How to Enable Full Screen Incoming Calls on iPhone or iPad in iOS or iPadOS 14

In iOS and iPad OS 14, Apple introduced persistent call banners instead of full-screen notifications. This means that when your device is unlocked, regular, FaceTime, and third-party VoIP incoming call banners take only a small space at the top.

In iOS and iPad OS 14, Apple introduced persistent call banners instead of full-screen notifications. This means that when your device is unlocked, regular, FaceTime, and third-party VoIP incoming call banners take only a small space at the top.

Call 1
Incoming Call banner mode

This compact UI feature is turned on by default. While you can swipe down on a banner to quickly expand the incoming call to the full-screen mode, it is not a permanent solution.

However, if you want a big contact picture in incoming calls, or do not like the new style, or it’s too easy to miss and you prefer the old way, here is how to activate this feature in iOS and iPadOS 14.

This is for iPhone or iPad running iOS or iPadOS 14

Dilbert and Tweet
Copyright Scott Adams, Inc./Distributed by Universal Uclick for UFS

Open the Settings app (the gear icon). Refer to below image:

Call 2
Accessing Settings

Next, scroll down to the Phone section. See below image:

Call 3
Accessing the Phone option

Now, choose Incoming Calls option. See following image:

Call 4
Accessing Incoming Calls option

Next, checkmark the Full Screen option. Refer to below image:

Call 5
Selecting Full Screen for incoming calls

The next time you receive a phone call (a cellular or a VoIP call), you will see a full-screen incoming call notification. See below image:

Call 6
Incoming Calls full screen mode

That’s it. Please feel free to share this post! One way to share is via Twitter.

Just click the Tweet icon below. This will launch Twitter where you click its icon to post the Tweet.

Check out TechSavvy.Life for blog posts on smartphones, PCs, and Macs! Feel free to email us at contact@techsavvy.life.

I Would Like to Hear From You

Please feel free to leave a comment. I would love hearing from you. Do you have a computer or smart device tech question? I will do my best to answer your inquiry. Just send an email to contact@techsavvy.life. Please mention the device, app and version that you are using. To help us out, you can send screenshots of your data related to your question.

The author’s Vietnam eBook on the Battle for Tra Bong: Events and Aftermath

How to Use Sound Recognition on iPhone in iOS 14

Sound Recognition, first introduced in iOS 14, lets iPhone users with hearing loss receive visual alerts when the iPhone detects certain sounds like smoke alarms, sirens, door knocks, or dogs barking.

Sound Recognition, first introduced in iOS 14, lets iPhone users with hearing loss receive visual alerts when the iPhone detects certain sounds like smoke alarms, sirens, door knocks, or dogs barking. It does this with onboard intelligence, so no network connection is required. Let’s explore how to setup and use this feature.

This is for the iPhone running iOS 14+

Dilbert and Lunch
Copyright Scott Adams, Inc./Distributed by Universal Uclick for UFS

Setup Sound Recognition

First, launch Settings (the gear icon). Refer to below image:

Sound 1
Accessing Settings

in Settings, scroll down and tap Accessibility. See below image:

Sound 2
Accessing Accessibility

In Accessibility, navigate to the Hearing section. Now, tap Sound Recognition. See following image:

Sound 3
Accessing Sound Recognition

Enabling Sounds

In Sound Recognition settings, tap the switch beside Sound Recognition to turn it on. Next, tap Sounds below that to choose which sounds to recognize. Refer to below image:

Sound 4
Enabling Sound Recognition

Siri is Disabled

Once you enable a Sound, a message will be displayed about Siri being disabled if you Turn On Sound Recognition, or you may Cancel. See below image:

Sound 5
Hey Siri message if a Sound is enabled

Now, you will see a list of switches that correspond to types of sound your iPhone can recognize, such as sirens and water running. As of iOS 14, here’s the full list:

  • Fire Alarm
  • Siren
  • Smoke Alarm
  • Cat
  • Dog
  • Appliances
  • Car Horn
  • Door Bell
  • Door Knock
  • Water Running
  • Baby Crying

Tap the switch beside each sound that you would like for your iPhone to recognize. You can enable any combination of them, or all of them. See following image where I enabled Fire, Smoke, and Dog:

Sound 6
Enabling Sounds

Now, to save your selection(s), press the Back link in upper left-hand corner, then exit Settings.

