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How to Use The Best New Apple Photos Features for iOS 16 Devices

With a recent update from Apple, the Photos app now has some serious strength to flex. The Apple Photos feature offers so many capabilities, so much so that it might be time to stop using the other video and photo editing apps on your iPhone. 

In this guide, we’ll show you some of the best of the new features and capabilities on the New Apple Photos for iOS 16 devices. We’ll also provide some helpful tips on how to take advantage of these features.

How to Use The Best New Apple Photos Features for iOS 16 Devices

What are Apple Photos’ Latest Features?

There are so many wonderful new features included in Apple Photos, and we can’t wait for you to start exploring them to get a much better experience on your iPhone. Keep in mind that your iPhone must run iOS 16 in order to make use of powerful new capabilities in Photos.

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If you don’t already have it running, go to Settings -> General -> Software Update to get it. Many of the improvements are also present in the still-beta versions of macOS 13 Ventura for Mac and iPadOS 16 for iPad. We’ve described some of the most exciting features below:

  • Removing Backgrounds from Photos

There’s now a way to isolate the main subject in a picture and get rid of the background in Apple Photos. Simply open the desired photo in Photos, then long-press the main object to make it disappear from the background. As it does its magic, you’ll see a line glowing around the subject to let you know, and then the “Copy” and “Share” options will appear. While Share opens the default Share Sheet for the subject, Copy copies the cutout to your clipboard so you can paste it elsewhere.

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The interactive feature Visual Look Up, which lets you learn more about artwork, animals, plants, and landmarks in your images, is what includes this “touch to remove background” function in Apple Photos. There are also additional applications for it.

It also functions for pictures in other applications including Files, Safari, and Quick Look-enabled applications. You might be able to long-press an image in those apps and select “Remove Background,” “Copy Subject,” or a related option.

  • Merge or Delete Duplicate Photos

On iOS 15, you would need to either manually search for them or utilize a third-party app to perform the work for you in order to purge your picture library of duplicate photographs. However, you can open the new “Duplicates” folder on iOS 16 from your list of albums under Utilities.

You’ll see similar photographs in your library when you open “Duplicates.” They could be screenshots or any other kind of image. To create a single file that “combines the highest quality and relevant data from its duplicates,” select “Merge” next to the group of photographs and then select “Merge [#] Duplicates.”

As an alternative, you can swipe through an image’s copies to compare them and tap an image to preview it. After that, you may either discard a photo or choose “Select” and “Merge [#] Duplicates.”

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  • Copy and Paste Edits in Images and Videos

You can now copy and paste modifications you’ve made to a picture or video into another in iOS 16. So, instead of individually modifying each image or video, you can repeatedly apply a particular set of adjustments if you like them.

A new “Copy Edits” option will appear when you tap the new ellipsis (•••) menu when examining an edited file in Photos. Find the file to which you wish to apply those adjustments, then choose that. Use the “Paste Edits” option in the ellipsis menu of that file to match the alterations. To copy and paste edits in the photo or video editor, use the ellipsis (•••) menu.

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Keep in mind that only a limited number of features, such as adjustments, filters, depth changes, and lighting intensity, can be copied and pasted into other projects. Keyframes for Live Photos, Markup, and Crops will typically not function in the same manner.

  • Edit Images in Batches

As previously mentioned, you can now easily copy edits, choose the photo or video you want to apply them to, and paste the edits in. This is how you would adjust a photo or video if you wish to use the same settings as an already-edited photo or video. 

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Now, even though doing this on its own is incredibly amazing, it’s even more amazing when you consider how much time you may save by concurrently applying those modifications to a collection of images and movies at the same time.

To accomplish this, copy the alterations from one file, select two or more files using “Select,” press the ellipsis (•••) button, and select “Paste Edits” to batch apply the changes.

  • Easily Reverse Edits
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It’s also pretty easy to return files to their previous state, regardless of how long ago you made adjustments to them, or whether you simply batch-modified a number of images or videos. 

To “Revert to Original,” you can use the same ellipsis (•••) menu mentioned above for copying and pasting adjustments instead of having to do it directly from the photo or video editor. Additionally, you can undo adjustments using the quick actions option.

  • Undo and Redo Edits
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On iOS 16, there are new undo and redo controls available while editing a photo or video. Simply hit the undo or redo button instead of having to reset the value of each effect manually each time you don’t like the change. You may revert edits all the way back to your initial edit during the current session, and they function for any edits you apply, including crops.

In summary, we think you’ll love how great picture and video editing will become on your iPhone because of iOS 16’ improvements in Apple Photos. Take a cue from this article to learn some of the best features to try first.

If you know any other iOS users who’d like to get more out of the iPhone’s photo and video experience, we encourage you to recommend this guide to them.

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