Check out these cool features and settings in iOS 16 that you might not know about.
When it comes to its latest mobile operating system, Apple doesn’t shy away from announcing big-ticket items. The newest software coming out soon is iOS 16. If you haven’t heard yet, your iPhone will soon get the ability to cancel text messages and a new lock screen, but that’s just the start. You’ll be excited to find out that your iPhone has even more hidden features that could make a big difference in how you use it.
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Here’s what you need to know about iOS 16’s hidden gems, like password-protected photo albums and easy-to-find Wi-Fi passwords, if you want to learn more about them.
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Albums that have been hidden or recently deleted are now password protected.
The Hidden album in the Photos app isn’t really hidden, since it’s easy to find. Because of this, it’s not a good way to hide private photos and videos. Apple gives you the option to make the Hidden album “invisible,” but anyone who has access to your phone can make it visible again and see everything inside.
You can now lock the Hidden album with iOS 16. To turn this feature on, you don’t really have to do anything. If you want to check it out, open the Photos app and go to the bottom of the screen to the Albums tab. You can see a small lock next to the Hidden and Recently Deleted albums if you scroll down. Use Face ID or your passcode to see what’s inside.
View saved Wi-Fi passwords and share them
iOS users have been able to share Wi-Fi passwords for a while, but only when they have two Apple devices close together. And if that feature didn’t work automatically, you couldn’t just look in your settings to find the password. Also, you had to know the password if you wanted to share a saved Wi-Fi password with someone else, like an Android user or someone on a computer. Up to now.
Go to Settings, then Wi-Fi, and tap the small info icon to the right of the network whose password you want. Tap the Password section, then use Face ID or your passcode to see the network password. Then you can tap Copy to copy the password to your clipboard so you can send it to someone else.
Find and get rid of any photos or videos that you already have
You may have saved the same photo more than once or downloaded the same video more than once. As a result, your photo album may be full of duplicates. If you have enough space, it might not be a problem, but if you don’t, you might want to go back and delete every single duplicate, which is easy to do on iOS 16.
You should now see a new Duplicates album under Utilities when you go to Photos > Albums. Apple will look through all of your photos and videos and show you any that you’ve saved more than once. From there, you can either delete any duplicates or press Merge. This will keep the photo with the highest quality (and relevant data) and move the others to the trash.
You’ll probably want to go through each set of duplicates to make sure they’re exact copies and not just similar photos, but you can also press Select > Select All > Merge to get rid of every photo and video that Apple thinks is a duplicate at once.
Safari lets you pin your favorite tabs
Safari lets you have up to 500 tabs open at once, and if you’re getting close to that limit, it may be hard to find the tab you’re looking for. You could keep scrolling, but now there’s an easier way to find the tab you want.
If you press down on an open tab in Safari, you can now choose to Pin Tab. This will move that tab to the top of Safari, where it will stay permanently as a small preview tab that you can tap to see.
If you press down and unpin a tab, it will move to the top of your grid of open tabs.
You can connect the Joy-Cons to your iPhone
Apple has always let you connect third-party controllers like the PS5 DualSense and Xbox Core Controller to your iPhone and iPad so you can play games like the Apple Arcade library, Minecraft, and Call of Duty more comfortably. You can add another console controller to that list.
If you have a Nintendo Switch, you can now connect your Joy-Con controllers to an iOS 16 iPhone or iPad. Start by holding down the little black pairing button on the Joy-Con until the green lights start going back and forth. This means that the device is ready to pair. Next, open your iPhone, go to Settings > Bluetooth, and choose the Joy-Con from the list. Do the same thing with the second Joy-Con.
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