iOS 14

How to limit access to photos on iPhone

iOS Photo library access

Apple continues to deliver more granular control over privacy options. The release of iOS 14 adds the ability to decide exactly which photos can be accessed by third-party apps. As always, users can prevent an app from accessing the Photos library or allow an app full access to all images. When specific photos are chosen an app such as Facebook can only read those images, while the rest of your Photos library remains off limits.

How to check carrier lock status on iPhone

iPhone carrier unlock status

Making sure an iPhone is unlocked when buying or selling a used device can make or break the sale. It's important that the iPhone is unlocked, so that any compatible SIM card can be used. When an iPhone is locked to one cellular carrier, it cannot be used on another network. Once a device is out-of-contract carriers must unlock it when requested to do so. Many iPhones are sold unlocked, and thanks to iOS 14 there's an easy way to verify if a device is unlocked.

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 add a face mask to your Memoji

Memoji face covering

Memoji on the iPhone and iPad continue to gain new options for personalization. Due to the ongoing global pandemic, Apple has added face coverings to the mix with iOS 14. Now your Memoji can sport a unique face mask to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Once a face covering is added, all of the Memoji expressions are masked automatically.

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.

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