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This is the ultimate list of iOS 7.1 and iOS 7 tips, tricks and hidden features. Check out a collection of the best iOS 7 tricks to get more out of your iPhone and iPad as well as some iOS 7 hidden features that will help you get more for the money you already spent.

iOS 7 brings a collection of amazing new features to the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch which Apple is highlighting in ads and on their website, but there are also a lot of hidden iOS 7 features that won’t jump out at users after installing iOS 7.

We’ve been using iOS 7 and iOS 7.1 for several months to discover all of the hidden features that sit behind menus and don’t make the cut for Apple’s marketing team.

With this list of iOS 7 tips and hidden features users will learn how to get more out of their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch with the new iOS 7 or iOS 7.1 software installed.

Read: 41 Siri Hidden Features

Users don’t need to buy any accessories or spend money on apps to take advantage of all of these features. All of these iOS 7 & iOS 7.1 features will work without spending any cash, and some will even help you save money.

Our list of iOS 7 hidden features contains features that are hard to find, or that most users won’t discover on their own. There is no iOS 7 jailbreak required, which is good because there is no jailbreak yet, and there is no need to enter a special code to unlock anything. Just grab your iPhone or iPad running iOS 7 and learn how to get more out of it.

Read: How to Get Better iOS 7 Battery Life

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Here are 25 of the lesser known iOS 7 features we found while using iOS 7 since for the past several months. Users can install the iOS 7 update to gain access to all of these features for free. Some of the features will only work on the iPhone 5, iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s, while others will work on all devices running iOS 7.

Make FaceTime Audio Calls to Save Cash

FaceTime Audio is a new iOS 7 feature that is pretty hidden compared to the Control Center and Spotlight. You are probably familiar with FaceTime video calls which let iOS and OS X users make video calls over WiFi and LTE, and now you can do the same with audio only.

FaceTime Audio in iOS 7 sounds great.

FaceTime Audio in iOS 7 sounds great.

This is huge, because there are plenty of times you want to make a call, but can’t handle a video chat and because the call quality is vastly better than on a phone. While making FaceTime Audio calls the caller sounds like they are in the same room, rather than talking through a paper bag.

Users can make FaceTime Audio calls from the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, which lets users essentially turn the iPad and iPod touch into a phone, though one that can only call other Apple devices.

Finally, FaceTime Audio calls skip minutes and use WiFi or LTE, so you won’t go over any minute limits or need to pay for international calling.

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You can start a FaceTime Audio call by pressing the small phone icon next to FaceTime in a contact, add a FaceTime Audio favorite for frequent callers and even pick it as an option in iMessage.

Better Do Not Disturb Options

If you haven’t already started using Do Not Disturb, iOS 7 is the perfect time to turn on this sanity saving feature.

Do Not Disturb will mute calls, texts and alerts during specific times or when manually turned on. Most users use it during a meeting or dinner manually and set a Do Not Disturb schedule for night.

New Do Not Disturb options in iOS 7.

New Do Not Disturb options in iOS 7.

If someone has an emergency there is an option to let the call come through if there is a consecutive call. Users can also let favorites and contact groups through at all times.

The new iOS 7 Do Not Disturb option lets users control when the iPhone makes noise even more. Now, users can choose Always and the iPhone will stay quiet when it is locked or unlocked, or choose Only while iPhone is locked and it will send alerts if you are using the iPhone.

To change these settings go to Settings -> Do Not Disturb -> Silence at the bottom of the screen.

Close Multiple Apps at Once in Multitasking

The iOS 7 multitasking is completely new, offering a better look at your apps, that shows what is happening inside of an app. This makes it easier to see what app you want to pick when you start the iOS 7 multitasking mode. Double tap the home button to open Multitasking and see your recently used apps.

Close several apps at once on iOS 7.

Close several apps at once on iOS 7.

It’s easier to close an app in iOS 7 since you just need to swipe up and the app is closed. What you may not know is that you can swipe up on multiple apps to close several apps at once. Give it a try. The apps stop running in the background, but they are not uninstalled.

Block Calls and Text in iOS 7

Do Not Disturb is great for specific time periods, but if you want to block calls or texts on the iPhone you need something more. In iOS 7 there is an option to block calls, texts and FaceTime from a specific contact.

Block calls, texts and FaceTime on iOS 7.

Block calls, texts and FaceTime on iOS 7.

To do this, go to Contacts, open up the contact who keeps pestering you, scroll to the bottom and tap Block this Caller. This will block them across text, calls and FaceTime. Right now you cannot block just one means of communication.

Track Data Used By Each App & Cut Them Off

In iOS 7 you can now see how much data each iPhone or iPad app is using, which is wonderful news for users on limited data plans. With this hidden iOS 7 feature you can find out which app is using too much data and even turn it off to prevent any more data usage.

Check the data used by each app in iOS 7.

Check the data used by each app in iOS 7.

To use this, go to Settings -> Cellular -> Scroll down until you see apps. Tap on the toggle to the right to turn off data access.

Users can also see how much data they use while using the iPhone 5s as a personal hotspot by scrolling down and tapping System Services.

Shoot Multiple Photos in semi-Burst Mode

Apple makes a big deal about Burst Mode on the iPhone 5s, but iPhone 5 owners also get a small upgrade that may help them get over any lingering jealousy.

Holding down the shutter button on the iPhone 5 with IOS 7 will shoot about three photos per second, a far cry from the 10 per second on the iPhone 5s. The iPhone 5 also cannot pick the best photo like the iPhone 5s. Still, it’s a handy hidden iOS 7 feature.

Smarter Updating

With Background App Refresh in iOS 7 your apps can update smarter based on the connection you have and it should eventually learn when is the best time to update information.

Apps can refresh in the background with iOS 7, so you won't need to wait for updates after opening an app.

Apps can refresh in the background with iOS 7, so you won’t need to wait for updates after opening an app.

Read: How to Stop iOS 7 Apps from Refreshing in the Background

Unfortunately, turning on Background App Refresh may lower iOS 7 battery life. If this is the case you can turn it off, or turn off specific apps.

Zoom While Shooting Video

The iPhone 5 also gains a hidden iOS 7 camera feature for video. Users can zoom in while taking video on the iPhone 5 with a pinch to zoom gesture. To do this just pinch on the video while recording or when setting up your shot.

Zoom while shooting video in iOS 7 on the iPhone 5.

Zoom while shooting video in iOS 7 on the iPhone 5.

This is a handy feature for staying close to a subject who is running or riding away from you, or for getting closer to the action at a play or sports game. This does not work on the iPad or iPhone 4S and iPhone 4.

Download Bigger Apps While on LTE

Apple limits the size of apps you can install over LTE in order to prevent users from going over data limits, but sometimes you just need to download those apps even if they are big.

iOS 7 lets users download apps up to 100MB in size, which means it is easier to get games and large apps even on the go. Just make sure you don’t blow through any data limits.

Get Walking Directions in Apple Maps by Default

If you walk more than drive you can make Apple Maps offer walking directions as the default option. This is perfect for users in a large city without a car, or tourists getting around on foot.

Get walking directions by default in iOS 7.

Get walking directions by default in iOS 7.

Go to Settings -> Maps -> Scroll down and tap on Walking. This will make walking directions as the default, but you can still pick driving when needed without changing the settings.

Share Videos on Photo Stream

Photo Stream is a great iCloud feature that lets you share a collection of photos with friends or family, and continually add to it. Team members use it to share photos of their kids and pets with people they know, without overloading Facebook friends.

Share videos in Photo Stream on iOS 7.

Share videos in Photo Stream on iOS 7.

In iOS 7, users can now share video which makes it easier for parents to share a cute video of their kid without posting it for the world to see on YouTube or for all their friends on Facebook.

Tap on a video in the Photos App -> Tap Share -> Tap iCloud -> Select a Photo Stream and you are good to go.

Fast Access to Safari Buttons

When you start scrolling in Safari on iOS 7 the address bar and the bottom buttons disappear. This is great for getting a little more room to browse, but you have to scroll too far to make them come back.

