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iOS 16 is available today – here’s how to get it

This year, Apple brought the heat.

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iOS 16 was announced months ago at WWDC 2022. Now the day is here for the public build to hit your iPhone.

Apple has packed tons of new features into iOS 16 (now iOS 16.0.3). Some of these are quality of life, like the battery percentage returning to the notification bar. You can also edit your lock screen, edit iMessage or unsend them after you send them, and easily remove backgrounds from images.

You can also connect Nintendo Joy-Cons as controllers, Apple Maps has some big new features, and you can save storage space by looking for duplicate photos.

READ MORE: iOS 16 is out now – here are some of our favorite new features

One thing that won’t be there immediately is the iCloud Shared Photo Library. That handy photo-sharing tool has been delayed and will come later this year.

Over the last five years, Apple has released the major iOS update at 10 am PT / 1 pm ET. We see no reason that this year will be any different.

Here’s how to update your iPhone once the time comes.

How to get iOS 16 on your iPhone

You’ll want to do a couple of things before you start. Charge your iPhone to at least 20%, and keep it plugged in while you update. Back up your iPhone to iCloud or iTunes, just in case. Then, it’s time to update:

  1. Open the Settings appios settings app

  2. Tap on Generalscreenshot of ios settings showing the general menu item

  3. Select Software Update ios 14 settings software update for iphone

  4. Tap on Download and Installios 15.4 update how to on iphone

That will download the update package. Depending on how many people try to download, this might take some time. Once downloaded, you might have to tap again to start the installation. Your iPhone will verify the download, then reboot to install things.

watchOS 9 is also available today, for anyone on an Apple Watch Series 4 or newer. You’ll have to update your iPhone to iOS 16 first.

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