Apple App Clips: Your Complete Guide

App Clips are a new feature of iOS 14 that allow you to use part of an app without downloading the whole thing. But where are they and how do you use them?

This article will tell you how to use the new App Clips from Apple. App Clips are a new feature introduced with iOS 14 that enable you to use part of an app without downloading it. This is particularly helpful for things such as ordering food, paying for parking, or if you want to test out an app before you download it in full. As its a new feature, availability is currently limited, so we're going to go over how to find iOS 14 App Clips, as well as how to use them, and remove them once they're no longer needed. Let's dive in and learn all about this new feature.

Related: The iOS 14 Guide: Everything You Need to Be Successful

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How to Find & Use an App Clip

There are a few ways to find an App Clip, and unfortunately searching the App Store currently isn't one of them. Once you find one they're pretty straightforward to use, though. So to find and use an App Clip just:

  1. Scan a QR code, a dedicated App Clip code, or an NFC tag. You can also find them through banners in Safari, links in messages, and place cards in Maps. For this example, I searched for my nearest Panera Bread in Maps and tapped the icon, then selected Order Food.
  2. Once the App Clip pops up, tap Open.

  3. You will then be able to use as much of the App Clip as the app allows. In the Panera app, I am able to place an order.

How to Find an App Clip You Recently Used

If you want to find a recent App Clip download, all you have to do is:

  1. Swipe over to your App Library.
  2. Tap Recently Added.
  3. Your new App Clip will appear there. You can also search your App Library for the App Clip.

How to Remove an App Clip from Your Phone

If you don't want App Clips on your phone after you use them:

  1. Open your Settings app.
  2. Tap App Clips.
  3. Tap on the App Clip you want to remove.

  4. Tap Remove App Clip.
  5. You can also tap Remove All App Clips on the main App Clip screen to remove all the ones you have on your phone.

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Amy Spitzfaden–Both

Amy Spitzfaden Both is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life, an award-winning novelist, and an iPhone enthusiast. Over the past decade, her work in the publishing industry has included live coverage of industry events including the Yale Publishing Course and Magazine Innovation’s ACT 9 Experience, providing editing services for several start-up publishing houses, and acting as newsstand consultant for magazines such as The Old Farmer’s Almanac and The New York Review of Books. She graduated from M.I.U. with a Bachelor’s in Literature and Writing, and has gone on to publish two novels and two short stories. Her debut novel Untold won the 2014 Chelson Award for Fiction.
Writing everything from book reviews to skincare tips, Amy discovered a passion for bringing exciting and useful information to even the most casual researcher. The mix of usability and endless possibilities is what drew her to Apple products originally, and the more she learns, the more she loves.
Amy lives in New Hampshire with her husband and daughter. When she’s not writing or glued to her iPhone, she enjoys hiking, traveling, and creating her own tea blends.