Safari has several hidden features.

Safari has several hidden features.

Instead of scrolling, tap on the very bottom edge of the screen and the options will pop right up so you can go to tabs, bookmarks and more.

Turn on Auto App Updates

If you hate seeing a huge badge icon telling you that there are 57 updates waiting in the App Store you can turn on Auto App Updates and iOS 7 will download and update your apps on WiFi for you.

Read: How to Enable Automatic App Updates in iOS 7

This is great if you don’t mind dealing with the occasional issue that may come from an app update. If you have a mission critical app that an update might break, you may want to hold off on this feature.

Listen to Explicit iTunes Radio & Discover Music

If you use the new free iTunes Radio app inside of the Music app you will notice that by default stations do not play songs with explicit lyrics. To turn this on, start playing a station -> tap on the small “i” in a circle at the top of the screen, and the toggle Allow Explicit Tacks.

Listen to Explicit tracks and fine tune stations in iOS 7.

Listen to Explicit tracks and fine tune stations in iOS 7.

On this screen you can also fine tune a station to deliver hits, variety or for discovery. With hits, you’ll hear the top songs that match the station. With variety you’ll get some new music, and discovery will help you find new artists to listen to.

See iMessage Time Stamps

When you first look at an iMessage conversation you will only see times for old messages and the status of your last message, but a small trick will show you when you sent or received any message.

Pull right to left on the screen to show the timestamps for each message. This is handy in case you are debating a followup call or text, but forget when you last tried.

Swipe to Go Back Almost Anywhere

Instead of tapping on a back icon or tapping in the upper left to go back in settings and Apple Apps, swipe in from the left edge fo the screen.

This swipe back works in iMessages, Settings, Notes and many other apps. It also goes back a page in Safari and a swipe in the opposite direction goes forward a page.

Control Settings with Siri

Siri is out of beta and while the service is still not perfect, users can do a lot more with this feature. Possibly one of the nicest things is controlling settings with Siri.

Yes Control Center offers fast access, but users can also ask Siri to control WiFi, Bluetooth Airplane mode and more for even faster, voice controlled access.

Swipe Up To Dismiss Notifications

The notification banners are new for iOS 7 with a larger banner that shows more information. It’s great for reading more information on a notification, but it can cover up the buttons in many apps.

Slide up to dismiss notifications in iOS 7.

Slide up to dismiss notifications in iOS 7.

To dismiss a notification just push up on it and it will slide away. You can also pull down to go straight to the Notification Center in iOS 7.

Compass is Also a Level

The Compass app gets a new look for iOS 7 and Apple adds a new bubble level that will let you use it as a go to level in the garage or at home.

The compass is also a level in iOS 7.

The compass is also a level in iOS 7.

Open the Compass app, swipe to side and you have access to the bubble level. This will work best without a case, which may add some tilt.

Make iOS 7’s Text Easier to Read

iOS 7 uses a new skinnier font that some people have trouble reading the new font. Apple makes it easy to make the font bold and to make it bigger throughout iOS 7.

Make iOS 7 text easier to read.

Make iOS 7 text easier to read.

Go to Settings -> General -> Accessibility -> Bold Text On to get started.

If you need larger text go to Settings -> General -> Text Size and move the slider to change the font size throughout iOS 7.

Scan Gift Cards with the Camera

Entering a long iTunes gift card number into the iPhone is a pain, and with IOS 7 it’s something you don’t need to do anymore.

Scan a gift card with iOS 7 to add it to iTunes.

Scan a gift card with iOS 7 to add it to iTunes.

When you go to the iTunes app and tap Redeem you will then be able to tap on Use Camera to scan the iTunes gift card barcode. Just like that it’s in your iPhone and your account.

Change Siri’s Voice

If you are sick of a female voice for Siri Apple now lets you change the Siri voice to a male voice without changing the language.

Customize Siri in iOS 7.

Customize Siri in iOS 7.

Go to Settings -> General -> Siri -> Voice Gender -> Male or Female. Doing this will not change any Siri capabilities and both gender voices come with a more natural cadence.

Create Pages Within a Folder

In iOS 7 you no longer are limited to putting a few apps in a folder, which led to lots and lots of folders. Now you can create pages in a folder that hold more apps.

Put multiple pages in a folder.

Put multiple pages in a folder.

The pages act almost like a new home screen and show up as a small dot in the folder, just like the home screen indicator. To do this, open a folder and then drag one app to the right until it moves over one page. You can create multiple pages and apps will also flow over to a new page when needed.

Tap on Times and Dates in iMessage to Schedule

If you use iMessage to schedule events and meetings you can now tap on a time, date or location to add it to your calendar.

Quickly create events from iMessage.

Quickly create events from iMessage.

You’ll still need to fill in some of the details, but it is an easy way to make sure you don’t forget an event, and more reliable than Siri.

iOS 7 Knows Your Favorite Places

After a few days with iOS 7 the new software will learn your habits including your favorite places. This makes an appearance in the new Notification Center which can tell you how long it will take to drive home or to work.

iOS 7 knows your favorite locations.

iOS 7 knows your favorite locations.

It’s possible to turn this off, but we really enjoy seeing any changes in the time it takes, which tip us off to any traffic issues or accidents.

58 Comments

58 Comments

  1. Georgio

    09/20/2013 at 6:39 am

    nice one.

  2. Mark G

    09/20/2013 at 7:04 am

    Thanks for the tips. Where did you get the phone stand?

    • iou812

      09/25/2013 at 1:20 pm

      the fle market

  3. lev

    09/20/2013 at 7:44 am

    PFFT, almost all of those ‘Hidden Options’ are in Android for about 3 years already…

    • levtroll

      09/20/2013 at 8:47 am

      played

    • trupti

      09/20/2013 at 10:45 am

      gud fr u.. use android :) lets rest use iOS 7 buddy

      • RJ

        09/21/2013 at 6:55 am

        Spoken like a true iPhone user

    • Christhekid

      09/20/2013 at 5:53 pm

      I had a lot of these options 5 years ago on my iphone. Jail broken iPhones shit on androids. And that’s probably were android got all their ideas

      • Jonatch

        09/20/2013 at 6:40 pm

        Ur a faget

        • Ryan

          09/21/2013 at 1:09 am

          maybe but he’s right. lol

      • chris the kid to be gone

        09/25/2013 at 1:23 pm

        no dude thats where apple got a lot of ios 7 look and ideas from, your head is in the apple toilet, shall i flush???? swishhhh cabooom your gone

    • Serghei

      10/07/2013 at 8:49 pm

      What the hell are you doing here ?? It’s an iphone forum you dork

  4. Ed Hansberry

    09/20/2013 at 11:44 am

    FYI – call blocking instructions are wrong. For some asinine reason, you CANNOT go to contacts to do this. You have to open up the Phone app, then select contacts.

    • Betsy

      09/20/2013 at 7:43 pm

      It depends on if you have a 4s or 5. On the 4s you can do it right in the contact, 5 users we have to go into settings

      • Lk

        09/23/2013 at 2:25 pm

        Does not work with 4s in contacts.

  5. Ryan Anderson

    09/20/2013 at 6:18 pm

    Great Stuff. I have not upgraded due to wanting to keep my jailbreak however this makes me want to take the plunge a little bit more.

    • Levi

      09/21/2013 at 7:59 pm

      Don’t do it. iOs7 is crap compared to a jailbroken phone. The “Hidden Features” described are crap also. His post is crap, which is evident by his comment at the start that we don’t even need a jailbreak. Roll out Evasi0n I say.

    • larry

      09/25/2013 at 1:29 pm

      do yourself a HUGE FAVOR DONT YET!! its just cool colors and a few new features, i lost my jailbreak to ios 6.1.3 ya wait on that there ryan!! its comming slowly but surely

  6. Selvin

    09/20/2013 at 9:38 pm

    Not bad at all I new I missed some features but Man U r on point very nice tht really helped me !

