3 hidden iPhone features in iOS 16 that Apple kept secret


iOS 16 has been out for over a month. Most iPhone users have had plenty of time to explore all the new features and oddities of Apple’s update. That said, even a month later, you might not have experienced everything iOS 16 has to offer. Shortly after Apple rolled out its update, we told you about 8 hidden iOS 16 features worth the detour. That was just the tip of the iceberg, so we thought we’d share a few more.

Deleting contact list entries on an iPhone has always been a weirdly complicated process, but iOS 16 eliminates a few steps. Once you’ve updated to iOS 16, go to your Contacts app and press and hold on a contact you want to delete. A drop-down menu will appear, and at the bottom of the menu you will see a Delete Contact button.

2. Add a Quick Note to Control Center

Quick Notes is one of the most underrated features of iOS 16. If you take a lot of notes but hate having to open the Notes app every time, just add a quick note to the control center. You can do this by navigating to Settings > Control centerand pressing the plus button next to Quick note. Once you’re done, you’ll see a new button in the control center that looks like scribbles on a notepad. Tap it to take a note wherever you are.

3. Open links with chosen apps in Messages

Typically, when you tap a link in Messages, your iPhone automatically opens that link in the correct app. If I tap on a link to a website, it will open in Chrome, as that is my default browser app. But in iOS 16, you can actually choose which apps you want to open non-rich links in. If you long-press on a non-rich URL in Messages, you’ll sometimes see multiple app names. You can then decide which app you want the link to open.

These are just a few of the many useful additions to iOS 16 that you may have missed. See our list of the 5 best iOS 16 widgets for your lock screen for more.


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