Apple has recently released iOS 17, the latest major update for iPhones. Whether you are currently running iOS 16 or have been testing the iOS 17 beta, it’s time to upgrade to the stable version. In this article, we will guide you through the process of installing iOS 17 on your iPhone.
We understand that updating your iPhone can be confusing, especially if it’s your first time or if you are transitioning from the beta version. So, let’s dive in and learn how to install iOS 17 on your iPhone right now.
How to Upgrade to iOS 17 from iOS 16
If you are upgrading from iOS 16 to iOS 17 and not from the iOS 17 beta to the stable version, the steps to download and install iOS 17 are straightforward. However, before you begin, we highly recommend backing up your iPhone. Although rare, problems can sometimes occur during the update process, and having a backup ensures that your data is safe. Once you’ve backed up your iPhone, follow these simple steps:
- Open the Settings app on your iPhone and tap on “General.”
- Locate and tap on the “Software Update” option.
- Your iPhone will now check for available updates, and you should see the iOS 17 update notification.
- Tap the “Download and Install” button to begin the update process.
Once you’ve initiated the download, set your iPhone aside and let the iOS 17 update download. After the download is complete, follow the on-screen instructions to install the update.
iOS 17 Update Size and Download Time
The size of the iOS 17 update may vary slightly depending on your iPhone model. If you are upgrading from iOS 16.6.1 to iOS 17, the update size is approximately 3.1GB. However, if you are upgrading from an older iOS version, the update size will be larger, and the download time will be longer. The download time also depends on your internet speed. For example, with a 100 Mbps internet connection, the iOS 17 update package can be downloaded in approximately 5 minutes. After the download, the installation process should take around 10-15 minutes.
To ensure a smooth installation, make sure your iPhone has at least 50% battery remaining and is connected to a stable internet connection, preferably Wi-Fi.
iOS 17 Supported iPhone Models
If you’re unsure whether your iPhone supports the iOS 17 update, don’t worry. Only iPhones released within the last five years are compatible with iOS 17. This means that iPhone XS or newer models will receive the latest iOS 17 update. Unfortunately, the iPhone X did not make the cut this time. Here is a complete list of iPhones compatible with iOS 17:
- iPhone 14, 14 Plus
- iPhone 14 Pro, 14 Pro Max
- iPhone 13, 13 Mini
- iPhone 13 Pro, 13 Pro Max
- iPhone 12, 12 Mini
- iPhone 12 Pro, 12 Pro Max
- iPhone 11, 11 Pro, 11 Pro Max
- iPhone XR
- iPhone XS, XS Max
- iPhone SE (2020 & 2022)
Cool New Features in iOS 17
iOS 17 introduces a range of exciting new features for compatible iPhones. From Contact Posters and NameDrop to StandBy mode and Live Voicemail, this update enhances the user experience. Some notable features include:
- Contact Posters: Easily create and share contact information with others.
- NameDrop: Quickly mention someone in a conversation using their name.
- StandBy mode: Optimize battery usage when your iPhone is not in use.
- Live Voicemail: Transcribe voicemails in real-time for easy reading.
These are just a few examples of the many features iOS 17 has to offer. For a comprehensive list of all the exciting new features, check out our linked post.
Can I install iOS 17 on an iPhone X?
No, iOS 17 is only compatible with iPhone XS or newer models.
How long does it take to download the iOS 17 update?
The download time varies depending on your internet speed, but it typically takes around 5 minutes with a 100 Mbps connection.