How to Do It, and How Long Does It Take for iOS17 to Install?

The new operating system for iPhones can now be downloaded by all users with compatible phones

The iPhone 14 Pro with the current Lightning connectors. Photographer: Nic Coury/Bloomberg.
September 19, 2023 | 10:19 AM

Bloomberg Línea — Since Monday, September 18, 2023, all iPhone users with phones released after 2018 can download the new operating system iOS 17, which comes with exciting features for Apple enthusiasts. The update process is straightforward and only requires completing some very intuitive steps.

This year’s changes include improvements in some of the most commonly used apps, including the Phone app, Messages, and Safari. Additionally, iOS 17 introduces “contact posters,” which allow users to select an image and a font to change their appearance when calling other people’s iPhones, as well as an improved autocorrector. It also features a new iMessage interface, roadside assistance, and automatic “I arrived home safely” notifications, among other things.

The new update comes with a warning from Apple when you are too close to the phone. However, this can be disabled in the settings. Among the new features, there is also an app called Journal, which is expected to come in the next versions of the update. The app monitors feelings that you input into the app, like a diary.

New updates occur in the Phone, Messages, and FaceTime apps.


The list of devices compatible with iOS 17 is as follows:

  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone SE (2ª gen.)
  • 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 SE (3ª gen.)
  • 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 install iOS 17

The website Applesfera explains that “since it’s not a beta version or anything similar,” the installation process is as simple as:

  • Go to Settings
  • General
  • Software Update
  • Download
Proceso de instalación de iOS 17

According to the technology-focused website Xataka, there are only three requirements to install iOS 17 (or any other version): having an internet connection, having at least 20% battery, and having sufficient available storage.


However, it is possible that the process may not proceed, get stuck at a certain point, or have the progress bar complete without installation. The first thing to mention is that this can be completely normal, although there are certain aspects worth checking that could also speed up the download.

In case of any delay, it is recommended to:

  • Always prioritize Wi-Fi over mobile data.
  • Minimize internet consumption as much as possible.
  • Restart the entire process if there is a delay.

“There are several ways to update an iPhone, and one of them is with a computer. In fact, it can be the fastest way if it is connected via Ethernet cable to the router or if, alternatively, its Wi-Fi speed is greater than that of the iPhone itself,” emphasizes the Xataka article.

How long does the installation of an iPhone operating system typically take?

While the installation time can vary depending on numerous circumstances, specialized websites often refer to an installation time of between 20 and 30 minutes.


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