The Notifications

If you wouldd like to test the Sound Recognition feature, try searching for sounds like “Smoke Alarm” or “Dog Barking” on YouTube. When triggered, Sound Recognition will place an alert notification at the top of your screen. Later, you can see a list of these alerts in your iPhone’s Notification Center. Refer to below image:

Sound 7
Sound Recognition notifications

If you wish to activate other sounds or disable them, navigate back to the Sounds in the Sound Recognition screen. Also, you could create a shortcut in the Control Center to activate/deactivate the Sounds.

A Viewpoint

I usually don’t comment on what Apple engineers intended to do or how a feature is to work. This feature does work as advertised. But, if my house was on fire and the alarm goes off, I want my iPhone to blast our a fire alarm sound. What good is a notification alert; yikes, my house is burning! I don’t have time to grab my iPhone and launch the Notification Center. To me, this is a flaw.

While sleeping, I would like for my iPhone to blast out the sound of a fire or smoke alarm and call 911. Other sounds you might wnat to hear through your iPhone is Baby Crying and Water Running. For these reasons, this is a poorly designed feature.

At the same time,I realize that Apple wants no liability claims for missing sounds, like smoke or fire. They chose not to use the iPhone as an alarm in Sound Recognition.

That’s it. Please feel free to share this post! One way to share is via Twitter.

Just click the Tweet icon below. This will launch Twitter where you click its icon to post the Tweet.

Check out TechSavvy.Life for blog posts on smartphones, PCs, and Macs! Feel free to email us at contact@techsavvy.life.

I Would Like to Hear From You

Please feel free to leave a comment. I would love hearing from you. Do you have a computer or smart device tech question? I will do my best to answer your inquiry. Just send an email to contact@techsavvy.life. Please mention the device, app and version that you are using. To help us out, you can send screenshots of your data related to your question.

The author’s Vietnam eBook on the Battle for Tra Bong: Events and Aftermath

How to Use the Magnifier Feature on iPhone or iPad in iOS 14

Your device can serve as a magnifier so you can better view the world around you. The built-in Magnifier tool uses the camera to zoom in like a magnifying glass. You can use the Magnifier to better see faraway objects or enlarge items that are closer to you, like text in a book or on a computer screen.

Your device can serve as a magnifier so you can better view the world around you. The built-in Magnifier tool uses the camera to zoom in like a magnifying glass. You can use the Magnifier to better see faraway objects or enlarge items that are closer to you, like text in a book or on a computer screen. Lets explorehow to use the Magnifier.

This is for the iPhone or iPad running iOS 14+

Dilbert and Friends
Copyright Scott Adams, Inc./Distributed by Universal Uclick for UFS

Setup Magnifier

To enable the feature, go to

Settings > Accessibility > Magnifier

and toggle On the switch for Magnifier. Refer to below image:

Magnify 1
Accessing the Magnifier

The Magnifier then appears on your Home Screen as an app. To launch the tool, just tap its icon. In my example, my first available Home Screen area is at the bottom right of the 6th page. See below image:

Magnify 2
Accessing the Magnifier app

The Magnifier Toolbar

Notice that the objects within the view of your camera are magnified in the viewfinder. Using the Magnifier panel at the bottom of your screen, drag the slider or pinch your fingers in and out to zoom in and out of the object. You can move the Magnifier panel around the screen by dragging any empty area of it with your finger. See following image:

Magnify 3
The Magnifier Toolbar

The Brightness Option

Tap the icon for Brightness and then drag the slider to increase or decrease the brightness. Tap the icon again to turn off the Brightness slider. Refer to below image:

Magnify 4
The Brighness option

The Filter Option

Tap the Filter icon to choose between different filters and find one that improves the clarity of the object. Tap the icon again to turn off the Filter gallery. Tap the Flashlight icon to turn on your device’s flashlight and throw more light onto the object. See below image:

Magnify 5
The Filter option

The Capture and View Options

To capture an image of the object you are viewing, press the Shutter button. You can then view any images you capture by tapping the View button. Swipe through the thumbnails of your captured images at the bottom left-hand corner and tap a specific picture to view it. See following image:

Magnify 6
Selecting a snapshot to view

The Share Option

From here, you can also tap the Share icon to share an image with someone else via an app or service. Refer to below image:

Magnify 7
Sharing your snapshot via Social Media

Close the Magnifier

Tap the End link at the upper left-hand corner to return to the Magnifier screen. See following image:

Magnify 8
Close the Magnifier

That’s it. Please feel free to share this post! One way to share is via Twitter.

