7 Best New Photos Features in iOS 16

After a long wait and deliberation, the iOS 16 update is finally available in compatible iPhone models. What’s unique about this new Photos feature in iOS 16 is the availability of new upgrades to the otherwise boring Photos app features.

If you have just upgraded your iPhone to the latest iOS 16 and are unsure about the new photo features, we have listed them all in this article.

1. Remove Duplicates

If you own an iPhone, it’s quite common to struggle with storage. Of all the new features in the Photos app, a special mention deserves the duplicate deletion.

The feature is enabled by default on the device and allows you to browse the list of photos to identify the duplicates and then delete them accordingly.

If the feature detects unwanted duplicates in the photos, they will be transferred to the Duplicates folder, giving you the option to keep or delete them. In addition, a Merge option is also available.

2. Lock hidden and the recently deleted albums

We all have certain photos and videos in the Photos app that we want to keep out of other people’s eyes. The hidden feature in Photos helps with that. It allows users to separate all their images and videos and then separate them into a hidden album.

The hidden album is secured with biometric login to ensure no one else can access the contents of the folder. To further extend the privacy features, the biometric privacy feature also extends to the recently deleted albums.

3. Copy and paste edits

Apple consistently streams image and video editing. If you want to streamline things for yourself, rest assured that the new copy and paste editing feature will help with that.

Users can now copy and paste the edits to multiple images and even videos. So if you have similar images that need similar types of editing, this is a feature that streamlines the process without any hassle.

Here’s what to do:

  • Open the image or video you recently edited
  • Click the three-dot button in the corner and tap Copy edits
  • Open the other image or video you want to edit and paste the same edits

Doing so will save you a lot of time and effort that you would have otherwise spent figuring out the edits on your iPhone.

4. Remove subjects from the background

This is a breakthrough feature in the Photos iOS 16 update that has simplified users’ lives. If you come across an image and you just want to copy the subject, the extraction process is simple and you don’t need any other apps.

All you have to do is copy the topic you want to extract, copy it and then paste it wherever you want. Once the copied subject is highlighted, you can extract it from the image and copy it to the clipboard for later use.

5. Use live text in the videos

The Live texture feature is not new and came with the iOS 15 update. However, the feature has now been improved in the new iOS 16 update.

Initially, the live text feature was only available for photos, but the feature now applies to videos as well.

To use the Live Text feature, you need to pause the video with the text you want to extract and then open the Live Text feature from the three-dot menu and use it in the video. It’s quite simple and you don’t have to worry about anything.

6. Sort people by name

Sometimes we like to keep the folder of photos and videos specially for the closest people in our life. With the new iOS 16 update, users can now sort people by name in the Photos app.

So the next time you’re looking for a specific person in your Photo Gallery, you can now do so by typing in the name of the person you’re looking for. However, they must be saved in your iPhone contacts with a picture.

7. Turn off live mode in Photos

We often capture live images on iPhone instead of capturing the still image. If this happens to you often, you can now disable this feature directly in the Photos app.

Open the live view you just captured and go to the three-dot menu and from there disable the live view option. And that turns your live image into a still image.


iOS 16 introduced a number of new features, including updates to the Photos app. If you’re wondering how to improve overall usability, we hope this article gives you all the insights you’re probably looking for.

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