Unpack 4 of the most annoying new iOS 16 settings on your iPhone right now. Here’s how

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If your iPhone uses the new Apple iOS 16 mobile software, congratulations! If you’re like me, you love the opportunity undo sending and edit text messagesEasily remove people or objects from photos in the camera app and learn about others hidden functions in iOS 16. However, we hear from iPhone owners that some of the new features in iOS 16 are not as widely liked.

For example new search button on iPhone home screen and unexpected pop-ups with photos quickly become disgusting. Luckily, most of iOS 16’s settings can be turned off or off entirely.

I’ll help you with how to “fix” the most-disliked new iOS 16 features. And while you’re here, make sure to I changed these iPhone clutch settings and refresh two new Apple Maps features. If you haven’t already done so, here’s how to do it download iOS 16 on compatible iPhone (after 2017).

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Remove the new search button from the iPhone home screen

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The iPhone search feature allows you to quickly find a text message, third-party app, file, note, or location – virtually 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 with the little button just above the dock.

However, the new search button is easy to accidentally trigger because it’s close to where your thumb might be as you slide your finger between different home pages.

But, like many new features in iOS 16, you can turn this setting off. Just launch the Settings app, go to Desktop and turn it off Show on home screen to remove the search button from the home screen.

The search balloon should disappear, replaced with a few small dots representing different home screens.

Search button on iPhone home screen

Even if you remove the Search button, you can still access the features by swiping down from anywhere on the home screen.

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Stop unexpected (and embarrassing) pop-ups with photos on your iPhone screen

Apple’s artificial intelligence helps to show photos and videos in different places on your iPhone, reminding you of a family vacation, a few photos and a vacation – but you may not always want your personal photos to show up unexpectedly, especially if they are private, embarrassing, or inappropriate.

In iOS 16, you can now prevent Featured Photos and curated collections known as Memories from appearing in the photo widgets on the home screen and in the Search and For You sections in Photos.

To block these customized photos, run Settings application, go to Pictures and turn it off 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.

Featured content disabled on iPhone

When you turn off Show featured content, your featured photos and memories from your device should disappear.

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Avoid ending your own phone calls by accident

The Side / Power button on the side of your iPhone lets you 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 come across in the past, iOS 16 finally lets you prevent it.

In Settings, go to Availability > Touch and turn it off Lock to end the call to prevent the side button from ending calls. If you accidentally press the side button, the screen will go to sleep, but you won’t end the phone call.

Lock to terminate connection on iOS 16

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

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Go back to using your old iPhone lock screen notifications

Apple’s latest redesign includes widgets, customizable fonts and colors, a wallpaper gallery, and a stylized date and time on the lock screen, plus one 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 view the full screen.

However, not everyone can be happy with this change. If you want to go back to the way your notifications appeared on iOS 15, launch the Settings app and go to Notifications > View as. You will then see three options:

  • To count: Notifications are displayed as a number at the bottom of the screen.
  • Stack: Notifications appear in a stack at the bottom of the screen.
  • List: Notifications appear full-screen.

To go back to the old style of notifications, select List option.

Lock screen notifications

You can also squeeze the notifications to switch between the three View As options.

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