Some iOS 16 features are just annoying. See how to disable them

Apple’s iOS 16, which is currently in its public beta, is packed with many welcome updates. there’s the new fully customizable lock screen and ability to unsubscribe and edit text messages.

However, some of these additions, as well as older features, aren’t always universally loved. For example, Apple didn’t allow you to delete built-in apps like Stocks or Books even if you never used them. Eventually Apple reconsidered this decision and you can now remove any app on iOS, but there are other annoying features that are still here.

Fortunately, there’s a way to get rid of or disable some of iOS 16’s more annoying features and settings, like the new search button on the home page that’s easy to accidentally tap, and the redesigned notifications that now appear at the bottom of your home screen. block. Here’s how.

And if you want to know 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 featured photos and memories from appearing on your iPhone

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

Fortunately, with iOS 16, you can now prevent Featured Photos, as well as selected collections known as Memories, from appearing in photo widgets on the Home screen and in the Search and For You sections of Photos.

To lock these custom photos, launch the Definitions application, enter Photos and turn off Show featured content. All featured content will no longer appear on your device. Instead, it will only be available in your photo and album library.

Featured Content Disabled on iPhone

Once Show Featured Content is turned off, the 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 sleep and wake your device, but if you accidentally press it during a phone call, it will end your call prematurely. If this is something you’ve come across in the past, iOS 16 finally lets you prevent that from happening.

In Settings, go to Accessibility > Touch and turn off Block 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 will remain on your call, uninterrupted.

Lock End Call Setting in iOS 16

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

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Remove search button from home screen

The search feature on your iPhone lets you quickly find what you’re looking for, whether it’s a text message, third-party app, file, note, and location – just about anything on your device or 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 pops up.

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 accidentally trigger, because it’s close to where your thumb can go when you swipe between your various home pages.

Fortunately, like many new features in iOS 16, this one can also be turned off. Just launch the Settings app, go to Home screen and turn off Show on home screen to remove the search button from the 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 the home screen.

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Go back to old lock screen notifications

Apple’s latest redesign brings customizable widgets, fonts and colors, a gallery of wallpapers and stylized date and time for the lock screen, plus an overlooked change to notifications. Instead of appearing at the top of the lock screen, notifications now appear at the bottom, which you can tap to appear full screen.

However, not everyone can be happy with this change. If you want to go back to how notifications appeared in iOS 15, launch the Settings app and go to Notifications > Display as. Then you will see three options:

  • Tell: Notifications appear as numbered counts at the bottom of the screen.
  • Battery: Notifications appear in a stack at the bottom of the screen.
  • List: Notifications appear fully on the screen.

To revert to the old notification style, choose the List option.

Lock screen notifications

You can also hit notifications to toggle between the three Display As options.

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