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16 Essential iOS 16 Tips and Tricks (You Should Use)

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With iOS 16 now available to everyone, we decided to gather some of the most useful tips and tricks that will help you take full advantage of Apple’s latest software.

In this article, you’ll learn about 16 essential iOS 16 tips and tricks to make you love your iPhone even more. Let’s jump right in.

1. Customize Your Lock Screen

Apple’s iOS 16 has a completely redesigned lock screen, which you can now customize to fit your preferences and needs.

iOS 16 lock screen
iOS 16 New Lock Screen. Herby Jasmin/Gotechtor

There are now several ways to customize the lock screen, starting with changing the styles and wallpapers.

Bored with your current lock screen? Make a new one easily:

  • Go to your lock screen
  • Press and hold
  • Scroll right to see the options
  • Then customize with widgets, colors

You have plenty of options to make it exactly how you want it.

2. Remove Background From a Photo

My favorite feature of iOS 16 is the ability to effortlessly remove the background of an image from the subject. Want to separate a subject from the rest of the pic?

remove background from photos
Remove the background from a photo with iOS 16. Herby Jasmin/Gotechtor

Here’s how it works:

  • Press and hold on to the photo to lift the subject from the background.
  • Tap Copy to paste it into another app.
  • Or Share it through the share sheet.

No more need for photo editing software such as Photoshop to remove background from your images.

3. Unsend Messages

Let’s say you send someone a message and regret sending it straight away. No big deal! iOS 16 lets you unsend or edit text messages within 15 minutes.

Unsend message with iOS 16
Unsend a message with iOS 16. Herby Jasmin/Gotechtor

Keep in mind this feature only works on iOS 16. If the recipient’s iPhone is running iOS 15, for example, you won’t be able to unsend the message.

To unsend a text message, press and hold down the text message you want to unsend (blue text only) and tap Undo Send.

4. Find Deleted Messages

Want to find that message you deleted?

Show recently deleted messages in iOS 16
Show recently deleted messages in iOS 16. Herby Jasmin/Gotechtor

Here’s how to show your recently deleted messages:

  • Open the Messages app.
  • Click the Edit option in the upper left corner.
  • Choose “Show recently deleted messages.”

From there, you can choose the conversations with the messages you want to restore, permanently delete, or leave the messages for the 30-day window.

5. Disable Haptic Feedback on the Keyboard

If you prefer not to receive haptic feedback while typing, you can disable it in Settings/Sounds & Haptics.

To disable haptics, follow these steps:

  • Go to Settings.
  • Choose Sounds and Haptics.
  • Scroll to Keyboard Feedback.
  • Then, turn off Haptic.

6. Show Your Wi-Fi Password

Before iOS 16, there was no way to see your saved Wi-Fi password on your iPhone. You could easily share your Wi-Fi password between Apple devices, though. But if you want to share it with an Android or Windows user, you’re out of luck.

Now iOS 16 has a handy feature that lets you see your Wi-Fi password in a breeze.

To see your Wi-Fi password on your iPhone:

  • Go to Settings
  • Tap Wi-Fi
  • Press the info icon next to the Wi-Fi network you’re connected to.
  • Tap on the password to reveal it. You’ll need to authenticate yourself first with Face ID or Touch ID.

Before, you could share your Wi-Fi, and now you can show it too.

7. Copy Text From Video

With iOS 16, you can easily copy text from videos. It works the same way as copying texts from photos.

Here’s how:

  • Play the video and pause it right where you can see the text.
  • Tap on the text you want to copy.
  • It’ll highlight the text.
  • Press Copy.

Now you can paste it on your favorite note-taking app.

8. Take Quick Notes

With Quick Notes, you can copy a piece of information from a website that will link back to it. When you click on the particular Quick Note thumbnail in the Notes app, it will take you right to what you were viewing before.

Creating a quick note with iOS 16
Creating a quick note with iOS 16. Herby Jasmin/Gotechtor

Here’s how to take Quick Notes:

  1. Open the website on Safari (for now, it only works in Safari)
  2. Highlight the text.
  3. From the popup option, select New Quick Note. You may need to click on the arrow on the right to find it.
  4. This will create a Quick Note thumbnail in the Notes app.
  5. Tap Save at the top right corner of the screen.
Quick note card in Apple Notes
A quick note in the Apple Notes app. Herby Jasmin/Gotechtor

You need to make Safari your default browser, so when you open the Quick Note thumbnail, it can take you to the selection of the text. Otherwise, it will simply open the link as normal.

9. Use Face ID in Landscape Mode

In iOS 16-compatible phones, you can unlock your iPhone in landscape mode. This makes it easier to unlock your iPhone when you’re not holding it in the usual portrait orientation. The feature is only available on iPhone 13 and later models.

10. See Your Battery Charge

Due to the notch, the iPhone X‘s Face ID technology didn’t leave space for the battery percentage. But iOS 16 finally brings the percentage indicator back.