  7. Pyrex

    09/21/2013 at 1:42 am

    I just want to make sure that we are clear, jailbreakers have had most of these features in iOS 7 for years now. It’s quite scary how very alike they are. Lol

  8. james

    09/21/2013 at 2:08 am

    That’s it ? Really? How pathetic
    I have most pf these features on my GS3 for more than a year ago

  9. vemu

    09/21/2013 at 2:10 am

    how to disable activation lock feature?

  10. Tom Casey

    09/21/2013 at 3:25 am

    Very nice video. Great info. Thanks.
    One question – what is the desk stand you are using in the video?

  11. Harald Stoll

    09/21/2013 at 9:33 am

    wow so innovative! erhm.. iOS is late to the game as usual.

  12. alison

    09/21/2013 at 10:00 am

    I dont like how when u go to set a picture for your wallpaper and when it says to move and scale picture it will not size it to the screen. New and old pictures will not resize to fit screen there all to big…. I hope this is a bug there going to fix. Has anyone heard anything about this

  13. Martine Moeykens

    09/22/2013 at 12:09 am

    Thanks for all the tips. The only one I couldn’t find is the radio, I have an 4S. The zoom mode does work for photos for a 4S!

  14. momoss

    09/22/2013 at 6:48 am

    Listen the battle between iOS and android needs to stop. They are two different os and each have their own good features. I’m happy with my iPhone and happy using an android device for some things to. Think it’s funny how it has to be a competition really there is no winners just people who prefer iOS over android. PS Just saying.

  15. Drive Party (@driveparty)

    09/22/2013 at 11:34 am

    Why would you call it hidden, unless you wish to trick search engines with some search-spam…?

  16. Kris

    09/22/2013 at 1:12 pm

    What? Why would apple limit your app download size limit? If its 100 mb now, what was it before? 50mb? It should be a user choice if they want to DL more than that on LTE. Stupid restrictions.

  17. Tim

    09/23/2013 at 5:17 pm

    I would just like to know why my 4s used to turn my voicemail into texts….i5 does not :(

  18. rh

    09/23/2013 at 7:07 pm

    Apple blows. still doesn’t do half the stuff Samsung is capable of

  19. bvs

    09/24/2013 at 7:32 am

    My English teacher would roll over in his grave if he could see the grammar and punctuation in these comments. Most of you should put down your phones and pick up a grammar textbook!

  20. ann

    09/25/2013 at 7:42 am

    Thanks for the update – I did learn a few interesting things today – however when is IOS going to fix the email so that I can get into my folders like I can on my android

  21. Zevrix Solutions (@Zevrix)

    09/25/2013 at 10:01 am

    iOS 7 is just horrible and ugly. the worst thing are all the added transitions, animations, jerking, twitching, fading, zooming and other convulsions of the UI. if Apple doesn’t improve it shortly I’m looking for another phone.

    • Hannah

      10/07/2013 at 7:52 am

      Look for another phone if you want. Whatever. I’m sticking to apple though. My sister hates iOS 7 so she uninstalled it. That’s what you can do if you want to, or if you don’t – well, that’s up to you

  22. John Montgomery

    09/26/2013 at 8:51 am

    I wouldn’t have allowed the upgrade to happen on my iPad had I seen it first-don’t like it at all-and now I find out that I cannot revert……..not happy-the icons look really childish and things that didn’t need to be moved have been-change for the sake of it.

    John

  23. Chad Wright (@deerewright)

    09/27/2013 at 2:29 pm

    Not a fan of the look, but love the new gestures – can you say “webOS”? Still missing my Pre… ;-/

  24. Marco

    09/27/2013 at 5:17 pm

    cheap and [email protected] imitation of android OS

  25. Regan

    09/27/2013 at 9:15 pm

    Thanks for the info about the new features. Looking forward to trying them out.

  26. Wen

    09/28/2013 at 4:52 pm

    Has anyone found a way to crate contact groups?

  27. Micke Richardson

    09/30/2013 at 7:05 am

    Great article about FaceTime audio. https://eldartech.com/news/ftaios7

  28. vasant sakpal

    10/01/2013 at 12:16 pm

    Like your post, Great feature with great OS. :-)

  29. Rita

    10/01/2013 at 4:57 pm

    I have had zero issues with ios7 upgrade. I do however have a complaint that is a minor aggravation. After an app updates they just sit there and do not disappear like before. Has anyone else had this issue and is there a fix for it?

  30. CH

    10/02/2013 at 5:43 am

    ‘gender’ does not appear as an option on all language settings. e.g. the Australian English Siri can only be female.

    https://www.who.int/gender/whatisgender/en/

  31. romain

    10/03/2013 at 6:18 am

    nobody cares about your android rants, if you love your shitty cheap androids so much go shove em up ur ass, take em out, melt em down, turn them into a ring and put em on your ring finger cause take a guess what im gonna say next…..nobody cares buddy. only reason u defend android so much is because uknow iphones are better. and sorry bbut i do like android, i just like iphones better, so shoot me ffs

  32. john

    10/04/2013 at 10:49 pm

    I cant believe people argue about which system is better, its kindergarten stuff!! like what you like but shut the hell up already! oh, and most of these features are whoppdee doo!

  33. Selvin

    10/05/2013 at 11:24 am

    I’ve learned a lot about iOS and how to best make it work for me thks great vid !

  34. george

    10/06/2013 at 8:00 am

    Keeping my jailbreak on 6 for my iphone 4s. Still more control and looks better. control centre needs to be able to control togles more.

  35. blue_orchid

    10/13/2013 at 6:17 am

    Guys, no point fighting if which phone is better. I believe it all depends on one’s preferences. I use both iPhone and an Anroid phone but I like them! I’m enjoying the best of both worlds!!

  36. S

    10/18/2013 at 9:41 am

    The only problem I have with the I phone 5c is that when I turn it on to go to text the volume goes down on its own. When I increase the volume it comes back down again. The bell volume icon does not go away and I can’t see my text or worse the autocorrect. Any fixes??

  37. Aileen

    10/23/2013 at 1:52 pm

    Am really disappointed in the most recent software update for my IPAD. As a teacher, I make use of airplay to display the ipad on the classroom computer, and now I cannot do this without cables. Tried all day to fix without success. I also no longer can find my sliding control center icons that allow me to lock screen orientation, control volume, etc. I look forward to a quick fix!

  38. Mandi

    10/25/2013 at 7:26 am

    What is a jailbreak?

  39. Marco d

    01/16/2014 at 4:56 am

    any way to lock the IPhone 5s to camp on LTE only?

  40. Kenny

    02/12/2014 at 12:23 am

    Burst Mode also works on the iPhone 4s. As long as you hold down the volume up button or touch the on screen shutter button, the camera will repeatedly shoot photos.

  41. Da realest

    05/25/2014 at 7:05 pm

    Ya guys R whak dogs, a dude dAts smart alwys gets da android n google. Apples R fruity thangs fo fake brothas.

  42. Da realest

    05/25/2014 at 7:11 pm

    Shit be crzy doggs just buy a gat n yull b set fo da hood, ill be dere wid my.hommies n we all be watin dere for ya n den well be on dat bentley sceemin wild fo da night or love dat bro on da ceiling

  43. Zeke

    05/25/2014 at 7:12 pm

    Pretty neat

  44. best digital camera 2014

    08/17/2014 at 2:03 am

    I hardly leave a response, however I browsed some comments here 25 iOS 7 Tips,
    Tricks and Hidden Features. I actually do have a couple
    of questions for you if you tend not to mind. Could it be only me or
    does it appear like a few of these responses come across like
    they are left by brain dead visitors? :-P And, if you are posting at additional online sites, I would like to keep up with everything fresh you have to post.
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How to Fix Bad iOS 14 Performance

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As we push away from the iOS 14 release date we’re hearing about a number of issues including a variety of performance problems impacting iPhone models.

While a lot of the feedback about iOS 14 has been great, we’ve been having a good experience across most of our devices, we’ve also been hearing about bugs and performance issues.

The current list includes UI lag, freezes, lock ups, and random reboots. These are extremely common, particularly on older iPhone models. Newer iPhones aren’t immune to them though.

