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Annoyed by These iOS 16 Features? How to Get Them Off Your iPhone

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iOS 16the last iPhone Apple’s software update has been out for over a week now and users are discovering their most and least favorite new features. Stop sending or editing text messages? Two thumbs up. Easy remove people or objects from photos? Were there. But iPhone users are much less sure about the new search button on home screenor the unexpected personal photo pop-ups.

Fortunately, there is a way to eliminate or disable some of the more annoying features and settings in iOS 16. Find out below how to disable some of the more annoying settings. Until learn more about what iOS 16 has to offerchecking out hidden functions such as password protected photo albums and two new features available in Apple Maps.

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If you haven’t downloaded the latest iPhone update yet, here’s how to do it. Make sure you get a compatible device such as iPhone 8, iPhone SE (second generation and above), or any iPhone released after 2017.

Prevent personal photos and videos from appearing unexpectedly

Apple’s artificial intelligence helps display photos and videos in different places on your iPhone that it thinks you’ll want to see, as a friendly reminder of family vacations, couples photos, and vacations — but you may not always want your personal ones. photos appear unexpectedly, especially if they are private, embarrassing, or inappropriate.

Fortunately, 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 the Search and For You sections in Photos.

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To block these custom photos, launch the Settings app, go to photos and switch off Show featured content. All recommended content will no longer appear on your device, but will only be available in your photo library and albums.

Once Show Featured Content is turned off, featured photos and memories on your device should disappear.

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Prevent the side button from accidentally ending your phone calls

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

In Settings, go to Accessibility > Touch and switch 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’ll be on the phone without interruption.

Lock to End Call 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 on the web. And the best thing 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 right above your dock. Unfortunately, it’s easy to activate by accident, as it’s located near where your thumb might reach when you swipe between your different home pages.

Fortunately, like many new features on iOS 16, this one can also be disabled. Just launch the Settings app, go to Home screen and switch off Show on home screen to remove the search button from your home screen. The search bubble should disappear, 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 anywhere on your home screen.

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Revert to old notifications on the lock screen

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 in notifications. Instead of appearing at the top of your lock screen, notifications now appear at the bottom, which you can then tap to go full screen.

However, not everyone will be happy with this change. To go back to the way notifications appeared on iOS 15, launch the Settings app and go to notifications > Show as. You will then see three options:

  • Count: Notifications appear as a numbered count at the bottom of the screen.
  • Pile: Notifications appear in a stack at the bottom of the screen.
  • List: Notifications appear all over your screen.

To go back to the old notification style, choose the List choice.

Lock screen notifications

You can also pinch the notifications to toggle between the three View As options.

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