iOS 16 Cheat Sheet: Getting the most out of iOS 16 Features
Unleashed at WWDC 2022, iOS 16 is touted to be a massive upgrade both in terms of feature set and performance enhancement. Whether you have a penchant for customization or a liking for enhanced safeguard against hacking, the latest iteration of iOS has got you fully covered.
Not to mention, it has also come up with several well-timed tweaks to fix some annoyances. So, if you are ready to upgrade, here is the detailed iOS 16 cheat sheet and a hands-on guide to let you get the most out of brand-new iOS 16 features.
Customize iPhone Lock Screen to Your Heart’s Liking
Undoubtedly, the highlight of iOS 16 is the full-on Lock Screen customization. Unlike earlier, you can now customize your Lock Screen with funky colors, fonts, and a variety of widgets. What’s most interesting is that there is also a way to shuffle photos on the Lock Screen. This is exactly what you need to amp up the style quotient of your iPhone Lock Screen.
Let’s show you how to get going:
- Unlock your iPhone with the supported biometric authentication like the Face ID or the Touch ID.
- Touch and hold on to the Lock Screen to reveal the hidden wallpaper gallery.
- Now, you can choose to customize the already existing wallpaper or set a new one. To create a new Lock Screen, tap on the “+” button at the bottom-right corner of the screen.
- Next, choose from a variety of wallpapers. From dynamic to colors to emojis, you have a wide variety of wallpapers to choose from and the world is certainly your oyster to choose from here.
- If you wish to make the Lock Screen more personalized, you can also choose to shuffle a bunch of memorable images on the Lock Screen. To do so, tap on the Photo Shuffle button -> choose the desired images from the photo library and then select a preferred shuffle frequency like daily, hourly, on tap, and wake.
- In the end, you can design the Lock Screen with widgets, fonts, and colors. When you are happy with your all-new Lock Screen, make sure to tap on Done at the top-right corner of the screen to finish. Voila! You have a brand new customized wallpaper and are good to go.
2. Isolate Subjects from Photos
Thanks to machine learning and the high efficiency of the A-series chip, iOS 16 provides a quick way to isolate subjects from photos. Yeah, you got that right! Now, you no longer have to use a third-party photo editor to remove background from images.
- Just touch and hold on to an image and drag to lift the subject and then drag it to the preferred app and save it.
- Alternatively, long-press on an image. When a white line starts glowing around the subject, lift the finger. Next, you will get the option to copy or share the image.
- Notably, you can also remove the background from images in the Apple Files app and Safari.
3. Lock Photos with Face ID/Touch ID
Private photos must be kept away from prying eyes. Though Apple Photos has long offered a way to hide photos, there hadn’t been a way to lock the private photo album. So, we all had to rely on third-party photo vaults to safeguard the photos from intruders. No longer! – It seems that Apple is finally taking our safety concerns into account.
The stock photos app now allows you to lock your private photo album with Face ID/Touch ID. That means no one will be able to get into your hidden photo album without your consent.
Here’s how to do it:
- Go to the Settings app on your iPhone > Photos and then turn on the toggle for Use Face ID/Touch ID.
- From now onwards, both the Hidden and the Recently Deleted folders will require you to authenticate using biometric authentication. That’s not all, intruders will also need to authenticate before being able to turn off this security feature.
4. Lock Notes with iPhone Passcode and Face ID/Touch ID
Though it’s more secure to Lock a note with a separate password, you are more likely to forget it. And if that ever happens, there is no way to get into the locked note. Having been on this wrong end, I’m glad to know that Apple now finally offers a way to lock a note with the iPhone passcode and Face ID/Touch ID. And I guess, you may also be pretty much in the same boat if you have ever locked a note previously.
Let’s jump right into the steps:
- Launch the Notes app -> open the note -> tap on the triple-dot icon at the top-right corner of the screen and hit the lock icon.
- Next, choose the option to lock the note using the device passcode and manage it with Face ID/Touch ID.
5. Unsend/Edit iMessages
Let’s face it! We all have been in situations where we accidentally sent a message to the wrong person and had to apologize out of huge embarrassment.
Besides, it’s not always easy to take control of typos and common grammar mistakes, even if you are a pro at typing. Fortunately, iOS 16 lets you not only unsend an iMessage but also edit it.
Bear in mind that both the unsend and editing features require the latest operating systems such as iOS 16, iPadOS 16, and macOS 13 Ventura on both ends (sending and receiving).
Here’s how to unsend/edit a message:
- To delete or edit an already sent message, touch and hold on to the message and then choose Undo Send or Edit. The sent message will immediately disappear when you hit the Unsend button.
- If you choose Edit, you will get the option to make the necessary changes to the message and rectify the message.
6. Recover Deleted Messages
Another notable feature that has arrived in the stock messaging app is the ability to recover deleted messages. For times when you may mistakenly delete any messages and want to get them back, this message recovery feature will prove to be a true savior.
