April 24, 2024

You is perhaps proud of all the things your iPhone can do, however when you’re working iOS 16, your cellphone is extra highly effective than you would possibly assume. Beneath all the key new options, like unsending textual content messages and a revamped lock display, there are lesser recognized instruments and settings which can be simply as spectacular and can assist make your day-to-day extra environment friendly, attention-grabbing and enjoyable.

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I’ll stroll you thru what to learn about one of the best hidden gems in iOS 16, like password-protected photograph albums and simply accessible Wi-Fi passwords.

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And when you’re right here, be sure to additionally brush up on the key new iOS 16 options you may love and a couple of that you simply would possibly simply hate (fortunately, there is a repair).

View and share saved Wi-Fi passwords 

View and share saved Wi-Fi passwords Apple has allowed iOS customers to share Wi-Fi passwords for some time now, however solely by putting two Apple gadgets close to one another. And if that function did not robotically work, you could not simply dig out the password out of your settings. Plus when you wished to share a saved Wi-Fi password with another person, like an Android consumer or somebody on a pc, you needed to keep in mind the password. Till now.

In Settings, go to Wi-Fi and faucet the tiny data icon to the best of the community you need the password for. To view the community password, faucet the Password part after which use Face ID or enter your passcode to view it. You may then faucet Copy to repeat the password into your clipboard and share it.

Wi-Fi network settings on iOS 16

You may view the password for any Wi-Fi community you have ever linked to, so long as you are presently linked to it or close to sufficient that it seems beneath My Networks.


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Discover and take away duplicate images and movies

Perhaps you have saved the identical photograph a number of instances or downloaded a video greater than as soon as, leading to duplicates littering up your photograph album. It might not be an issue when you’ve acquired storage to spare, however you are working out of house, now you can take away each single duplicate simply with iOS 16.

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In Images > Albums, it’s best to see a brand new Duplicates album beneath Utilities. Apple scans by your entire images and exhibits you any photograph or video you have saved greater than as soon as in that album. From there, you’ll be able to both delete any duplicates, or just press Merge, which is able to hold the photograph with the very best high quality (and related knowledge) after which transfer the others to the trash.

Duplicates folder in Photos

Merging will hold the very best high quality photograph and delete the remaining.


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Though you may in all probability wish to undergo every set of duplicates, to make sure that they’re truly actual copies and never related images, you can even hit Choose > Choose All > Merge to take away each single photograph and video that Apple thinks is a replica, all of sudden.

Hold up a cellphone or FaceTime name with Siri

Siri does numerous issues. You need to use the digital assistant to ship a textual content message, get instructions or play music — however one factor she’s by no means been in a position to do is cling up a cellphone name. Bizarre proper? Now that is lastly a risk with iOS 16.

In Settings, go to Siri & Search and first be certain that Pay attention for “Hey Siri” is toggled on. Whether it is, it’s best to see a brand new possibility beneath — Name Hold Up. Go into that possibility and toggle on Name Hold Up. While you’re on a cellphone name or FaceTime video chat, merely say, “Hey, Siri,” and ask her to hold up your present name.

Hang up call with siri

For this to work, Pay attention for “Hey Siri” should be toggled on first.


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Pair Nintendo Change Pleasure-Cons together with your iPhone

Apple has lengthy allowed you to pair third-party controllers, just like the PS5 Sony DualSense and Xbox Core Controller, to your iPhone and iPad, as a way to extra comfortably play cell video video games just like the Apple Arcade library, Minecraft and Name of Responsibility. Now you’ll be able to add one other console controller to that checklist.

Should you personal a Nintendo Change, now you can pair your Pleasure-Con controllers to your iPhone or iPad working iOS 16. To start out, maintain down the little black pairing button on the Pleasure-Con, till the inexperienced lights begin working backwards and forwards. This implies the machine is in pairing mode. Subsequent, open your iPhone and go to Settings > Bluetooth and choose the Pleasure-Con from the checklist. Repeat this step with the opposite Pleasure-Con.


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Hidden and Not too long ago Deleted albums at the moment are password protected

The Hidden album within the Images app is clearly not hidden, seeing as anybody can simply discover it. That makes it impractical for adequately hiding non-public images and movies. Whereas Apple does have an choice to make the Hidden album “invisible,” anybody with entry to your cellphone may make it seen once more and examine all the things inside.

