5 Hidden iOS 16 Features We Didn’t Expect to Find

5 Hidden iOS 16 Features We Didn’t Expect to Find

Apple’s iOS 16 is expected to be released sometime in the fall, along with a number of major league features, including a full redesigned lock screen with widgets and extensive customization, as well as the ability to unsend and edit text messages and help prevent silly mistakes.

However, these features are just the beginning. You’ll be thrilled to learn that there are several new hidden features that can completely change the way you use your iPhone.

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If you want to take a closer look at some of the hidden gems that iOS 16 has to offer, like password-protected photo albums and easily accessible Wi-Fi passwordshere’s what you need to know.

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Pair Nintendo Switch Joy-Cons 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 to play mobile video games more comfortably as Apple Arcade library, Minecraft and Call of Duty. And you can add another console controller to that list.

If you own one Nintendo Switchyou can now pair the Joy-Con controllers to your iPhone or iPad running iOS 16. To start, hold down the little black pairing button on the Joy-Con until the green lights start flashing back and forth. This means the device is in pairing mode. Next, open your iPhone and go to Settings > blue tooth and choose Joy-Con from the list. Repeat this step with the other Joy-Con.

Hidden and recently deleted albums are now password protected

The hidden album in the Photos app is clearly not hidden, as you can easily find it, making it inconvenient to hide private photos and videos. While Apple has an option to make the hidden album “invisible”, anyone with access to your phone can make it visible again and see everything inside.

Thanks to iOS 16, you can now lock the Hidden album. You don’t actually need to do anything to turn this feature on. To check it out, launch the Photos app and go to Album tab at the bottom of the screen. If you scroll down, you will see a small lock next to it Hidden and Recently deleted album. To see what’s inside, use Face ID or your password.

The Hidden album in Photos

The hidden and recently deleted albums now require Face ID to access.

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View and share saved Wi-Fi passwords

Apple has allowed iOS users to share Wi-Fi passwords for a while now, but only by placing two Apple devices near each other. And if that feature didn’t work automatically, you couldn’t just dig out the password from your settings. Plus if you wanted to share a saved Wi-Fi password with someone else, like an Android user or someone on a computer, you’d need to know the password. Until now.

read more: You can finally see your saved Wi-Fi passwords on an iPhone

In Settings, go to WiFi and press the small information icon to the right of the network you want the password for. To see the network password, tap Password and use Face ID or enter your password to see it. You can then press on Copy to copy the password to the clipboard and share it.

Wi-Fi network settings on iOS 16

You can see the password for any Wi-Fi network you’ve ever connected to, as long as you’re connected to it or close enough for it to appear under My Networks.

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Find and remove any duplicate photos and videos

Maybe you’ve saved the same photo multiple times or downloaded a video more than once, leaving duplicates littering your photo album. That might not be a problem if you have storage space to spare, but if not, it might be a good idea to go back and remove every single duplicate — something that’s now easy to do on iOS 16.

IN Pictures > Albumyou should now see a new one Duplicates album under Tools, where Apple scans through all your photos and shows you any photos or videos you’ve saved more than once. From there you can either delete any duplicates, or just tap Mergewhich will keep the highest quality image (and relevant data) and then move the others to the trash.

Duplicates the folder in Pictures

Merging will keep the highest quality image and delete the rest.

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While you’ll probably want to go through each set of duplicates to make sure they’re actually exact copies and not similar images, you can also tap Select > choose all > Merge to remove every photo and video that Apple thinks is a duplicate, all at once.

Pin your favorite tabs in Safari

Safari limits your open tabs to 500, and if you approach that limit, it can be quite difficult to find exactly the tab you’re looking for. You can scroll endlessly, but now there’s an easier way to find exactly the tab you’re looking for.

In Safari, if you press down on an open tab, you now have the option to tap Pin tab. This will move that tab to the top of Safari, where it will exist as a small tab preview, permanently pinned there, which you can then tap to view.

Pin a tab in Safari

All of your pinned tabs appear at the top of Safari.

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Pressing down and releasing a tab moves it to first in the open tabs grid.

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