iOS 16.1 on Your iPhone: Every New Feature

You’re right. Another change for the iPhone is here. About a month after iOS 16, Apple released iOS 16.1. It has a few changes and new features for iPhones that can use it (and iPads with iPadOS 16). If you haven’t already, we can show you how to get iOS 16.1.

iOS 16.1 on Your iPhone Every New Feature

Here are the new things in iOS 16.1 and what they do.

iCloud Shared Photo Library

After a night out, it can be hard to share photos with your friends. But you can easily share photos and videos with up to five other people using iCloud Shared Photo Library.

Anyone who has access to the Shared Photo Library can add to, change, or remove photos from it. You can add pictures to the library right from your iPhone’s camera, and you can also add images in the same room as other people who have access to the library.

But you can’t be a part of two shared libraries simultaneously, and if you move photos from your library to the shared library, they won’t be in both places. They will only be in the shared library.

Live activities on Dynamic Island and Lock Screen

Live Activities improve the Dynamic Island and lock screen of the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max. With Live Activities, your Dynamic Island and lock screen show notifications from third-party apps about things like sports games and flights.

Apple Fitness Plus without an Apple Watch

With iOS 16.1, you can now use Apple Fitness Plus without an Apple Watch. If you have an iPhone 8 or later, you can use it to keep track of your fitness goals and progress.

Battery display Update

iPhones as old as the XR and as new as the XS Max now have the option to show the percentage of battery life in the battery icon. The battery icon’s font has also been made a little bigger, making it easier to read.

Wallpaper and Lock screen Update

In iOS 16.1, Apple made changing the wallpaper on your phone a little easier. From the Settings > Wallpaper menu, the option to add a new wallpaper is now more apparent, and you can swipe through the already existing wallpapers. Also, when you change your wallpaper from the lock screen, you can change either the lock screen or the home screen (instead of just the lock screen).

Screenshot editing tools interface updated.

When you use the editing menu to change a screenshot, the delete, save, and copy options are now shown in a smaller menu across the top of your screen. Before, these options were at the bottom of the screen on your iPhone.

Wallet app upgrades

You can share information about your car, hotel room, and other things from the Wallet app with Messages and WhatsApp in a safe way. Apple Card customers can also grow their Daily Cash by putting their savings in a high-yield savings account. The Wallet app can also be removed from your iPhone if you want to.

Matter Matter, the new smart home connectivity standard, is now being used to connect smart homes. This means you can use your iPhone to control smart devices like Alexa and Google Assistant.

Charging with clean energy

In the Settings menu, under “Battery,” there is now a switch for “Clean Energy Charging.” When you charge your iPhone, this setting could help you leave less of a carbon footprint. If Clean Energy Charging is turned on, your iPhone will only charge when electricity with fewer carbon emissions is available. This setting seems to be turned on by default, but you can turn it off by going to Settings > Battery > Battery Health & Charging and tapping the toggle next to Clean Energy Charging.

Apple Books got a new interface

If you read books on your iPhone, your reader controls will be hidden automatically when you open Apple Books.

Bug fixes

Apple also took care of a few bugs. Some deleted conversations would still appear in Messages, Dynamic Island content wouldn’t show up when using Reachability, and CarPlay wouldn’t connect when using a VPN app.