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if you have athat is all you probably already have the latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system. iOS 16 is full of But before you explore, take a few seconds to get your iPhone ready to take full advantage of the new software.
After upgrading to iOS 16, there are three steps that you absolutely need to follow first. All three should improve your iPhone experience. Read on for the best way to set up your iPhone for iOS 16.
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No. 1. Create a new wallpaper option for your iPhone lock screen
Apple has completely redesigned the lock screen in iOS 16, allowing you to fully customize various elements such as the date and time, add small widgets so you can keep up with the weather and popular news, and create multiple profiles. of wallpaper that you can easily change. for and from
And if that sounds appealing, customizing your lock screen should be the first thing you do after installing iOS 16.
To customize your lock screen, press your finger down anywhere on the screen while it’s locked, and then unlock your device when prompted. Once you do that, a new lock screen interface will appear, where you can change and customize your various lock screen backgrounds.
If you touch the + at the bottom right to create a new wallpaper, you can browse through various Apple wallpapers, complete with weather and astronomy, emojis, and more. Some of these wallpapers contain built-in widgets, but you can also add them later.
If you choose to upload your own photo, look for one that has a person or object clearly in the foreground. If you adjust the image just right, you’ll be able to use the new depth effect feature, which pushes time behind whatever object is in focus, creating a kind of layered look.
You can then touch any of the lock screen items, such as the date and time, to customize the look. if you hit add widgetsyou can add little transparent widgets to that section of your wallpaper.
When you’re done, tap Add and choose if you want to use the wallpaper only on your lock screen or on your home screen as well. That’s how it is Apple.
No. 2. Set up a Focus profile so you’re not distracted by notifications
Last year Apple introduced Focus, the evolution of Do Not Disturb, which you can set to receive only important notifications and alerts and block everything else. But the productivity feature has been heavily redesigned in iOS 16, and it’s worth checking out and setting it up if you want to reduce distractions on your iPhone.
In Settingsto go Approach and then choose a profile or profiles you want to configure. Within a Focus profile, you can choose to receive notifications from certain people and apps, show muted notifications on your lock screen, hide notification badges, and have your lock screen and home screen wallpapers automatically change when your Focus profile is activated.
Additionally, you can schedule when you want your Focus profile to turn on (when you go to sleep) and when to turn off (when you wake up). If you use the Health app, you can retrieve your sleep information to choose a suitable time for Focus.
And finally, you can use focus filters to customize the way apps and system settings interact with you. For example, you can add an app filter to Safari so only certain tabs are shown, or add a filter to the Mail app so only certain emails reach you. For system settings, you can enable a filter to automatically activate dark mode and low power mode whenever your Focus profile is activated.
Once your Focus profile is complete, you can swipe down from the top right of the screen to access Control Center, then tap the Focus control to activate any profile you’ve created.
No. 3. Set iPhoto to remove duplicate photos and videos to clear clutter and free up storage space
And if you need a quick way to free up space on your iPhone, there’s now a feature built into Photos that searches your camera roll for duplicate photos and videos. This is a great way to not only spring clean, but also remove files that are taking up storage on your iPhone.
In Photosenter in the albums tab, swipe all the way down and tap duplicates. Now you can review all your photos and videos and press link for each set of duplicates or touch Select > Select all > link to remove all duplicates at once. At the bottom of each photo or video, you’ll see the file sizes, so you’ll want to prioritize the largest files first.