Unfortunately, performance issues such as these can be tricky to fix. While you might be able to fix them on your own, some might require a fix from Apple in a new software update.

If you can’t wait and/or you don’t have time to get in touch with Apple support, we have some fixes that could help alleviate the performance issue(s) you’re seeing on your device.

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Restart Your iPhone

If you start noticing UI lag or another performance issue on your iPhone, try restarting it. Power it down, leave it off for a minute, and the turn it back on.

Update Your iPhone

Apple will periodically release new iOS 14 software. Point updates (x.x.x) are usually focused on fixing bugs while milestone upgrades (x.x) usually deliver a mix of features and fixes. And while Apple might not call out performance fixes in an update’s change log, new software always has the potential to help (or hurt) your iPhone’s overall performance.

For more on the latest version of iOS 14, take a look at our guide.

Update Your Apps

If you haven’t done so already, try updating your applications to the latest version.

App developers are currently rolling out iOS 14 support updates and they could help stabilize iOS 14’s performance on your device.

Before you install the latest version be sure to go into the App Store and read reviews from other iOS 14 users. If the reviews are mostly good, you’ll want to download the latest version.

Reset Your Settings

If you’re still not getting the kind of performance you would like, try resetting your iPhone’s settings. Here’s how to do that on iOS 14:

  • Go to Settings.
  • Tap General.
  • Tap Reset.
  • Tap Reset All Settings.
  • Enter your passcode if you have one enabled.

This will restore your iPhone’s settings to their factory defaults so be sure you have your Wi-Fi passwords handy. You’ll need to re-enter them.

Cleanup Your Storage

If you’ve had your iPhone for several years there’s a very chance you’ve got a lot of clutter taking up space on its internal storage. Deleting this clutter could help speed up your iPhone.

To start, you’ll want to check and see how much space is free on your device. Here’s how to do that:

  • Head into Settings.
  • Tap General.
  • Tap Storage & iCloud Usage.
  • Select Manage Storage.

If you’re getting close to the threshold you’ll want to head back into General and scroll to where it says iPhone Storage. Here you’ll get a detailed rundown of your data.

Apple will make some recommendations based on your utilization of your storage, but you can also just go through each section manually and delete files you don’t need.

Stop Automatic Downloads

iOS’ automatic update feature can be useful, but a constant stream of updates will make your iPhone work in the background.

If you’re alright with manually updating your applications on the App Store, try disabling Automatic Downloads on your iPhone and see if performance improves a bit.

To do this you’ll head into Settings. From there, Tap iTunes & App Store. From there you’ll want to toggle Updates, located in the Automatic Downloads section, off. You might want to toggle the other options off as well.

Disable Widgets

iOS 14 brought some big time upgrades to iOS’ Widgets. That being said, if you don’t use Widgets on your iPhone, try disabling some or all of them to see if that helps.

To do that you’ll want to swipe to the right while you’re on your iPhone’s home screen. After that, you have two options. You can:

  1. Hard press on an individual Widget
  2. Scroll all the way to bottom of the screen and select Edit. This will cause them to start wiggling.

If you hard press on a Widget, a small menu will popup. To remove a widget you’ll want to tap on Remove Widget at the top.

If you selected Edit at the bottom, you can tap the minus sign on a wiggling Widget to remove it. You can also scroll down to the bottom and select Customize. This will allow you to quickly add or subtract Widgets.

We recommend disabling Widgets you don’t use. Remember, you can always turn them back on if you don’t notice a bump in performance.

Clear Browser Cookies & Data

Clearing your browser’s cookies and data will free up memory which could have a positive impact on your phone’s performance.

If you use Apple’s Safari browser go into the Settings app, tap Safari, and scroll down to where it says Clear History and Website Data. Tap on it.

Tapping this will remove your browsing history, cookies, and other data from Safari. History will also be cleared from any devices signed into your iCloud account. If you’re fine with that, tap Clear History and Data again.

If you use Google Chrome, you’ll want to head into the app and tap the three horizontal circles in the bottom right corner. They’re in the top right corner if you haven’t updated to Chrome’s new design.

Once there, tap Settings, tap Privacy, and now tap Clear Browsing Data. You can now select what you wish to delete. If you’re noticing heavy lag, you might want to clear everything.

Stop Using Background Refresh

iOS 14’s Background App Refresh refreshes apps in the background to show you the latest data when you open them up. It also makes your phone work in the background so if you don’t need this, you might want to shut it off.

Here’s how you disable it:

  • Go into the Settings app.
  • Tap General.
  • Tap Background App Refresh.
  • At the top tap Background App Refresh and toggle it off.

If you want to keep it on for some apps, leave it on and then go down your list of apps and manually turn it off for apps you don’t use.

Downgrade

If you were having a good experience on the previous version of iOS, you could try downgrading your iPhone’s software. If you don’t know how to downgrade, have a look at our walkthrough. It’ll guide you through the steps you need to take.

Restore

If you can’t find a fix for your issue, and you want to avoid taking your phone into a store, you might want to restore your device. This should only be used as a last resort.

You can do this via Finder, iTunes, or iCloud.

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Install iOS 14 for Better Security

Install iOS 14 for Better Security

If security is important to you, think about installing the iOS 14 update right away.

iOS 14 brings 11 new security patches to your iPhone. If you're interested in the exact nature of these improvements, you can read about them over on Apple's website.

If you skipped iOS 13.7 or any older versions of iOS 13, you'll get the security patches from those updates with your iOS 14 update. 

In addition to those patches, iOS 14 comes with some security and privacy upgrades including improvements to Home/HomeKit and Safari. 

For instance in Safari, you can now tap the Privacy Report button to better understand how websites handle your privacy.

With iOS 14 on board you can now get information on the App Store that will help you understand the privacy practices of apps before you download them. 

There is also a new recording indicator that will appear at the top of your screen whenever an app is using your microphone or camera. You can see if an app has used them recently in Control Center.

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8 Things to Know About the iPhone 6s iOS 14 Update

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The iOS 14 update is out of beta testing which means iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus users around the world can now download Apple’s new operating system.

Apple’s decision to push iOS 14 to the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus came as a bit of a surprise given their age. They were released all the way back in 2015.

The company’s decision means iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus users now have another full year of software support to look forward to. That might convince some people to skip the iPhone 12 and hold onto their aging phone for another year or more.

The iPhone 6s’ iOS 14 update is a big one. The new operating system comes with a long list of changes including new features, under-the-hood improvements, and security patches.

Many users have already made the jump to iOS 14 which means we’re starting to get feedback about the software’s performance. So far, a lot of it is good, but we’ve also heard about various bugs and performance issues.

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If you decide to install iOS 14 on your iPhone, note that it requires a ton of free space on your internal storage. It’s a 2GB+ download.

If you’re running an older version of iOS on your iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus, your iOS 14 upgrade could be larger because the features and fixes from iOS updates you skipped are baked in.

With that in mind, we want to take you through the most important things to know, right now, about the iPhone 6s’ iOS 14 update.

Our walkthrough will take you through the software’s initial problems, the downgrade status, the iOS 14 jailbreak, and the iPhone 6 iOS 14 update’s performance.

We’ll start with the software’s performance. We’ve been testing iOS 14 on the iPhone 6s update for a short time and here’s what we’ve learned.

iPhone 6s iOS 14 Impressions & Performance

We recently installed the iOS 14 update on an iPhone 6s that was previous running iOS 13.7. The download and installation took quite awhile, more than 20 minutes, so that’s what you should expect if you decide to install it this week.

So far, the software’s performance has been excellent. iOS 14 feels faster than iOS 13. Animations and transitions are snappy and apps open up quickly.

While the user interface would sometimes lag on iOS 13, that hasn’t been the case on iOS 14. We haven’t noticed any lag in problem areas like Control Center, Notification Center, or the keyboard.

We’ve only been using the software for a short time, but battery life is stable. We haven’t seen any abnormal battery drain and that’s a good sign right out of the gates.

Our core applications, which include Slack, Asana, Spotify, Chrome, and Gmail, are all stable. The Netflix crashed once while trying to watch a show, but we’re not going to pin it on iOS 14 just yet.

