Your iPhone is packed with useful features, but there are also some knee-jerk annoying ones, according to OMT editor Sabine. High time to do something about it. Here are the most frustrating features on your device (including the solution).
With every new iOS version, Apple brings additional features to the iPhone. Sometimes a beloved feature disappears as a result, or a feature appears that we don’t want at all. Recently, some of these features have crept in again.
3 frustrating iPhone features
There are some features you’d rather lose than get rid of. Here they come!
#1 New search button on your iPhone
You may have already noticed that the home screen of your iPhone has been “enriched” with a search button at the bottom of the screen. On one hand, it’s an easy way to quickly find a message, app or file, but you can also bring up this search button by swiping from top to bottom on your screen.
Get rid of that search bar at the bottom. (Image: Cottonbro Studio / Pexels)
An extra (unnecessary) button prompt on the screen makes a mess of the tidy home screen. Fortunately, you can turn off the new search button. Go to your iPhone’s Settings and tap Home Screen. Then turn off the Show on Home Screen slider under the Search heading.
#2 Return to the old lock screen
The revamped lock screen in iOS 16 looks cool, but we’re a little less of a fan of the stacked notifications on the iPhone. This is because it means you can no longer view multiple notifications at a glance without tapping on them. If you want to go back to the old view, thankfully you can.
Go to your iPhone’s settings and tap Notifications. At the top, under Show As, you’ll see three display options: Number, Stack and List. To return to the old style, choose List.
#3 Never accidentally hang up again
Your iPhone’s side button has a hang-up function by default. The moment you make a phone call, you immediately end the call by pressing the power button. This can happen accidentally, which is of course incredibly annoying when you just have an important phone call.
With the advent of iOS 16, a solution to this has arrived. Namely, you can disable this feature completely. On your iPhone, go to settings and navigate to Accessibility. Then tap Touch and make sure Prevent ‘Lock to stop call’ is off. Note that you can now also no longer reject incoming calls via the side button.