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How to update your iPhone to iOS 17

Update your iPhone to get the latest operating system updates, now on iOS 17.

Iphone 13 pro camera
Source: KnowTechie

Apple releases updates for the iPhone throughout the year, with a major update every fall. The major update is timed with the release of that year’s iPhone range.

This year, iOS 17 is here, with tweaks to autocorrect, and many other requested features.

This begs the question: How do you update your iPhone to iOS 17, and what do those updates do?

The smaller updates bring any feature updates that missed the major update or patch vulnerabilities and other bugs. While major ones can completely change your iOS from an older version to the latest version.

You can manually update iOS on your iPhone or let the iPhone do it automatically. The best way to keep your iPhone secure from attack is to keep it updated, so we’ll show you how.

How to update your iPhone to iOS 17

If you are ready to update your iPhone, follow the steps below. This works for any update, whether it is a minor update or a major one.

Before you start, it’s worth checking if your iPhone is compatible. Every iPhone since the iPhone X is compatible, so think about possibly upgrading if you are on an older model.

  1. Open Settings

    Iphone with arrow pointing to settings

    Tap on the Settings app.

  2. Navigate to General

    Screenshot of ios settings showing the general menu item

    Tap on the General category.

  3. Open Software Update

    Ios settings software for how to update your iphone

    Tap on Software Update.

  4. Select the update

    Ios software update page on iphone showing ios 17 update

    Apple decoupled major updates from security ones, so tap the Upgrade to iOS 17 banner at the bottom.

  5. Download the update

    Ios software update screen

    Tap on the Download and Install button.

  6. Confirm the install

    Tap on Install, then wait for the iPhone to finish updating and reboot itself.

  7. And you’re done

    The graphical user interface interacts with the application.

    Once the iPhone reboots, you should be on iOS 17.

Pro Tip

While you’re still on the update menu, tap on Automatic Updates and make sure that both toggles next to Download iOS Updates and Install iOS Updates are green. By doing this, you’ll never have to update your iPhone again manually.

Ios automatic updates turned on mockup

Now you’ve got your iPhone updated to the latest version, iOS 17, patching out those nasty vulnerabilities that could have let attackers get into your device and bringing all the latest features.

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