Developers are rolling out iOS 14 support updates so if you’re having issues with one of your apps, make sure you’re running the latest version.

As of right now, iOS 14 is running smoothly on our phone. We haven’t run into any game-changing performance issues and we’ll let you know if that changes in the days ahead.

Right now we’re recommending iOS 14 to most iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus users. If you’re feeling leery, have a look at our reasons to, and not to, install iOS 14 right now.

You Should Prepare for iOS 14

If you plan to install iOS 14 in the near future, make sure you prepare yourself, and the device, for the move.

While some of you might see a performance boost after moving up from iOS 13, others will run into trouble. This is why it’s important to prepare.

If you don’t know where to start, we’ve released a pre-installation guide that will take you step-by-step through the process we typically use before we install new iOS software on our iPhones. If you’re new to the iPhone and iOS, or you just want to play it safe, it could help.

At the very least you’ll want to make sure all of your data is backed up before you move your phone to the new operating system.

iPhone 6s iOS 14 Problems

We haven’t run into any major issues during our time on iOS 14, but many users have.

The current list of iOS 14 problems includes abnormal battery drain, UI lag, issues with first and third-party apps, Touch ID issues, touchscreen problems, Exchange issues, Wi-Fi issues, Bluetooth problems, and more.

This is only the beginning. You can expect the list to grow as more iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus users upgrade to the new firmware.

If you’re nervous about the current state of iOS 14 problems, you might want to hang back and wait for Apple’s next batch of bug fixes. They should arrive soon.

How to Fix iPhone 6s iOS 14 Problems

If you run into an issue on iOS 14 you might be able to fix the problem(s) on your own.

If you don’t know where to start, our list of fixes for the most common iOS 14 problems is a great place to start.

If you’re noticing horrendous battery life after the move to iOS 14, our tips should help you improve battery life going forward. And if you’re experiencing bad performance (lag, slow download speeds, etc), take a look at our guide to fixing bad iOS performance.

iOS 13 Downgrade Open

If you move your iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus to iOS 14, and you run into bugs or performance issues, you could try moving back to iOS 13.

Apple is currently signing on iOS 13.7 which means you can drop your iPhone’s software back in an attempt to improve its performance.

The company won’t sign on iOS 13 forever so if you really want to get your phone off of iOS 14, you’ll need to drop back soon. Once Apple stops signing on iOS 13.7, there won’t be a way back to the previous operating system.

If you’re unfamiliar with the downgrade process, take a look at our guide.

iPhone 6s iOS 14 Update: What’s New

The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus get a pretty stacked version of iOS 14. While the devices do miss out on a few features, the key features are all there.

Some of the highlights include Widgets on the home screen, improvements to Messages and Maps, the new Translate app, and a laundry list of changes to Siri.

We’ve put together a guide that will take you through some of iOS 14’s best features and it’s worth a look if you haven’t dug into the new operating system yet.

If you’re moving up from an older version of iOS 13 you’ll, again, get the features and fixes from the updates you skipped. We also have a guide that goes over the latest iOS 13 features and you should check it out if you’re running old software.

What’s Next for the iPhone 6s & iPhone 6s Plus

If your device is struggling on iOS 14, or you’re leery about upgrading, you won’t have to wait long for Apple’s first batch of bug fixes.

Apple recently told CNET that it is “aware of an issue that can impact default email and browser settings in iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 and that a “fix will be available to users in a software update.” It didn’t call a version out by name.

The company recently confirmed an iOS 14.2 update and there’s also been chatter about an iOS 14.1 release alongside the iPhone 12 series in October. We could also see a fast iOS 14.0.1 release.

One way or another, we should see a new version of iOS 14 roll out soon and that’s great news for those of you looking to squash bugs or performance issues.

iPhone 6s iOS 14 Jailbreak

Developers have released an iOS 13 jailbreak tool that’s compatible with iOS 13.5 and older versions of iOS 13. However, we haven’t seen anything for iOS 14.

Earlier this year the developers behind the “unc0ver” jailbreaking tool released version 5.0.0. It’s compatible with iOS 13.5 and most versions of iOS that fall between iOS 13.5 and iOS 11.0.

It doesn’t work with iOS 12.3-12.3.2, iOS 12.4.2-12.4.5, or iOS 13.7-iOS 13.5.1. It doesn’t work with the current version of iOS 14 either.

We don’t know when or even if we’ll see a public iOS 14 jailbreak tool so keep your eyes peeled for new information as we push deeper into the month.

For more on the iOS 13 jailbreak, head here.

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Install iOS 14 for Better Security

If security is important to you, think about installing the iOS 14 update right away.

iOS 14 brings 11 new security patches to your iPhone. If you're interested in the exact nature of these improvements, you can read about them over on Apple's website.

If you skipped iOS 13.7 or any older versions of iOS 13, you'll get the security patches from those updates with your iOS 14 update. 

In addition to those patches, iOS 14 comes with some security and privacy upgrades including improvements to Home/HomeKit and Safari. 

For instance in Safari, you can now tap the Privacy Report button to better understand how websites handle your privacy.

With iOS 14 on board you can now get information on the App Store that will help you understand the privacy practices of apps before you download them. 

There is also a new recording indicator that will appear at the top of your screen whenever an app is using your microphone or camera. You can see if an app has used them recently in Control Center.

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iPadOS 14 Problems: 5 Things You Need to Know

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The iPadOS 14 beta squashed a good number of bugs, but issues are present in the first official version of the new operating system.

At long last iPadOS 14 is available for iPad. The software is compatible with all iPad, iPad mini, iPad Air, and iPad Pro models capable of running iPadOS 13.

While much of the talk is about iPadOS 14’s new features, the new software also has numerous under-the-hood improvements on board and some iPad users are noticing a big difference in performance after making the jump.

A lot of the feedback about iPadOS 14 is good, but we’re also hearing about some of the early issues plaguing the firmware. Some of these problems are brand new, others have carried over from iPadOS 13.

In this guide to iPadOS 14 problems we’ll take you through the current state of the software. We’ll show you where to find potential fixes for the most common iPadOS 14 problems and provide you with some resources that could help if you do happen to run into trouble.

We’ll also touch on the state of the iPadOS 13 downgrade and outline what you can expect from Apple and iPadOS 14 down the road.

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iPadOS 14 Problems

iPad mini, iPad Pro, iPad Air, and iPad users are complaining about a variety of bugs and performance issues including some that appear every time Apple releases a new operating system.

The early list of iPadOS 14 problems includes download and installation problems, UI lag, crashes, issues with first and third-party apps, Face ID problems, Wi-Fi issues, and Bluetooth issues.

iPadOS 14 lets users set third-party applications as alternatives to the company’s default mail and browser apps. However, iPad users have discovered that the software reverts these apps to Apple’s whenever a device is restarted. Fortunately, Apple is working on a fix.

The company recently told CNET that it is “aware of an issue that can impact default email and browser settings in iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 and that a “fix will be available to users in a software update.”

If you haven’t downloaded iPadOS 14 yet, we recommend preparing yourself, and your iPad, for the move. A little prep work ahead of time could help you avoid major headaches.

We’ve put together a step-by-step pre-installation process and it will help you get ready for the installation.

Where to Find Feedback

If you’re currently running iPadOS 13 and you’re feeling leery about the move to iPadOS 14, you’ll want to dig into feedback from early adopters.

We also recommend digging around on YouTubeApple’s discussion forums, social media sites like Twitter/Facebook, and the MacRumors forums for additional feedback about the update’s performance.

We’ve also released our list of reasons to, and not to, make the jump to iPadOS 14.

How to Fix iPadOS 14 Problems

Before you contact Apple, have a look at our list of fixes for the most common Apple software problems. You might find the fix you’ve been looking for.

We’ve also released a list of tips that could help you improve your device’s performance and a guide that will show you how to fix  battery life problems.

If you can’t find a fix in those guides, head on over to Apple’s discussion forums. If you don’t find what you’re looking for there, you might want to get in contact with Apple Support via Twitter or via the the company’s website.

