This story is part ofA collection of CNET news, tips and advice on Apple’s most popular product.
the latest Apple mobile software update,landed on last week. While some may … there are plenty you will get when you do how and easy .
After upgrading to iOS 16, there are three things you need to do first, all of which will improve your iPhone experience, before you can start exploring all the new features. Read on to discover the best first steps to set up an iPhone with iOS 16.
For more information on iOS 16, learn aboutdiscover and how . Here’s how .
Not. 1. Create a new wallpaper option on the iPhone lock screen
Apple has completely redesigned the lock screen with iOS 16, allowing you to fully customize things like date and time, add small widgets to keep up with the weather and popular news, and create multiple wallpaper profiles that can be easily toggled back and forth.
And if that sounds enticing, customizing your lock screen should be the first thing you do after installing iOS 16.
To customize your lock screen, press your finger anywhere on the screen while it’s locked, then unlock your device when prompted to do so. Once done, a brand new lock screen interface will appear where you can shuffle and customize different lock screen wallpapers.
If you touch + in the lower right corner to create a new wallpaper, you can browse through various Apple wallpapers, including weather and astronomy, emoticons and more. Some of these wallpapers come with built-in widgets, but you can also just add them later.
If you choose to upload your own photo, look for one that shows the person or object clearly in the foreground. If you adjust the image properly, you’ll be able to use the new Depth Effect feature that shifts time behind each object in focus, creating a layered look.
You can then tap on any lock screen element such as date and time to customize the look. If you hit Add widgetsyou can add small transparent widgets to this section of wallpaper.
When you’re done, tap Add and choose whether you want to use the wallpaper only on the lock screen or on the home screen. Here’s what Apple is.
Not. 2. Configure a Focus profile to avoid distractions from notifications
Last year, Apple introduced the Focus, an evolution of the Do Not Disturb mode that can be configured to receive only 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 configuring if you want to reduce distractions on your iPhone.
In Settingsgo to Focus and then select the profile or profiles you want to configure. Inside the Focus profile, you can then choose to receive notifications from specific people and apps, display muted notifications on the lock screen, hide notification badges, and make the lock screen and home screen wallpapers change automatically when you turn on the Focus profile.
Additionally, you can schedule when you want your Focus profile to be on (when you go to sleep) and off (when you wake up). If you are using the Health app, you can download your sleep information to choose the right schedule for your Focus.
Finally, you can use Focus filters to adjust how applications and system settings interact. For example, you can add an app filter to Safari to show only certain tabs, or add an app filter to the Mail app so that only certain emails reach you. For system settings, you can turn on the filter to automatically turn on dark mode and low power mode when the focus profile is enabled.
Once you’ve finished your Focus profile, you can swipe down from the top right of the screen to access the Control Center, then tap the Focus control to turn on any profile you’ve created.
No.3. Set up iPhoto to delete duplicate photos and videos to sort out the clutter and free up space
And if you need a quick way to free up space on your iPhone, there is now a built-in feature in the Photos app that searches your Camera Roll for duplicate photos and videos. This is a great way not only for spring cleaning, but also for deleting files that take up space on your iPhone.
In Picturesgo to Albums tab, swipe down, and tap Duplicates. Now you can go through all your photos and videos and either press Join for each set of duplicates or tap Choose > Select all > Join to remove all duplicates at once. You’ll see the file size at the bottom of each photo or video, so give priority to larger files first.