Tapping traffic light images or deciphering squiggly text to prove you’re human will soon be a much less common nuisance for iPhone users, as iOS 16 introduces support for bypassing CAPTCHAs in supported apps and websites.

iOS 16 Bypass CAPTCHA
The handy new feature can be found in the Settings app under Apple ID > Password & Security > Automatic verification. When enabled, Apple says iCloud will automatically and privately verify your device and Apple ID account in the background, eliminating the need for apps and websites to present you with a CAPTCHA verification prompt.

Apple recently shared a video with technical details on how the feature works, but simply put, Apple’s system verifies that the device and Apple ID account are in good standing and presents a so-called Private Access Token to the app or website. This new system provides a better user experience for tasks such as logging in or creating an account, with improved user privacy and accessibility compared to CAPTCHAs.

cloudflare and Fast have already announced support for Private Access Tokens, meaning the ability to bypass CAPTCHAs could come to millions of apps and websites powered by those platforms, and the feature will be rolled out more widely over time.

In the early betas of iOS 16 and iPadOS 16, automatic verification is enabled by default. Apple said the feature will also be supported on macOS Ventura. All software updates are currently in beta and will be released later this year.

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