How to Download & Install the New iOS Update (iOS 17)

What to Know

  • Apple launches iOS 17 on September 18, 2023.
  • The new iOS update, iOS 17, includes iPhone security improvements, bug fixes, and new features.
  • To get iOS 17, open Settings, tap General, Software Update, Download and Install, then complete the download and installation.

* This post is part of iPhone Life's Tip of the Day newsletter. . *

Enjoy the new iOS update: iOS 17! Here's how to download and install iOS 17 to enjoy all the new features on your iPhone.

How to Download & Install the New iOS Update, iOS 17 

It's time for iOS 17! The newest iOS update offers lots of exciting new things, like Live Transcripts of voicemail, live stickers made from your photos, the Journal app for digital journaling, and more. We'll show you how to download iOS 17 and take advantage of these cool new features. Check out our free Tip of the Day for more great iOS update tutorials.

iPhone Life
Discover your iPhone's hidden features
Get one daily tip each day (with screenshots and clear instructions) so you can master your iPhone in just one minute a day.

Jump To:

iOS 17 iPhones: Which iPhones Are Compatible with the New iOS Updates?

In addition to the newest iPhones, the following iPhone versions are capable of downloading and running iOS 17.

  • iPhone 15, iPhone 15 Plus, iPhone 15 Pro, and iPhone 15 Pro Max
  • iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro, and iPhone 14 Pro Max
  • iPhone 13, iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13 Pro, and iPhone 13 Pro Max
  • iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max
  • iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone SE 2nd generation, and iPhone SE 3rd generation

The iPad now uses iPadOS. Don't worry; it's just as easy to install, though iPadOS 17 will be available on September 18, 2023.

How to Update to iOS 17 on Your iPhone

Here's how to download the new iOS update:

  1. Back up your iPhone to iCloud or iTunes.
  2. Connect your iPhone to power and make sure you're connected to Wi-Fi. 
  3. Open the Settings app.

    open Settings app
  4. Tap General.​

    Tap General
  5. Select Software Update.

    Tap Software Update
  6. Tap Update Now, then enter your iPhone's passcode.

    tap update now to update iphone to ios 17
  7. Tap Agree to agree to Apple's Terms and Conditions.

    tap agree to agree to terms and conditions to install ios 17
  8. This process will take a few minutes, and you'll see a Verifying Update notification.​

    your iphone is verifying ios 17 update
  9. Your phone will power down, then power back up, and the new iOS update will install.
  10. Once your Lock Screen comes back up, unlock your iPhone.
  11. Follow any on-screen directions to complete the update, and you'll see a notification that your iPhone has been updated to iOS 17.

    iphone notification ios 17 has been downloaded

FAQ

  • Is iOS 17 out? Yes, Apple released the latest iOS version on September 18, 2023. 
  • Should I update to iOS 17? Yes! Each new iOS update offers not only new features and improved performance, but also fixes bugs and improves iPhone security. It's also a good idea to learn about how to update your older iPhone safely, and what to expect when you do so.
  • Why is my iOS not updating to iOS 17? There are several reasons iOS won't update to iOS 17; we have a troubleshooting article called iPhone or iPad Won’t Update? How to Fix It to help you out. 

Welcome to iOS 17! We hope you enjoy the many exciting features made available to you and iPhone users everywhere! If you change your mind and decide you don't like the new software, you can always downgrade iOS versions.  

Master your iPhone in one minute a day: Sign up here to get our FREE Tip of the Day delivered right to your inbox.

Topics

Author Details

Conner Carey's picture

Author Details

Conner Carey

Conner Carey's writing can be found at conpoet.com. She is currently writing a book, creating lots of content, and writing poetry via @conpoet on Instagram. She lives in an RV full-time with her mom, Jan and dog, Jodi as they slow-travel around the country.