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How to update your iPhone to iOS 17.4.1

iOS 17 brought a whole new experience to our iPhones with impressive features such as NameDrop, Contact Posters, and many others. That’s not all. Apple constantly releases further updates to fix bugs and introduce newer features. If you are looking to download and install iOS 17.4.1 or iPadOS 17.4.1, this guide is all you need.

Here, we explain three ways to update your iPhone to iOS 17.4.1 or iPad to iPadOS 17.4.1.

Which devices support iOS 17.4.1?

If you are here, I believe your devices would already be running on some iteration of iOS 17.

However, for those who are late and finally thinking of making a leap to iOS 17.4.1 or iPadOS 17.4.1, here’s the complete list of iPhone and iPad models that support it:

iPhone compatible with iOS 17.4.1iPad compatible with iPadOS 17.4.1
iPhone 15 seriesiPad mini (5th gen or later)
iPhone 14 seriesiPad (6th gen or later)
iPhone 13 seriesiPad Air (3rd gen or later)
iPhone 12 seriesiPad Pro 10.5 inch
iPhone 11 seriesiPad Pro 11-inch (all models)
iPhone XS and XS MaxiPad Pro 12.9-inch (2nd gen or later)
iPhone XR
iPhone SE (2nd generation or later)

Note: The steps to update your iPad is the same as an iPhone.

Before we begin installing the iOS 17.4.1 or iPadOS 17.4.1 update, here are a few things you need to take care of:

  • Back up your device. This ensures that if something goes wrong, you have the option to restore, which will let you get back all essential data. 
  • You must have a stable Wi-Fi connection and enough free storage
  • The device must have at least 50% charge or should be plugged in for charge. 

After that, you can follow the simple steps below to update your iPhone and iPad.

How to update iPhone to iOS 17.4.1

  1. Open to Settings → Tap General.
  2. Select Software Update.
  3. Tap Download and Install.

    Go to General, select Software update, tap on Update Now

If Automatic Updates are enabled, you may see Update Now in step 3 above. More about that in the next part.

In case you have difficulty updating, please see our post on what to do if you can’t download the iOS update.

Automatically update your iPhone to iOS 17.4.1

After the previous part, you may wonder how to automatically download and install iOS updates. It’s pretty simple.

  1. Inside Settings → Tap General
  2. Tap Software Update
  3. Tap Automatic Updates.
  4. Toggle on iOS Updates under both Automatically Install and Automatically Download. 
  5. Further, you can toggle on Security Responses & System Files to automatically install them with each iOS update.

    Go to General, tap Software Update, select Automatic Updates and toggle on iOS Updates, Security Responses & System Files

When these options are enabled, your iPhone will automatically download an update over Wi-Fi when a new one is available.

It can also automatically install the update if the iPhone is charging overnight and connected to Wi-Fi. Now that you know how to turn on automatic updates on an iPhone, let’s look at another way to update your iPhone.

How to update your iPhone to iOS 17.4.1 using Mac or PC

Besides the easy method of updating over the air, you can also use a computer to get your iPhone’s latest iOS 17.4.1 software. But how do you update an iPhone from a computer? Here’s how:

  1. Connect your iPhone or iPad to the computer using an appropriate cable.
  2. In iTunes, click the tiny device icon. In Finder, click the device name from the left sidebar.
  3. Click Trust if you see it on the computer screen.

    Click the device name from Mac
  4. Next, tap Trust on the iPhone and enter its passcode.

    Tap Trust on iPhone and enter its passcode to update
  5. From the Summary tab in iTunes and the General tab in Finder, click Check for Update or Update.

    Click check for Update from Mac
  6. Click Download and Update. Follow the on-screen instructions, if any.
  7. Click NextAgree → enter the passcode on the iPhone if required.

iOS download will begin. Depending on your device and the internet speed, it may take considerable time to download the file, prepare the update, and install it. Do not disconnect the device midway.

That’s it!

I hope you now know how to update your iPhone or iPad to iOS 17.4.1 and iPadOS 17.4.1. In my opinion, the easiest method is the first one – from the Settings app.  

Which route are you taking? Do share your thoughts below.

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