How to use compact calls on iPhone and iPad

iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 show incoming calls in a compact banner at the top rather than taking up the whole screen like before. Follow this tutorial to learn how to use the compact UI for calls on your iPhone and iPad, switch between banner-style and fullscreen calls and more.

Add a splash of color to iOS’ dialer and passcode interfaces with DialerGradient

Apple’s software user interfaces are somewhat notorious for being both streamlined and professional, but they also tend to be on the bland side of things. The company isn’t known for offering much in the customization department, and this can be a serious pain point for those who demand more personality from their iPhone’s user interface. Fortunately, jailbreak tweaks aplenty can help out with this limiting aspect of iOS.

Enter DialerGradient, a newly released jailbreak tweak by iOS developer NaneraManu that lets iPhone users customize virtually any parameter of their handset’s numeric dialer interfaces, whether it’s the Lock Screen’s passcode interface or the Phone app’s dial pad.

This tweak gives the iPhone’s Phone app a pleasant facelift

The Phone app that comes pre-installed on every iPhone from the factory sports a barebones and simplistic design that just works. Given its tried and true reputation, the Phone app hasn’t seen many changes over the years, and some might even argue that it’s getting a bit stale.

If you’re jailbroken, then the good news is that you don’t have to settle for a boring Phone app anymore. A newly released and free jailbreak tweak dubbed Bongwater by iOS developer qwertyuiop1379 breathes new life into the Phone app by bringing a highly requested Phone app redesign concept to life.

New to iPhone? How to delete your iPhone call history

iPhone Cleared All Recents History

If you’re new to iPhone, you might still be getting used to the ins and outs of it and its features. In the meantime, you’re taking and making phone calls that fill up your history. If you’d like to delete your iPhone call history, we’ll show you how to remove all calls or just certain ones.

How to set up your Emergency Contacts on iPhone

Set up Emergency Contacts iPhone - lifesaver on wood

We get used to handing out our emergency contacts at doctor’s offices, hospitals, and the like. But how many of us take the time to set them up on our device?

Having your emergency contacts set and ready on your iPhone can be an enormous help when you need them. Whether you have a health condition that can put you in danger or not doesn’t really matter. It’s about having that insurance at your fingertips.

In this tutorial we’ll show you a few quick ways you can set up the emergency contacts on your iPhone. Since it only takes a minute or two, it’s worth your time. Hopefully, you’ll never need to use them, but if you do, they’ll be ready.

Hate the iPhone’s native incoming call interface? You may like Scorpion

It’s honestly rather embarrassing that Apple’s incoming call interface on the iPhone still looks the way it does in 2020, and that’s one of the reasons why I’ve always advocated for jailbreak tweaks that unlock minimized incoming call interfaces that are far less intrusive and more visually stunning than the native UI.

With the above sentiment in mind, it may not come off as much of a surprise that I’m having trouble containing my excitement about the likes of a newly released jailbreak tweak dubbed Scorpion by iOS developer Esquilli.

New to iPhone? How to save phone numbers on iPhone to Contacts

Contacts app iPhone New Contact

When you see a phone number pop up on your caller ID that you don’t recognize, chances are you won’t answer it, unless you’re one of the few. But have there have been times when that caller turned out to be someone you knew, maybe calling from a new number? Or perhaps it was a business you visit, like a doctor’s office or food delivery service. In these types of situations, you may want to save that number.

You can easily save a number for someone who has called you right from the Phone app to your Contacts. Plus, you can save numbers that you call too, to make it easier to call them again later.

Here’s how to save numbers from the Phone app to Contacts on iPhone.

How to fix missed calls notifications not showing on iPhone

iPhone Missed Call Notification Lock Screen

Have you not only been missing calls on your iPhone but also not seeing missed call notifications? If you’re unable to answer a call, you still want to know that you received it, especially if the person doesn’t leave you a voicemail.

The fix to the missed call notifications not showing on your iPhone could be as simple as a toggle.

Buzz lets jailbroken iPhone users colorize the native Phone app

Owners of jailbroken iPhones who are looking for ways to customize the aesthetics of their native Phone app can now call upon the help of a newly released and free jailbreak tweak called Buzz by iOS developer Sirius24 to do just that.

As shown in the screenshot examples above, Buzz lets you colorize a plethora of Phone app user interface elements, including those appearing in the Favorites tab, the Recents tab, the Keypad tab, the Contacts tab, and more.

New to iPhone? How to see your blocked numbers

Block a Contact on iPhone

Back in the "old days," the only way to block people from calling us was to either take the phone off the hook or unplug it from the wall. But nowadays, we have the ability to block people with a couple of taps on our devices.

You can block others from calling you, stop spam calls from coming in, and block text messages from certain senders. But what if you block someone by mistake or have a change of heart later? You can unblock a caller, but you have to know how to see who you’ve blocked, right?

This tutorial shows you how to see your blocked numbers in the Phone, FaceTime, and Messages apps on iPhone. And as a bonus, we’ll show you how to see who you’ve blocked in the Mail app too.

LetMeDecline makes it easier to decline calls when your iPhone is locked

When you receive a phone call from your locked iPhone, iOS automatically directs you to a ‘slide to answer’ interface with no obvious way of dismissing the phone call. You can press the side button a couple of times to dismiss the call, but not everyone knows this, and it this seems like a user interface shortcoming on Apple’s part.

Given the circumstances described above, we’re especially pleased to see the release of a new jailbreak tweak called LetMeDecline by iOS developer P2Kdev. As depicted in the before and after screenshot examples above, this tweak replaces the ‘slide to answer’ bar with dedicated Decline and Answer buttons, making it easier to get the annoying full-screen incoming call interface out of your way.

RomanPad puts roman numerals on the numeric keypads in iOS

Roman numerals appear to be making a comeback in popularity, and for those who demand classiness from everything they touch, that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

Just last week, we showed you a jailbreak tweak that adjusted the Status Bar time to appear as roman numerals instead of standard numbers. But with a newly released and free add-on called RomanPad (Beta) by iOS developer Simalary, you can enjoy a similar experience on any number pad in iOS, including the passcode entry screen and the Phone app’s dial pad.