Just click the Tweet icon below. This will launch Twitter where you click its icon to post the Tweet.

Check out TechSavvy.Life for blog posts on smartphones, PCs, and Macs! Feel free to email us at contact@techsavvy.life.

I Would Like to Hear From You

Please feel free to leave a comment. I would love hearing from you. Do you have a computer or smart device tech question? I will do my best to answer your inquiry. Just send an email to contact@techsavvy.life. Please mention the device, app and version that you are using. To help us out, you can send screenshots of your data related to your question.

The author’s Vietnam eBook on the Battle for Tra Bong: Events and Aftermath

How to Use the Zoom Feature on iPhone or iPad in iOS 14

Zoom is an accessibility feature that makes everything on your iPhone or iPad’s screen bigger and much easier to read.

Zoom is an accessibility feature that makes everything on your iPhone or iPad’s screen bigger and much easier to read.

It defaults to 5x magnification but can be set from 1x to 15x, depending on your preference and needs. You can pair it with Voice Over for further assistance to those with visual impairments.

Let us explore how to setup and use this feature.

This is for iPhone or iPad running iOS 14+

Dilbert and Software
Copyright Scott Adams, Inc./Distributed by Universal Uclick for UFS

Setup Zoom Settings

To enable the feature, go to

 Settings > Accessibility > Zoom

and toggle On the switch for Zoom. Refer to below image:

Zoom 1
Accessing the Zoom feature

A small window pops up that zooms in on the portion of the screen on which the window is resting. You can move the Zoom window by dragging the small bar that appears in the middle bottom of the window. You can also swipe up and down on the screen to change which section is zoomed in. (Note! We are unable to capture the screen while in Zoom.)

Turning on the Follow Focus button moves the Zoom window to the text you are typing and will follow along as you type. Turning on Smart Typing moves the Zoom window when a keyboard pops up so that the text is zoomed in but the keyboard is not. See below image:

Zoom 2
Two Zoom options

More Zoom Settings

On the Zoom settings, you can toggle Keyboard Shortcuts, Zoom Controller, Zoom Region, and Zoom Filter. Each switch has an associated menu of features to choose. At the bottom of the Zoom settings, you may adjust the Maximum Zoom Level (the default is 5x). See following image:

Zoom 3
More Zoom options

The Keyboard Shortcuts is a list of shortcuts to use on your keyboard for various Zoom features. Refer to below image:

Zoom 4
Zoom Keyboard Shortcuts

Setup Zoom Controller

Show Controller displays a round on-screen controller that you can use to move the Zoom window around the screen. Tap the controller to display a menu with options to zoom in/out, choose the region, resize the lens, choose a filter, or hide/show the controller. See below image:

Zoom 5
Zoom Controller options

You can zoom in or out with the first menu option. Choosing Region lets you choose a Full Screen Zoom or a Window Zoom.

Full-Screen Zoom makes the Zoom window disappear, while the entire screen is zoomed in instead. With Window Zoom, you use the Zoom window to zoom in on a small section of the screen as you move it around. See followimg image:

Zoiom 6
Zoom window options

Resize Lens feature allows you to resize the Zoom area you are viewing by grabbing and dragging on its handles. Refer to below image:

Zoom 7
Resize Lens option

The option to Choose Filter applies a specific color filter to the Zoom window in an attempt to make the text easier to read. See below image:

Zoom 8
Zoom filter options

iPhone/iPad Tapping Shortcuts

Once you have Zoom enabled, you can use it on the fly. Here’s how to use it:

  • Double-tap with three fingers anywhere on the screen to enable and disable zoom. You can do this from pretty much anywhere.
  • Drag three fingers around the screen to pan around and move to another area of the screen.
  • Use one or two fingers to scroll in the particular section that is on the display.
  • Tap and hold the anchor to drag the magnifying glass up and down the screen.

