iPhone users to receive major free upgrade this month – four tasks you must do to ensure your device is ready

APPLE releases a major iOS update about once a year – and the tech giant’s next one comes out in a few weeks.

iOS is the operating system that iPhones run on, and the new iOS 17 means millions of customers will get a significant improvement to their devices

On the day a major iOS update is released, Apple's servers may be overloaded, which may cause installation to take longer than usual


On the day a major iOS update is released, Apple’s servers may be overloaded, which may cause installation to take longer than usualPhoto credit: Alamy

But there are a few things iPhone owners need to do to prepare their device for the system overhaul before it arrives.

Viewers expect iOS 17 to be available for download the week of September 18th – the week after Apple’s September 12th event when the new iPhone launches.

To ensure you have access to all the latest features, simply follow these four steps.

Check if your device is compatible

First, check if your device is compatible with the update.

A number of devices can run iOS 17, so the hoped-for new features will not be available.

All phones between the iPhone SE and iPhone 14 are eligible.

Update your device

On the day a major iOS update is released, Apple’s servers may be overloaded, which may cause installation to take longer than usual.

Before iOS 17 is released, it is advisable to update your device to the latest software available.

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This ensures that the larger iOS 17 operating system downloads smoothly.

This also means your phone is as protected as possible from cyber vulnerabilities while you wait for the server hustle to die down.

You may also want to wait a week or so until Apple releases iOS 17.1, which usually fixes any bugs encountered in the first iteration.

Create additional space

You need enough storage space for the update.

Iterations of iOS 16 currently take up around 10GB of storage space on iPhones.

But iOS 17 is said to be much bigger.

If you don’t have at least 15GB of free space on your iPhone, you should try to make some space for the update.

You can do this in different ways, such as: For example, by deleting or offloading unused apps, deleting downloaded content, or moving more pictures and videos to iCloud.

Back up your iPhone

Finally, you may want to back up your iPhone using iCloud, Finder on a Mac, or iTunes on a PC.

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Previously, people complained that they lost data like old text messages and photos when they updated.

The Sun has detailed how to back up your iPhone before an iOS update here.

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Alley Einstein

Alley Einstein is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Alley Einstein joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing Alley@ustimespost.com.

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