep the Widgets in between the apps or keep the rotating Widgets Stack on iPhone Home Screen, anything is possible in iOS 14.

Apart from adding Widgets to the Home Screen, there is an option to add the Smart Stacks. The Smart Stacks are the widgets that periodically rotates based on your interest and more of using the iPhone intelligence.

  • Touch and hold the iPhone home screen, and bring it to the Jiggle Mode.
  • Tap on the Plus icon at the top-left corner.
  • Then, start adding as much as Widgets you want.
  • For rotating widgets, choose Smart Stacks.
  • Furthermore, set the Size of Smart Stacks and add it to the home screen.

Here’s the complete guide on How to Add/Remove/Edit Widgets on iPhone iOS 14.

#9. Minimized Phone Call Notifications

The time has been passed, when incoming calls on iPhone cover up the entire screen, whether you are interested in that incoming call or not, and breaks the entire gameplay particularly while playing games. iOS 14 update make sure that when any incoming calls ring your iPhone, it won’t cover the iPhone screen, just a small banner at the top, that can be avoided by swiping up or can be answered right there.

This interface is applicable for FaceTime Calls, as well as other apps providing VoIP Calls.

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#10. Third-Party Default Apps

Now you don’t have to forcefully use the Safari and Mail app, iOS 14 lets you set the other browsers and mail apps as default. For instance, Google Chrome and other email service providers including Edison, Sparks, etc, can be made default.

#11. Back Tap

Back Tap is all Accessibility feature, how great when you can take a screenshot by double tapping back? Or Mute the iPhone or open Control Center or Siri; whatever. Likewise, you can have triple-tap too. So you get two easy tasks to operate without following filthy procedure all the time. Here’s the way.

  1. Launch the Settings App on the iPhone.
  2. Tap Accessibility.
  3. Then, select Touch.
  4. In the end, tap on Back Tap.
  5. Choose either Double Tap or Triple Tap.
  6. Set any of the options for Double Tap or Triple Tap, whichever you choose before.

This is it! Now Double Tap or Triple Tap the back of the iPhone to launch the function. Check out the post on how to enable/disable Back Tap on iPhone.

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#12. Sound Recognition

With iOS 14, your iPhone is way smarter, it uses iPhone’s intelligence and detects the sound nearby the iPhone. For instance, your forget the tap open, the iPhone will show an alert if it detects the water rushing out in the washbasin or say your baby crying in another room, it will send you an alert. This is how Sound Recognition works.

  1. Navigate to the Settings App.
  2. Open Accessibility.
  3. Find Sound Recognition.
  4. Turn On Sound Recognition.
  5. Then, turn on the sounds from there.

A word of caution, don’t use Sound Recognition for Emergencies, or while driving on the road, or anywhere you may get harmed or others.

#13. Group FaceTime Now Detects Sign Language

Group FaceTime was a bigger update last year, with iOS 14 it got little more. Now the Group FaceTime is more active than ever, it can detect the person trying to speak something using Signs, and give them a big screen just like the group person is speaking loud on the Group FaceTime.

#14. Rename Bluetooth Devices

As we recall, Apple didn’t announce minor features on stage, usually, we call them as a hidden feature. Renaming Bluetooth Devices on iOS 14 is a hidden feature, it works just like its name. You don’t have to deal with chaotic Bluetooth paired devices list on iPhone, customize the connected device by giving them different names, so you can easily remove or re-connect in one shot.

  1. Open the Settings App.
  2. Tap Bluetooth.
  3. Tap on the (i) button next to the Paired Bluetooth device.
  4. Then, select the Name option to rename it.

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#15. Optimized Battery Charging for AirPods

The Optimized Battery Charging was back launched for iOS devices, but now for the first time, AirPods get to use the optimized battery charging feature to increase the battery aging of AirPods. That said,

“To reduce battery aging, AirPods learn from your daily charging routine so they can wait to finish charging past 80% until you need to use them.”

You don’t have to enable this feature, it will automatically start working and will show a notification saying that optimized battery charging is enabled.

#16. Search Emoji in Default Keyboard

Did you ever stuck in a situation where you can’t find the Emoji but need to reply fast? Nothing can be compared with the Emoji when we want to express ourselves, it keeps our texts lively and more interesting. This fall, on iOS and iPadOS, its been much easier to find the emoji, by making direct search right in the Apple’s default keyboard. Try it.

#17. Remove Background Noise in Voice Memos

Voice Memos are the best way to record messages, dialogues, some important instructions, or anything. Usually, when we record any clip-on Voice Memos, the iPhone catches the background noise too, which can genuinely destroy our message, but with iOS 14 you can remove the background noise and only keep the voice memos focused on your voice.

Tap on the upper left Sparkling stick symbol to remove background noise in Voice Memos.

