16 things you can do in iOS 16 that you couldn’t before

IOS 16 product photo

iOS 16 has arrived.
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After months of previews and betas, iOS 16 is here and rolling out to iPhones around the world. Once you’ve securely installed it on your device, you’ll want to learn about all the new features now at your fingertips, and we’ve selected 16 of our favorites, from major to minor, that can really make a difference to how you use your smartphone.

1) Add widgets to multiple lock screens

The lock screen has undergone a major revamp with the arrival of iOS 16 and you can now add your choice of widgets to it; Plus, you can save different lock screen configurations and switch between them if needed. To make changes, touch and hold on the display with the lock screen showing, then choose customize to manage your lock screens and set the wallpaper and the different combinations of widgets displayed on each.

2) Change how lock screen notifications are displayed

Staying with the lock screen, you now have more control over how notifications appear when they arrive: from Settings, tap Notificationsthen choose from three different modes. The To count the option is the least and will only show you the number of unread notifications, while Stack group alerts from the same app. The last option, Listhere’s what the notifications were like shown in previous versions of iOS.

Changing iOS 16 Messages

Report messages sent in error.
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3) Edit and cancel sending messages

Another major new feature this time around is the ability to edit messages sent via iMessage via the Messages app (up to five edits per message) or completely cancel sending messages (you get two minutes to think) . To make changes to a message you have sent or to send one back to the ether, long press on a message in a conversation, then you will see the Change And Cancel sending the options appear on the screen. Not that recipients who aren’t on iOS 16 will still see your unsent messages or unmodified messages: they will simply receive a new message for each modification.

4) Report recently deleted messages

iOS 16 also introduced the ability to report conversations that were deleted in the last 30 days via the Messages app – it works a lot like the Trash folder on a Mac, giving you an additional safety net before messages are completely deleted. . Open the Messages app, tap the Change button, then choose Show Recently Deleted. From the next screen, you can restore any of the listed items message thread or delete them permanently.

Focus Filters for iOS 16

Filters have been added to Focus mode.
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5) Set the filters in Focus mode

The Focus feature gets some improvements in iOS 16, including the ability to set filters in some apps, including Messages, Mail, and Calendar, so you don’t have as many distractions to deal with. When you create a new rule set via Focus In Settings, you can tap Add filter to do just that: you can easily hide certain email accounts in the Mail app, for example, or limit the number of calendars displayed in the Calendar app.

6) Schedule the sending of e-mails

Like Messages, Mail now has a send cancel feature (active up to 30 seconds after sending) and you can now schedule your emails too. Once you’ve finished composing a particular email, tap and hold the blue arrow icon in the top right corner and you’ll see a choice of options: choose from one of the suggested suggestions or tap Send later … to choose your schedule (just make sure your phone is online at the time).

iOS 16 sends later

You no longer have to send your emails right away.
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7) Lock your iPhone

iOS 16 includes a lock mode which Apple describes as an “optional extreme protection” measure that most people will never need: it drastically limits the attack surface hackers have to target, while also limiting some of the functionality of iOS (incoming FaceTime calls and attachments in Messages are blocked, for example). You can access it via Settings by tapping Privacy and security then Blocking mode.

8) Share tab groups in Safari

Maybe it’s not something you’ll always take advantage of, but this might be useful occasionally – you can now share groups of tabs with other people via Safari on iOS, if perhaps you’re working on a project or doing something researching together. With a tab group open, tap the share button (top right) to choose some contacts. Note that Tab Groups can now include pinned tabs and also have their own custom home pages.

IOS 16 battery

Makes it easier to see how much battery is left.
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9) See the percentage of the battery level

The battery percentage option is back again, making it easier to see how much power you have left. To see the current percentage level in the battery icon on the status bar, go to Settings and then select Batterythen turn on the Percentage of battery toggle switch. Note that while some iPhones were left without this feature when iOS 16 was launched, the iOS 16.1 it reportedly extends the battery percentage option for each iPhone with Face ID.

10) Plan multi-stop routes in Apple Maps

Google Maps has has had routes with multiple stops for years and with iOS 16 installed, You can now create them in Apple Maps. Set some cues between two locations as usual and you’ll notice the new one Add Stop button. You can include up to 15 stops together in a set of directions, and you can change their order by tapping and dragging the handles on the right of the screen.

Routes with multiple stops iOS16

Go from A to B and then C.
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11) Track your fitness without an Apple Watch

You no longer need an Apple Watch to track your activities via the Apple Fitness app – if you don’t have the wearable device, it will use the motion sensors on your iPhone to track the steps you’re talking about and the distances you’ve walked and can even work with some third-party training apps. While the functionality isn’t as comprehensive as if you had an Apple Watch, it can still calculate the calories you burn each day.

12) Perform a safety check

Safety Check is Apple’s new feature for those “in situations of intimate partner violence”: it offers a quick review of the people and apps connected to your account, allowing you to revoke permissions such as access to your location. We hope you will you never have to turn to this feature, but if you do, you can find it below Privacy and security in Settings: tap Security control and you can view your settings or reset them.

IOS 16 security check

Security Check can keep other people away from your phone.
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13) Cut out the objects from the photos

One of the best new features in iOS 16 is available in several apps, including Photos and Safari. It allows you to lift subjects from their background in images: with an image open on the screen, tap and hold on the main subject and if iOS is able to correctly identify its edges, you will see a faint white glow appear around the object in question. You can then send the item that has been cut out somewhere else by tapping either copy or the To share option.

14) Keep track of your medications

The Apple Health app already tracks a whole host of vital stats for youbut with the arrival of iOS 16, it can also keep track of your medications – you have to enter everything manually, but it’s a handy way to make sure you’re getting what you need each day. From the Health app, tap Navigate then Medicinesthen choose Add a drug: You will be asked to provide details, including your name and how often you take it.

iOS 16 Apple health

Don’t lose track of where you are doing your medications.
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15) Add tactile feedback to the keyboard

With iOS 16, haptic feedback arrives on the iPhone’s native keyboard for the first time, so you can have very gentle vibrations accompanying your every touch on the device, something that many users prefer, so that they can be totally confident when their inputs i am being registered. To enable the feature, open the Settings screen on your iPhone, then choose Sounds and tactile And Keyboard feedbackand turn on the Tactile switch that appears.

16) Share photos more easily

At the time of writing this is still “coming” – Apple says it will be out before the end of the year – but a new feature called iCloud Shared Photo Library will be available soon to give you an easier and more convenient way to share photos and videos with a select group of people (such as close family members). Anyone sharing a library can edit and delete the photos and videos you post, as well as view them.


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