Apple has finally released the highly anticipated iOS 14.5 update for iPhones. The update brings a plethora of new features that will change the way you use your iPhone. It weighs around 1.2GB and is available for iPhone 6s, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, iPhone 8, iPhone X, iPhone XS, iPhone XR, iPhone SE 2020, iPhone 11, and iPhone 12 series. You can also get it. on the seventh generation iPod Touch. In this article we will tell you a few useful new features that you can enable on your iPhone with the iOS 14.5 update.
1. Unlock the iPhone without removing the mask
On newer iPhones that come with FaceID, you either need to remove your mask or enter the passcode to unlock the iPhone. However, with iOS 14.5, you can unlock your iPhone without removing the mask through your Apple Watch.
The feature works on Apple Watch Series 3 and newer versions running watchOS 7.4 or later. To unlock your iPhone with Apple Watch:
- Open Settings on your iPhone.
- Go to Face ID and access code and enter your password.
- Here you will see your Apple Watch name under “Unlock with Apple Watch”.
- Activate the toggle to activate the feature.
Here is how it works: Every time you try to unlock your iPhone, it checks to see if you are wearing a mask (or if the person trying to unlock it is wearing a mask). If so, it will automatically unlock if your Apple Watch is unlocked and nearby.
It also means that anyone wearing a mask can unlock your iPhone if your watch is unlocked. However, you will receive a haptic notification on your Apple Watch and can choose to relock the iPhone if you weren’t planning on unlocking it.
Don’t have an Apple Watch? No problem. Here’s how to unlock your iPhone while wearing a face mask without Apple Watch.
2. Stop the apps from following you on iOS 14.5
iOS 14.5 bundles a new feature called Application Tracking Transparency. It allows users to opt out of being tracked by third party apps. Apps will need to take your permission without tracking any of your data.
When you open an app for the first time, you will be given the option to allow or block tracking. You can also check it in the settings, as follows:
- Open Settings on your iPhone.
- Click on Privacy and select Monitoring.
- Here you will see an option titled “Allow apps to request tracking”.
- Enabling the option will allow apps to request to track your activity on other apps and websites.
3. Download and use new Siri voices
Siri now has a few new voice options. So if you are bored with the default female voice, you can resort to other options available. Siri will ask for your preferred voice when you set up iPhone for the first time. If you’re already using one, follow the steps below to download and use the new Siri voices.
- Open Settings on your iPhone.
- Go to Siri and search.
- Here click on Siri Voice.
- Then tap on the language and select the voice of your choice.
- Confirm when prompted to download the required voice data.
4. Make Siri calls announced, answer calls with voice
Once updated to iOS 14.5, you can make Siri calls. When enabled, Siri will announce the name of the caller so you know who is calling without looking at iPhone. To activate it:
- Go to your iPhone Settings.
- Here click on Siri and search.
- Tap Announce calls and set it to Always, Headphones and car or Headset only according to your taste.
You can also answer calls with your voice by saying “Reply” or “Decline”When using the selected headset. It currently works with AirPods Max, AirPods (2nd generation), AirPods Pro, Powerbeats, Powerbeats Pro, and Beats Solo Pro.
Plus, you can make FaceTime calls with Siri. To make a call, say, “Hey Siri, FaceTime
5. Turn auto brightness on / off using Siri
Previously, to turn Auto Brightness on or off on iPhone, you had to go to Settings> Accessibility> Text Display & Size> Auto Brightness. However, it has now become much more convenient with Siri.
You can ask Siri to turn auto brightness on or off by saying, “Hey Siri, turn auto brightness on / off” or “Hey Siri, turn auto brightness on / off.”
6. Turn off headphone safety notifications on iPhone
To protect your hearing, iPhone automatically measures the audio levels from the headphones. If you exceed the recommended limits, it sends you a notification and automatically lowers the volume. It could be boring for a lot of people.
With iOS 14.5, Apple now allows you to turn off headphone safety notifications on your iPhone, as follows:
- Unlock your iPhone and head to Settings.
- Click on Sounds and haptics.
- Here press Headphone Safety.
- Now deactivate the toggle for Headset notifications.
7. Change music app for Siri on iOS 14.5
Previously, Siri would play all music on Apple Music unless you specifically asked it to use another app. That changed with iOS 14.5, as you can now change the preferred music app for Siri.
To change it, ask Siri to play a song, album, or artist, for example: “Hey Siri, play Master.” It will then show you a list of all the music apps installed on your iPhone. You can then select the preferred music app for Siri to use.
Also, if you want song recognition to work with Spotify instead of Apple Music, follow our guide on how to connect Shazam to Spotify on iPhone.
8. Battery calibration on the iPhone 11-Series
IOS 14.5 introduces battery calibration on the iPhone 11 series devices. The good thing is that everything is automatic – you don’t have to do anything manually.
Once updated, it will recalibrate the maximum battery capacity and peak performance capacity to correct any inaccurate estimate of battery condition. So, if your iPhone shows unexpected battery drain or reduced peak performance, this should be fixed after updating to iOS 14.5.
After the update, you can go to Settings> Battery> Battery Status to see if there is a message informing you of the recalibration. the calibration may take a few weeks after the update. When completed, you will see a battery service message if your iPhone’s battery is significantly depleted.
In the meantime, you can use these tips to save your iPhone battery.
9. Get 5G connectivity in dual SIM mode
IOS 14.5 enables 5G dual SIM capability on the iPhone 12 series. So if you own an iPhone 12 model, you can now have 5G connectivity in dual SIM mode.
Previously, you were limited to 4G LTE if you had two connections enabled simultaneously. To use 5G, you had to deactivate a connection. Now you can use 5G without any problem in Dual SIM mode.
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