If you have a new iPhone with iOS 16, do these three things immediately

If you have a new iPhone with iOS 16, do these three things immediately

The iPhone 14 is sure to be one of the most popular gifts for Christmas this year, and if you ended up getting Apple’s latest flagship phone, there are plenty of exciting new hardware features to explore, such as always on screen and Dynamic island (both functions are only available on iPhone 14 Pro series). But you will also have the chance to explore the latest software update, iOS 16.

Before you get into everything hidden functions or most annoying settings, if this is your first experience with iOS 16, there are three things you should do first before anything else to improve your iPhone experience. In this story, we will show you what these things are and how they will make your life better.

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1. Create a new wallpaper option for the iPhone lock screen

Apple has completely redesigned the lock screen in iOS 16, allowing you to customize various elements, such as the date and time, add small widgets so you can keep up with the weather and trending news, and create multiple background profiles that you can easily switch between .

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And if that sounds appealing, customizing your lock screen should be the first thing you do after installing iOS 16.

To customize the lock screen, press your finger down anywhere on the screen while it’s locked and unlock the device when prompted. Once you’ve done that, a brand new lock screen interface will appear where you can shuffle through and customize the different lock screen wallpapers.

If you press + button at the bottom right to create a new wallpaper, you can browse various Apple wallpapers, with weather and astronomy, emojis and more. Some of these wallpapers have built-in widgets, but you can also just add them later.

Lock screen on iOS 16

Tap down on the existing wallpaper on the lock screen to add a new profile.

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If you choose to upload your own photo, look for one that shows 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 the object in focus, creating a layered look.

You can then tap one of the elements on the lock screen, such as the date and time, to customize its appearance. If you hit Add widgetsyou can add small transparent widgets to that part of your background.

Tap when you’re done Add and choose whether you want to use the wallpaper only on the lock screen or on the home screen as well. That’s how Apple is change the lock screen on iPhone 14.

Widgets on the lock screen on iOS 16

Widgets for the weather, your calendar, news and more.

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2. Set up a Focus profile so you don’t get distracted by notifications

Last year, Apple introduced Focus, the evolution of Do Not Disturb, which you can configure to receive only important notifications and alerts and blocks everything else out. But the productivity feature has been heavily reworked in iOS 16, and it’s worth checking out and setting up if you want to reduce distractions on your iPhone.

IN Settingsgo to Focus and then select one or more profiles to configure. Inside a Focus profile, you can then choose to receive notifications from specific people and apps, show silent notifications on your lock screen, hide notification badges, and have your lock screen and home screen wallpaper automatically change when your Focus profile is on.

Plus, you can schedule when you want your Focus profile to turn on (when you go to bed) and turn off (when you wake up). If you use the Health app, you can retrieve your sleep information to choose an adequate schedule for Focus.

Focus on iOS 16

Customize who and which apps you can receive notifications from.

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And finally, you can use focus filters to customize how apps and system settings interact with you. For example, you can add an app filter to Safari so that only certain tabs are displayed, or add a filter to the Mail app so that only certain emails reach you. For system settings, you can set a filter to automatically turn on dark mode and low power mode when your focus profile is turned on.

Once your focus profile is complete, you can swipe down from the top right of the screen to access the control center and then tap the focus control to turn on the profile you’ve created.

3. Configure iPhoto to remove duplicate photos and videos to clean up clutter and free up storage space

And if you need a quick way to clear up some space on your iPhone, there’s now a built-in feature in Photos that scans your Camera Roll for duplicate photos and videos. This is a great way to not only do some spring cleaning, but also remove files that are taking up storage space on your iPhone.

IN PicturesWalk in to Album tab, swipe all the way down and tap Duplicates. Now you can go through all your photos and videos and either tap Merge for each set of duplicates or prints Select > choose all > Merge to delete all the duplicates at once. At the bottom of each photo or video you will see the size of the files, so you will prioritize larger files first.

Duplicate photos on iOS 16

Remove duplicate photos and videos to get more storage space on iPhone.

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