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Worst New Features in iOS 16 and How to Disable Them

Like with every new iOS version, there are some settings and features that you'll adore and others that you'll abhor.

The same is true of iOS 16, which you may test out on your iPhone right now as a public beta but won't be made generally accessible until some time in the fall.

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The brand-new search button on the home page, which is simple to unintentionally hit, and the revamped alerts that now appear at the bottom of your lock screen are just two examples of the more irksome features and settings in iOS 16, but fortunately there is a way to disable or remove them.

Below, we'll explain how to disable these annoying options. Check out some hidden features, such as password-protected photo albums and two new capabilities in Apple Maps, if you want to understand more about what iOS 16 has to offer.

Stop your iPhone from automatically displaying featured images and memories.

As a friendly reminder of family vacations, couple photos, and holidays, Apple's artificial intelligence helps surface photos and videos in various places across your iPhone. However, you might not always want your personal photos to pop up unexpectedly, especially if they're private, embarrassing, or inappropriate.

Thankfully, with iOS 16, you can now stop Featured Photos from showing up in photo widgets on your home screen, the Search and For You sections in Photos, as well as curated collections known as Memories.

Open the Settings app, select Photos, and turn off Show Featured Content to prevent these customized images from appearing. The only places where featured content will still be accessible on your device are your photo library and albums.

Stop your phone calls from being mistakenly ended by the side button

You may fast sleep and wake up your iPhone by pressing the side/power button on its side, however if you do so while on a call, your call will be cut short. If you've experienced it in the past, iOS 16 now gives you the ability to stop it from happening.

If you don't want the side button to end calls, go to Settings, Accessibility > Touch, and turn off Lock to End Call. If you mistakenly press the side button, your screen will go to sleep, but you can continue your phone call without interruption.

Take the search icon off your home screen

You can find almost anything on your device or online with the help of the Search tool on your iPhone, including text messages, third-party apps, files, notes, and locations. The nicest part of the function is that it can be accessed quickly from the home screen; just swipe down anywhere on the screen, and it will show up.

Additionally, iOS 16 has placed a little button directly above your dock, giving you another way to access Search from the home screen. Unfortunately, because it's close to where your thumb would go when you swipe between your several home pages, it's simple to unintentionally activate.

Fortunately, this feature can also be turned off, just like many other new iOS 16 features. To remove the search button from your home screen, simply open the Settings app, navigate to Home Screen, and toggle off Show on Home Screen. The Search bubble should vanish, and a few little dots representing your different home screens should appear in their stead.

Revert to the previous lock screen notifications.

The most recent update by Apple adds widgets, font and color customization, a wallpaper gallery, a stylized date and time, as well as one notification change that was not seen. Notifications no longer appear at the top of your lock screen but rather at the bottom, where you can tap to make them fully visible.

However, this modification might not be well received by everyone. Launch the Settings app, then select Notifications > Display As to return to how notifications looked on iOS 15. Next, you'll see three choices:

  • Count: At the bottom of the screen, notifications are displayed as a numbered count.
  • Stack: At the bottom of the screen, notifications are displayed in a stack.
  • List: Your screen is completely covered with notifications.

Selecting the List option will restore the previous notification format.