Apple isn't shying away from the big bang when it comes to its new mobile operating system: the new iOS 16 software. In case you haven't heard, unsent text messages and a redesigned lock screen are coming soon. On your iPhone, but this is just the beginning. You'll be happy to know that there are many other new hidden features that could completely change the way you use your iPhone.
If you want to take a closer look at some of iOS 16's hidden gems, like password-protected photo albums and easy-to-use Wi-Fi passwords, here's what you need to know.
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Recently deleted and hidden albums are now password protected.
The hidden album in the Photos app isn't obviously hidden, and while it's easy to find, hiding private photos and videos isn't practical enough. While Apple has the ability to make the hidden album "invisible", anyone using the phone can see it again and see everything inside.
In iOS 16, you can now lock a hidden album. You don't need to do anything to enable this feature. If you want to see 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 recently deleted and hidden albums. Use Face ID or your password to see what's inside.
View and share saved Wi-Fi passwords
Apple has long allowed iOS users to share Wi-Fi passwords, but only when two Apple devices are placed next to each other. And if this feature doesn't work automatically, you can't just remove the password from settings. Also, if you want to share the saved Wi-Fi password with someone else, such as an Android user or a computer, you need to know the password. until now.
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Go to Wi-Fi in settings and click on the little info icon to the right of the network you want to enter a password for. To view your network password, tap the Password section, then use Face ID or enter your password to view it. Then click "Copy" to copy the password to your clipboard and share it.
Find and remove all duplicate photos and videos
You may have saved the same photo multiple times or uploaded a video multiple times so that duplicates are saved in your photo album. If there's storage space left, this might not be an issue, but if not, it might be a good idea to go back and delete all duplicates – this is now easy to do in iOS 16.
Under Photos > Albums, you should see a new duplicate album in Utilities, where Apple will scan all of your photos and show you the photos or videos you've saved multiple times. You can then remove all duplicates, or simply click "Merge" to keep the high resolution photo (and associated data) and remove everything else.
While you'll probably want to go through each set of duplicates to make sure they're not exact copies and identical photos, you can click Select > Select All > Merge to remove any photos and videos that Apple thinks duplicates. Duplicate everything at once.
Add your favorite tabs to Safari
Safari limits the number of open tabs to 500, and if you get close to that limit, it can be very difficult to find exactly the tab you're looking for. You can scroll indefinitely, but now there is an easier way to find the right card.
When you click on an open tab in Safari, you now have the option to click "Pin Card". This will move that tab to the top of Safari, where it will exist as a small preview tab, permanently pinned there, which can then be clicked to preview.
When you click and open a tab, it moves to the first one in the grid of open tabs.
Pair your Nintendo Joy-Cons with your iPhone
Apple also lets you connect third-party controllers like the Sony PS5 DualSense and Xbox Core Controller to your iPhone and iPad for apps like the Apple Playground Library, Minecraft, and Call of Duty. And you can add one more console controller to this list.
If you have a Nintendo Switch, you can now connect your Joy-Con controllers to an iPhone or iPad running iOS 16. To get started, press and hold the small black pairing button on your Joy-Con until the green lights start blinking. forward. . This means that the device is in pairing mode. Then open your iPhone and go to Settings > Bluetooth and select Joy-Con from the list. Repeat this step for another Joy-Con controller.