If nothing works, you’ll probably want to make an appointment to see a Genius at your local Apple Store if it’s open.

You Can Downgrade from iPadOS 14

If you can’t stand the iPadOS 14 update’s performance on your iPad, you can try downgrading back to iPadOS 13.

Apple is currently signing on iPadOS 13.7 which means you can use a loophole and bring your iPad’s software back if you think it could help improve performance.

Unfortunately, Apple’s no longer signing on iPadOS 13.6.1 or any older versions of iPadOS which means there’s no way back to those updates.

For more about how the downgrade process works, take a look at our detailed walkthrough.

What’s Next

If you’re struggling on iPadOS 14, or you’re nervous about upgrading to Apple’s new operating system, you might want to wait for Apple’s first batch of bug fixes for iPadOS 14 problems.

Apple is currently working on iPadOS 14.2, a new milestone update. The update is currently in beta and it should carry new features and bug fixes.

We don’t have an iPadOS 14.2 release date to look forward to just yet. If you can’t wait for the official release you can download the beta.

There’s a good chance we see another version of iPadOS 14 (iPadOS 14.0.1 or iPadOS 14.1) roll out sooner than iPadOS 14.2 so keep an eye out as we push toward the end of the month.

For more on iPadOS 14.2, take a look at our guide.

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Install iPadOS 14 for Better Security

Install iPadOS 14 for Better Security

If security is important to you, and it should be, think about installing iPadOS 14 right now. 

iPadOS 14 has 11 new security patches on board. If you're interested in the exact nature of these improvements, you can read about them over on Apple's website

If you skipped iPadOS 13.7 or any older versions of iPadOS 13, you'll get the security patches from those updates with your upgrade. They're baked in.

In addition to those patches, iPadOS 14 comes with some security and privacy upgrades including improvements to Home/HomeKit and Safari. 

For instance in Safari, you can now tap the Privacy Report button to better understand how websites handle your privacy.

With iPadOS 14 on board you can now get information on the App Store that will help you understand the privacy practices of apps before you download them. 

There is also a new recording indicator that will appear at the top of your screen whenever an app is using your microphone or camera. You can see if an app has used them recently in Control Center.

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5 Things to Know About the iPadOS 14.2 Update

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Apple’s confirmed a new iPadOS 14.2 update and the firmware is currently in beta ahead of a release for iPadiPad ProiPad Air, and iPad mini.

iPadOS 14.2 is a milestone upgrade (x.x) for iPadOS which means it should bring a mix of new features and under-the-hood improvements to Apple’s new operating system.

iPadOS 14.2’s arrival came as a bit of a surprise because Apple hasn’t confirmed iPadOS 14.1 yet. There’s a chance iPadOS 14.2 serves as iPadOS 14.0’s successor, but we should see another version of iPadOS 14 arrive before it.

iPad users who don’t want to wait for the official iPadOS 14.2 release don’t have to. The iPadOS 14.2 update is available to try right now via Apple’s beta program.

With iPadOS 14.2 confirmed, we want to take you through everything there is to know about the firmware.

In this guide to iPadOS 14.2 we’ll take you through the update’s known changes, what you can expect from the iPadOS 14.2 release date and release time, key information about the iPadOS 14.2 beta, and more.

iPadOS 14.2 Beta

If you can’t wait for the official release you can download an early version of the iPadOS 14.2 update right now.

Apple’s pushed an iPadOS 14.2 beta to developers. We expect it to release a beta to those enrolled in the Beta Software Program, but it’s unclear when that will happen.

The company’s Beta Software Program is free to anyone with a working Apple ID.

Before you download the iPadOS 14.2 beta on your tablet remember that pre-release software is almost always plagued with bugs and performance issues.

These issues could impact the performance of your core apps, your device’s battery life, and its overall speed which makes the software less than ideal for a daily driver.

You should be able to fix some of these problems on your own, but some bugs and performance problems will probably require a fix from Apple in a future beta or in the official release.

If you can’t stand the beta’s performance you can downgrade back to older software though Apple is only signing on iPadOS 14.0 and iPadOS 13.7. The downgrade path to other updates is closed.

iPadOS 14.2 Release Date

Apple hasn’t confirmed a iPadOS 14.2 release date.

Nothing is confirmed, but the company is reportedly planning to launch iOS 14.1 alongside the new iPhone 12 series in October.  The iPhone 12 launch is expected to take place sometime during the first half of the month.

If that pans out, Apple could release iOS 14.1/iPadOS 14.1 shortly before they arrive on shelves with the iPadOS 14.2 release coming sometime later.

We could also see the iPadOS 14.1 update drop first followed by an iPadOS 14.2 release alongside the new iPhones in late October.

Apple recently told CNET that it is “aware of an issue that can impact default email and browser settings in iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 and that a “fix will be available to users in a software update.”

Given the nature of the bug, we could see a new version of iPadOS 14 (perhaps iPadOS 14.0.1 or iPadOS 14.1) roll out before iPadOS 14.2 arrives.

We’ll let you know when we learn more.

iPadOS 14.2 Release Time

The iPadOS 14.2 release date isn’t known, but we know exactly when Apple will roll the software out on release day.

The official version of iPadOS 14.2 will probably arrive in and around 10AM Pacific. It sometimes takes a few minutes for software updates to show up so don’t be surprised if your update appears after the clock strikes 10AM.

Apple will also release iPadOS 14.2 beta updates in and around 10AM Pacific. The company typically releases new beta updates every 1-2 weeks.

Here’s what you can expect from the iPadOS 14.2 release time in other U.S. timezones:

  • Eastern – 1 PM
  • Central – 12 PM
  • Mountain – 11AM

Keep these times in mind if you plan to install new iPadOS 14.2 betas, or the official version of iPadOS 14.2, right away.

iPadOS 14.2 Update: What’s New

Apple’s x.x updates always bring a mix of features, security patches, and under-the-hood improvements and that’s what you can expect from iPadOS 14.2.

Developers digging through the first iPadOS 14.2 beta have discovered a new Music Recognition control for Control Center. The feature will let users discover music around them.

Apple could add, or subtract, from the iPadOS 14.2 change log as the beta progresses so keep an eye out for changes as the software makes progress behind the scenes.

iPadOS 14.2 Jailbreak

If you still jailbreak, make sure you avoid the iPadOS 14.2 beta. The only way you can jailbreak a device right now is if it’s running an older version of iPadOS 13 or iOS 12.

We don’t expect them to release a tool that’s compatible with the iPadOS 14.2 beta.

4 Reasons Not to Install iPadOS 14 & 11 Reasons You Should

Install iPadOS 14 for Better Security

Install iPadOS 14 for Better Security

If security is important to you, and it should be, think about installing iPadOS 14 right now. 

iPadOS 14 has 11 new security patches on board. If you're interested in the exact nature of these improvements, you can read about them over on Apple's website

If you skipped iPadOS 13.7 or any older versions of iPadOS 13, you'll get the security patches from those updates with your upgrade. They're baked in.

In addition to those patches, iPadOS 14 comes with some security and privacy upgrades including improvements to Home/HomeKit and Safari. 

For instance in Safari, you can now tap the Privacy Report button to better understand how websites handle your privacy.

With iPadOS 14 on board you can now get information on the App Store that will help you understand the privacy practices of apps before you download them. 

There is also a new recording indicator that will appear at the top of your screen whenever an app is using your microphone or camera. You can see if an app has used them recently in Control Center.

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5 Things to Know About the iPadOS 14.0 Update

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Apple’s pushed its long-awaited iPadOS 14 update to iPad users around the world and the new software could have a big impact on your tablet’s performance.

After several months of testing, iPadOS 14 is finally out of beta and ready to download. It’s a massive upgrade for iPad, iPad Pro, iPad Air, or iPad mini.

If your iPad is currently running iPadOS 13.7, you get the smallest list of changes. If you’re moving up from an older version of iPadOS, your iPadOS 14 update will be more substantial because you’ll get the features and fixes from any software updates you skipped in your upgrade.

