5 Hidden iOS 16 Features We Didn’t Expect

Apple iOS 16 Expected to be released sometime in the fall, with a number of big league features, including the full redesigned lock screen with widgets and huge customization as well as the ability to send and edit text messages And help prevent silly mistakes.

However, these features are just the beginning. You will be excited to know that there are many 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 gems that iOS 16 has to offer, like password-protected photo albums and Easily Accessible Wi-Fi PasswordHere’s what you need to know.

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Pair Nintendo Switch Joy-Cons with Your iPhone

Apple has long allowed you to add third-party controllers like the PS5 Sony DualSense and Xbox Core Controller to your iPhone and iPad to more comfortably play mobile video games such as apple arcade Library, Minecraft and Call of Duty. And you can add another console controller to that list.

if you own one Nintendo Switchyou can now Connect your Joy-Con controllers to your iPhone or iPad Running iOS 16. To get started, press and hold the little black pairing button on the Joy-Con until the green lights flash back and forth. This means that the device is in pairing mode. Next, open your iPhone and go to Adjustment , Bluetooth choose more joy-con from the list. Repeat this step with the other Joy-Con.

Hidden and recently deleted albums are now password protected

The hidden album in the Photos app isn’t explicitly hidden, as you can easily find it, making it impractical to adequately hide private photos and videos. While Apple has the option to make Hidden Albums “invisible,” anyone with access to your phone can make it visible again and see everything inside.

Thanks to iOS 16, you can now lock Hidden Albums. You don’t really need to do anything to turn on this feature. If you want to see it, launch the Photos app and go to album tab at the bottom of the screen. If you scroll down, you’ll see a little lock next to hidden And recently removed album. Use Face ID or your passcode to see what’s inside.

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Face ID is now required to access Hidden and Recently Deleted albums.

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View and share saved Wi-Fi passwords

Apple has allowed iOS users to share Wi-Fi passwords for some time, but only by keeping two Apple devices near each other. And if that feature doesn’t work automatically, you can’t remove the password from your settings. Plus, if you want to share the saved Wi-Fi password with anyone else, such as an Android user or someone on a computer, you’ll need to know the password. So far.

read more, You Can Finally View Your Saved Wi-Fi Passwords on an iPhone

In Settings, go to Wi-Fi And tap on the small notification icon to the right of the network you want the password for. To view the network password, tap Password section and then use Face ID or enter your passcode to view it. then you can tap copy To copy the password to your clipboard and share it.

Wi-Fi Network Settings on iOS 16

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

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Find and remove any duplicate photos and videos

You might have saved the same photo multiple times or downloaded a video more than once, and therefore have duplicates in your photo album. If you have extra storage this might not be an issue, but if not, it might be a good idea to go back and delete every single duplicate – which is now easy to do on iOS 16.

In photos , albumNow you should see a new duplicate Albums, under Utilities, is where Apple scans through all your photos and shows you any photos or videos you’ve saved more than once. From there, you can either remove any duplicates, or simply press SicknessWhich will keep the photo with the highest quality (and relevant data) and then move the others to the Trash.

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Merging will keep the highest quality photo and remove the rest.

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Although you’ll probably want to go through each set of duplicates to make sure they’re actually exact copies and not identical photos, you can also hit to select , select all , Sickness To delete every single photo and video that Apple thinks is a duplicate, one at a time.

Pin your favorite tabs in Safari

Safari caps your open tabs at 500, and if you’re close to that limit, it can be very hard 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 on an open tab, you now have the option to hit pin tab, This will move that tab to the top of Safari, permanently pinned there where it will exist as a small tab preview, which you can tap to view.

Pinning a Tab in Safari

All your pinned tabs appear at the top of Safari.

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

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