Apple's publiciOS 16 release isn't expected until sometime in the autumn, but you can still explore new functions, like unsending text messagesand drag-and-drop cropping, thanks to the recent release of iOS 16 beta 1, which you can download and install right now.
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iOS 16 has a few hidden features and options, such as password-protected photo albums and easily accessible Wi-Fi passwords.
Let's take a closer look at some of iOS 16's hidden gems.
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Recently Deleted and Hidden Albums are now password protected.
The Hidden album in the Photos app is clearly not hidden, seeing as you can easily locate it, making it impractical for adequately hiding private photos and videos. Apple does have an option to make the Hidden album invisible, and anyone who has access to it may make it visible again and see everything inside.
You can now lock the Hidden album using iOS 16. You don't need to do anything to enable this feature, just launch the Photos app and go to the Albums tab at the bottom of the screen. If you scroll down, youll see a tiny lock next to the Hidden and Recently Deleted albums. Use Face ID or your passcode to see what's inside.
Face ID is now required to access the hidden and recently deleted albums.
Saved Wi-Fi passwords can be seen and shared.
Apple has allowed iOS users to reuse Wi-Fi passwords for a long time, but only by putting two Apple devices near each other. And if it didnt automatically work, you couldnt just delete the password from your settings. Plus if you wanted to share a saved Wi-Fi password with another person, like an Android user or someone on a computer, you had to know the password.
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Go to Wi-Fi and tap the little information icon to the right of the network you want the password for. To view the network password, tap the Password section, or enter your passcode to view it. You can then copy the password into your clipboard and share it.
As long as you are currently connected to a Wi-Fi network, you may see the password for it under My Networks.
Find and remove any duplicate photos and videos.
Maybe you've saved the same photo many times or downloaded a video more than once, and you've accumulated duplicates in your photo album. It may not be a problem if you have the space to spare, but it might be worthwhile to go back and remove every single one. This is now easy to do on iOS 16.
Apple scans through all of your photos and shows you any photo or video youve saved more than once, and then presses Merge, which will keep the photo with the highest quality (and relevant data) and delete the others in the trash.
Merging will keep the highest quality photo and delete the rest.
Youll want to go through each set of duplicates to ensure that they are genuine copies of the originals, but you can also select All > Merge to delete every single photo and video that Apple considers to be a duplicate, all at the same time.
Safari allows you to pin your favorite tabs.
Safari has capped your open tabs at 500, making it fairly tough to find the exact tab you're looking for. You could scroll endlessly, but there's now a more efficient way to find the exact tab you're looking for.
If you hold down on an open tab in Safari, you may now click on Pin Tab. This will position that tab at the top of Safari, where it will remain as a tiny tab preview, which you may then see.
Safari will display all of your pinned tabs at the top.
If you hold down and unpin a tab, it will go to the first position in your grid of open tabs.
Joy-Cons from Nintendo Switch can be combined with your iPhone.
Apple has long allowed you to connect third-party controllers, such as the PS5 Sony DualSense and Xbox Core Controller, to your iPhone and iPad, in order to more comfortably play mobile video games like the Apple Arcade library, Minecraft, and Call of Duty.
If you have a Nintendo Switch, you may now pair your Joy-Con controllers to your iPhone or iPad running iOS 16. To begin, hold down the little black pairing button on the Joy-Con until the green lights start running back and forth. This means the device is in pairing mode. Next, open your iPhone and go to Settings > Bluetooth and select the Joy-Con from the list. Repeat this step with the other Joy-Con.
You may connect one or both controllers to your Apple device.