It’s been a while since the release of iOS 16 and during this time, we found 7 features for you that you might not know about. We have already introduced some of the best obvious features of iOS.
The biggest new features in iOS 16 include a new customizable lock screen, the ability to undo and edit text messages, and the ability to easily remove people, pets, or objects from your photos.
But these features are just the beginning of what’s new in iOS 16. You’ll be surprised to learn that there are several new hidden features that can completely change the way you use your iPhone.
If you want to take a closer look at some of iOS 16’s hidden gems, like password-protected photo albums and easy Wi-Fi passwords, join us at IT provider be with
1. Connect the Nintendo Switch Joy-Cons to your iPhone
Apple has long allowed you to pair third-party controllers, like Sony’s PS5 DualSense and Xbox Controller, with your iPhone and iPad to more easily play mobile video games like Apple Arcade, Minecraft, and Call of Duty. Now you can add another console controller to that list.
If you have a Nintendo Switch, you can now pair your Joy-Con controllers with your iPhone or iPad with iOS 16. To begin, press the small black pairing button on the Joy-Con until the green lights start moving back and forth.
This means the device is in pairing mode. Then open your iPhone and go to Settings > Bluetooth and select Joy-Con from the list. Repeat this step with the other Joy-Con.
2. Hidden and recently deleted albums are now password protected
Hidden album in Photos app is not well hidden because anyone can easily find it. This makes it impractical to hide private photos and videos.
While Apple has an option to make the Hidden album invisible, anyone with access to your phone can make it visible again and see everything inside.
Thanks to iOS 16, you can now lock the Hidden album. You don’t actually need to do anything to turn this feature on. If you want to check it out, launch the Photos app and go to the Albums tab at the bottom of the screen.
If you scroll down, you’ll see a small lock next to the Hidden and Recently Deleted albums. You must use your Face ID or password to view the contents of those albums.
3. View and share saved Wi-Fi passwords
Apple has allowed iOS users to share Wi-Fi passwords for some time, but only by placing two Apple devices near each other. If this feature doesn’t work automatically, you won’t be able to find the password from your settings.
Also, if you wanted to share your saved Wi-Fi password with someone else, like an Android user or someone on a computer, you had to remember the password and there was no other way. With iOS 16, you can view and share your saved passwords.
In Settings, go to Wi-Fi and tap the small info icon to the right of the desired network.
To view the network password, tap Password and then use Face ID or enter your password to view it. You can then tap Copy to copy the password to your clipboard and share it.
4. Find and remove duplicate photos and videos
Maybe you’ve saved a photo multiple times or downloaded a video more than once, causing your photo album to be full of duplicates and junk.
This might not be a problem if you have a lot of storage space, but if you have little space available, the new iOS 16 feature that allows you to easily delete every single duplicate will become a very important feature.
In Photos > Albums, you should see a new Duplicates album under Utilities. Apple will scan all your photos and show you any photos or videos you’ve saved more than once in that album.
From there, you can remove duplicates or simply hit Merge, which keeps the highest-quality photo (and important data) and then moves the rest to the trash.
Although you’ll probably want to go through each of the duplicate sets, to make sure they’re really exact copies and not identical photos, you can hit Select > Select All > Merge to select every single photo and video that Apple thinks are duplicates. Delete at once.
5. Copy and paste photo and video edits
If you use the editor tool in the Photos app, you’ll be happy to know that you can now copy and paste edits, including contrast and brightness, between photos. If you edit a photo or video and you’re happy with how it looks, you can apply the same changes to any other photo or video in your gallery.
To do this, launch the Photos app and open the edited photo in full screen. Then tap on the three-dot menu in the upper-right corner, and then tap Copy Edits.
This option only appears if the photo was edited in Photos, not a third-party photo editor. Finally, go to the photo you want to copy these edits to, tap the three-dot menu, and then tap Paste Edits. After a second or so, the new changes should appear on the photo.
6. Bring tactile feedback to your keyboard
The iPhone has had haptic feedback for a long time. This feature is what you feel at your fingertips whenever you try to remove an app from your home screen or enter the wrong password on your lock screen. It’s a bit strange that haptic feedback has never been available for iOS keyboards.
If you want to enable a slight vibration for each key you type, go to Settings > Sounds & Haptics > Keyboard Feedback and switch it to Haptic.
The sound option you see is a loud and annoying clicking sound that you will hear when you type and when the phone is not on silent mode. If this sound bothers you, you can keep it disabled.
7. Pin your favorite tabs in Safari
Safari closes your open tabs when they reach 500, and if you get close to that, it’s very hard to find the exact tab you’re looking for. You may search for hours but not find the tab you want. Now with the addition of a new iOS 16 feature, there’s an easier way to find the exact tab you’re looking for.
In Safari, if you tap on an open tab, you now have the option to Pin Tab. This will move that tab to the top of Safari, where it will be a small tab preview and permanently pinned there, then you can tap on it to view.
If you press and unpin a tab, it will move to the first page in your open tabs grid.