With iPadOS 14 out of testing, we want to take you through everything there is to know about Apple’s latest and greatest operating system.

In this guide to the first version of iPadOS 14 we’ll take you through the update’s performance, the current list of iPadOS 14 problems, the best places to find feedback about bugs and performance issues, the iPadOS 14 jailbreak status, and more.

We’ll start with our impressions of iPadOS 14 update’s performance.

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iPadOS 14 Review

If your tablet is currently on iPadOS 13.7, you’ll see a large download.

For iPadOS 13.7 users, the iPadOS 14.0 update requires a 2GB+ download. The exact download size will vary based on your device and the version of iPadOS 13 your device is running. If your slate is on an older version of iPadOS 13 you could see a larger download size.

The iPadOS 14 installation will probably take at least 10 minutes to complete. It took about 15 minutes to install on an older iPad Pro.

For more on the iPadOS 14 download and installation, take a look at our guide.

We’ve been using the iPadOS 14 update on the iPad Pro for a short time and here’s what we’ve learned thus far:

Connectivity

  • Battery life is currently stable.
  • Wi-Fi connectivity is fast and reliable.
  • Bluetooth is working fine.
  • GPS and cellular data are both working normally.

Apps

  • Third-party apps like Netflix, Dark Sky, Twitter, Slack, Asana, Gmail, Chrome, and Spotify are behaving normally.
  • First party apps like Safari, Podcasts, and Calendar are stable as well.

Speed

  • iPadOS 14 feels a bit faster than iPadOS 13.

If you’re dealing with problems on iPadOS 13.7 or an older version of iPadOS 13, you might want to install the iPadOS 14 update on your iPad right now. It could help.

If you need help making a decision, take a look at our list of reasons to, and not to, install iPadOS 14 today.

iPadOS 14 Problems

iPad users are unsurprisingly running into problems with the operating system.

The current list of problems includes some of most common iPadOS issues. The current list includes installation issues, issues with first and third-party apps, issues with Face ID, UI lag, Wi-Fi issues, and Bluetooth issues.

Apple recently told CNET that it is “aware of an issue that can impact default email and browser settings in iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 and that a “fix will be available to users in a software update.”

If you encounter a problem after upgrading, take a look at our list of fixes for the most common software issues. We’ve also released tips that will help you improve performance and some tips that should help you improve battery life.

If you can’t stand the iPadOS 14 update’s performance on your device, you can try downgrading back to iPadOS 13 in an attempt to improve performance. Apple is currently signing on iPadOS 13.7.

You can’t move your iPad’s software back to anything older than iPadOS 13.7. So those of you jumping up from iPadOS 13.6.1 and below need to approach iPadOS 14 with caution. Once you move, there’s no getting back.

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iPadOS 14 Update: What’s New

Like iOS 14, iPadOS 14 is a huge upgrade and it brings a long list of new features, improvements, and security patches with it.

Here are Apple’s full release notes:

Redesigned Experience

  • Small, medium and large widget sizes allow you to pick the amount of information to display
  • Widget stacks make the most of your Home Screen space and the Smart Stack uses on-device intelligence to surface the right widget at the right time
  • App sidebars have a new look that deliver more of the app’s functionality in the main window
  • New app Toolbars, Pop-Overs and Pull-Down menus make it easier to get to all of the controls for an app

Compact Design

  • Siri has a compact design that allows you to refer to information onscreen and seamlessly launch into your next task
  • Compact Search has a simpler design that works on the Home Screen or over any app
  • Incoming Phone and FaceTime calls appear as a banner at the top of the screen

Search

  • One place where you can find everything: search for apps, contacts, files, quick information like weather and stocks, common knowledge questions about people or places, or even quickly start a web search
  • Top Hit results show the most relevant information including apps, contacts, knowledge, points of interest and websites
  • Quick Launcher allows you to launch an app or website by typing a few characters
  • As-you-type search suggestions show more relevant results as soon as you start typing
  • Web search suggestions to launch Safari and get the most relevant web results
  • Start a search in apps like Mail, Messages and Files

Scribble

  • Write in any text field with Apple Pencil and your writing automatically converts to typed text
  • Scratch to delete a word or space
  • Circle a word to select it for editing
  • Press and hold between words to add space for additional writing
  • Shortcut Palette offers commonly used actions for the app you are using
  • English, Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese are supported as well as mixed Chinese and English

Note-taking with Apple Pencil

  • Smart selection makes it easy to select text, distinguishing handwriting from drawings
  • Copy and paste as text converts your handwritten notes into typed text for use in other documents
  • Make space is a new gesture to create more room for handwritten notes
  • Data detectors allow you to take action on phone numbers, email addresses and other handwritten information
  • Shape recognition enables drawing perfect lines, arcs and other shapes

Siri

  • An all-new compact design surfaces results in the bottom right corner of the screen in a new layout
  • Expanded knowledge brings 20x more facts than three years ago
  • Web answers help find answers to a broader set of questions using information from across the internet
  • Audio messages can be sent with Siri on iOS and CarPlay
  • Expanded language support for the new Siri voice and Siri translation

Messages

  • Pinned conversations keep up to nine of your favorite message threads at the top of the list
  • Mentions let you direct a message to an individual in a group conversation
  • Inline replies let you reply to a specific message and see all related messages in their own view
  • Group photos can be customized for a shared group look

Memoji

  • 11 new hairstyles and 19 new headwear styles to customize your Memoji
  • New Memoji stickers to send a fist bump, hug or blush
  • Six added age options
  • Face covering options

Maps

  • Cycling directions provide routes along bike lanes, bike paths, and bike-friendly roads, taking into consideration elevation or how busy a street is
  • Guides offer recommendations for places to eat, meet friends, or explore, curated by a selection of trusted brands
  • Electric vehicle routing helps you plan trips with supported electric vehicles and automatically adds charging stops along your route
  • Congestion zones help you route around or through active zones in cities like London or Paris
  • Speed cameras let you know when you’re approaching speed and red-light cameras along your route
  • Refine Location enables a highly accurate location and orientation when in urban areas with a poor GPS signal

Home

  • Suggested automations help you set up automations with just a tap
  • A visual status at the top of the Home app gives you a summary of accessories that require your attention
  • Dynamic suggestions of the most relevant accessories and scenes appear in Home controls in Control Center
  • Adaptive Lighting automatically adjusts the color of your smart light bulbs throughout the day to maximize comfort and productivity
  • Face Recognition for video cameras and doorbells uses on-device intelligence to let you know who is there based on the people you’ve tagged in your Photos app and recent visitors you identify in the Home app
  • Activity Zones for video cameras and doorbells captures video or sends you a notification only when motion is detected in areas you define

Safari

  • Improved performance with an even faster JavaScript engine
  • A Privacy Report shows cross-site trackers that are being blocked by Intelligent Tracking Prevention
  • Password monitoring securely screens your saved passwords for any that may have been involved in a data breach
  • Web page translation (beta) translates entire web pages in English, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, French, German, Russian or Brazilian Portuguese

AirPods

  • Spatial audio with dynamic head tracking on AirPods Pro places sounds anywhere in space, creating an immersive surround sound experience
  • Automatic device switching transfers audio from your iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, and Mac
  • Battery notifications let you know if you need to charge your AirPods

Augmented Reality

  • Depth API provides more precise distance measurements captured by the LiDAR Scanner on iPad Pro to allow more realistic interactions between virtual and real-world objects
  • Location Anchors in ARKit 4 enables apps to place AR experiences at a specific geographic coordinate
  • Face Tracking is available to support AR experiences through the front camera on iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd generation) and later, iPad Pro 11-inch and later
  • Video textures in RealityKit enable apps to apply video to any part of a scene or virtual object

App Clips

  • An App Clip is a small part of an app that developers can create and that is discoverable at the moment you need it, and focused on a specific task
  • Small by design, App Clips are usable in a few seconds
  • Discover app clips at the right moment through scanning QR codes, from Messages, Maps, and Safari
  • Recently used App Clips show up in App Library’s Recently Added category, and you can download the full version of the app if you want to keep it around

Privacy

  • A recording indicator is displayed whenever an app has access to the microphone or camera
  • Approximate location can now be shared with an app, rather than sharing your precise location
  • Limited Photos library access gives you the option to share only selected photos with an app whenever an app asks for access
  • App and web developers can now offer the option for you to upgrade your existing accounts to Sign in with Apple

Accessibility

  • Headphone accommodations amplify soft sounds and adjust certain frequencies, customized for an individual’s hearing
  • Sign language prominence in FaceTime detects when a participant is using sign language and makes the person prominent in a Group FaceTime call
  • Sound Recognition uses on-device intelligence to detect and identify important sounds such as alarms, and alerts you to them using notifications
  • VoiceOver Recognition uses on-device intelligence to recognize elements on your screen to improve VoiceOver support for app and web experiences
  • Image descriptions read complete-sentence descriptions of images and photos within apps and on the web
  • Text recognition speaks the text identified within images and photos
  • Screen Recognition automatically detects interface controls to aid in navigating apps

This release also includes other features and improvements.

