How to download and install iOS 17 on your iPhone today

iOS 17
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Today's the day that iOS 17 is finally available for iPhone users, along with WatchOS 10 and iPadOS 17. The update adds several key new features for the iPhone, including a new StandBy mode for quickly viewing information while the phone is locked, and a bunch of delightful new animations.

iOS 17 is set to be available to download on compatible iPhones from 10am PT / 6pm BST, and like all iOS updates, it's pretty simple to install. Here's how to do it. (Want the best iOS experience available? Check out out guide on how to pre-order the iPhone 15.)

iOS 17: Compatible iPhones

iOS 17

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Apple has good form when it comes to supporting its iPhones for years after their launch, and iOS 17 is compatible with devices that arrived way back in 2018. That means everything from the iPhone XS onwards is compatible – including any iPhone with a number 11 onwards in its name. For the full list of compatible iPhones, head to Apple's website.

How to prepare to install iOS 17

Before downloading iOS 17, it's worth backing up your iPhone, just in case any unlikely issues arise during the installation process. Head to Settings > iCloud > iCloud backup to create a cloud backup that your phone can be restored from if needed.

Before installing iOS 17, you'll want to ensure that your phone is connected to power and WiFi, and has at least 50% of battery remaining. You'll also need to make sure you have enough space for the download, which is likely to require a few gigabytes. Head to Settings > General > iPhone Storage to free up storage.

An iPhone on a docking stand with StandBy enabled

StandBy mode is one of iOS 17's headline features (Image credit: Apple)

How to install iOS 17

Once these steps are complete, you're ready to download and install iOS 17. As soon as Apple has officially pushed out the update, it'll be waiting for you in Settings > General > Software Update, where you'll be given the option to install it immediately, or overnight. If iOS 17 is not appearing, wait a few minutes and try again – it can take a while for Apple to release it across the world. After you've begun the download and install process you should see a status bar, along with an estimate of how long it will take. When your iPhone reboots, iOS 17 will be installed on the device.

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Daniel John
Senior News Editor

Daniel John is Senior News Editor at Creative Bloq. He reports on the worlds of art, design, branding and lifestyle tech (which often translates to tech made by Apple). He joined in 2020 after working in copywriting and digital marketing with brands including ITV, NBC, Channel 4 and more.