To see your exact battery percentage rather than just a bar.

  • Go to Settings.
  • Tap Battery.
  • Turn on ‘Battery Percentage“.

Now you can see the battery percentage at the right corner of your iPhone display.

11. Schedule an Email

Want to schedule your emails to be sent during working hours? With iOS 16, you can schedule an email in your iPhone’s Mail app, so it gets sent at your convenience.

How to schedule an email on your iPhone with iOS 16:

  • Go to the Mail app.
  • Compose your email as usual.
  • Long-press the send icon (blue arrow) at the top.
  • You can choose from the preset options or Tap Send Later… to create a custom schedule.
  • Tap Done in the top-right corner of the screen.

Now you can make it look like you’re working any time. Make sure your iPhone is on and connected to the internet.

12. Create Smart Folders for Your Notes

Have a gazillion notes on your phone?

Set rules to organize them smartly:

  • Open the Notes app.
  • Click the folder icon with the plus sign on the bottom left.
  • Give your folder a name.
  • Tap Make Into Smart Folder to create a smart folder
  • Select your filters and tap Done at the upper right corner of the screen.

All new notes will be filtered into folders.

Pro tip: You can also convert any regular folder into a smart folder.

  • Just open the folder.
  • Tap on the ellipsis (three dots) icon at the top right corner of the screen.
  • Select Convert to Smart Folder from the dropdown menu.

13. Copy and Paste Edits From Photos

With iOS 16, you can use the new copy-and-paste tools to replicate changes you make in one photo in another.

In the past, this would have required a third-party app, but now it can be done directly within Photos.

Here’s to copy and paste photo edits with iOS 16:

  • Open the Photos app and select your photo.
  • Make the edits that you want and tap Done when you’re finished.
  • Click the three dots in the upper right corner of the screen.
  • Tap Copy Edits in the dropdown menu.
  • Select another photo
  • Click the three dots again
  • Tap Paste Edits to get the same modifications.

14. Convert Units Everywhere, Including Messages

The new iOS 16 provides an array of unit conversions that appear as inline text. This built-in functionality is available in several stock apps, including Messages, Mail, Calendar, Notes, Reminders, and more.

units conversion in iOS 16
Units conversion in iOS 16. Herby Jasmin/Gotechtor

Let’s say you mention to someone that lives in Europe your temperature in degrees Fahrenheit. Now they can convert the temperature into Celcius right within iMessage.

There’s no need to use third-party apps or ask Siri anymore. Just tap the underlined temperature, and you’ll see a popup that will give you the conversions. Sweet!

15. Convert Currency Using Your Camera

You’ve learned how you can convert units within iOS native apps. But what about if you want to convert something outside of your phone?

With iOS 15, Apple introduced Live Text, which allows you to copy or share text from your camera’s viewfinder. iOS 16 adds a new feature to Live Text – the ability to convert currencies instantly.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Open the Camera app.
  2. Hold your iPhone, so the text appears within the camera frame.
  3. In the viewfinder, tap the Live Text icon so that it turns yellow.
  4. In the bottom-left corner of the viewfinder, tap the currency conversion icon to get a real-time conversion.

Voilà, that’s how you convert currency using your iPhone camera.

You can also use the same method to do any of the following:

  • Copy Text: Copy text to paste into another app such as Notes or Messages.
  • Select All: Select all the text within the frame.
  • Look Up: Show personalized web suggestions.
  • Translate: Translate text.
  • Search the web: Look up the selected text on the web.
  • Share: Share text using AirDrop, Messages, Mail, or other available options.

16. Delete Duplicate Photos

Want to save space on your iPhone? Get rid of duplicate photos clogging up your photo library.

A new feature Apple is calling “Duplicate detection” helps to aggregate all of your repetitive photos.

Here’s how to delete duplicate photos with iOS 16:

  1. Open the Photos app.
  2. Tap Albums at the bottom of your screen.
  3. Scroll down to the Utilities section, and select Duplicates.
  4. You’ll see duplicate matches and an option to Merge.
  5. Tap Merge to delete duplicate photos.

You can navigate through duplicate photos faster by selecting multiple photos simultaneously in the top right corner. Alternatively, you may merge all duplicate photos detected by iOS 16.

Wrap-Up: iOS 16 Tips and Tricks

There you have it, our best iOS 16 tips and tricks. I hope you find something useful within that list.

Background removal, copy edits to photos, unsend messages, and unit conversion are among my favorite iOS 16 features.

Now over to you. Which new iOS features do you find more helpful? If you have any other ideas or suggestions, we encourage you to suggest them in the comments below.

Founder & Editor-in-Chief

Herby has a healthy obsession with all things technology, especially smartphones. He loves to rip things apart to see how they work. He is responsible for the editorial direction, strategy, and growth of Gotechtor.

Herby Jasmin

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