5 hidden iOS 16 options and settings you will wish to know

The release iOS 16alongside the iPhone 14 series, coming soon and so you might be interested in learning more about what you can expect from Apple’s latest mobile software update.

If you haven’t heard, unprocessed text messages and a redesigned lock screen are two of the great value features coming to your iPhone, but those are just the beginning. You’ll be excited to know that there are some new hidden features that can completely change the way you use your iPhone.

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If you want to take a closer look at some of the hidden features iOS 16 has to offer, such as password-protected photo albums and Wi-Fi password easy accessHere’s what you need to know.

Read more: Will your iPhone run iOS 16? Some will not be compatible

And if you want to learn more about Apple’s latest mobile operating system, we have New iOS 16 features you’ll love and a couple Apple Maps features that will improve the way you get around.

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Recently deleted and hidden albums are now password protected

The hidden album in the Photos app is obviously not hidden, you can easily find it, making it impractical to fully hide private photos and videos. While Apple has the option to make the Hidden Album “hidden”, anyone with access to your phone can show it again and see everything inside.

Thanks to iOS 16, you can now lock Hidden Albums. You really don’t need to do anything to enable this feature. If you want to check it out, launch the Photos app and go to Album at the bottom of the screen. If you scroll down, you will see a small padlock next to it Hide and Recently deleted album. To see what’s inside, use Face ID or your passcode.

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Recently Hidden and Deleted albums now require Face ID access.

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View and share saved Wi-Fi passwords

Apple has long allowed iOS users to share Wi-Fi passwords, but only by placing two Apple devices close together. And if that doesn’t work automatically, you can’t figure out the password from your settings. Also, if you want to share your saved Wi-Fi password with others, such as an Android user or someone on a computer, you must know the password. Until now.

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

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

Wi-Fi network settings on iOS 16

You can see the password for any Wi-Fi network you’ve ever connected to, as long as you’re currently connected to it or close enough for it to appear in My Networks.

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Find and remove any duplicate photos and videos

Maybe you’ve saved the same photo multiple times or downloaded a video multiple times, and as a result, you have duplicates scattered throughout your photo album. It might not matter if you have spare storage, but if you don’t, you can go back and delete each copy – which is now very easy to do on iOS 16.

In Picture > Albumnow you will see a Duplicate albums in Utilities, where Apple scans through all your photos and shows you any photos or videos you’ve saved multiple times. From there you can delete any duplicates or just press Unifythis will keep the photo with the highest quality (and related data), then move the other photos to the trash.

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The merge will keep the highest quality photo and delete the rest.

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Although you may want to go through each set of duplicates, to make sure they are indeed exact duplicates and not similar photos, you can also press Option > Select all > Unify to delete any photos and videos that Apple thinks are duplicates, 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 difficult to find the exact tab you’re looking for. You can scroll endlessly, but now there’s an easier way to find exactly the tab you’re looking for.

In Safari, if you press down on an open tab, you now have the option to tap Pin tabs. 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.

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All your pinned tabs will appear at the top of Safari.

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If you press down and unpin a tab, it moves to the first position in your grid of open tabs.

Pair Nintendo Switch Joy-Cons with your iPhone

Apple has long allowed you to pair third-party controllers, like Sony’s DualSense Controller and PS5’s Xbox Core, with your iPhone and iPad, to play video games on mobile devices. move more comfortably like Apple Arcade library, Minecraft and Call of Duty. And you can add another console controller to that list.

If you own a Nintendo Switchnow you can pair the Joy-Con controller with your iPhone or iPad running iOS 16. To get started, hold down the little black pairing button on the Joy-Con, until the green light starts flashing back and forth. This means the device is in pairing mode. Next, open your iPhone and go to Setting > Bluetooth and choose Joy-Con from the list. Repeat this step with another Joy-Con.

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