iOS 17 Best Hidden Features You Should Know

Apple unveiled a myriad of interesting features to your iPhone with iOS 17. The leading ones include enhancements to the things that you do on an everyday basis, personalising your phone calls with contact posters, certain enhancements in the field of messages, a new way to share and view locations, new and improved FaceTime, allowing you to create interacting contact cards, stickers, to view the most useful information through Standby while your iPhone is charging and many more.

Not only the features mentioned above, but there are a few interesting features that come secretly, or you can say that they are hidden and are usually unannounced ones. Also, you can only get these newly added enhancements as well as features while you actually use the latest iOS version. So here are a few best-hidden features of the latest iOS 17 that you should be aware of.

Lock your private tabs in Safari:

Private browsing allows you to surf through the internet without your details and history being saved. However, in case you have opened your tabs in private browsing, these tabs don’t go anywhere even if you are done with your browsing sessions; instead, they remain in your Safari unless you close them. In other words, anyone can easily access your phone and can see what you have been surfing on the web privately.

Thankfully, with the iOS 17, you will now be able to place a lock on your private 

browsing section on your Safari. To do so, just head to Settings >> Safari >> scroll down and tap on the Require Face ID to Unlock Private Browsing toggle. Now, while accessing Safari’s Private tabs, you must need a passcode or a Face ID.

Automatically delete verification codes sent to you via text or an email:

When you sign in to an application that uses two-factor authentication (or 2FA), you get a verification code either in your text message or in your email. Hence, you might have a lot of them. Although you can delete them by selecting them all at once, still there’s an easier way for you with the latest iOS 17. 

Moreover, with the latest iOS 17, all your verification codes and OTPs will automatically be deleted. Here’s how: open the Settings app >> Passwords >> Password options >> then tap on the new Clean up Automatically toggle. So, the text message or email with the verification codes or OTPs will automatically disappear shortly once you insert them with Autofill.

Using Apple Maps offline to navigate:

Have you ever used Apple Maps offline, or are you in an area where there is no service available? The simple answer is no, and you will be required to have an internet connection to navigate Apple Maps. But now, with iOS 17, you will be able to download an offline map in order to grab directions even when there is no service available.  

In Maps, tap your profile photo at the top right of the navigation window and go to Offline Maps. Depending on where you drive most, you may see a suggested map for download. You can also click Download New Map, type in a city, manually adjust the map if necessary, and download it to your iPhone.

Interacting widgets on the Home Screen:

Apple has brought up several interactive widgets to your iPhone, letting you control your applications directly from your home screen. But now the widget numbers have been decreased, and If you still want to add one of the widgets to your home screen, then you need to Press on a space on your home screen in order to enter the Edit mode. Now click on the “+” sign at the top right and then scroll through the list of widgets and choose your desired one.  

Using the Zoom feature in Photos:

It’s very easy to crop a screenshot or an image within the Photos app, and now iOS 17 has made it even easier. Now, while viewing a photo, when you Zoom in on it, a new Crop option will appear at the top right. Through this feature, you will automatically be directed into the edit mode, letting you adjust the crop even more, and once you are finished with your cropping, you can simply hit Done.

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