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Which iPhones support iOS 16?

If you plan on updating to iOS 16, you’ll need to know which iPhones work with the new version.

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Quick Answer: Apple’s iOS 16 is the company’s latest OS and is available on the iPhone 8 through the iPhone 14. For the full list, continue reading below.

Apple’s iOS 16 is packed with great features, but not every iPhone can update to the company’s latest operating system.

With iOS 16, users get new customization options, including lockscreen updates and the ability to copy objects from photos.

There are also quality-of-life updates, like the ability to share Wi-Fi passwords and auto-delete duplicate photos from your Photo library.

If you haven’t updated yet or are in the market for a new iPhone, here are all the iPhones that can utilize iOS 16.

iOS 16 compatible iPhones


The following iPhone models will receive the iOS 16 update. If you own one of these, there’s nothing to worry about.

Here are iOS 16 compatible iPhones in order of release:

  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone 12
  • iPhone 12 Mini
  • iPhone 12 Pro
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max

If you don’t own one of these, you may want to consider upgrading your iPhone or trading in your iPhone for a newer supported model.

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

To check your current iPhone model, go to Settings > General > About.

iOS 16 is packed with features

If you’re a first-time iPhone user, you now know which models to avoid. You can safely aim for an iPhone 8 or later.

READ MORE: How to use emojis as your lock screen background in iOS 16

However, bear in mind that models like the iPhone 8, though iOS 16 compatible, may soon become incompatible with future updates in a couple of years. Your best bet will be an iPhone 13 or 14.

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Joy Okumoko is a freelance technology writer who loves all things tech. She spends her spare time crocheting and working on her crafts.

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