That’s it. I hope you have found this post helpful. If so, click the Tweet icon below. This will launch Twitter where you click its icon to post the Tweet.

I have found TechSavvy.Life blog posts extremely helpful. Check them out for posts on smart phone apps, Macs and PCs!

I Would Like to Hear From You

Please feel free to leave a comment. I would love hearing from you. Do you have a computer or smart device tech question? I will do my best to answer your inquiry. Please mention the device, app and version that you are using. To help us out, you can send screenshots of your data related to your question.

The author’s Vietnam eBook on the Battle for Tra Bong: Events and Aftermath

How to Enable Offline Translation on iPhone in iOS 14

The Translate app, introduced in iOS 14, allows you to quickly translate between languages using text or voice input. With speech output, support for a dozen languages, and a comprehensive built-in dictionary, it’s an essential tool for travelers or students.

The Translate app, introduced in iOS 14, allows you to quickly translate between languages using text or voice input. With speech output, support for a dozen languages, and a comprehensive built-in dictionary, it’s an essential tool for travelers or students.

By default, the app uses cloud services to perform translations. However, you can also enable offline translation on your iPhone running this app by downloading the languages.

As a disclaimer, Apple warns that the offline translations might not be as accurate as online translations. This is because in the offline mode, the app does not use Apple’s cloud computing’s ability to deliver the best translated results.

Still, it’s handy if you do not have a network connection, especially while traveling to third world countries where Internet bandwidth is poor. It is also ideal if you have a sensitive job and do not want any translation data transferred over the Internet or potentially stored in the cloud

Let’s explore how to setup offline translation.

This is for the iPhone running iOS 14

Dilbert and Developers
Copyright Scott Adams, Inc./Distributed by Universal Uclick for UFS


Accessing Translate

First, launch Settings (the Gear icon). Refer to below image:

Offline 1
Accessing Settings

Next, scroll way down and tap Translate. See below image:

Offline 2
Accessing Translate option

Enable On Device

Now, toggle to On the label On device mode. See following image:

Offline 3
Enabling on=device mode

Download Languages

A pop-up will be displayed alerting you that you need to download languages to translate locally on your device. Just tap Open App. Refer to below image:

Offline 4
Accessing Open App link

Next, a pop-up message will be displayed about the download of languages. See below image:

Offline 5
Downlaod of languages message

On the next screen, tap either of the two language pair buttons at top of the page. See following image:

Translate 4

In the list that appears, scroll down to the Available Offline Languages section. Now, tap the language you want to use offline, and it will download automatically. Please wait for the download to finish.

Now, repeat the above procedure for other language(s).

Once a language is downloaded, a checkmark will appear beside it. In my example, I have downloaded Spanish, so now I have English and Spanish for offline translations. Refer to below image:

Offline 6
Checkmark of downloaded languages

Translate Off Line

Next, tap Done in upper right-hand corner and you will be returned to the main Translate screen. Now, type in your text and the app will translate as usual but without a network connection. All of your translations will stay on your local device. See below example for translation from English to Spanish:

Offline 7
Translating Englis to Spanish

To return to cloud service translation, just toggle Off the label On device mode in Settings.

You are finished! You now have mastered offline translation on your iPhone.

I hope you have found this post helpful. If so, click the Tweet icon below. This will launch Twitter where you click its icon to post the Tweet.

I hope you have found this post helpful. If so, click the Tweet icon below. This will launch Twitter where you click its icon to post the Tweet.

I Would Like to Hear From You

Please feel free to leave a comment. I would love hearing from you. Do you have a computer or smart device tech question? I will do my best to answer your inquiry. Please mention the device, app and version that you are using. To help us out, you can send screenshots of your data related to your question.

The author’s Vietnam eBook on the Battle for Tra Bong: Events and Aftermath

How to Use the Translate App for iPhone in iOS 14

The Translate app, introduced in iOS 14, allows you to quickly translate between languages using text or voice input. With speech output, support for a dozen languages, and a comprehensive built-in dictionary, it’s an essential tool for travelers or students.

The Translate app, introduced in iOS 14, allows you to quickly translate between languages using text or voice input. With speech output, support for a dozen languages, and a comprehensive built-in dictionary, it’s an essential tool for travelers or students.

