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How to customize iPhone widgets

How to customize iPhone and iPad widgets with Widgetsmith.

Widgets are one of the most noticeable and popular new features of iOS 14. They allow you to personalize your Home Screen like never before. In fact, with the new App Library, your Home Screen can take on an entirely new look, filled with widgets and completely devoid of apps. iOS 14 also lets you customize your app icons but alas, for some reason they have not yet added the ability to customize your widgets, other than their size.

How to change the iPhone backup directory on Mac

macOS iPhone backup Finder

Mac users may have noticed there is no built-in way to change where macOS (formerly iTunes) writes backup information. This means every time an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch is backed up to the computer using Finder, it automatically uses the local drive. Rest assured, it is possible to tell your Mac to put backups on an external drive. Once the steps below are implemented, all iOS backup data will be saved to the new location.

How to use electric vehicle routing with Maps on iPhone

How to use electric vehicle routing with Maps on iPhone.

Running out of gas while on the road is obviously something nobody wants to do, and it is easily avoidable since gas stations are ubiquitous in most populated areas. The same cannot be said for charging stations for electric cars, as they are much fewer and farther between. iOS 14 has brought Maps up to speed by allowing it to communicate with electric vehicles, offering peace of mind to road trippers traveling in their Teslas, Bolts and LEAFs.

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How to create custom power modes for iPhone with Shortcuts

How to customize Low Power Mode and other battery options on iPhone and iPad.

Low Power Mode is a great way to save battery life when you know you aren't going to be able to charge for a while. It stops automatic downloads and background app activity like iCloud Photos, reduces some visual effects, stops email fetch, applies auto-lock faster and does a bunch of other things all aimed at reducing battery usage. iOS 14 allows you to customize your Low Power Mode (and charging mode) by adding more settings through the Shortcuts app.

How to filter messages from unknown senders on iPhone

How to filter messages from unknown senders on iPhone and iPad.

iOS 14 has changed and improved its message filtering in the Messages app. Filtering lets you separate messages from known and unknown senders into separate lists. For example when you get a message from an unknown number, or a PIN sent from a website for two-factor authentication, or a political message or just flat out spam, these messages will be separated from the ones from your contacts, making for a less cluttered message list that is easier to navigate. This feature is off by default so you will have to enable it to use it.

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