Secret iOS 16 Features That Will Change the Way You Use Your iPhone
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Newis awesome, but your current iPhone is also about to get an update. Apples arrived really soon. The official version of the new iPhone operating system will be released on Monday, September 12.
The most important new features include athe ability to and the ability to easily . (Find out everything announced at Apple’s “Far Out” event here.)
But these features are just the start of what’s new in iOS 16. You’ll be pleased to hear that there are several hidden new features that could completely change the way you use your iPhone.
If you want to take a closer look at some of the hidden gems iOS 16 has to offer, like password-protected photo albums andhere’s what you need to know.
And if you want to know more about Apple’s latest mobile operating system, we haveand a couple of .
You can also get your hands on iOS 16 right now. Find out howthe beta version on your iPhone.
Pair Nintendo Switch Joy-Cons with your iPhone
Apple has long allowed you to pair third-party controllers, such as the Sony DualSense PS5 and Xbox Core Controller, to your iPhone and iPad to more comfortably play mobile video games like thelibrary, Minecraft and Call of Duty. And you can add another console controller to this list.
If you own ayou can now running iOS 16. To get started, press and hold the small black pairing button on the Joy-Con, until the green lights begin to cycle back and forth. This means the device is in pairing mode. Next, open your iPhone and go to Settings > Bluetooth and select the 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 the Photos app is clearly not hidden because you can easily find it, which makes it inconvenient to properly hide private photos and videos. Although Apple has the ability 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 have to do anything to enable this feature. If you want to check it, launch the Photos app and go to the Albums tab at the bottom of the screen. If you scroll down you will see a small padlock next to the Hidden and Recently Deleted scrapbooks. To see what’s inside, use Face ID or your password.
View and share saved Wi-Fi passwords
Apple has allowed iOS users to share Wi-Fi passwords for quite some time now, but only by placing two Apple devices next to each other. And if this feature didn’t work automatically, you couldn’t just extract the password from your settings. Also, if you wanted to share a saved Wi-Fi password with someone else, like an Android user or someone on a computer, you needed to know the password. So far.
In Settings, go to Wireless and tap the little information icon to the right of the network you want the password for. To view the network password, press the Password then use Face ID or enter your password to view it. You can then touch Copy to copy the password to your clipboard and share it.
Find and remove duplicate photos and videos
Maybe you’ve saved the same photo multiple times or downloaded a video multiple times, so you have duplicates in your photo album. This might not be a problem if you have storage space, but if you don’t it might be a good idea to go back and delete every duplicate, which is now easy to do on iOS 16.
In Pictures > Albumsyou should now see a new Doubloons album under Utilities, where Apple goes through all your photos and shows you any photos or videos you’ve saved more than once. From there, you can either remove duplicates or just tap Mergewhich will keep the photo with the best quality (and relevant data) and then move the others to the trash.
Although you probably want to cycle through each set of duplicates, to make sure they are exact copies and not similar photos, you can also tap Select > Select all > Merge to remove all the photos and videos that Apple considers duplicate, all at once.
Pin your favorite tabs in Safari
Safari limits your open tabs to 500, and if you get close to that limit, it can be really hard to find the exact tab you’re looking for. You can scroll endlessly, but now 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 tap pin tab. This will move that tab to the top of Safari, where it will exist as a small tab preview, permanently pinned, which you can then tap to view.
If you tap and undock a tab, it will go first in your grid of open tabs.