Apple releases a major iPhone software update every year. In 2021, that was iOS 15 (), and in 2022, it is . If you haven’t heard it yet, and a they’re two of the most expensive features to come to your iPhone, but those items are just the beginning. You’ll be excited to learn 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 that iOS 16 has to offer, like password-protected photo albums andthis is what you need to know.
And if you want to learn more about Apple’s latest mobile operating system, we haveand a couple .
You can also get iOS 16 right now. Look howthe 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 as you can easily find it, which makes it impractical to properly hide private photos and videos. While Apple has an option to make the hidden album “invisible”, anyone with access to your phone can make it visible again and see everything on it.
Thanks to iOS 16, you can now lock the Hidden album. You don’t actually need to do anything to activate 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 Y recently deleted albums 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 a while now, but only by placing two Apple devices near each other. And if that feature didn’t work automatically, you couldn’t just dig up 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 had to know the password. Until now.
In Settings, go to Wifi and tap the little info icon to the right of the network you want the password for. To view the network password, touch the Key code and then use Face ID or enter your passcode 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 saved the same photo multiple times or downloaded a video more than once, so you have duplicates in your photo album. That might not be a problem if you have storage to spare, but if not, it might be a good idea to go back and delete all the duplicates, which is now easy to do in iOS 16.
In Photos > albumsnow you should see a new duplicates album in Utilities, where Apple scans all your photos and shows you any photos or videos you’ve saved more than once. From there you can remove any duplicates or just hit Linkwhich will keep the photo at full quality (and relevant data) and then move the others to the trash.
Although you’ll probably want to review each set of duplicates, to make sure they’re actually exact copies and not similar photos, you can also press Select > Select all > Link to delete all the photos and videos that Apple thinks are a duplicate, all at once.
Pin your favorite tabs in Safari
Safari limits your open tabs to 500, and if you’re getting close to that limit, it can be quite difficult 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 press down on an open tab, 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 small tab preview, permanently pinned there, which you can then tap to view.
If you press down and unpin a tab, it will move to the first place in your grid of open tabs.
Pair the Nintendo Switch Joy-Cons with your iPhone
Apple has long allowed you to pair third-party controllers, such as PS5 Sony DualSense and Xbox Core Controller, with 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 that list.
If you have 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 flicker 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 of the list. Repeat this step with the other Joy-Con.