iOS 16: the 10 best tricks and hidden functions to test on your iPhone

iOS 16 adds a slew of cool new features, but some new features won’t appeal to everyone and others can be polished off in seconds. Here are our best tips and tricks to better enjoy iOS 16.

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iOS 16, Apple’s latest iPhone operating system, is an interesting update. It adds a bunch of useful and nice features, fixing some security flaws and tweaking the overall look of the system. In this article, we give you our ten little tips to make iOS 16 even more pleasant to use.

1. Enable battery percentage indicator

With the launch of iOS 16, Apple brought back the battery percentage indicator that was removed in 2017. Note that the iPhone XR, 11, 12 mini and 13 mini do not benefit from it.

Go to Settings > Battery and tap the toggle labeled Battery percentage. A number will be superimposed on the battery icon at the top of the screen, if your iPhone supports the feature.

2. Disable iOS 16’s Search Button

If you look on an iOS 15 home screen, you’ll see a small icon between the dock and the other app icons. It shows a row of dots indicating how many home screens you have and which one you are on.

Once you update to iOS 16, this icon is replaced by a search icon, which duplicates the Spotlight feature accessible by swiping down on the home screen. To remove it, go to Settings > Homepage and disable Show on home screen under To research.

3. Enable keyboard haptic feedback

Most of us turn off iPhone keyboard sounds, which can be irritating when typing long messages in public. But that means you miss out on the helpful haptic feedback that helps with typing accuracy.

In iOS 16, Apple finally gives an option to enable haptic keyboard feedback without keyboard clicks, which is both unobtrusive, useful and thus combines the best of both worlds. Go to Settings > Sounds and vibrations > Back keyboard and activate Vibration.

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4. Give yourself more time to unsend emails

Since iOS 16, Mail allows you to unsend emails (with a certain delay). The feature is set to 10 seconds by default, but if you access Settings > Email > Shipment Cancellation Deadline. You can change it to 20 or 30 seconds.

5. Stop accidentally ending calls

Go to Settings > Accessibility > To touch > Don’t hang up on lock to prevent the side button from inadvertently ending a call in progress.

6. Hands-free hang-up

Siri now lets you say “ Say Siri, hang up during a call. To enable this option, go to Settings > Siri and search > To hang upthen tap the toggle so it turns green.

7. Send messages without confirmation

When sending messages using Siri, you can now skip the (quite tedious) confirmation step. Go to Settings > Siri and search > Automatically send messagestap the toggle so it turns green.

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8. Share (some of) your Concentration statuses

In Settings > Concentrationbe sure that Share on multiple devices is activated. You can also prevent or allow an application to access Concentration, as in Settings > Postsfor example.

9. Bring back lock screen notifications like on iOS 15

Apple has changed the way notifications appear on the lock screen. This view is enabled by default, but those who prefer to use the old method can switch back if they prefer. Go into Settings > notices and select Listing to revert to iOS 15 notification style.

10. Prevent your personal photos from appearing unexpectedly

iOS 16 adds an AI-based feature that finds what it thinks are important photos and videos and displays them in various places (widgets, search, the tab For you in Pictures, etc.). It’s a nice feature, but be aware that you can tell iOS 16 not to mix some of your most embarrassing photos.

You can disable this feature by going to Settings > Picturesthen deactivating the button Show hidden album.

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