Because of iOS 16, now you can lock the Hidden album. You do not truly must do something to toggle this function on. If you wish to test it out, launch the Images app and go to the Albums tab on the backside of the display. Should you scroll down, you may see a tiny lock subsequent to the Hidden and Not too long ago Deleted albums. To view the contents of these albums, you may want to make use of Face ID or your passcode.

The Hidden album in Photos

The Hidden and Not too long ago Deleted albums now require Face ID to be accessed.


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Copy and paste photograph and video edits

Should you use the editor software within the Images app, you may be completely happy to study that you would be able to now copy and paste edits, together with saturation, distinction and brightness, between images. Should you edit one photograph or video and are proud of the look, you’ll be able to paste those self same actual edits to another photograph or video in your digital camera roll.

To do that, launch the Images app and open a photograph that is been edited in full-screen. Subsequent, faucet on the three-dot menu within the top-right nook after which hit Copy Edits. This selection will solely seem if the photograph has been edited inside Images, not any third-party photograph editor. Lastly, go to the photograph you wish to copy these edits over to, faucet on the three-dot menu after which hit Paste Edits. After a second or so, it’s best to see the photograph edits seem.

Copy and paste photo edits on iOS 16

This function works between images and movies.


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Deliver haptic suggestions to your keyboard

The iPhone has lengthy had haptic suggestions. It is what you’re feeling beneath your fingertips everytime you try to delete an app from your own home display or enter the wrong password in your lock display. Surprisingly sufficient, haptic suggestions has by no means been obtainable for the inventory iOS keyboard — till now.

If you wish to allow a slight vibration for each single key you sort in, go to Settings > Sounds & Haptics > Keyboard Suggestions and toggle on Haptic. The sound possibility you see is the loud and annoying clacking sound you would possibly hear once you sort in one thing and your cellphone is not on silent mode, so you’ll be able to hold that disabled.

Haptic feedback setting for keyboard on iOS 16

Each single time you sort, you may really feel a slight vibration for every key you hit.


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Pin your favourite tabs in Safari

Safari caps your open tabs at 500, and when you’re nearing that restrict, it is perhaps fairly darn exhausting to seek out the precise tab you are searching for. You would scroll endlessly, however there’s now a better method to discover the precise tab you are searching for.

In Safari, when you press down on an open tab, you now have the choice to hit Pin Tab. This may transfer that tab to the highest of Safari, the place it can exist as a tiny tab preview, completely pinned there, which you’ll then faucet to view. Should you press down and unpin a tab, it can transfer to first in your grid of open tabs.

Pinning a tab in Safari

All of your pinned tabs seem on the high of Safari.


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Use Face ID when you’re mendacity down

Should you’ve ever tried to unlock your iPhone whereas it is vertical, like once you’re mendacity in your facet, you might need observed that it would not work. It’s important to place your iPhone in portrait orientation, or upright, for Face ID to work. With iOS 16, you’ll be able to lastly use Face ID to unlock your iPhone when it is in panorama orientation. Nonetheless, for this to work, you should have an iPhone 13 or 14 working iOS 16.

Copy your screenshots to your clipboard with out saving them

You needn’t save a screenshot to your photograph album to share it with another person. A brand new iOS 16 function permits you to take a screenshot, copy it to your clipboard, delete it out of your cellphone and paste it the place you see match. After you’re taking a screenshot, faucet the screenshot preview that seems, hit Achieved on the top-right after which faucet Copy and Delete to repeat the screenshot to your clipboard.

Copy and Delete feature for screenshots on iOS 16

Should you take numerous screenshots, this function can assist you save storage.


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Take away extra preinstalled Apple apps 

Since iOS 10, you have been in a position to take away some preinstalled iOS functions like Shares, Maps and Calculator — however not all of them. With the discharge of iOS 16, you’ll be able to add three extra apps to this checklist of ones you’ll be able to take away: Discover My, Clock and Well being. Nonetheless, deleting these apps can negatively have an effect on and break assist with different apps and linked gadgets, like your Apple Watch.

For extra on iOS 16 and the iPhone, take a look at the iOS 16 Cheat Sheet.