Apple releases a major update to its mobile operating system at least once a year, and this year it’s happening— with the ability to as well as a whole . But these big-ticket items are just the beginning.
You’ll be thrilled to know that there are several new hidden 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 learn more about Apple’s latest mobile operating system, we’ve got you coveredand a few .
You can now get your hands on iOS 16 too. Check out how to do itthe first beta on your iPhone.
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, making 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 albums. Use Face ID or your passcode to see what’s inside.
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 know the password. Until now.
Go to settings Wireless Internet access 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.
Find and remove duplicate photos and videos
Maybe you’ve saved the same photo multiple times or downloaded a video more than once, and as a result, your photo album is littered with duplicates. It might not be a problem if you have enough storage space, but if you don’t, it might be a good idea to go back and remove each and every duplicate – which is easy now on iOS 16.
in the photos > albumsyou should now see a new one duplicates Album under Utilities, where Apple searches through all of your photos and shows you any photos or videos that you’ve saved more than once. 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.
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.
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.
Pressing down and releasing a tab moves it to the top of the open tabs grid.
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 convenientlyLibrary, Minecraft and Call of Duty. And you can add another console controller to this list.
If you own oneyou can now 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.