Photos app in iOS 16 Apple makes some big additions since previewing the software update in June. But little changes to the photo-browsing and -editing app on your iPhone offer new ways to organize and fine-tune images once the full iOS 16 update arrives.
iOS 16’s marquee change in Photos iCloud Shared Photo Library, a new addition that promises to make sharing and editing images with family members more intuitive. we already showed you How to set up iCloud Shared Photo Library?However, since it’s probably one of the first features you’ll try when you Download iOS 16 Public Beta,
Just like that, Overall one of the most impressive additions to iOS 16 There’s the ability to tap on the subject of a photo and pull it out of its background so you can paste it into other apps installed on your iPhone, such as Notes, Messages, and Mail. However, this feature is tied to iOS 16’s updated visual look up capability, and as long as you’re primarily pick a subject from pictures Stored in your photo library, you can do the same thing with images as well as screenshots in Safari and QuickLook, as I found while working on my iOS 16 Beta Hands-On,
Another high-profile Photos in iOS 16 taps into Live Text, a capability Apple introduced last year that lets you tap on text in a still photo to either copy it or use an address search, phone call. Or performs quick tasks like web browsing. iOS 16 Live Text extends this feature to the text included in the paused video, and we showed you How to copy text in a video with Live Text,
As big as those three additions are, they aren’t the only changes Apple is making to iOS 16 Photos. Poke around the app in the public beta available, and you’ll find tons of new editing tools that aim to make it easier to make changes to your various photos—even if it means making those changes all at once in a jiffy. . You’ve also got new tools for managing the photos in your library.
If you want to see what’s new in iOS 16 Photos beyond iCloud Shared Photo Library and Apple’s beefed-up Intelligence features, you’ve come to the right place.
Copy and paste edits to photos and videos
When you make changes to a photo, you now have the ability to copy those edits and paste them into another image, thanks to a new capability in iOS 16 Photos. Let’s say you have a special filter in front of you for one photo that you want to apply to another photo shot at the same event – copy and paste can take care of that, or you can use it to copy over adjustments. You can do the opposite, instead of making the same changes to lighting, exposure, or other settings over and over.
Here’s how photo-editing copy and paste works. After editing a photo to your liking, tap the Actions menu in the upper right corner (the circle with the three dots in the middle). A menu will pop up from the bottom with the option to copy your edits. Go to the next photo you want to edit and tap the Action Item menu once again – a Paste Edit option will appear in the drop-down menu.
You can apply edits to multiple photos at once through the wonders of batch-processing. Simply select a group of photos in your library, select the Action Items menu — it’s in the bottom right of the screen right now — and choose Paste Edit from the menu that appears.
Copying and pasting photos iOS 16 Photos edit statistics to be a real time saver for users, especially those who take advantage of batch processing.
New undo and redo edit commands
Let’s say you’re adjusting the exposure of a photo and you’ve made too many changes in one. Instead of dragging the exposure setting back to where you started, you can now turn to the new undo/redo arrows that Apple is adding to iOS 16’s Photos app.
These arrows appear in the upper-left corner of the screen when you edit a photo. Tapping them lets you either revert an edit or redo it if you decide you like the change. Undo/Redo also supports multiple editing steps, allowing you to go back to an earlier edit if you wish.
a new folder for duplicates
Hunting down duplicate images in iOS 16 Photos is easier than ever, thanks to a new Duplicates folder that’s been added. iOS 16 beta 4, (It’s in developer hands now, but it should come soon in a later update to the iOS 16 public beta.)
To find the duplicate folder, go to the Albums tab in Photos and scroll all the way to the bottom of the screen—it’s located under Utilities. Inside the folder, you’ll find a list of duplicate images in your Photos library. Select the ones you want to merge, and Photos combines captions, keywords, and other data into one photo with the highest quality.
more secure folder
Apple adds a layer of security to both the Hidden and Recently Deleted folders in iOS 16. To keep the images in those folders away from prying eyes, you no longer have to unlock your phone with Face ID, Touch ID, or a passcode so you can see what’s inside.
There’s even a handy visual prompt to let you know if things are hidden and recently deleted—both folders now have a little lock icon beside them that alerts you to beefed-up security. does. It always seemed odd that you could hide a photo from your main library, but anyone scrolling through the album can find the Hidden Photos folder, so it’s a welcome change.
Quick action for photo albums
Thanks to Add Quick Actions, it’s easy to add photos to albums and perform other tasks in iOS 16 Photos. Now, when you press and hold on an album’s thumbnail, a menu of options will pop up. Available actions include adding photos, sharing album details, renaming albums, playing memory videos when there is more than one photo in the album, and showing a map of where photos were taken with location data.
turn off live photos
In some instances, you might have captured a few seconds of video and a Live Photo with sound, while what you wanted was still. iOS 15 lets you turn off Live Elements, but it requires a few steps — you’ll need to edit the photo and turn off the feature via a special Live Photos section in the toolbar.
In iOS 16, all you have to do is select the photo. Tap on the Live menu on the left side of the screen and select Only Off from the list of options that appear. Extra saves you an extra step or two.
new memory type
Apple Made So Many Changes to the Memory Features in iOS 15, I Called It One of the best reasons to upgrade For last year’s iPhone software update. The changes in iOS 16 aren’t nearly as comprehensive, but a major change has been introduced this year so that Memories remains a very attractive feature.
Apple says it’s adding new memories to iOS 16 Photos. Apple has only specified this day in history, which is probably photos from a particular day, and in which children play. (We’re guessing it does exactly what it says on the label.) I’ve yet to see photo collections based on how these new memories surface in iOS 16 Photos, but I’m sure they’ll replace existing types of memories. Will enhance what Apple already supports.
Other iOS 16 Photos Changes
Other additions to iOS 16 Photos are minor changes that should streamline your activity in still photos. Chief among these changes is quick access to image actions. Instead of staying in the share sheet, as they do in iOS 15, iOS 16 moves actions like duplicating, hiding, or adding photos to an album to the Actions menu.
Other iOS 16 Photos changes include sorting your People album alphabetically, and preventing selected memories and featured photos from appearing in the Photos or Photos widget.