iPhone Tips and Tricks 10

How to Change wallpaper

  • Launch the Settings app.
  • Go to “Wallpaper
  • Select “Select wallpaper.
  • Select the photo or image you want to set as wallpaper
  • At the lower right of the phone, tap “Settings.
  • Tap Set to locked screen / Set to home screen / Set for both.

Set up Live Photo as Wallpaper for Lock Screen

  • When setting a Live Photo as wallpaper, long-press the lock screen to play the Live Photo.
  • Move to Settings.
  • Tap Wallpaper.
  • Next, select a New Wallpaper.

Do one of the following:

  • Click Live, then select a Live Photo.
  • From here, click your Live Photos album, and then select a Live Photo (you may have to hold on for it to download).
  • Next, tap Set, and then select Set Lock Screen or Set Both.

Turn On One-Handed Mode

The iPhone 12 series are longer, making it difficult for your fingers to reach the buttons and icons displayed at the top of the screen.

  • Launch the Settings app.
  • Go to “Accessibility
  • Select “Touch
  • Switch on “Easy Access

Using the Widgets on the Home screen

Widgets have a new life on iOS 14. Now, these little information screens are not only free from the confines of Today’s view, but they can also be placed on the home screen along with your favorite applications. What’s more, widgets can now come in small, medium, and large sizes, which means that they can only display a small amount of pertinent information or everything you might need to know at a glance.

The great thing about widgets in iOS 14 is that while they can complicate the home screen, all that complication is optional. You can fill your screen with widgets, only have one or two, or avoid them altogether. And even despite all the complications they can bring to your home screen, adding and working with widgets is easy.

Add a Widget to Home Screen from the Today View

  • Swipe to the right on your iPhone’s Home screen to launch the Today view.
  • Next, long-press the widget that you wish to move to the Home screen.
  • From here, move the widget to the Home screen.
  • At this point, release the widget in the needed position on your Home screen.

Add New Widget to Home screen

  • Long press anywhere on your Home screen to enter editable mode (AKA ‘jiggly’).
  • Next, touch the + button in the top left corner of the display.
  • From here, click one of the preset widgets offered. Alternatively, click an app whose widget you intend to use.
  • Next, swipe left or right on the widget sizes to select which size to use.
  • From here, touch and move the widget you wish to use to the preferred position on the Home screen.
  • Lastly, touch Done to exit “jiggle mode.”

How to Edit a Widget

You can edit available widgets to show certain details. Here’s the procedure:

  • Long press on a widget or Smart Stack until the contextual menu appears.
  • Next, touch Edit Widget. To edit a single widget in a Smart Stack, click Edit “[Widget name].”
  • From here, you can use diverse choices to adjust the widget to your needs. 

Add a Widget to the Today view

  • From the Home screen of your iPhone, swipe to the right to display the Today view.
  • Long press on empty screen space to enter editable (jiggle) mode.
  • From here, touch the + button in the top left.
  • Proceed by touching an app whose widget you wish on the today view.
  • Next, swipe left or right to pick the widget size you desire.
  • From here, touch and move the widget to the place in the Today view where you desire it to stay.
  • Lastly, touch Done to exit edit mode.

How to Create/Add a Widget to a Smart Stack

To create a smart stack from two or more widgets or add a content source to a smart stack, do the following.

  • Long press on a widget you desire to include in a smart stack.
  • Move the widget to the Smart Stack, let go, or move to a different standalone widget to create a Smart Stack.

Edit a Smart Stack Widget

A Smart Stack is a widget that is essentially made up of other widgets. Cycle the information you display throughout your day in an attempt to display the most relevant content possible. But you can edit a smart stack manually to adjust better what you see.

  • Long press on the Smart Stack widget until the context menu pops up.
  • Next, click Edit Stack.
  • Touch and move the arrangement bars to reshuffle the sequence of the content appearance in the stack.
  • From here, swipe to the left on a content source you desire to erase from the stack.
  • Next, click Delete.
  • Here, click the switch next to Smart Rotate to either toggle on or off the feature.

Delete a Widget from the Home screen

  • Long press on the widget you desire to erase until the context menu pops up.
  • Next, touch Remove Widget.
  • Lastly, touch Remove.

Add Widget to Display the Battery Level as a Percentage

  • Pair with a Bluetooth device such as AirPods, Apple Watch, or wireless earphone
  • On the first page of your phone’s home screen, slide left to access “Today’s View.
  • Tap “Edit
  • Touch“+” next to “Battery” to include a battery widget.

