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Fortunately, most of these iOS 16 features and settings can be turned off or completely removed.
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Remove the new search button from your iPhone’s home screen
Your iPhone’s search feature lets you quickly find a text message, third-party app, file, note, or location—just about anything on your device or on the web. As you know, to get the search bar, just swipe down anywhere on the screen and it will appear.
With iOS 16, Apple adds another way to access Search from the home screen, via a small button just above its dock.
The new search button is easy to accidentally activate, though, because it’s close to where your thumb might go when swiping between home pages.
But, like many new features in iOS 16, you can disable this setting. Just launch the Settings app, go to Starting screen and disable Show on home screen to remove the search button from the home screen.
The search bubble should be gone, replaced by little dots that represent your various home screens.
Stop unexpected (and embarrassing) photo pop-ups on your iPhone screen
Apple’s artificial intelligence helps display photos and videos in various places on your iPhone, such as a reminder of family vacations, couple photos, and holidays, but you may not always want your personal photos to appear unexpectedly, especially if they’re private or shameful. or inappropriate.
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 in the Find and For You sections in Photos.
To block these custom photos, start the Settings application, enter Photos and disable Show Featured Content. All featured content will no longer appear on your device; instead, it will only be available in your photo library and albums.
Avoid accidentally ending your own 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 prematurely end your call. If that’s something you’ve encountered in the past, iOS 16 finally lets you prevent that from happening.
In Settings, go to Accessibility > Play and disable 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 stay on your phone call, uninterrupted.
Reuse previous iPhone lock screen notifications
Apple’s latest redesign brings customizable widgets, fonts, and colors, a wallpaper gallery, and a stylized date and time on the lock screen, as well as an overlooked change to notifications. Instead of appearing at the top of the lock screen, notifications now appear at the bottom, which you can then tap to make them appear full screen.
However, not everyone can be happy with this change. If you want to go back to the way notifications appeared in 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.
- Stack: Notifications appear in a stack at the bottom of the screen.
- Ready: Notifications appear completely on the screen.
To go back to the previous notification style, choose the Ready option.