Hidden features of iOS 16 that you have to try

Hidden features of iOS 16 that you have to try

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In his day we talked about the highlights of iOS 16But now that you’ve been able to update your iPhone, let’s go over some more hidden features that can enhance your Apple phone experience.

Horizontal face identification: The good news is that Face ID now works with the iPhone in a horizontal position. The bad news is that this feature is limited to the iPhone 13 and 14, which means that most users will still have to tilt the phone vertically to unlock the screen.

Remaining battery percentage: Apple removed the option to show battery percentage in the status bar starting with iPhone X, but iOS 16 and iOS 16.1 have reintroduced this option for iPhone XR onwards. You can turn it on in Settings > Battery > Battery percentage.

Detailed weather information: The new Weather app now sends a notification when there’s a weather alert for extreme weather in your area, but also includes new categories with detailed hourly forecasts for the next ten days. It includes temperature, ultraviolet index, wind, precipitation, wind chill, humidity, visibility and pressure.

Haptic feedback on the keyboard: Perhaps one of my favorite hidden novelties, it generates subtle vibrations when you press the keys on the keyboard, more pleasant and discreet than the sounds of the keys. You can turn it on in Settings > Sounds and vibrations > Keyboard feedback.

Delete duplicate photos: Do you receive the same photos by different WhatsApp groups? The Photos app now identifies duplicate images and lets you merge them. Just go to the Albums tab and scroll down to Duplicates.

Blocking Hidden and Deleted albums: If you are one of those who trembles when they lend their mobile to another person, with iOS 16 you have an extra layer of security. Hidden and Deleted albums, with photos you’ve recently decided to hide or delete, are now locked, and can only be accessed with Face ID, Touch ID, or your password.

Copy and paste changes to Photos: If you’ve edited a photo or video and now want to apply the same parameters to other images, you can do so with a new copy and paste changes feature. On the edited image, go to the three-dot menu and select “Copy Edits.” Then go to the image where you want to apply the changes, open the menu and choose “Paste edits”.

Copy and delete screenshots: Usually when I take a screenshot it’s to send it to someone else, but then it sits in my photo album for months until I decide to clean it up. In iOS 16, there are three new options: Save to Sticky Note, Save to Files, and Copy and Delete. The latter allows you to paste the image from the clipboard into a chat or email application, but leaves no trace in the photo gallery.

Prevent ending calls with the lock button: When you’re on a call, the iPhone’s lock button is used to hang up. If this has caused you to accidentally drop a call more times than you’d like to admit, with iOS 16 you can prevent it. Just go to Settings> Accessibility and activate the option “Prevent ending calls when locking”.

Hang up with Siri: Similarly, if you like to talk hands-free and have found yourself unable to hang up, you can now ask Siri to do so by saying something like, “Hey Siri, hang up.” You have to activate the option in Accessibility > ‌Siri‌ > Hang up a call. Only available from iPhone 11 onwards.

Wi-Fi passwords in Settings: It seems incredible, but until now you could not see the passwords of your Wi-Fi networks saved in the menu Wi-Fi in Settings. With iOS 16 you can access passwords (protected with Face ID), share them or delete old ones that you are no longer going to use.

Remove Search, Clock and Health: With ‌iOS 16‌, Apple has expanded the number of native apps that can be removed from the phone. If you don’t use Search, Clock or Health, you can now uninstall them from your iPhone too, and reinstall them later from the App Store if necessary.

Full Screen Music Player: ‌iOS 16‌ brings back the big music player on the lock screen. Whether you’re using Apple Music, Spotify, or another music app, try pressing on the playback widget’s album art from the lock screen to see the new full-screen look. You can touch the cover again to return to the small player.