Best iOS 16 Hacks, Tricks and Tips You Should Try

With the release of iOS 16, lots of new features have come to this mobile operating system. We take you through 20+ hacks, tricks, and tips that you should try out in order to get the most out of your iPhone or iPad. Check them out!

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Disable ‘Lock to End Call’

  1. Open the Settings app. 
  2. Tap General > Accessibility > Call Audio Routing
  3. Toggle ‘Lock to End Call’ off, if it is on by default. This will allow you to press the Home button or power button during a call to end it without having to unlock your phone first! Add a contact with only an email address: In the Phone app, tap on Add Contact. Select Only Type an Email Address then enter in their email address and save their contact information. 

Change Fonts

To change fonts in Messages, Photos, Notes, Safari, etc., go to Settings > General > Keyboard > Keyboards. Scroll down to find your keyboard type and select one of the different font options for that keyboard. 

Control music from the lock screen: Now that you have enabled Lock Screen Music Controls as explained above, these controls will be available from the lock screen of your iPhone 6s Plus running iOS 10.3 or later versions. Just swipe up from the bottom of your lock screen to see them. Just like before, this gives you quick access to pause/play, the next song/previous song, and more.

Siri and TouchID

TouchID is the new way to unlock your device by using your fingerprint. It’s fast, secure, and even more convenient than typing in a passcode. To enable TouchID on your iPhone 6s or iPhone SE:

-Go to Settings > General > Touch ID & PasscodeEnter your current passcode when prompted -Turn the toggle switch to ON for FingerprintRestart your device by pressing the Sleep/Wake button until you see the Apple logo -Swipe up from the bottom of any screen, enter your passcode if prompted (if not, you’re all set!) -To use TouchID to make purchases with Apple Pay: go to Settings > Wallet & Apple Pay and turn the toggle switch to ON for Use With Apple Pay then add your credit cards by following the steps in this guide. For step-by-step instructions, check out How to Set Up and Use Touch ID for iTunes & App Store Purchases. You can also see how to pair multiple fingerprints with one device, or change which finger you use for Touch ID on an iPhone 5s.

If you have an older model without a Home Button that does not support TouchID, the solution is simple: just swipe up from the bottom edge of your screen like before. 

The majority of people will find that they’ll enjoy how quick and easy it is to unlock their phone now that they’ve enabled TouchID!

 Easily Delete Contacts

If you want to get rid of contacts in your iPhone but you are hesitating because you might need them later on, there is a way to back them up before deleting them. All you have to do is go to Contacts in the phone’s app menu and press the option for All Contacts. 

Then tap Edit at the top of the screen. A new window will pop up. Select all of the contacts that you want to delete and press Delete. The app will ask if you are sure that you want to delete these contacts. 

Just tap Remove from My Phone again and the process will be complete. In order to restore an individual contact, just head back into the app and hit Contacts. Press All Contacts and then find the contact you want to restore under Recents. Hit Restore Contact and it should show up in your list of contacts as usual!

Recover Recently Deleted Chats in Message

The latest update to Apple’s iMessage app has made it possible to recover chats that have been deleted. All you need to do is open up the chat history and scroll down a bit until you see the delete button. 

Tap on that button and then select Restore Chats from the pop-up menu. This will bring all of your deleted chats back into your current chat window. And if you had enabled iCloud backup when you originally set up your device, these messages should also be backed up and available on other devices running iOS 10 or higher. 

There are still some caveats with this feature, however: If you’ve switched phones in the meantime, your old messages may not be able to make their way back over to your new device. Also, in order for this process to work at all, you’ll need a strong Wi-Fi connection for both devices (and for restoring).

End Call Using Siri

Say Hey Siri to activate the voice assistant. Then tell it what you want. For example, Siri calls home. Saying Hey Siri what’s the weather? will get a response from Siri about the current weather. Telling Siri to set an alarm for 6 am will create an alarm for 6am in your iOS calendar app. A list of commands that can be used with Siri is available on the Apple Support page. 

If you have been looking for ways to take better photos on your iPhone, there is a new feature called Live Photos which allows you to capture 1.5 seconds before and after the photo was taken. To access this function swipe left on your photo in your camera roll or Photos App. Press down on the video screen at any time to capture live photos.

Dictate Emojis With Siri

Emojis are a way to express yourself in texts and emails. To do this with Siri, hold down the microphone on your keyboard or just say Hey Siri to activate the voice assistant. Then tell Siri what emoji you want to type out. 

For example, you can say I want an elephant emoji. Once it types out the emoji for you if you want to delete it press the delete button on your keyboard or just say delete. If you want to enter another emoji, just say another one and then ask Siri again for the symbol. If you need help using Siri’s dictation software there’s a link at the bottom of this post.

Dictate words that have more than one word: If you’re texting someone and have to type out a word that has two parts, such as lovey-dovey or cleanliness, don’t worry! Just like dictating emojis with Siri, all you need to do is highlight the first part of the word (i.e., love) and dictate it before pressing space.

Skip Siri Confirmation

The Hey Siri feature is great for hands-free operation. However, when you activate it on a new device for the first time, Siri will always ask you to confirm your identity by saying who am I? This can be annoying. To disable this feature so that she just responds to commands without confirmation each time: 

  1. Go to Settings -> General -> Siri -> Allow Hey Siri 
  2. Turn off the switch next to Require Attention for voice recognition. 
  3. If you use Face ID or Touch ID to unlock your iPhone, set up your phone so that these unlock methods don’t require attention. 
  4. Exit out of Settings

Make Siri Listen Longer

If you need to make Siri listen longer than normal, try holding the Home button for a few seconds. This will cause Siri to continue listening for your input. If you’re done speaking or don’t want to talk anymore with Siri, just hit the Home button again and this will end your input. When talking to Siri, don’t be afraid to speak in short phrases. 

For example, if you say Hey, I would like an appointment at 10 AM, it is understood that 10 AM is what you are requesting an appointment for; in contrast, saying I would like an appointment followed by at 10 AM doesn’t give Siri enough information. 

If you say Hey, I would like an appointment, Siri should ask you who your appointment is with and when it’s happening. Afterward, she’ll schedule the time accordingly.

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