This is for the iPhone running iOS 14

Dilbert and Donut
Copyright Scott Adams, Inc./Distributed by Universal Uclick for UFS

Locate the App

First, let’s locate the Translate app. From your first Home screen, swipe right to open Today View. Now, type “translate” into the search bar that appears, then tap the Apple Translate icon (the first one in my example). If this is the first time to launch the Translate app, you will be presented with a few introductory screens; just follow the instructions to start the app. Refer to below image:

Translate 1
Accessing the Apple Translate app

When Translate opens, make sure you are in translate mode by tapping the Translate button at the bottom of the screen. See below image:

Translate 3
Accessing Translate button

Select the Languages

Next, you willl need to choose the language pair using the two buttons at the top of the screen.

The button on the left sets the source language, and the button on the right sets the destination language. See following image:

Translate 4
Accessing Source and Destination lanuguage

Just tap either language to select your source or destination language. When finished, tap Done in upper right-hand corner. Refer to below image:

Translate 5
Selecting your languages

Translation by Text

Now it’s time to enter the phrase you would like to translate. If you would like to type it with an on-screen keyboard, tap the Enter Text area on the main Translate screen. See below image:

Translate 6
The text input area

Your screen will display an on-screen keyboard. Type in what you would like to translate , then tap Go at the bottome right-hand corner. See Following image:

Translate 7
Entering text to translate

Translation by Voice

Another method is to speak the phrase that needs translation. Just tap the Microphone icon at the bottom on the main Translate screen. Refer to below image:

Translate 8
Accessing microphone

When the screen changes, say the phrase you would like to translate out loud. As you speak, Translate will recognize the words and write them out on your screen. See below image:

Translate 6
The translated text

When you are finished, you will see the resulting translation on the main screen, just below the phrase you spoke or entered.

Favorites and Dictionary

At the bottom of your screen, you will see a toolbar. See following image:

Translate 6
The Translate toolbar

If you press the Favorite button (which resembles a star), you can add the translation to your Favorites list. You can access it later by pressing the Favorites button at the bottom of the screen. Refer to below image:

Translate 12
Saving to Favorites

If you press the Dictionary button (which resembles a book) in the toolbar, the screen will to switch to Dictionary mode. In this mode, you can tap each individual word in a translation to see what it means. The Dictionary can also help you explore possible alternative definitions for the selected word. See below image:

Translate 13
Accessing the Dictionary

Playback

If you press the Play button (a triangle in a circle) in the toolbar, you can hear the translation result spoken aloud by a computer synthesized voice. See following image:

Translate 14
Playback your translation

That’s it. I hope you find this helpful on your travels to other countries or as a student mastering a different language.

I hope you have found this post helpful. If so, click the Tweet icon below. This will launch Twitter where you click its icon to post the Tweet.

I have found TechSavvy.Life blog posts extremely helpful. Check them out for posts on smart phone apps, Macs and PCs!

I Would Like to Hear From You

Please feel free to leave a comment. I would love hearing from you. Do you have a computer or smart device tech question? I will do my best to answer your inquiry. Please mention the device, app and version that you are using. To help us out, you can send screenshots of your data related to your question.

The author’s Vietnam eBook on the Battle for Tra Bong: Events and Aftermath

How to Disable Noise Cancellation on iPhone in iOS 14

Does your iPhone earpiece sound muffled or somewhat weird? The iPhone has a microphone next to the iSight camera for noise cancellation, allowing the user to block out ambient noise and get a more clearer sound in the earpiece. But at times, noise cancellation can be a hit or miss, resulting in muffled or fuzzy sound, making things tough to understand. If you’re facing such an issue, let’s turn off noise cancellation to fix things in a jiffy.

Does your iPhone earpiece sound muffled or somewhat weird? The iPhone has a microphone next to the iSight camera for noise cancellation, allowing the user to block out ambient noise and get a more clearer sound in the earpiece. But at times, noise cancellation can be a hit or miss, resulting in muffled or fuzzy sound, making things tough to understand. If you’re facing such an issue, let’s turn off noise cancellation to fix things in a jiffy.

This is for the iPhone running iOS 14

Dilbert and Safety
Copyright Scott Adams, Inc./Distributed by Universal Uclick for UFS

To Tweet about this post, click the Tweet icon below to launch Twitter, then click its Tweet icon to post.

