You may be happy with everything your iPhone can do, but if you’re using iOS 16, your phone is more powerful than you think. Underneath all the major new features, e.g unsent text messages and a updated lock screenthere are lesser-known tools and settings that are just as impressive and can help make your routine more efficient, interesting, and fun.

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I will show you how to create password protected photo albums and more in iOS 16. easily accessible Wi-Fi passwords.

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And while you’re at it, be sure to refresh the base as well new iOS 16 features you’ll love and some things you might hate (thankfully, there’s a fix).

View and share saved Wi-Fi passwords

View and share saved Wi-Fi passwords Apple has allowed iOS users to share Wi-Fi passwords for some time now, but only by placing two Apple devices near each other. If this feature doesn’t work automatically, you can’t just remove the password from your settings. Moreover, if you want to share the saved Wi-Fi password with someone else, such as an Android user or someone on a computer, you should have saved the password. Until now.

Go here in settings Wi-Fi and click on the little info icon to the right of the network you want the password for. Tap to view the network password password section, and then use Face ID or enter your password to view it. Then you can tap Copy it to copy and share the password to the clipboard.

Wi-Fi network settings in iOS 16

You can view the password for any Wi-Fi network you’ve ever connected to, as long as you’re connected to it or close enough to appear under My networks.

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Find and delete duplicate photos and videos

Maybe you’ve saved the same photo multiple times or downloaded a video more than once, resulting in duplicates cluttering up your photo album. It might not be a problem if you have storage to spare, but you’re running out of space, now with iOS 16 you can easily delete every duplicate.

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In Pictures > Albumsyou should see a new one Duplicates Album under Utilities. Apple scans all your photos and shows you any photos or videos you’ve saved multiple times in that album. From there, you can either delete any duplicates or just click Mergethis will save the image with the highest quality (and relevant data) and then move the others to the trash.

Duplicates the folder in Photos

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

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While you’ll probably want to go through each set of duplicates, you might as well shoot to make sure they’re exact copies and not similar photos. choose > Select all > Merge Instantly delete every photo and video that Apple deems to be duplicates.

End a phone or FaceTime call with Siri

Siri does a lot. You can use a virtual assistant to send a text message, get directions, or play music, but one thing it can never do is hang up a phone call. Is it weird? Now that’s finally a possibility with iOS 16.

Go here in settings Siri and Search and make sure first Listen to “Hey Siri.” is lit. If so, you should see a new option under — Call. Access and activate this option Call. While on a phone call or FaceTime video chat, just say “Hey Siri” and ask her to end your current call.

End a call with Siri

For this to work, Listen to “Hey Siri.” must be activated first.

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Connect Nintendo Switch Joy-Cons to iPhone

Apple has long allowed third-party controllers, such as the PS5 Sony DualSense and Xbox Core Controller, to be attached to the iPhone and iPad to make playing mobile video games more convenient. Apple Arcade library, Minecraft and Call of Duty. Now you can add another console controller to that list.

If you own a Nintendo Switchyou can now Connect your Joy-Con controllers to your iPhone or iPad Works with iOS 16. To start, 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. Then open your iPhone and go Parameters > Bluetooth and select Joy-Con from the list. Repeat this step with the other Joy-Con.

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Hidden and Recently Deleted albums are now password protected

The Hidden album in the Photos app is not hidden openly because anyone can easily find it. This makes it impossible to properly hide private photos and videos. Although Apple has the ability to make a 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 need to do anything to enable this feature. If you want to check it out, launch the Photos app and go 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. You must use your Face ID or password to view the contents of those albums.

Hidden album in photos

Hidden and Recently Deleted albums now require Face ID login.

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Copy and paste photo and video edits

If you use the editor tool in Photos, you’ll be pleased to know that you can now copy and paste edits between photos, including saturation, contrast, and brightness. If you edit a photo or video and you’re happy with the look, you can paste the exact same edits to any other photo or video in your camera roll.

To do this, launch the Photos app and open the edited image in full screen. Next, tap on the three-dot menu in the upper right corner and then tap Copy edits. This option will only appear if the photo has been edited in Photos and not in any third-party photo editor. Finally, navigate to the photo you want to copy these edits to, tap the three-dot menu, and then tap Paste the edits. After a second, you should see the photo edits appear.

Copy and paste photo edits in iOS 16

This function works between photos and videos.

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Bring haptic feedback to your keyboard

The iPhone has long had haptic feedback. You feel it right at your fingertips when you try to uninstall an app from your home screen or enter the wrong password on your lock screen. Ironically, haptic feedback has never been available for the iOS keyboard until now.

Skip if you want to enable a slight vibration for each keystroke you type Parameters > Sounds and Haptics > Keyboard Connection and turn it on Haptic. The sound option you see is the loud and annoying clicking sound you hear when you’re typing something and your phone isn’t on silent, so you can turn it off.

Tactile feedback setting for keyboard in iOS 16

Every time you type, you’ll feel a slight vibration for each keystroke.

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Close your favorite tabs in Safari

Safari caps your open tabs at 500, and if you’re nearing 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 icon you’re looking for.

If you click on an open tab in Safari, you now have the option to click Pin Tab. This will move that tab to the top of Safari, where it will be permanently available as a small tab preview pinned there, which you can then tap to view. If you press down and remove a tab, it will move to the first in your grid of open tabs.

Pinning a tab in Safari

All your pinned tabs appear at the top of Safari.

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Use Face ID when you’re lying down

If you’ve ever tried to unlock your iPhone in a vertical position, such as when you’re lying on your side, you’ve noticed that it doesn’t work. For Face ID to work, you need to place your iPhone in portrait or portrait orientation. With iOS 16, you can finally use Face ID to unlock your iPhone when it’s in landscape orientation. But you need an iPhone 13 or 14 running iOS 16 for this to work.

Copy your screenshots to the clipboard without saving them

You don’t need to save a screenshot in your photo album to share with someone else. A new iOS 16 feature lets you take a screenshot, copy it to the clipboard, delete it from your phone, and paste it anywhere you see fit. After taking a screenshot, tap on the screenshot that appears It’s over at the top right and then tap Copy and delete to copy the screenshot to the clipboard.

Copy and Delete function for screenshots in iOS 16

This feature can help save memory if you take a lot of screenshots.

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Remove more pre-installed Apple apps

Since iOS 10, you’ve been able to remove some pre-installed iOS apps like stocks, Maps, and Calculator, but not all. With the release of iOS 16, you can add three more apps to this list that you can remove: Find My, Clock, and Health. However, uninstalling these apps may adversely affect and break support for other apps and connected devices, such as the Apple Watch.

For more on iOS 16 and iPhone, see here iOS 16 Cheat Sheet.

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