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Use the Clock app's hidden scroll wheel in iOS 14 [Pro tip]

Cult of Mac 2020-08-20 04:30:24
It's not quite the same as it was in iOS 13.
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Apple did away with the Clock app’s scroll wheel for setting alarms in iOS 14, swapping it for a numeric keypad instead. But it’s not dead yet. In iOS 14 beta 5, the clock wheel is back … if you know where to find it.

We’ll show you where it’s hidden.

A numeric keyboard makes entering times a lot easier when setting an alarm. But it certainly doesn’t have the same character that the clock wheel, which has been around since the early days of iPhone, does.

Many iPhone and iPad users were understandably sad to see it go in early builds of iOS 14. But in the latest, it’s back. It’s not quite the same, but it is at least there.

How to use Clock app’s scroll wheel in iOS 14


To use the Clock app’s scroll wheel, first ensure you are running the fifth iOS 14 beta, which rolled out this week. Then, start to create or edit an alarm inside the Clock app like your normally would.

The numeric keypad you’re now used to seeing in iOS 14 will pop up as normal. However, you can now ignore that and instead swipe up or down on the clock to scroll through hours and minutes.

Simply scroll on the clock.
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No, it’s not the same as it once was; it’s much tricker now that you have a lot less space to work with. But for those who really miss the clock wheel, it’s something.

Here’s to hoping that in a future iOS 14 update, Apple gives us the ability to swap the numeric keypad for the old clock wheel.