Millions of iPhone owners receive free iOS update TOMORROW – make sure your smartphone is ready

APPLE releases its high-anticipated iOS 17 update on Monday.

And millions of iPhone users across the world should make sure their device is ready for it.


iOS 17 is released to everyone on September 18Credit: AFP

The new version of iOS features a number of big enhancements, including Contact Posters for phone calls, improvements to AirDrop and a StandBy full screen experience mode when your iPhone is charging.

But only iPhone SE (2nd generation) or later will be able to receive the free update.

Here’s everything you need to know to ensure your handset is good to go for iOS 17.

How to get iOS 17


It’s always good practice to back up any smartphone.

But during a major update it’s even more important just in case something goes wrong.

So make sure all your precious photos, videos and other files are backed up with iCloud or any other storage service before setting off.

Clear space

Next, you need to have some space available for the update to download.

Typically, iOS updates can be up to 10GB in size.

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So if you know you’re running low on space, you might want to clear out any disused apps or old files.

Power up

You need at least 50 per cent of battery to download iOS 17.

And you need at least 20 per cent for it to install.

So juice up – it’s probably best to leave it plugged in throughout the installation.

Connect to Wi-Fi

Given how large iOS updates are, you’ll need to be connected to Wi-Fi.

Otherwise you could use up a load of your data.

Not only that, Wi-Fi is quicker.

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