How to Take Smarter Selfies

  • Base on default settings, if you hold your iPhone 12 vertically, the image sensor will zoom in to take a 7-megapixel selfie.  For a full 12-megapixel shoot, touch the expand button on the screen to zoom out for a smarter selfie.
  • Rotate your phone for a horizontal selfie, though, the camera will automatically zoom out for 12-megapixel selfies. Alternatively, you can also zoom back in for a 7-megapixel shot if you prefer that instead.

How to Control Offload Unused Apps

Remove unused apps on your device to free up storage space. In addition to automatically removing apps when the remaining storage capacity is low, you can also remove any apps manually.

  • By selecting “iTunes Store & App Store” from “Settings” on your iPhone and turning on “Offload Unused Apps,” apps that are not in use are automatically used when the iPhone storage capacity is low will be removed.

Restrict Offload Unused Apps

  • From the Settings app, tap Screen Time.
  • Next, tap to turn on Content & Privacy Restrictions.
  • From here, touchiTunes & App Store Purchases.
  • Tap Deleting Apps.
  • Follow the arrow to the next screen and touch Don’t Allow.
  • With this configuration, nobody can delete apps from your phone except you lift the restriction.

Move Home Screen Apps

  • First, press and hold any icon.
  • Then, a thumbprint will be displayed on the upper left of the icon, as shown in the image below, and it will move like a wave.
  • The icon can now be moved.
  • Then press the icon you want to move with your finger.
  • Move your finger to the place you want to move without releasing your finger.
  • By the way, you can’t place app icons anywhere on your iPhone or iPad, like Android smartphones.
  • There may be cases where you can use unofficial app icons, but basically, app icons are arranged in order from the top.

Moving Apps to Another Page

Next, I will explain how to move to another page when moving the icon.

  • Long press the app
  • A thumbprint appears on all icons
  • Keep pressing the icon you want to move with your finger
  • Move to the page you want to move
  • Switch to the page you want to move and place an icon.

Create a Folder on the Home Screen

  • First, press and hold the icon.
  • To delete, move, or create a folder, you must first press and hold the icon, the thumbprint is displayed, and the icon is wavy.
  • You can now edit the home screen icons.
  • First, tap the icons you want to organize into a folder.
  • Move the icons in the previous chapter so that they overlap the icons you want to put together in the same folder.
  • Then, a folder is automatically created.
  • Move and place the icon in the folder as it is.

Reset Icon Layout on Home Screen

  • Go to Settings app
  • Tap General
  • Tap Reset Home Screen Layout.

Enable Location Services on Find My App

To use the Find My app, you have to enable location services on your iPhone. The flows below will guide you on that.

  • Go to Settings
  • Tap Privacy.
  • Select Location Services.
  • Toggle on Location Services.
  • To share your location with others, touchShare My Location and turn on the toggle on the resulting screen.

Another way to do this is demonstrated below;

  • Go to Settings
  • Touch your Apple ID at the top
  • Click on “Find My
  • Next, turn on Share My Location.

Locate Family/Friends on Find My App

If you need to locate someone who has shared their location with you, it’s easy and simple.

  • Launch “Find My” app
  • Touch People at the bottom and touch the person on your list. You’ll then view their location on the map.
  • You also have preferences to Contact them, get Directions to their spot, add Notifications, and lots of other kinds of stuff.

Share Your Location via Find My App

  • To share your location, launch Find My and tap “Me” at the bottom. Ensure the toggle is activated for Share My Location.
  • You have a preference also to Allow Friend Requests, choose to Receive Location Updates with everyone or only people you share with, and Edit Location Name.


Enable Offline Finding via Find My App

  • Launch the “Find My” app and choose Devices at the bottom. Here, you’ll see your device(s) on the list at the bottom, together with their locations on the map.
  • Tap to select a particular device and then Play Sound to help you find it or get Directions to it. You can also “Mark As Lost” and get Notifications when the device is found. If you deem it fit, you can remotely Erase This Device.
  • You can also use this feature to find iOS devices belonging to others who’ve shared their location with you. For instance, if your friend lost their device, their devices will show up in the list for you to choose and locate the same way you locate yours.

Verify Offline Finding is Turned On

  • Open the Settings app,
  • From here,touch your name at the top to view your Apple ID configurations.
  • Touch “Find My” option.
  • Next, tap “Find My iPhone.”
  • On the page that pops up, make sure “Enable Offline Finding” is turned on.

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