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How to add Flashlight as a Back Tap action on iPhone

How to set flashlight as a Back Tap function on iPhone in iOS 14.

iOS 14's Back Tap is an accessibility feature that literally lets you tap the back of your iPhone to access system features or start shortcut automations. For example you could assign your App Switcher to the double back tap, letting you open your App Switcher simply by tapping the back of your iPhone two or three times. There are a bunch of system and accessibility features available for Back Tap, including Control Center, Home, Screenshot, Magnifier and Zoom among others, but Flashlight is noticeably missing.

How to create a custom Smart Stack of widgets on iPhone

How to customize widget smart stacks on iPhone and iPad.

In the first major UI update since folders were introduced, iOS 14 lets you personalize your Home Screen with widgets of varying size. Obviously you can't fit every widget on your Home Screen so you have the option of adding a "Smart Stack," which is group of widgets that you can scroll through, stacked into one widget sized area. While you can remove widgets from the Smart Stack, you can't add any as it currently stands, though hopefully this will be fixed by the the time of the official release.

How to add widgets to iPhone's Home Screen

How to add widgets to the Home Screen on iPhone and iPad.

iOS 14 comes with the biggest Home Screen update since folders arrived with iOS 4 - widgets. Formerly relegated to the Today View (accessed by swiping right on your Home Screen), you can now populate your Home Screen with a variety of widgets to quickly inform you of things like weather, stock prices, sports scores and more. If you are ready for a change of scenery from your boring grid of apps and folders, here's how to add widgets to your iPhone's Home Screen:

How to use Dropbox, Google Drive and other cloud storage with iPhone's Files app

How to use Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, Amazon Drive and other cloud storage services with the Files app on iPhone and iPad.

Apple's Files app is a great tool for organizing and managing your documents, photos, videos and other files from whatever device you are on. When you first start using it you will see that you can save your files locally (on your current device, e.g. your iPhone or iPad) or to iCloud Drive. Of course many of us use third party cloud storage apps like Google Drive, Dropbox, Amazon Drive, OneDrive and so on. These are compatible with Files, but you'll have to link them before you can start using them with the Files app. Here's how to do it on iPhone or iPad:

How to remotely log out of Messages on other Apple devices

How to log out of Messages remotely on iPhone, iPad and Mac.

The ability to synch your Messages (as well as numerous other services) across multiple Apple devices is undoubtably a huge convenience, but also one that could lead to a serious breach of privacy. Obviously nobody wants their private messages accessible to friends, family and co-workers. If you are the type to have your text messages arrive on every Mac that you use, you might want to check which ones you are logged into, as you wouldn't want your messages popping up on a Mac that you share with a roommate, or on an iPad that you left at a friend's house.

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