Check out TechSavvy.Life for their blog posts on smartphone apps, PCs. and Macs!

How Does It Work

Phone noise cancellation, first introduced in iOS 7, monitors levels of ambient background noise and produces an inverse audio signal to cancel that background noise, so you don’t hear it on a phone call. The technology works best with continuous low-level background noise, and it typically works very well. But sometimes it can produce an eerily quiet phone conversation or unsettling audio sounds, such as small crowd noises or low-level background music.

Also, some people find the noise-cancellation effect physically uncomfortable especially when using a headset. Fortunately, phone noise cancellation is easy to turn off on the iPhone. Let’s explore how to do this.

Disable Noise Cancellation

First, open Settings (the gear icon). Refer to below image:

Noise 1
Accessing Settings

Now, scroll down and launch Accessibility. See below image:

Noise 2
Accessing Accessibility

Next, scroll down to the Hearing section and tap Audio/Visual. See following image:

Noise 3
Accessing Audio/Visual

Now, tap the Phone Noise Cancellation toggle to turn it off (the default setting is On). Refer to below image:

Noise 4
Disabling Phone Noise Cancellation

Next, let’s go back one screen to make sure the change registers. You can now exit Settings. The next time you place or receive a phone call, noise cancellation will be disabled.

That’s it. You may enable the feature at any time by following the above steps.

I hope you have found this post helpful. If so, click the Tweet icon below. This will launch Twitter where you click its icon to post the Tweet.

I have found TechSavvy.Life blog posts extremely helpful. Check them out for posts on smart phone apps, Macs and PCs!

The following is a previous Twitter feed so you can view how a Tweet will be displayed.

I Would Like to Hear From You

Please feel free to leave a comment. I would love hearing from you. Do you have a computer or smart device tech question? I will do my best to answer your inquiry. Please mention the device, app and version that you are using. To help us out, you can send screenshots of your data related to your question.

The author’s Vietnam eBook on the Battle for Tra Bong: Events and Aftermath

How to Disable Auto-Correct on iPhone or iPad in iOS 14

f you use a lot of terms, proper names, acronyms, or places, you may want to turn off Auto-Correct that is enabled by default.

If you use a lot of terms, proper names, acronyms, or places, you may want to turn off Auto-Correct that is enabled by default.

When your iPhone or iPad corrects a word automatically, it’s drawing on both a dictionary and a predictive text algorithm that learns from how you type. The dictionary may not include every proper name, acronym, or new term as it appears on the screen, so it can be frustrating when Auto-Correct changes what you know is correct. Also, if you misspell a certain word frequently enough, the predictive text algorithm will learn that typo, and it may begin “fixing” correct instances of a word or term when you do not want it to.

The easiest way to deal with Auto-Correct is to turn it off completely. (Note! IFfyou use an everyday language, it is recommended not to disable this feature to avoid typos). If you need to turn it off, here’s how to disable Auto-Correct.

This is for the iPhone or iPad running iOS 14

Dilbert and Sign
Copyright Scott Adams, Inc./Distributed by Universal Uclick for UFS

To Tweet about this post, click the Tweet icon below to launch Twitter, then click its Tweet icon to post.

Check out TechSavvy.Life for their blog posts on smartphone apps, PCs. and Macs!

First, launch Settings (the gear icon). Refer to below image:

Keyboard 1
Accessing Settings

Now, scroll down and launch General. See below image:

Keyboard 2
Accessing General option

Next, scroll down to Keyboard and tap it. See following image:

Keyboard 3
Accessing Keyboard option

In the Keyboard settings, scroll down to the All Keyboards sections. Tap the toggle beside Auto-Correction to disable it. Refer to below image:

Keyboard 4
Disabling Auto-Correction

Next, let’s go back one screen to make sure the change registers. You may now exit Settings.

You can always turn Auto-Correct back on by following the above steps.

That’s it. Please feel free to share this post! One way to share is via Twitter, as mentioned below.

I hope you have found this post helpful. If so, click the Tweet icon below. This will launch Twitter where you click its icon to post the Tweet.

I have found TechSavvy.Life blog posts extremely helpful. Check them out for posts on smart phone apps, Macs and PCs!

