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If You Have a New iPhone with iOS 16, Do These 3 Things Immediately

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the iPhone 14 is bound to be one of the most popular Christmas gifts this year, and if you do end up getting Apple’s latest flagship phone, there are plenty of exciting new hardware features to explore, like the still showing and the dynamic island (both features are only available on the iPhone 14 Pro series). But you will also have the option to explore the latest software update, iOS 16.

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

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

Apple has completely redesigned the lock screen on iOS 16, allowing you to fully customize various elements, like the date and time, adding tiny widgets to let you track the weather and popular news, and creating multiple wallpaper profiles that you can easily switch. .to and from.

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

To customize your lock screen, tap anywhere on the screen with your finger when it’s locked, then unlock your device when prompted. Once you’ve done that, a brand new lock screen interface will appear, where you can browse and customize your various lock screen wallpapers.

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

Lock screen on iOS 16

Tap your existing lock screen wallpaper to add a new profile.

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If you choose to upload your own photo, look for one that clearly features a person or object in the foreground. If you adjust the image correctly, you’ll be able to use the new depth effect feature, which pushes time behind any object in focus, creating a kind of layered look.

You can then tap any of the lock screen items, like date and time, to customize the look. If you hit Add Widgetsyou can add tiny transparent widgets to this section of your wallpaper.

When you are done, press Add And choose whether you want to use the wallpaper only on your lock screen or on your home screen as well. This is how Apple is Change lock screen on iPhone 14.

iOS 16 Lock Screen Widgets

Widgets for 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 set to only receive important notifications and alerts and block everything else. 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 then choose a profile or profiles you want to configure. In a Focus profile, you can then choose to receive notifications from certain people and apps, show silent notifications on your lock screen, hide notification badges, and have your lock screen and wallpapers from home screen automatically change when your Focus profile is activated. . .

Plus, you can schedule when you want your Focus profile to be on (when you fall asleep) and off (when you wake up). If you use the Health app, you can retrieve your sleep information to choose a suitable schedule for Focus.

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Customize who and which apps you can receive alerts.

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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 show up, or add a filter to the Mail app so that only certain emails reach you. For system settings, you can launch a filter to automatically enable dark mode and low power mode whenever your Focus profile is activated.

Once your Focus profile is complete, you can swipe down from the upper right side of the screen to access the control center, then tap the Focus control to activate the profile you created.

3. Set iPhoto to Remove Duplicate Photos and Videos to Eliminate Clutter and Free Up Storage Space

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

In Picturesgo to the Albums tab, swipe down and tap Doubloons. You can now browse all your photos and videos and tap Merge for each set of duplicates or press To select > Select all > Merge to remove all duplicates at once. At the bottom of each photo or video, you’ll see the file sizes, so you’ll need to prioritize larger files first.

Duplicate photos on iOS 16

Delete duplicate photos and videos to get more storage on your iPhone.

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