iOS 17.3.1 Update Released to Fix Overlapping Text Bug on iPhone & iPad

Feb 8, 2024 - 3 Comments

iOS 17.3.1 and iPadOS 17.3.1 updates released

Apple has released iOS 17.3.1 as an update for iPhone, along with iPadOS 17.3.1 for iPad. The small software update includes a bug fix for an issue where text may duplicate or overlap while typing. There do not appear to be any other changes or security fixes in this update.

Separately, macOS Sonoma 14.3.1 and watchOS 10.3.1 are also available as bug fix updates for Mac and Apple Watch, respectively, to address the same text overlap issue.

How to Download & Install iOS 17.3.1 / iPadOS 17.3.1 Update

Be sure you backup iPhone or iPad to iCloud or a computer before beginning software updates.

  1. Open the “Settings” app on your iPhone or iPad
  2. Select “General”
  3. Choose “Software Update”
  4. Select to “Update Now” for iOS 17.3.1 / iPadOS 17.3.1 to begin downloading and installing the update

iOS 17.3.1 update

Your device will need to restart to finish installation.

Downloading the update through Settings is the easiest way to install iOS/iPadOS updates for most users, but you can also update through a computer, or by using IPSW files.

iOS 17.3.1 IPSW Download Links

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iPadOS 17.3.1 IPSW Download Links

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iOS 17.3.1 Release Notes

Release notes included with iOS 17.3.1 and iPadOS 17.3.1 are as follows (with ‘iPad’ instead of iPhone for the latter):

This update provides bug fixes for your iPhone including:
• Text may unexpectedly duplicate or overlap while typing

Release notes are the same on iPad.

iPadOS 17.3.1 update

Separately, minor software updates are also available for macOS Sonoma 14.3.1 and watchOS to address the same overlapping text bug.


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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in iPad, iPhone, News


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  1. Keith says:

    Thank you Apple.
    iPad os 17.3.1 has allowed me to disable multitasking – Settings> Multitasking and Gestures.
    I am an 83-year-old senior citizen and use my I pad mini to read books, keep notes and keep a record of having taken my meds. I have no need of having uninvited app windows popping up.

    Prior to updating to 17.3.1 Split View and Slide Over had been an utter nuisance.

  2. Rick Alexander says:

    Today’s OSXDaily included the iOS 17 Superguide…Implying all the latest stuff. Next iOS 17.3.1 arrives, which isn’t even acknowledged in the Superguide.
    Letters overlapping?
    This is confusing!

    • Paul says:

      Hey Rick, can you give us more information about this “Superguide” you mention? We do not have a superguide.

      iOS 17.3.1 is a bug fix update released to address an issue with overlapping text. It does not appear to have any other changes.

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