The following is a previous Twitter feed so you can view how a Tweet will be displayed.

Disaply of your Tweet

I Would Like to Hear From You

Please feel free to leave a comment. I would love hearing from you. Do you have a computer or smart device tech question? I will do my best to answer your inquiry. Please mention the device, app and version that you are using. To help us out, you can send screenshots of your data related to your question.

The author’s Vietnam eBook on the Battle for Tra Bong: Events and Aftermath

How to Add Widgets on iPhone in iOS 14

In addition to the App Library feature, another prominent change in iOS 14, is the addition of Widgets that can be added to any page.

In addition to the App Library feature, another prominent change in iOS 14, is the addition of Widgets that can be added to any page.

We have had Widgets on the Today View (the screen to the left of your first Home Screen) for years, but not a lot of people use that screen. And what’s the point of glanceable info if you have to swipe around to see it?

With iOS 14, Apple is replacing the old Widgets with all new ones that are more dynamic, can pull in more information, come in three sizes, and most importantly, can be placed anywhere on the Home Screen. Let’s explore how this is done.

This is for the iPhone running iOS 14

Dilbert and Accomplish
Copyright Scott Adams, Inc./Distributed by Universal Uclick for UFS

To Tweet about this post, click the Tweet icon below to launch Twitter, then click its Tweet icon to post.

Check out TechSavvy.Life for their blog posts on smartphone apps, PCs. and Macs!

Add a Widget

To add a Widget:

Touch and hold an empty area on your screen until your apps jiggle and show minus (-) symbols. or tap Edit Home Screen. Refer to below image:

Widgets 1
The Jiggle screen

Tap the plus /+) sign in the upper-left corner. See below image:

Widgets 2
Selecting to add a Widget

You will bring up a menu of existing Widgets. See following image:

Widgets 3
Existing Widgets to chose from

Tap on the Widget you want to add, or use the search bar to find one. Swipe left and right to choose the Widget’s size and shape.

Widgets can come in three sizes. Small Widgets are the same size as a 2 by 2 block of app icons. Medium Widgets are two icons high, but four icons wide (taking up the entire width of your Home Screen). Large Widgets are four icons wide and four icons tall.

Tap Add Widget. Refer to below image:

Widgets 4
Adding a Widget

Once you have added the Widget, tap anywhere on the Home Screen to go out of edit (jiggle) mode.

Note! The first time you tap the new Widget, you may be asked to adjust its features (for example, to tell a weather Widget in what you want it to report).

You can even place multiple copies of the same Widget!

Move or Delete a Widget

To move the Widget around the screen or to another screen, just long-press it until it starts to shake and then move it where you want it.

If you want to get rid of the Widget, long-press to bring up a remove option or tap the little (-) button in the upper left corner of the Widget. See below image:

Widgets 5
Remove a Widget

Create a Widget Stack

You can create a stack of Widgets if you want to save space or if there’s one Widget you will only want to use occasionally.

To create a stack:

Select a Widget for your Home Screen as described above and place it where you want it. Select the next Widget you want to stack (you can stack as many as 10) and save it to your Home Screen. See following image:

Widgets 6
Selecting Widgets to create a stack

Long press the Widget so that you can move it around the screen, and place it on top of the first. Note that the Widget must be the same size and shape; you can not, say, place a small Widget on a medium-sized one. Refer to below image:

Widgets 7
Creating the stack

To see each Widget in your stack, swipe up or down on the top Widget and the next one will be revealed. In my example, I have stacked OneDrive on top of Google Search.

Tap Done when finished. See below image:

Widgets 8
The finished stack consisting of OneDrive and Google Drive

Move or Delete a Widget Stack

If you want to change the position of or remove any of the apps in the stack:

Long press the stack and select Edit Stack. See following image:

Widgets 9
Edit a stack

Press the three lines to the side of each app to change its position in the stack. Refer to below image:

Widgets 10
Change an app position in the stack

In my example, I have stacked Google Drive on top, previously it was OneDrive. See below image :

Widgets 11
Positioned Google Drive to be on top of OneDrive

To remove a Widget, swipe it to the left and tap Delete.

The Smart Rotate option, if On, will automatically rotate the Widget you use the most to the top. If Off, the Widgets are fixed.

