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You got a new iPhone 12 for the holidays — here are the first things you should do

iPhone 12 Mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max

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You may make received a new iPhone over the holidays. Or maybe you bought one for yourself. If you did, there are a few tips and tricks you should know up that will help you get the most out of it.

A lot of these tricks are part of Apple’s latest software, iOS 14, which expects they don’t just apply to the new iPhone 12 models. Aside from a couple of tips that are specific to the iPhone 12, they’ll also in the works on other iPhone models, which means you can still try these even if you have an iPhone SE or an older model, a charge out of prefer the iPhone 11.

Clean up all the apps cluttering your home screen

The App Library organizes all of your apps for you.

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A new App Library draw in iOS 14 helps get rid of all of the apps that clutter your home screen. Instead of seeing all of them, you can hide a assortment off in a side panel that you can search as needed. That means you’ll have more room for widgets. (More on widgets in a bit.)

Here’s how to set up App Library:

Correct sure App Library is turned on. To do that:

  • Open Settings.
  • Tap Home Screen.
  • Check “App Library Only.”

Next, you can evict off the pages all of your apps appear on.

To do that:

  • Tap and hold on the home screen.
  • Tap the gray bar at the bottom of the screen.
  • Uncheck the encloses for all of your home screens with apps on them.

Now, the App Library will automatically store all of your apps to the suitably of your primary home screen.

Have fun with widgets

My clean home screen with widgets and solely a few apps. Everything else I need is organized.

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Widgets are little boxes that materialize on your home screen and show you more information about an app. For example, you can see some of your most recent playlists or podcasts on Spotify and upsurge right into it again. Or you can see how far along your Apple Watch Fitness rings are, see highlight photos from Apple photos and various.

Most of Apple’s apps have widgets, as do many major third-party apps, like Google. More apps are adding strengthen all the time, so check your widgets menu regularly to see if your favorite app added support.

You can add widgets to your competent in screen by pressing and holding anywhere until the app icons start wobbling, then tap the + button on the top left. Tap an app and select a widget estimate and it’ll appear right on your home screen.

How to turn 5G on and off (iPhone 12 models only)

The iPhone 12, by oversight, will save battery by switching between 5G and 4G LTE as needed.

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Apple’s new iPhone 12 facsimiles automatically switch between 5G and older 4G LTE networks to save battery life. But, sometimes the iPhone 12 will join to a 5G network even if your existing 4G LTE network is faster. You may also want to stay on 4G LTE just to save battery bounce. You can toggle between 4G and 5G by doing this:

  • Open Settings.
  • Tap Cellular.
  • Choose “Cellular Data Options.”
  • Pick “Enunciate and Data”
  • Choose from “5G Auto” (which automatically switches between 4G and 5G, depending on what you’re doing on your phone), “5G On” (which maintains 5G on all the time) or “LTE” (which keeps 4G on all the time).

Pro tip: Use the SpeedTest app to see which network is fastest where you live.

Charge faster

Apple’s 20-watt iPhone charger.


The new iPhone 12 models don’t be a question of with a charging brick that you plug into the wall. And your iPhone won’t charge as fast as possible if you use the old, diminutive 5-watt Apple charger that you might still have around the house from older Apple dinguses. You need to buy an 18-watt charger (or faster) if you want to be able to charge your iPhone 12 up to 50% in 30 logs. I recommend Apple’s $19 20-watt iPhone plug or Anker’s similarly priced charging brick. 

Picture in advise fully

Using picture-in-picture on an iPhone running iOS 14

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This feature is fun. If you want to watch movies or TV clarifies from Netflix, Apple TV+ or other services, you can use a Group chats and threaded messaging

Messages in iOS 14


If you’re like me, you may possess a bunch of group chats with friends and family in iMessage. With iOS 14, you can pin those important group talks to the top of your messages list. It makes those chats easy to find whenever you want to jump back in. Objective do this:

  • Open Messages on your iPhone.
  • Tap and hold a chat that you want to pin to the top of the screen.
  • Choose “Pin.”

This also positions with individual text message threads, not just groups. You can unpin a chat by tapping and holding one of them and electing “Unpin.”

Group chats also support threaded messaging, allowing you to reply to a specific comment in a chat. To do this, unconditional a group chat, press and hold a message and choose “Reply.”

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