App Store

  • Important details about each app are displayed in a glanceable, scrollable view, including a way to see the games your friends are playing

Apple Arcade

  • Coming Soon gives you a sneak peek at upcoming Apple Arcade games and you can automatically download them as soon as they’re released
  • See All Games is improved with sorting and filtering by release date, updates, category, controller support and more
  • Achievements are browsable right from within the Apple Arcade tab
  • Continue Playing makes it easy to resume recently played games across devices
  • Game Center dashboard showcases your profile, friends, achievements, leaderboards and more, all from within your game

Apple Cash Family

  • Apple Cash can be enabled for up to five family members under 18
  • Send money to your child through Messages or by asking Siri
  • Notifications for purchases or person to person payments as they occur
  • Parental controls to limit who your children can send money to
  • Option to turn off Apple Cash for family members under 18
  • Shared oversight with another adult in your Family Sharing group

Camera

  • Quick toggles in Video mode to change video resolution and frame rate from the Camera app
  • Mirror front camera lets you capture selfies that match the front camera preview
  • Improved QR code reading to scan codes, even if they are small or wrapped around objects

FaceTime

  • Improved video quality with up to 1080p resolution on iPad Pro 10.5-inch, iPad Pro 11-inch (1st generation) and later, and iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2nd generation) and later
  • New eye contact feature uses machine learning to subtly adjust the position of your eyes and face to make video calling more natural even when you’re looking at the screen instead of the camera

Files

  • New sidebar and toolbar consolidate controls for quicker access to files and functions
  • APFS encryption support for external drives

Keyboard and International

  • On-device dictation helps protect your privacy by performing all processing completely offline. Dictation in search uses server-based dictation in order to recognize terms you may be searching for from across the Internet.
  • Search within the Emoji keyboard using a word or phrase
  • Keyboard displays AutoFill suggestions from Contacts for email addresses, phone numbers, and more in apps
  • New dictionaries for French-German, Indonesian-English, Japanese-Simplified Chinese, and Polish‑English
  • Wubi input method for Simplified Chinese
  • Autocorrection support for Irish Gaelic and Norwegian Nynorsk
  • Redesigned Japanese Kana keyboard with easier input for numbers
  • Mail supports email addresses using non‑Latin languages

Music

  • A new Listen Now tab for playing and discovering your favorite music, artists, playlists and mixes
  • Autoplay keeps music playing when you reach the end of a song or playlist by finding similar songs to play
  • Search now showcases music for your favorite genres and activities, and shows helpful suggestions as you type
  • Library filtering helps you find artists, albums, playlists and other items in your library even faster

Notes

  • Enhanced actions menu provides easy access to locking, scanning, pinning and deleting
  • Top Hits in search surfaces your most relevant search results
  • Pinned Notes list can be collapsed or expanded
  • Enhanced scanning captures sharper scans and more precise auto-cropping

Photos

  • New sidebar gives you quick access to Albums, Search and Media Types, and makes it easy to edit the order of albums under the My Albums view
  • Filter and sort your collection to more easily locate and organize your photos and videos
  • Pinch and zoom to quickly find your photos and videos in more places, like Favorites and Shared Albums
  • Photos and videos caption support
  • Live Photos taken using iOS 14 or iPadOS 14 will autoplay with improved stabilization in Years, Months and Days View
  • Memories enhancements provide a more relevant selection of photos and videos and a larger music selection for Memory movies
  • Redesigned image picker in apps uses the same smart search from the Photos app to help you easily find content to share

Podcasts

  • Listen Now is smarter and includes your personal episode queue and new episodes picked for you

Reminders

  • Assign reminders to people you share lists with
  • New reminders can be created from the lists screen without having to enter a specific list
  • Smart suggestions let you add dates, times and locations with a tap
  • Personalized lists with emoji and newly added symbols
  • Rearrange or hide smart lists

Settings

  • Option to set your default email and web browser

Shortcuts

  • Starter Shortcuts let you get started with a built-in folder of shortcuts, tailored for you
  • Shortcuts automations are suggested based on your usage patterns
  • Folders let you organize your shortcuts and can be added as widgets to the Home Screen
  • New compact design for running shortcuts keeps you in context while you use another app
  • New Automation triggers can run shortcuts based on receiving an email or message, your battery level, closing an app and more
  • Wind Down Shortcuts provide a collection of relaxing shortcuts to help you get ready for a good night’s sleep

Voice Memos

  • Folders help organize your Voice Memos recordings
  • Favorites lets you mark your best recordings and quickly access them later
  • Smart Folders automatically group together Apple Watch recordings, recently deleted recordings and recordings you marked as Favorites
  • Enhance Recording reduces background noise and room reverberation

iPadOS 14 also has 11 security patches on board and you can read more about those over on Apple’s website.

iPadOS 14 Jailbreak

If you jailbreak your iPad, you’ll have to skip iPadOS 14 for now.

Earlier this year, the developers behind the “unc0ver” jailbreak tool released a new version that’s compatible with iPadOS 13.5 and most versions of iOS/iPadOS going all the way down to iOS 11.0. iOS 12.3-12.3.2 and iOS 12.4.2-12.4.5 are excluded. So are iPadOS 13.5.1, iPadOS 13.6, iPadOS 13.6.1, and iPadOS 13.7.

Unfortunately, we haven’t heard anything about a public iPadOS 14 jailbreak and it could be weeks before we see a tool get released to the public.

What’s Next

If your device is struggling on iPadOS 14, keep your eyes peeled for a new version.

Apple is currently working on iPadOS 14.2. iPadOS 14.2 is currently in beta testing and the milestone upgrade should carry new features and bug fixes.

We don’t have an iPadOS 14.2 release date to look forward to just yet. If you can’t wait for the official release you can download the beta.

For more on iPadOS 14.2, take a look at our guide.

There’s a good chance we see another version of iPadOS 14 (iPadOS 14.0.1 or iPadOS 14.1) roll out sooner than iPadOS 14.2 so keep an eye out.

If you’re feeling leery about the move to iPadOS 14.0, you might want to wait for the next version of iPadOS 14, and its batch of bug fixes, to arrive.

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Install iPadOS 14 for Better Security

Install iPadOS 14 for Better Security

If security is important to you, and it should be, think about installing iPadOS 14 right now. 

iPadOS 14 has 11 new security patches on board. If you're interested in the exact nature of these improvements, you can read about them over on Apple's website

If you skipped iPadOS 13.7 or any older versions of iPadOS 13, you'll get the security patches from those updates with your upgrade. They're baked in.

In addition to those patches, iPadOS 14 comes with some security and privacy upgrades including improvements to Home/HomeKit and Safari. 

For instance in Safari, you can now tap the Privacy Report button to better understand how websites handle your privacy.

With iPadOS 14 on board you can now get information on the App Store that will help you understand the privacy practices of apps before you download them. 

There is also a new recording indicator that will appear at the top of your screen whenever an app is using your microphone or camera. You can see if an app has used them recently in Control Center.

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