Use the Smart Stack

Apple has also created a feature it calls a Smart Stack, which will automatically choose which Widget should be on top depending on your location, what time it is, or what you most often look at. It takes into account your usual app use, the time of day, and your location, and does all of this locally on your iPhone so no data is sent to Apple or anyone else.

iOS 14 comes with a pre-built Smart Stack made up of a group of selected apps. You add that stack the same way you would add any widget:

Long press on your Home Screen and tap the plus (+) icon in the upper-left corner.

Scroll down until you see the Widget called Smart Stack. See following image:

Widgets 12
The Smart Stack option

As with the other Widgets, scroll sideways to choose the size you want, and then tap Add Widget.

Note! There is no way to determine at a glance if apps are stacked. You have to swipe or chose Edit Stack.

Create a Smart Stack

You can make your own Smart Stack by simply dragging Widgets on top of each other.

Just place Widgets how you normally would. Drag any two Widgets of the same size on top of each other, and you have got a new stack! It works just like making a folder with app icons.

Move or Delete Smart Stack

You can edit your stack the same way you do the Smart Stack. Turn Smart Rotate on or off, reorder the Widgets or remove the ones you no longer want.

Just long-press any stack you have created and select Edit Stack.

That’s it for the basics. There is much more on Widgets to explore, like third-party and the most popular ones.

I hope you have found this post helpful. If so, click the Tweet icon below. This will launch Twitter where you click its icon to post the Tweet.

I have found TechSavvy.Life blog posts extremely helpful. Check them out for posts on smart phone apps, Macs and PCs!

The following is a previous Twitter feed so you can view how a Tweet will be displayed.

I Would Like to Hear From You

Please feel free to leave a comment. I would love hearing from you. Do you have a computer or smart device tech question? I will do my best to answer your inquiry. Please mention the device, app and version that you are using. To help us out, you can send screenshots of your data related to your question.

The author’s Vietnam eBook on the Battle for Tra Bong: Events and Aftermath

How to Disable Picture-In-Picture on iPhone in iOS 14

iPhones with iOS 14 or later, now support Picture -In-Picture (PIP) mode like their cousin, the iPad. By default, when you switch from playing a full-screen video in a supported media app, it will continue playing in the corner of the screen. If you find this annoying, like me, you can easily turn it off.

iPhones with iOS 14 or later, now support Picture -In-Picture (PIP) mode like their cousin, the iPad. By default, when you switch from playing a full-screen video in a supported media app, it will continue playing in the corner of the screen. If you find this annoying, like me, you can easily turn it off. Here’s how to do this.

This is for the iPhone running iOS 14

Dilbert and Karma
Copyright Scott Adams, Inc./Distributed by Universal Uclick for UFS

To Tweet about this post, click the Tweet icon below to launch Twitter, then click its Tweet icon to post.

Check out TechSavvy.Life for their blog posts on smartphone apps, PCs. and Macs!

First, launch Settings (the gear icon). Refer to below image:

pip 1
Accessing Settings

Now, scroll down and tap on the General option. See below image:

pip 2
Accessing the General option

Next, tap on the Picture in Picture option. See following image:

pip 3
Accessing the PIP option

Tap on it to open the Picture in Picture settings. Now, toggle off (disable) the Start PIP Automatically option. Refer to below image:

pip 4
Disabling the PIP option

Now, the next time you return to the Home Screen while playing a video, the Picture-in-Picture will not pop-up automatically. To manually open Picture-inPicture, just tap the Picture-in-Picture button (if the app you are using supports it.)

That’s it. You just disabled a possible annoying feature of iOS 14.

I hope you have found this post helpful. If so, click the Tweet icon below. This will launch Twitter where you click its icon to post the Tweet.

I have found TechSavvy.Life blog posts extremely helpful. Check them out for posts on smart phone apps, Macs and PCs!>

The following is a previous Twitter feed so you can view how a Tweet will be displayed.

I Would Like to Hear From You

Please feel free to leave a comment. I would love hearing from you. Do you have a computer or smart device tech question? I will do my best to answer your inquiry. Please mention the device, app and version that you are using. To help us out, you can send screenshots of your data related to your question.

The author’s Vietnam eBook on the Battle for Tra Bong: Events and Aftermath