If you like your iPhone to be organised, then Apple's latest operating system - iOS 14 - has plenty in store for you. Among many exciting updates, it introduces two new features to help you keep everything in order: widgets, and the ability to remove any app from your home screen, without uninstalling it from your device.
Ready to tidy up your handset? Learn how to make the most of iOS 14's new organisation updates with us below.
Removing apps from the home screen with iOS 14
Until iOS 14, every app on your iPhone (or iPad) had to sit somewhere on your home screen. In a bid to clean things up, many users would create folders for rarely opened apps, or for unused Apple apps (be it Compass, Voice Memos or Measure) that can't be deleted.
Now, thanks to the introduction of App Library, you can say goodbye to folder clutter. Instead of hiding apps away on your home screen, Apple has made it possible to remove apps you barely use (but still want to keep) from the home screen. When you need to access them, simply swipe left until you reach your App Library. Every app downloaded on your phone will be accessible here - just use the search bar to find a specific app, or browse by categories like Social, Entertainment, Utilities and Recently Added.
If you'd like to remove an app from your home screen so it's only visible in App Library, just hold down on the app in question, select Edit Home Screen and then tap the - symbol that will appear. From here, choose Remove from Home Screen instead of Delete App.
Using Widgets in iOS 14
One of the biggest features available with the release of iOS 14 was widgets. Essentially app shortcuts that make it easy to quickly view important information - like the local weather forecast and upcoming calendar events, for example - Widgets are a great way to customise your home screen. They sit among regular app icons and can be moved wherever you please. They're also available in a range of different sizes, including a small 2x2 square and a larger 8x2 rectangle.
You'll find widgets for a huge range of Apple apps - including Mail, Weather and Photos - but there are many third-party apps like Spotify and TikTok that support the new feature too.
Adding a widget to your home screen is really simple. Just make sure you've updated your device to iOS 14 first, then tap and hold down any app. From here, select Edit Home Screen and at the top of your iPhone or iPad you should suddenly see a + symbol. Once this appears, tap it and you'll instantly be able to view all of the apps on your device that support widgets.
Scroll through the list, and find an app you'd like to use to create your widget. Let's say you're going to add one for the Weather app, all you need to do is tap on it to view your options. Spend some time looking through the available sizes, and then select Add Widget when you've found one you like.
Exit the Widget menu, and you'll be able to find your new Weather widget on your home screen. Just like you would with any other app, you can move it to your preferred position using the drag and drop motion.
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