Hidden features of iOS 16: 9 tips and tricks you didn't know yet

9 Hidden Features of iOS 16 You Should Probably Know

This story is part of Focus iPhone 2022CNET’s collection of news, tips and advice on Apple’s most popular product.

Lets go on we can do it better iOS 16 than you think. Among all the important new features, like home screen widgets, live activities and Emergency SOS via satelliteThere are lesser-loved features on the iPhone that Apple doesn’t give that much shine that you should definitely be aware of.

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If you want to take a closer look at some of iOS 16’s hidden gems that will enhance your mobile experience, like password-protected photo albums and easily accessible Wi-Fi passwordshere’s what you need to know.

Continue reading: Is your iPhone running iOS 16? Some will not be compatible

Want to learn more about Apple’s latest mobile operating system? We have new iOS 16 features you will love and a few you might hate (thankfully there’s a solution).


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Pair Nintendo Switch Joy-Cons with your iPhone

Apple has long allowed you to pair third-party controllers, like the PS5 Sony DualSense and Xbox Core Controller, with your iPhone and iPad to play mobile video games like the more conveniently AppleArcade Library, Minecraft and Call of Duty. Now you can add another console controller to this list.

If you own one Nintendo Switchyou can now Pair your Joy-Con controllers with your iPhone or iPad with iOS 16. To get started, press and hold the small black pairing button on the Joy-Con until the green lights start cycling back and forth. This means the device is in pairing mode. Next, open your iPhone and go to settings > Bluetooth and select that Joy Con from the list. Repeat this step with the other Joy-Con.

Hidden and recently deleted albums are now password protected

The hidden album in Photos app is clearly not hidden as anyone can find it easily. That makes it impractical to adequately hide private photos and videos. While Apple has the option to make the hidden album “invisible,” anyone with access to your phone can make it visible again and see everything in it.

Thanks to iOS 16, you can now lock the hidden album. You don’t actually have to do anything to turn this feature on. If you want to take a look, launch the Photos app and go to albums tab at the bottom of the screen. If you scroll down, you will see a small lock next to it Hidden and Recently deleted scrapbooks. To view the content of these albums, you must use Face ID or your passcode.

The hidden album in photos

Hidden and Recently Deleted albums now require Face ID access.

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View and share saved WiFi passwords

Apple has been allowing iOS users to share Wi-Fi passwords for a while, but only by placing two Apple devices side by side. And if this feature didn’t work automatically, you couldn’t just pull the password out of your settings. And if you wanted to share a saved Wi-Fi password with someone else, like an Android user or someone on a computer, you had to remember the password. Until now.

Continue reading: Finally you can see your saved WiFi passwords on an iPhone

Go to Settings Wireless and tap the small information icon to the right of the network you want the password for. To view the network password, tap password section and then use Face ID or enter your passcode to view it. You can then type Copy to copy the password to your clipboard and share it.

Wi-Fi network settings on iOS 16

You can view the password for any Wi-Fi network you’ve ever connected to, as long as you’re currently connected to it or close enough that it shows under My Networks.

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Find and remove duplicate photos and videos

Maybe you’ve saved the same photo multiple times or downloaded a video more than once, resulting in duplicates cluttering your photo album. It might not be a problem if you have spare space, but when space is running out, you can now easily remove every single duplicate with iOS 16.

in the pictures > albumsyou should see a new one duplicates Album under Utilities. Apple will search through all of your photos and show you any photo or video that you’ve saved more than once in this album. From there you can either delete all duplicates or just press mergewhich keeps the highest quality photo (and relevant data) and then moves the others to the trash.

Duplicate folder in photos

Merging keeps the highest quality photo and deletes the rest.

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Although you’ll probably want to go through each set of duplicates to make sure they’re actually exact copies and not similar photos, you can press as well Choose > Choose All > merge Remove every single photo and video Apple deems a duplicate at once.

End a phone or FaceTime call with Siri

Siri does many things. You can use the virtual assistant to send a text message, get directions, or play music — but one thing it’s never been able to do is end a call. Crazy, right? With iOS 16 this is finally possible.

Go to Settings Siri & Search and make sure first Listen to “Hey Siri” is on. If so, you should see a new option underneath — hang up call. Go into this option and turn it on hang up call. When you’re on a call or in a FaceTime video chat, just say “Hey, Siri” and ask her to end your current call.

Hang up call with Siri

for this to work, Listen to “Hey Siri” must first be switched on.

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Copy and paste photo and video edits

If you’re using the Editor tool in the Photos app, you’ll be pleased to know that you can now copy and paste edits, including saturation, contrast, and brightness, between photos. When you edit a photo or video and are happy with how it looks, you can add the exact same edits to any other photo or video in your camera roll.

To do this, launch the Photos app and open an edited photo in full screen mode. Next, tap the three-dot menu in the top-right corner, then press Copy edits. This option only appears if the photo has been edited in Photos, not in a third-party photo editor. Finally, go to the photo you want to copy these changes to, tap the three-dot menu, and then press paste edits. After about a second, the photo edits should appear.

Copy and paste photo edits on iOS 16

This feature works between photos and videos.

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Bring haptic feedback to your keyboard

The iPhone has had haptic feedback for a long time. It’s what you feel under your fingertips when you try to delete an app from your home screen or enter the wrong password on your lock screen. Oddly enough, haptic feedback has never been available for the standard iOS keyboard – until now.

If you want to turn on a gentle vibration for every single key you type, go to settings > sounds & haptics > keyboard feedback and turn on feel. The sound option you see is the loud and annoying clicking sound you might hear when you type something when your phone isn’t in silent mode, so you can leave that disabled.

Setting for haptic feedback for the keyboard on iOS 16

Every time you type, you’ll feel a slight vibration with each key pressed.

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Pin your favorite tabs in Safari

Safari limits your open tabs to 500, and when you get close to that limit it can be pretty darn difficult to find the exact tab you’re looking for. You could scroll endlessly, but now there’s an easier way to find the exact tab you’re looking for.

When you press on an open tab in Safari, you now have the option to press pin tab. This will move that tab to the top of Safari, where it will exist as a tiny tab preview, permanently pinned there, which you can then tap to view.

Pin a tab in Safari

All of your pinned tabs will appear at the top of Safari.

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Pressing down and releasing a tab moves it to the top of the open tabs grid.

Use Face ID while lying down

If you’ve ever tried to unlock your iPhone while it’s standing vertically, e.g. B. If you are lying on your side, you may have noticed that it doesn’t work. You must place your iPhone in portrait or upright position for Face ID to work. With iOS 16, you can finally unlock your iPhone with Face ID when it’s in landscape mode. However, for this to work, you need an iPhone 13 or 14 running iOS 16.

For more information on iOS 16 and the iPhone, see why Some are not happy with the new battery icon and discover the Three things you should do first after installing iOS 16.


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