5 secret iPhone tricks on iOS 14


iOS 14 offers a lot of helpful features and useful functions. But many of them are so well hidden that you only discover them by chance – or you need an additional app. We’ll reveal the most exciting secret iPhone and Apple Watch functions to you.

There are many useful functions hidden on the iPhone that you will probably never – or only by chance – discover. Even in combination with free apps, the iPhone can do a lot more than you might think. In this article, we’ll reveal five unknown tips and tricks on how you can get even more out of your iPhone.

1. Siri announces the battery level while charging

The shortcut app on the iPhone is probably supported by many iPhone users. Most recently, the app enjoyed great popularity with the launch of iOS 14, as you can now customize the app icons on the iPhone via a small detour. How to do this, we reveal in the following video:

The “Shortcuts” app can do even more. Did you know that Siri can automatically read out the current battery level as soon as the iPhone is charging – or the charging process is interrupted? To activate this function, proceed as follows:

  1. Open the Shortcuts app on your iPhone.

  2. Tap on the middle tab “Automation”

  3. Tap the “+” symbol in the upper right corner and create a personal automation.

  4. Scroll to the very bottom and select “Charger”.

  5. Select the “Connecting” and “Disconnecting” options and tap “Next”.

  6. Tap “Add Action”.

  7. Type “get battery status” into the search field and select the appropriate action.

  8. Then tap on the blue “+” symbol and search for and select “Speak Text” in the search bar.

  9. Then tap Next.

  10. Deactivate “Confirm before running”.

You have just created automation in which the iPhone reads out the current battery charge level as soon as the device is connected to or disconnected from a charging source. If you are listening to music, it will be quieter while reading. Audiobooks or podcasts are paused temporarily, but then continued automatically.

2. Apple Watch automatically change the watch face at a specific time

Here's how to automatically change the Apple Watch watch face


Here’s how to automatically change the Apple Watch watch face

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While we’re on the subject of shortcuts and automations. You can use the same app to set the watch face on your Apple Watch to change on a specific day and at a specific time. For example, do you go jogging every Monday and Wednesday after work at 6 p.m. and therefore need a watch face with sports complications? Or would you like to see fewer work complications on the Apple Watch at the weekend? No problem! We’ll tell you how you can set this up automatically. That’s how it’s done:

  1. Open the Shortcuts app on your iPhone.

  2. Tap on the middle tab “Automation”

  3. Tap the “+” symbol in the upper right corner and create a personal automation.

  4. At the top, select “Time of day”.

  5. Set the time at which the Apple Watch face should change: You can set a specific time, or you can choose sunrise and sunset.

  6. Specify how often the watch face should be changed. If you want it to be weekly, you can select any number of days of the week. If you choose monthly, you have to commit to a specific day.

  7. Then click next and add an action.

  8. Tap and select “Set watch face” in the search bar.

  9. Then, in the command “Set watch face as active watch face”, tap on the “watch face” with a blue-gray background. Here you can select one of the watch faces you previously set.

In order for the clock face to change every day, you need to create a new automation with a new clock face at a different time.

3. Operate the iPhone camera via Apple Watch

Control the iPhone camera with the Apple Watch

Speaking of Apple Watch: Did you know that with your Apple Watch you also have a mobile remote release for your iPhone camera on your wrist? Maybe, because you may have already stumbled upon the small camera icon on the Apple Watch. But did you also know that you can also see the camera image live on your Apple Watch? Great for selfies when you put the iPhone down somewhere.

  1. Start the camera app on the Apple Watch. This should also open immediately on the unlocked iPhone.

  2. First select the appropriate camera mode on the iPhone. You can also control a video from Apple Watch.

  3. You can use the three dots on the Apple Watch to set whether you want to use the camera on the front or back and whether the flash, a Live Photo and HDR should be activated or not.

  4. You can also use the Digital Crown to control the zoom on the iPhone camera.

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4. ClipDrop

ClipDrop is a great free app that shows what the iPhone can do in terms of Augemented Reality (AR). After you have downloaded and set up the app for free from the AppStore, you can simply point your iPhone at an object and use the app to create an AR clip. The photographed object is released from the background. You can either save the photo with a transparent background as a png file or edit the photo afterwards and give it a black, white or gray background and change the image size.


You can either save the AR clip in your files on the iPhone or send it to other Apple devices via AirDrop. However, HD recordings can only be activated in in-app purchases.

5. Google Lens: Digitize printed texts

Copy-paste is extremely useful, but what if the text you want to copy is on a printed piece of paper? No problem either. With the Google app you can do just that with the Google Lens function and photograph, digitize and then edit analog texts.

  1. To do this, download the free Google app from the AppStore.

  2. Then tap the Lens icon to the left of the microphone in the Google search bar.

  3. Then select “Text” from the lower menu tab.

  4. Make sure you only have the text in the image that you really want to digitize.

  5. Take a photo of the text and then choose “Select All”.

  6. You have now copied the text and can paste it into any writing program.

Google recognizes the first chapter "illuminati" by Dan Brown.


Google recognizes the first chapter from “illuminati” by Dan Brown.

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Google is even so smart and can give the sources of many texts. In our example, Google immediately recognized that it was an excerpt from the novel “Illuminati” by Dan Brown.

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