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The Most Annoying iPhone Features in iOS 16 and How to Fix Them

In addition to changing your Lock Screen notification, you can also block the Search button.


From the ability to swiftly copy the topic from photographs to a completely new customisable Lock Screen with widgets, iOS 16 is jam-packed with fantastic new features. There is no such thing as a perfect new OS release, though. If you recently updated your iPhone to iOS 16, take some time to think about turning off some of these functions even if the new release is full with some fantastic improvements.


Take away the prominent Search icon.
We agree that Spotlight is excellent. However, it is also only a swipe away. Apple includes a setting to revert to the previous behaviour if you don’t like how iOS 16 replaced the Home Screen page dots with a Search icon (you are not alone in this). Disable “Show on Home Screen” under the Search section of Settings > Home Screen.


Revert to the previous Lock Screen notifications.
With iOS 16, Apple made significant changes to the Lock Screen, including the notification system, which is now displayed at the bottom of the screen. It’s a wonderful change and alerts are now easier to access, however on the down side, they are all jumbled up in one stack and require swiping in order to view them all.


It is possible in iOS 16 to view all notifications as a list, much like in iOS 15 and earlier. Go to Settings > Notifications > Display As and set the default to “List” if you want to swap back. Right below the time, all alerts will then reappear as a list, one after the other.


Prevent the Side button from abruptly terminating calls.
The call ends immediately if you click the Side/Power button on your iPhone. Although some people think it’s a fantastic feature, it’s far too simple to press by accident. It is possible to disable the Side button if you often end calls by lightly touching it: For added security, turn on “Prevent Lock to End Call” under Settings > Accessibility > Touch.


halt the spread of private images everywhere.
Apple is heavily promoting its Featured Photos feature: Everywhere in iOS, including widgets, the For You page in Photos, Spotlight Search, and even while you’re making a new Lock Screen, your iPhone displays pictures of you, your family, and your pets. Others may find these ongoing windows into our lives intrusive, especially when iOS keeps sharing photographs you’d prefer not to see, even though some of us enjoy them. If you’d like, you can disable the function by heading to Settings > Photos and unchecking “Show Featured Content.”




Himanshu Mahawar

Himanshu Mahawar is the Editor and Founder at Flaunt Weekly.

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