On Monday, Apple released iOS 16, which is the latest major software update for iPhones. Apple also put out WatchOS 9 for the Apple Watch and TVOS 16 for the Apple TV along with iOS 16. Expect to see iPadOS 16 and MacOS Ventura in October. There are a few new features in iOS 16 that will change how you use your iPhone, or at least how you use its lock screen.
You can now fully customise your iPhone’s lock screen by using a rotating background photo (either automatically or manually) and lock screen widgets to get information at a glance, which will be even more useful on the always-on display of the iPhone 14 Pro.
Other changes in iOS 16 include an update to the Messages app that lets you edit or delete iMessages after they’ve been sent, more advanced focus settings and filters, the ability to schedule email messages, and other changes to the Mail app.
How to put on your iPhone iOS 16
If you’re ready to take the plunge and install iOS 16 on your iPhone right now and you have one of the iPhone models that will get iOS 16, make sure to set aside about 30 minutes to do the job. Not only does it take some time to download and install the update, but you should also read our guide on how to prepare your iPhone for the update before you start. Before installing major updates, it’s a good idea to take care of a few small tasks. This will save you trouble if something goes wrong.
After you’ve done all of that, make sure your iPhone is plugged in and charging, and that your Wi-Fi connection is strong. The first one will make sure your phone doesn’t run out of power while the second one will speed up the process. Here’s how to put iOS 16 on your phone:
- Open your iPhone’s Settings app.
- Click on General and then Software Update.
- Your iPhone will check for updates on its own. When I looked for an update for my iPhone 13 Pro Max, I had two choices: iOS 15.7 or, at the bottom of the page, Upgrade to iOS 16.
- Tap Upgrade to iOS 16.
- Choose Download and install, and if asked, enter your passcode.
From now on, let the rest of the work be done by your iPhone. You may be asked if you want to restart your iPhone to finish the installation process. If you miss the prompt, your iPhone should restart on its own.
No matter what, your iPhone will restart a few times while the software is being installed. That makes sense. Once it’s done, you’ll see your usual lock screen, where you can enter your passcode and start tapping and swiping to go through the update.