iOS 16: How to Turn off Annoying Features on Your iPhone

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The official release of iOS 16 is almost herehit compatible iPhones on Monday. If you tried that iOS 16 public betayou may have already figured out what your Favorite new features are. Some fan favorites so far are the Battery percentage return to the symbol Edit text messages You have already sent and Automatically remove people or pets from your photos.

The less popular features? The brand new search button on the home page might be a little too easy to type, and the unexpected personal photo pop-ups might just be a little to personally.

Luckily, there’s a way to get rid of or disable some of the more annoying features and settings in iOS 16. See how to disable these irritating settings below. Also, if you want to learn more about what iOS 16 has to offer, Check out these hidden featuressuch as password-protected photo albums and two new features available in Apple Maps.

Prevent personal photos and videos from popping up unexpectedly

Apple’s artificial intelligence helps display photos and videos in various places on your iPhone that you think you’ll want to see, as friendly reminders of family vacations, couple photos and holidays – but you might not always want your personal ones Photos appear unexpectedly. especially if they are private, embarrassing or inappropriate.

Thankfully, with iOS 16, you can now prevent featured photos, as well as curated collections known as memories, from appearing in photo widgets on your home screen and in the Search and For You sections of Photos.

To block these tailored photos, launch the settings App, go inside photos and turn off Show selected content. All featured content will no longer appear on your device and will only be available in your photo library and albums.

Selected content disabled on iPhone

Once “Show featured content” is turned off, featured photos and reminders should disappear on your device.

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Prevent the side button from accidentally ending your phone calls

The side/power button on the side of your iPhone lets you quickly put your device to sleep and wake it up, but if you accidentally press it during a call, you’ll end your call prematurely. If you’ve encountered this in the past, iOS 16 finally lets you prevent this from happening.

Go to settings Accessibility > Touch and turn off Lock to end call to prevent the side button from ending your calls. If you accidentally press the side button, your screen will go to sleep, but you can continue your phone call without interruption.

Lock end call setting on iOS 16

This feature is hidden in the Accessibility section of your settings.

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Remove the search button from your home screen

With the search feature on your iPhone, you can quickly find what you’re looking for, whether it’s a text message, third-party app, file, note, and location — pretty much anything on your device or the web. And the best part about the feature is that it is easily accessible from the home screen; All you have to do is swipe down anywhere on the screen and it will appear.

And iOS 16 added another way to access search from the home screen via a small button just above your dock. Unfortunately, it’s easy to trigger accidentally since it’s near where your thumb might go when you swipe between your different homepages.

Fortunately, like many new features of iOS 16, this can also be disabled. Just launch the Settings app, go to home screen and turn off Show on home screen to remove the search button from your home screen. The search bubble should disappear and be replaced by a few small dots representing your various home screens.

Search button on iPhone home screen

Even if you remove the search button, you can still access the feature by swiping down from anywhere on your home screen.

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Go back to old lock screen notifications

Apple’s latest redesign brings widgets, customizable fonts and colors, a wallpaper gallery, and stylized date and time to the lock screen, as well as an overlooked change to notifications. Instead of at the top of your lock screen, notifications now appear at the bottom, which you can then tap to see them full screen.

However, not everyone is likely to be happy with this change. If you want to go back to the way notifications were displayed on iOS 15, launch the Settings app and go to notifications > Show as. You will then see three options:

  • To count: Notifications are displayed as a numbered number at the bottom of the screen.
  • stack: Notifications appear in a stack at the bottom of the screen.
  • List: Notifications are fully displayed on your screen.

To revert to the old notification style, select the List Possibility.

Notifications on the lock screen

You can also pinch the notifications to switch between the three display options.

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