Here’s how to do it:
- Head over to the Messages app > Filters > Recently Deleted.
- After that, recover a specific message or restore the entire cluster of messages at once.
7. Delete Duplicate Photos
Duplicate photos make the photo library look chaotic. Therefore, the sooner you take control of the duplicate shots, the better it is both for the photo library and the precious storage.
Let’s show you how it’s done:
- Navigate to the Photos app on your iPhone or iPad.
- Now, tap on the Albums tab at the bottom of the screen. Scroll down add tap on Duplicate Photos.
- Then, you can choose to delete specific images or wipe out all the duplicates at once.
8. Merge Duplicate Contacts
When you have hundreds of contacts to manage, it becomes a tedious affair to keep a track of the entire address book. As a result, it doesn’t take long for the duplicate contacts to take over and make the address book look chaotic.
While there is no dearth of third-party contact managers, it’s better to have a built-in duplicate contacts cleaner. With iOS 16, Apple has fulfilled this long-awaited requirement as well. Hence, you can now keep an eye on the redundant contacts and choose to clean them all at once.
Here’s how to get the duplicates out:
- Open the Contacts app on your iPhone. Now, tap on the Duplicate Contacts Found.
- On this screen, you should see a list of all the duplicate contacts.
- Next, you can either merge specific or all the contacts at once.
9. Automatically Bypass CAPTCHAS
A CAPTCHA is basically a challenge-response test used to establish whether the user is human. While there is no denying the fact that CAPTCHAs are designed to enhance security, they are really annoying. No wonder no one wants to deal with CAPTCHAs or for that matter answer their questions. With iOS 16, you will no longer have to confront them.
Here’s how to keep CAPTCHA’s at bay:
- Open the Settings app on your iPhone > Apple ID banner > Password & Security.
- Scroll down to the bottom and then turn on the toggle for Automatic Verification.
- Going forward, Apple will let you automatically bypass CAPTCHAs in apps and on the web by allowing iCloud to privately verify your device and account.
10. Use Your iPhone As Webcam on Mac
Whether you are a vlogger, a marketeer, or a professional who often has to collaborate with colleagues via video conference, the Continuity Camera Webcam is for you. What makes it a worthy addition to iOS 16 and macOS 13 Ventura has the ability to let you seamlessly use your iPhone as Mac’s webcam. So, if you are not impressed with your Mac’s FaceTime camera, you can now use your iPhone’s top-notch camera for a much-improved video conference experience or impressive tutorials for your YouTube channel.
Let’s show you how to use the Camera for an impressive experience:
- Keep in mind that Continuity Camera Webcam requires iPhone 11 or later for basic functionality. And you must have an iPhone 12 or later to unlock the full potential of this feature.
- As for requirements, ensure that both your Mac and iPhone are using the same Apple ID. Also, make sure that Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are enabled on both devices.
- Once the setup is done, go to the camera source inside any app and choose iPhone camera. In FaceTime, click on the Video menu at the top –
- > select your iPhone as the camera source and boom!
11. FaceTime Handoff to Let You Swap FaceTime Calls
Handoff allows you to pick up anything you left off on another Apple device. For example, you can start creating an email on your iPhone and choose to pick it up on your M2 MacBook Pro later. Pretty handy, isn’t it?
Guess what, you can now even swap FaceTime calls from one Apple device to another. In other words, you will not have to disconnect an ongoing FaceTime call and start it on another device if you ever wish to switch to another connected iDevice like iPad or Mac.
Here are the steps to get going:
- To get started, ensure that your iDevices are using the same Apple ID and then Handoff is enabled (Settings -> General -> AirPlay & Handoff -> Handoff).
- During a FaceTime call, you will get a notification on your other nearby devices to switch the call. Just hit the notification and you are all set!
12. Focus Filters to Keep Distractions at Bay
Focus Filters provide you with the desired control over apps and system settings. Thus, you can hide the unwanted things and customize the system settings in accordance with your preference while a Focus Mode is enabled.
Here’s how to do it:
- Launch the Settings app on your iPhone > Focus > Focus profile.
- Scroll down and tap on Add Filter button and then customize the available filters in keeping with your needs.
13. Extract Text from Videos
With the arrival of iOS 16, Live Text has become more competent. Apart from letting you extract text from images, the OCR-powered feature can also let you copy text from videos. So, the next time you are watching a video and wish to extract certain text, just pause the video -> tap on the Live Text icon -> select the preferred text and then save or share it as per your needs.
When Will iOS 16 Release?
Unveiled at WWDC 2022, iOS 16 is currently available in developer and public betas. If everything goes according to plan, iOS will release in September, most probably in the second week.
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Stay Tuned In For More…
Even before Apple will roll out iOS 16 officially, we have taken the iOS 16 features for a long spin to explore and test the new add-ons. Thus, remain tuned in with us so that you do not miss out on any cool tips and time-saving hacks to have a fabulous experience as we did.