Apple has gone to town with iOS 14, introducing a range of new features — such as Home-screen widgets and an App Library — that will almost certainly improve how we use our iPhones. This includes App Clips, an interesting addition that lets you use smaller, streamlined versions of apps without having to download them in full.
App Clips is designed to overcome any reluctance a user might have in trying new apps. Most of us have had an iPhone for some time now, so we’ve accumulated more than our fair share of apps and potentially don’t want to clog up our devices with any more. However, App Clips solves this problem by letting you add a more streamlined version of an app, while also hiding it away in the App Library, where it won’t take up valuable Home-screen real estate. In this article, we explain how to use and make the most of App Clips, from downloading clips for specific apps to removing them from your iPhone.
How do you use iOS 14’s App Clips?
Remember, app clips aren’t available from the App Store. Even with an app that does have a clip available for it, its page on the App Store will only let you download it in full.
Instead, you can access app clips through a variety of sources. Either you click on a link contained in a Safari webpage, in a message, or on Maps, or you scan a QR code using your iPhone’s camera. You can also download app clips using near-field communication (NFC), although this is only available for the iPhone 7 and later models.
Given that app clips are downloadable through various sources, there’s no single database, page, or repository containing all the possible clips you can find. You’ll have to find them yourselves, using web and social media searches. More often than not, you’ll probably stumble upon them.
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An App Clip is a free, mini version of an app. You can get App Clips on websites, in stores, in Maps or Messages, and more.
How to delete App Clips
If you don’t use an App Clip for 30 days, it’s automatically deleted from your device. You can also delete App Clips in Settings:
If you can’t download an App Clip
If you expect to see an App Clip but it doesn’t appear, try this.
Turn off notifications from App Clips
If you don’t want to receive notifications from App Clips, you can turn them off. Go to Settings > Notifications > App Clips and turn off App Clips.
Published Date: November 06, 2020