Well, the time has finally come, today Apple is rolling out iOS 17 to everyone. Although it has been possible to download the public or developer beta version of iOS 17 for a while, you can now download and install this latest version of Apple’s new iPhone operating system, which is stable and ready to use after the past beta period.
But first, an important reminder: When you update your operating system, it never hurts to back up your device’s data first — just in case.
What new features come with iOS 17?
The new iOS offers a wide range of great new features. This includes new security features, AirTag sharing, a new desk mode, caller information cards, improved autocorrect and voice commands, and live voicemail. Not to mention sticker and AirDrop updates, keyboard updates, and the ability to just say “Siri” without adding a “Hey!”
We talked in detail about the features of the new system here:
What devices support iOS 17?
iOS 17 works on the following devices:
- iPhone 15, iPhone 15 Plus, iPhone 15 Pro, iPhone 15 Pro Max
- iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro, iPhone 14 Pro Max
- iPhone 13, iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro Max
- iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max
- iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max
- iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR
- iPhone SE (2nd generation or later)
- It is not available for iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, or earlier phones.
How to install iOS 17
To update your iPhone to iOS 17:
- Go to Settings > General > Software Update.
- If you don’t see the update notification right away, wait a minute or so to see if it appears. If it doesn’t, you may want to do something else for a while and then come back to it.
- You may see a notification asking if you want to upgrade at the bottom of the screen, select that first. Either way, once you see Install Now or Download and Install, click on that and follow the instructions from there. (You’ll also get the option to download tonight if you need your phone and prefer to update it while you sleep.)
- You’ll likely have to enter your passcode and agree to the usual long list of terms, and once the installation is complete, you’ll be greeted with suggestions to configure your phone to take advantage of the new features.