#18. Zoom More in Photos

Zooming Photos has improved incredibly, till now users were not satisfied with the results of zooming photos, sometimes the pictures got stretched and not clearly visible. Thanks to iOS 14, it doesn’t need any technique or hack to get more into photos, just use your fingers and zoom the image for a detailed view.

Furthermore, we are expecting the accuracy in this feature, so stay tuned and keep the iPhone updated to the latest firmware.

#19. Drag & Drop Multiple Apps to Rearrange on Home Screen

Arranging App Icons in iPhone is never been easier than iOS 14, first of all, the App Library, what an amazing feature. No doubt, you may have used this kind of theme on Android phones, but for the iOS users, it’s still no less than surprise.

To drag and drop multiple apps on iPhone, all you have to do is bring the home screen into jiggle mode, long-press the app or blank screen, that will do, and then move the first application from its position, for multiple applications, collect other applications and keep it with the first app.

Then switch the App Page to drop and lastly tap Done.

#20. Updated Game Center

Game Center is a lost cause for Apple, few people like to use the Game Center of iPhone. Fortunately, Apple hasn’t forgotten this and gave a push to its interface, and several on-screen changes, to connect gamers. Players can see your achievements, Game Center profiles, leaderboards from the revamped dashboard directly from the Apple Arcade.

Alternatively, you can catch your friend’s progress using the Game Center, without asking everyone and get the idea which games are played by your friends.

#21. Power Reserve Mode

Power Reserve Mode is uniquely available to certain iPhones including iPhone X or later, that usually keep the iPhone usable for selected applications when your iPhone actually dies of low battery. Up to five hours, the power reserve mode keeps the iPhone active for certain apps. Mainly, the Power Reserve Mode targets, the NFC tags, Car Keys, Apple Pay, and so on, in emergency situations, it’ll help you reach home.

#22. Smart Folder in Voice Memos


Do you frequently record Voice Memos? Then it’s hard to manage all of them, the iOS 14’s Voice Memos Update brings an ability to organize the Voice Memos into the folder.

Smart Folders

If you don’t have time to organize the Voice Memos recordings, the system will detect the recordings and categorize it into several folders such as Apple Watch recordings, Favorites, and recently deleted recordings. You can also manually Favorite the recording, to directly access from the Favorite folder.

#23. Resume the Podcast Where You Left (Up Next & Discover Podcasts)

Earlier the Podcast app wasn’t so much of use to discover the interesting Podcasts that you may like. However, this fall, the Up Next feature lets you explore the new podcasts of your likings, also the same Up Next button can resume the previous podcast so you can continue from where you left.

#24. Powerful Notes App (Advanced Search, Shape Recognition, Pin Notes, etc.)

The Notes App is now getting better and better with new updates, this time, Notes app uses the on-device intelligence, to search the Notes, super fast.

Shape Recognition in Notes App:

The title itself is enough to understand what this is about. Draw any shape such as an arrow, star, ball, or anything, the Notes app will give perfect finish to the roughly drawn object.

Pinned Notes:

You can expand or collapse the list of pinned notes.

Format the Text:

Using the inbuilt formatting tools such as Bold, Italic, Heading, and other styles, you can prepare a professional note to share with clients and colleagues on the go.

Scan Documents:

Scanning Documents on iPhone don’t need any third-party scanning apps, just head to the Notes App and scan documents.

Improved Action Menu:

All the quick settings comprising Scanning, Locking, Pinning, and Deleting Notes are accommodated to the action menu.

#25. Add Files Widget

The Files app of the iPhone is the ultimate way to explore the media, documents, and other files stored on the iPhone. Earlier we have to open the Files app and find the document every time we need; iOS 14 lets you add Files Widget in Today View as well as on Home Screen.

#26. Improved Weather Widget

The Weather widget of the iPhone usually shows the Cupertino rather showing the current location, this has been fixed in the iOS 14. Now you can see the current location in the Weather widget.

#27. Set Emoji in Reminders

It is a sort of creative feature, if you love to decorate the iPhone, and use the Reminders app, then I bet you’ll love the Emoji in Reminders. This will make it easier to identify what’s the reminder about.

#28. Update in Control Center

The Control Center of iOS 14 shows you the application on the top who accessed the Camera and Microphone of the device.

#29. iOS 14 Lets You Store New Apps to App Library/Home Screen (Decide)

While introducing App Library it was unclear that will we get an option to store the newly added apps to the Home Screen or just in App Library. Technically both have their own differences, if any app is important to us, then adding it to Home Screen would be our first choice. Here’s how to choose between them.

  1. Open the Settings App.
  2. Tap Home Screen.
  3. Choose where do you want to add New App Downloads: Add to Home Screen or App Library Only.

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