After installing iOS 16, do 3 things on your iPhone immediately

This story is part of Hotspot iPhone 2022CNET’s collection of news, tips, and advice on Apple’s most popular products.

Apple latest mobile software update, iOS 16landed on Compatible iPhones last week. While some may Prefer to wait for the upgradethere is a group of Cool new features You’ll get it when you do, like Unsend and edit text messages and easily Remove people and items from photos.

Read more: How to download iOS 16 on your iPhone today

After updating to iOS 16, before moving on to explore all the new features, there are three things you should do first, all of which will improve your iPhone experience. Read on to discover the best first steps to setup your iPhone with iOS 16.

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#1. Create a new wallpaper option for iPhone lock screen

Apple completely redesigned the Lock screen on iOS 16, allowing you to completely customize different elements, such as the date and time, adding small widgets to let you keep up with trending weather and news, and creating multiple wallpaper profiles that you can easily switch to and from.

And if that sounds appealing, then customizing the lock screen should be the first thing you do after installing iOS 16.

To customize the lock screen, hold your finger down anywhere on the screen while it’s locked, then unlock your device when prompted. Once you do that, a brand new lock screen interface will appear, where you can switch between and customize various lock screen wallpapers.

If you click + The button at the bottom right to create a new wallpaper, you can browse through the different Apple wallpapers, featuring weather and astronomy, emojis and more. A few of these wallpapers have built-in widgets, but you can also add them later.

Lock screen in iOS 16

Press down on your existing lock screen wallpaper to add a new profile.

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If you choose to upload your own photo, look for an image that clearly shows a person or object in the foreground. If you adjust the image correctly, you’ll be able to use the new Depth Effect feature, which pushes time behind any object in focus, creating a multi-layered look.

You can then tap on any of the lock screen elements, such as the date and time, to customize the look. if you hit Add widgetsyou can add transparent widgets to this section of your wallpaper.

When you’re done, tap Add And choose whether you want to use the wallpaper only on your lock screen or on your home screen as well. Here is how to Apple Change the lock screen on iPhone 14.

Widgets on the lock screen in iOS 16

Tools for weather, calendar, news and more.

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no. 2. Set up a focus profile so you don’t get distracted by notifications

Last year, Apple introduced Focus, the evolution of Do Not Disturb, which you can configure to receive only important notifications. Alerts and block everything else. But the productivity feature has been significantly reworked on iOS 16, and it’s worth checking out and setting it up if you want to reduce distractions on your iPhone.

in Settingsgo to the to focus Then choose the profile or profiles you want to configure. Inside the focus profile, you can then choose to receive notifications from certain people and apps, show silent notifications on the lock screen, hide notification badges and have them automatically change your lock screen and home screen wallpapers when the focus profile is on. .

Additionally, you can schedule when you want your focus coil to turn on (when you go to sleep) and backtrack (when you wake up). If you use the Health app, you can retrieve your sleep information to choose an appropriate schedule for the Focus app.

Focus on iOS 16

Customize who and what apps you can receive alerts from.

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Finally, you can use focus filters to customize how apps and system settings interact with you. For example, you can add an app filter to Safari so that only certain tabs appear, or add a filter to the Mail app so that only some emails get to you. For system settings, you can use a filter to turn on dark mode and low power mode automatically when the focus coil is triggered.

Once you are done with your focus profile, you can swipe down from the top right side of the screen to access the control center and then click on the focus control to launch any profile you have created.

No. 3. Set up iPhoto to remove duplicate photos and videos to remove clutter and free up storage space

And if you need a quick way to free up some space on your iPhone, there is now a feature built into the Photos app that cleans up your Camera Roll for any duplicate photos and videos. This is a great way to not only do some spring cleaning but also to remove files that are taking up storage space on your iPhone.

in Picturesgo to the albums Tab, swipe all the way down and tap redundant. Now you can browse all your photos and videos or click to merge For each set of repetitions or press Choose > select all > to merge To delete all duplicates at once. At the bottom of each photo or video, you’ll see the size of the files, so you’ll want to prioritize the largest files first.

Duplicate photos on iOS 16

Remove duplicate photos and videos to get more storage space on your iPhone.

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