10 Hidden iOS 16 Features You May Have Missed


iOS 16 will arrive as a free update in Fall 2022 alongside the next iteration of the iPhone, with a ton of new features. With so much news, it can be easy to overlook some of the subtle but meaningful changes the new update will bring, so here are some highlights.

Landscape mode for Face ID

Apple has said that “supported iPhone models” will be able to use Face ID in landscape mode with the release of iOS 16. This is a feature that’s been around for a long time, and the feature currently only works on devices that don’t have a Home button in it. portrait mode.

This means you can unlock your iPhone while lying on the couch or without sticking your neck out while in bed. Expect the feature to work on at least the iPhone 13 or better, as Apple wouldn’t talk about it as an iOS upgrade if the feature was limited to the next iPhone.

Mark messages as unread

Once iOS 16 is installed on your device, you can finally mark messages as unread in the Messages app. This is another feature that seems way overdue as it’s easy to forget a post you’ve read but want to respond to at a later date.

Unread Message in iOS 15

The feature works with both standard text messages (green bubbles) and iMessage messages (blue bubbles) sent between Apple devices.

Duplicate Detection in Photos and Contacts

To make your life more manageable, iOS 16 makes it easier to remove duplicate contacts and photos so that you don’t have to rely on third-party apps like Remo. Duplicate contacts appear under a “Duplicates Found” heading at the top of your contacts list, while Photos creates a “Duplicates” album at the bottom of your album list near the “Hidden” and “Recently Deleted” albums.

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Reveal WiFi passwords in Settings

iOS lets you share Wi-Fi logins with your other devices and sync passwords via iCloud so that both your iPad and Mac connect automatically once you’re signed in to your iPhone. This functionality is super useful, but it doesn’t replace the ability to expose a password so you can share it with a friend or non-Apple device.

Apple’s upcoming iOS 16 release will fix this right in the Wi-Fi settings page. Tap the “i” next to a network, authenticate with Face ID, Touch ID, or your passcode, then tap the “Password” field to reveal it. You can also copy it to the clipboard, perfect for sharing in a post.

More powerful smart folders for notes

Apple Notes is getting stronger and Apple is adding features such as great collaboration, tags for organization, and full support for Shortcuts. Apple has also introduced smart folders, which work much the same as they do on macOS and in apps like Apple Mail, by creating “smart” collections of notes regardless of which top-level folders they’re stored in.

iOS 16 smart folders in notes

Previously, tags were the only criteria you could use for this. In iOS 16, Smart Folders in Notes become a lot more intelligent with a huge range of criteria to choose from. You can now create smart folders based on tags, date created, date edited, who the note was shared with, entries in the note, whether the note has a checklist, attachments in the note, folders the note appears in, whether the note is a quick note, whether the note is pinned or whether the note is locked.

For power users, this update is another compelling reason to move to Apple Notes.

Pinned lists in Memories

Apple Reminders is another powerful tool that iPhone users get for free. It works best if you use it extensively to organize all your tasks, from work and school assignments to shopping lists and vacation checklists. That way, you can integrate it with Shortcuts, add items with Siri, and know exactly where to find everything from groceries to unwatched movies.

Shopping list in Reminders app for iOS 15

The only problem with this approach is that lists can quickly take over your life and it can be difficult to find the most used ones. In iOS 16, you can pin reminders to the top of the list, just like you can in Apple Notes, to make it easy to track everything from mundane mundaneities to niche interests.

RELATED: Why you should be using tags and smart lists in Apple Reminders

Disableable reminders in photos

Apple Photos displays photo collections from your library as memories, often to celebrate days out in specific locations, seasonal events, or topics like pets. These appear seemingly randomly and offer little control over what is displayed, other than the option to “Reset Suggested Reminders” or “Reset Suggestions for People” (whatever those may mean), in addition to hiding vacation entries. events.

Reset Photo Memories on iOS 15

But not everyone wants memories to surface again, especially if some of those memories are painful to look back on for whatever reason. In iOS 16, you can finally disable the option altogether under the Photos section in the Settings app.

Translate text with your camera

Did you know that your iPhone has a Translate app? It comes with your device and you can translate conversations using your microphone and by typing or pasting text directly into the app. If you can’t find the app, you may have uninstalled it, but you can easily reinstall it from the App Store.

In iOS 16, translation capabilities come to your stock Camera app. This is possible with the Live Text feature already built into iOS 15.

RELATED: “Live Text” is the best iPhone and Mac feature you don’t use

Lock your hidden and recently deleted albums

Hiding photos in iOS 15 and earlier was always possible, but the feature was far from foolproof. You should hide your hidden album to ensure any kind of privacy, and even then it can be easily hidden by a snoop on an unlocked iPhone. iOS 16 changes this, with the ability to lock both the hidden and recently deleted albums, which require Face ID, Touch ID or password authentication to access.

Get haptic feedback on Apple keyboard

Some third-party keyboards already support haptic feedback while typing and provide an audible thump with every keystroke to make typing that little bit more satisfying. iOS 16 adds an option under Settings > Sound & Haptics > Keyboard Feedback called “Haptic”, which you can enable for a more tactile typing experience.

Google Gboard on iOS 15

Want to try the feature out on iOS 15 now? Download Gboard (pictured above) and enable “Haptic Keystroke Feedback” in the Settings menu.

Is your iPhone getting iOS 16?

Apple is dropping support for some older iPhones running iOS 16. That means not all devices that support iOS 15 will get the upgrade. Find out if your iPhone is compatible with iOS 16.

For everything else, check out all the other new features coming to iPhone when the update arrives in the fall.

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