How To Enable Apple's First Rapid Security Responses Update?

Rapid Security Responses Update

On May 1, 2023, Apple rolled out a new security update to iPhones on iOS 16. Apple's first rapid security response is the latest security patch which aims to fix the major security bugs in the iPhones. Apple said this update would deliver essential security measures between the software updates. 

However, some users on social media reported that they are facing issues while enabling this security update. This blog will discuss Apple's first rapid security response update and how you can enable it easily.

Details Of Rapid Security Responses Update 

Apple's Rapid Security Responses is the new security update release for iPhone, iPad, and Mac, with major security improvements. In the documentation, Apple mentioned that this new security update is only available to the latest version of iOS, which includes iOS, iPadOS, and MacOS. The version of iOS that is compatible to enable rapid security responses update is iOS 16.4.1 (iOS and iPad OS) and macOS 13.3.1. 

Issue iOS Users Face Related To Security Update

Once Apple's first rapid security responses update was released, iOS users faced various issues while downloading or enabling this update. Some users reported that they could not install the update on their iOS devices.

On Twitter and other social media platforms, various users shared that the Rapid Security Responses update is shown in the General> Software Update section, but it refuses to install. Moreover, a new prompt is shown on the screen, which is "Unable To Verify Security Response." 

It is also important to note that Apple released its first Rapid Security Response update in different stages. That also means that it is only available to some percentage of users in the initial days. However, the update will be available to the rest of iOS users in a few days soon. 

Apart from this, users also face another issue in which an update is downloaded successfully, but the binary is unable to verify it across the different devices. If you face an issue while enabling Rapid Security Response on your iOS device, the steps below might help you.

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Steps To Enable Rapid Security Response Update

If you use an iOS version 16.4.1 and macOS version 13.2 or later, you can easily install or enable Apple's latest security update. In this step-by-step guide, we will share the process in detail for iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

For iPhone and iPad

To enable Apple's first rapid security response update, follow the steps shown below: 

  1. In your iPhone or iPad, open the "Settings" App and scroll down the list of options.

  2. Tap on the "General" option shown on the screen.

  3. After that, navigate to the "Software Update" option and choose "Automatic Updates." If this option is disabled on your device, enable it.

  4. After tapping on this option, toggle On the "Security Responses and System Files" below the Install iOS updates option.



There are chances that you might not get the security responses and system files in your software update settings. In such a case, you must wait a few days until the latest Rapid Security Responses update is available on your iOS device.

For Mac Devices

To enable rapid security responses in Mac devices, follow the steps shown below:

1. First, click on the "Apple Logo" at the top-left side of the screen of your Mac device.

2. Now, select the "System settings" from the list of options.

3. Select the "General" option from the left side and click the "Software update" option.

4. After that, navigate to the Automatic updates and click on the info icon (i) on the right.

5. Enable the "Check for Updates" feature by clicking the toggle button. 

6. Next, scroll down and toggle on the "Install Security Responses and System Files" option. You will only get this feature once you enable check for update features in your Mac device.


How To Disable Rapid Security Responses Updates From iOS Devices?

This process is often not recommended but essential when you face bugs or any issue after enabling the update. You can easily disable Rapid Security Responses from iOS by following these simple steps:

For iPhone and iPad devices

To disable rapid security responses updates on iPhone and iPad devices, follow the steps shown below:

  1. First, open the "Settings" app and tap the "General" option.

  2. Secondly, select "About" and tap on the iOS or iPad version per your requirements.

  3. Now, you will get a chance to remove the update. Also, check out the indicator of Rapid Security Response on the screen.

  4. Finally, select the "Remove security update" option and tap the "Confirm" option.


For Mac Devices

To disable the Rapid Security Responses update on Mac devices, follow the steps shown below:

  1. First, click on the Apple logo at the top-left corner and click the "System Settings" option.

  2. Next, select the General option and click on the About shown on the right side.

  3. After that, click on the Mac version.

  4. Finally, select the Remove Update option and click the "Confirm" button.



Security updates are essential to keep your devices and the data stored in them safe. Apple's Rapid Security Responses update easily fixes the flaws and bugs with a system update, and you can easily enable it by following the steps mentioned above. We hope you found this guide helpful for yourself.

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