If you’ve been using iOS 16 for some time, you’ve undoubtedly used key features like the upgraded lock screen and the option to send texts and emails again. Nevertheless, there are a few less well-known apps and settings that can make your iPhone experience more fascinating and productive while being just as amazing as the well-known ones.
I’ll go over the most useful iOS 16 features, such as password-protected photo albums and readily available Wi-Fi passwords, in detail.
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And while you’re here, review the key new iOS 16 features you’ll adore and a few you might just detest (there’s a cure, though).
Observe and distribute saved Wi-Fi passwords
Apple has always permitted iOS users to exchange Wi-Fi passwords, but only when two Apple devices are placed close to one another. You also couldn’t immediately dig out the password from your settings if that functionality didn’t function automatically. A saved Wi-Fi password also had to be remembered if you wished to share it with someone else, such as an Android user or someone using a computer. before till today.
Tap the tiny information icon to the right of the network for which you want the password in Settings’ Wi-Fi section. Tap the Password area, then use Face ID or your passcode to view the network password. The password can then be shared by tapping Copy after it has been copied to your clipboard.
Locate and eliminate duplicate images and videos.
Perhaps you downloaded a film more than once or saved the same picture more than once, leaving duplicates all over your photo album. If you have enough capacity, it might not be an issue, but if you’re out of room, iOS 16 makes it simple to eliminate every identical file.
You ought to see a new Duplicates album under Utilities in Pictures > Albums. Apple searches through your whole photo library and displays every image or video that has been stored more than once in a certain album. From there, you can choose to remove any duplicates or just press Merge to keep the best photo and its associated data while deleting the rest.
You can use Choose > Select All > Merge to eliminate all of the images and videos that Apple deems duplicates at once, however you should definitely go through each set of duplicates to be sure they are exact copies and not just similar images.
Siri may end a phone or FaceTime call.
Siri is capable of many things. The virtual assistant may be used to send text messages, seek directions, or play music, but she is unable to conclude phone calls. weird, huh? With iOS 16, that is finally a possibility.
Make sure Listen for “Hello Siri” is toggled on in Settings by going to Siri & Search. If it is, a new option labeled Call Hang Up should appear underneath. Enter that menu item and turn on Call Hang Up. You can ask Siri to end a call when you’re on a phone call or FaceTime video chat by saying, “Hey, Siri.”
Sync your iPhone with the Nintendo Switch Joy-Cons.
Apple has long allowed users to connect third-party controllers to your iPhone and iPad in order to play mobile video games like the Apple Arcade collection, Minecraft, and Call of Duty more comfortably. Examples of these controllers are the PS5 Sony DualSense and Xbox Core Controller. You can now increase that list by one more console controller.
You may now connect your Joy-Con controllers to an iPhone or iPad running iOS 16 if you own a Nintendo Switch. Hold down the Joy-little Con’s black pairing button initially until the green lights begin to flicker. The device is in pairing mode if this is the case. Go to Settings > Bluetooth on your iPhone after that and choose the Joy-Con from the list. Use the other Joy-Con to repeat this process.
Recently deleted and hidden albums are now password-protected.
The Pictures app’s Secret album is obviously not hidden because anyone can easily find it. It is therefore impossible to adequately conceal private images and videos. The Secret album can be made “invisible” by Apple, but anyone with access to your phone might make it accessible once more and see everything inside.
You may now lock the Hidden album thanks to iOS 16. Indeed, there is nothing you need to do to turn on this functionality. Launch the Pictures app and navigate to the Albums tab at the bottom of the screen to see it. The Hidden and Recently Deleted albums have a little lock next to them if you scroll down. You’ll need to enter your passcode or Face ID to view the contents of those albums.
photo and video adjustments that are copied and pasted
You’ll be delighted to know that you can now copy and paste modifications, such as saturation, contrast, and brightness, between photographs if you utilize the editor tool in the Photos app. You can paste the exact same edits to any other image or video in your camera roll after you’ve finished editing one and are satisfied with the result.
Launch the Pictures app, then open an altered photo in full-screen mode to accomplish this. Then, select Copy Edits from the three-dot menu in the top-right corner. Only if the image has been modified in Photos and not a third-party editor will you see this choice. After that, navigate to the image you wish to copy these adjustments to and select Paste Edits by tapping the three-dot option. You should notice the photo adjustments appear after a brief while.
the use of haptic feedback on keyboards
The iPhone has had haptic feedback for a long time. When you try to remove an app from your home screen or enter the wrong password on your lock screen, you can feel it beneath your fingertips. Oddly, the native iOS keyboard has never had haptic feedback available until now.
Go to Settings > Sounds & Haptics > Keyboard Feedback and turn on Haptic to enable a tiny vibration for each key you press. You can disable the sound option since it makes the obnoxious clacking noise that occasionally occurs when you type on a phone that isn’t in silent mode.
You can bookmark tabs in Safari.
Safari only allows 500 open tabs, so if you’re getting close to that number, it could be challenging to locate the precise tab you’re looking for. Although you may scroll indefinitely, there is now a quicker method to get the precise tab you need.
Pressing down on an open tab in Safari now gives you the option to select Pin Tab. This will pin that tab to the top of Safari where it will always be visible as a tiny tab preview that you may tap to view. A tab will move to the top of your grid of open tabs if you hold down the mouse button and unpin it.
While you are lying down, use Face ID.
You may have seen that it is impossible to unlock an iPhone when it is vertical, such as when you are sleeping on your side. For Face ID to function, you must hold your iPhone in portrait mode, which is upright. With iOS 16, you can finally unlock your iPhone in landscape mode with Face ID. Nevertheless, an iPhone 13 or 14 running iOS 16 is required for this to function.
Without saving them, copy your screenshots to your clipboard.
To share a screenshot with someone else, you don’t need to save it to your photo album. You may now snap a screenshot on iOS 16, transfer it to your clipboard, remove it from your phone, and then paste it wherever you like. To copy a screenshot to your clipboard after taking one, press the snapshot preview when it appears, hit Done in the top-right corner, and then tap Copy and Delete.
additional pre-installed Apple applications
From iOS 10, some preloaded iOS programs, like as Stocks, Maps, and Calculator, can be deleted, but not all of them. With the release of iOS 16, three additional apps—Find My, Clock, and Health—can be taken off your device. The removal of these apps, however, may have a negative impact and damage compatibility with other apps and connected devices, such as your Apple Watch.