iOS 16 Hidden Features: 5 Things to Try on Your iPhone

Every year Apple spends a lot of time reviewing expensive items when it comes to the latest mobile operating system, and this year it was no different for him. iOS 16. If you haven’t already heard, Not sending text messages and Redesigned lock screen Soon on your iPhone, but that’s what’s coming to the surface. Below, you’ll be excited to know that there are several new hidden features that might completely change the way you use your iPhone.

If you want to take a closer look at some of the hidden gems that iOS 16 has to offer, like password-protected photo albums and Easily accessible Wi-Fi passwordsHere’s what you need to know.

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Hidden and recently deleted albums are now password protected

The hidden album in the Photos app is obviously not hidden, as you can easily find it, which makes it impractical to adequately hide private photos and videos. While Apple has an option to make a hidden album “invisible,” anyone with access to your phone can make it visible again and view everything inside.

Thanks to iOS 16, you can now lock hidden album. You don’t actually need to do anything to toggle this feature. If you want to check this, launch the Photos app and go to albums tab at the bottom of the screen. If you scroll down, you will see a small padlock next to File hidden And the Recently Deleted albums. To view what’s inside, use Face ID or your passcode.

Hidden album in pictures

Hidden and recently deleted albums require access to Face ID.

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View and share saved Wi-Fi passwords

Apple has allowed iOS users to share Wi-Fi passwords for a while now, but only by placing two Apple devices close to each other. And if this feature doesn’t work automatically, you can’t just find out the password from your settings. In addition, if you want to share a saved Wi-Fi password with someone else, such as an Android user or someone on a computer, you must know the password. Until now.

Read more: You can finally see Wi-Fi passwords saved on your iPhone

In Settings, go to WIFI And tap the little info icon to the right of the network for which you want the password. To view the network password, tap password Then use Face ID or enter your passcode to view it. You can then click copy To copy the password to your clipboard and share it.

Wi-Fi Settings in iOS 16

You can view the password for any Wi-Fi network you’ve connected to, as long as you’re currently connected to it or close enough that it appears under My Networks.

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Find and remove any duplicate photos and videos

You may have saved the same photo multiple times or downloaded a video more than once, so you have duplicates scattered in your photo album. It might not be a problem if you have enough storage space to spare, but if not, it might be a good idea to go back and remove every duplicate — which is now easy on iOS 16.

in Pictures > albumsYou should now see a file redundant Album within Utilities, where Apple scans all your photos and shows you any photo or video you’ve saved more than once. From there, you can either delete any duplicates, or simply press to mergewhich will preserve the highest quality image (and related data) and then move the other images to the Trash.

Duplicate folder in photos

Merging will preserve the highest quality of the image and delete the rest.

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Although you may want to go through each set of duplicates, to make sure they are actually exact copies and not similar images, you can also click on Choose > select all > to merge To remove every photo and video that Apple thinks is a duplicate, at once.

Pin your favorite tabs in Safari

Safari sets open tabs at 500, and if you’re getting close to that limit, it can be very difficult to find the exact tab you’re looking for. You can scroll endlessly, but there’s now an even easier way to find the exact tab you’re looking for.

In Safari, if you press down on an open tab, you now have the option to tap tab pin. This will move that tab to the top of Safari, where it will be present as a small tab preview, permanently pinned there, which you can then click on to view it.

Pin tab in Safari

All pinned tabs appear at the top of Safari.

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If you press down and unpin a tab, it will be moved first in the open tab grid.

Pair the Nintendo Switch Joy-Cons with your iPhone

Apple has long allowed you to pair third-party controllers, such as the PS5 Sony DualSense and Xbox Core Controller, with your iPhone and iPad, in order to comfortably play portable video games like Apple Arcade Library, Minecraft and Call of Duty. And you can add another controller to that list.

If you own a Nintendo Switchyou can now Pair the Joy-Con controllers with your iPhone or iPad Turn on iOS 16. To get started, press and hold the little black pairing button on the Joy-Con, until the green lights start flashing back and forth. This means that the device is in pairing mode. Next, unlock your iPhone and go to Settings > Bluetooth and select File Joy Con from the list. Repeat this step for the other Joy-Con.


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