November 30, 2023

On your iPhone, do you want to install iOS 17? We’ve put together this brief tutorial on how to install iOS 17 in light of Apple’s recent rollout of the significant software upgrade to all iPhones, as well as what to do if iOS 17 isn’t downloading or gets stuck during the update.

A huge variety of updates and additions are included in iOS 17, such as interactive widgets, a new StandBy mode for quick access to information, enhanced autocorrect, and more. Therefore, it’s definitely worth upgrading if your iPhone is eligible for the update (you must have an iPhone XS or later).

Should you immediately install iOS 17? While there are frequently minor defects or flaws when a significant software update is launched, the most of the significant ones have normally been fixed during the public beta testing phase, making it safe to install the initial full version.

On September 18, Apple released iOS 17. If you want to update your iPhone and try out its new features, here’s how to do it as well as what to do if it obstinately won’t download or gets stuck.

You’ll also need a Wi-Fi connection and an iOS 17-compatible iPhone, which are all listed in the following list:

  • iPhone SE (second gen, third gen)
  • 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
  • iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Mini, iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro Max
  • iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro, iPhone 14 Pro Max
  • iPhone 15, iPhone 15 Plus, iPhone 15 Pro, iPhone 15 Pro Max

How to Download iOs 17 on Your iPhone

Go to the Software Update Page

On your iPhone, open the Settings app by either touching the icon or typing “Settings” into the search bar. Visit General > Software Update right away. You should see a ‘Upgrade to iOS’ notice at the bottom of your screen if your iPhone is compatible (see the list above). If not, give it a few minutes and see if it shows up.

Ensure You Have Adequate Storage

When you tap the “Upgrade to iOS” notification, the install page with a list of iOS 17’s new features and the size of the install should appear. Clearing some space now will ensure that iOS 17 can install if your internal storage is getting low.

Go to Settings > General > iPhone storage to free up space on your iPhone. You’ll get an analysis of your existing storage condition along with some suggestions for freeing up space (like Offload Unused Apps). You can start installing iOS 17 once you’ve freed up a healthy 10GB of space.

Install and Download

Tap “Download and Install” on the iOS 17 install page shown above. Following a list of Terms and Conditions, you will be prompted to enter your iPhone passcode (the one you use to unlock the phone). When you’re satisfied with them, click “Agree” in the bottom right corner.

You should now see a ‘Update Requested’ notification on the Software Update page, followed by an estimation of how long it will take to download iOS 17 (normally around 15 minutes). When your iPhone reboots with iOS 17 (which typically takes another ten minutes after the download is finished), it’s a good idea to plug it into power.


What Should You Do in The Event That iOS 17 Won’t Download?

A common problem when trying to download iOS 17 is that it simply won’t begin automatically. You can try a few things to resolve this. To begin with, confirm that you are using Wi-Fi rather than a cellular connection. Rebooting your iPhone is another easy cure. (Hold the side button and one of the volume up or down button simultaneously).

But a lack of sufficient storage space is the most frequent problem stopping iOS 17 from downloading and installing. Even though iOS 17 may appear to be about 3GB in size, you’ll need at least 10GB of free space to install it. Therefore, it’s worthwhile to check iPhone storage under General to see where you may free up some space.

The ‘Offload unneeded Apps’ option is a simple approach to release a few gigabytes (it offloads unneeded apps but does not destroy them). Gigabytes of storage can also be easily consumed by large podcasts, videos, and images. Once you’ve removed some undesirable content, restart your iPhone, go back to the Settings > General > Software Update page where you downloaded iOS 17, and it should now function normally.

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