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What’s changed in the Settings app for iOS 18

Apple has updated the Settings app in iOS 18Apple has updated the Settings app in iOS 18

The Settings app in iOS 18 has gone through some big changes, but once you get used to them, it’ll be easier to manage your iPhone.

The Settings app is a very important part of iOS and iPadOS. Most users will be familiar with accessing it regularly to change settings or to manage their iPhone storage capacity.

Each update to iOS can also introduce changes to the Settings app, and that’s precisely the case for iOS 18.

Here are the main changes to watch out for in the Settings app when moving from iOS 17 to iOS 18.

Apple Account

Right after opening Settings and seeing your name, you may spot a difference in wording. Under iOS 17, there would be a mention of an Apple ID, but that has gone in iOS 18.

It was rumored back in March that Apple was updating the branding of its account system, from Apple ID to Apple Account. At the time, it was believed the change was to help users understand it was an online account system, which may have been lost by the usage of “ID” previously.

Section headings

As users navigate the Settings app, they will discover that each of the sections they enter will have a header.

Two iPhone settings screens: General settings on the left, Wi-Fi settings on the right, connected to 'Wu-Tang LAN'.

Section headings in the iOS 18 Settings app

While the sections can be quite self-explanatory in nature, such as “Bluetooth” or “Wi-Fi,” the headers will give a brief description of what the user can change within that particular section.

In some cases, the header will have the most essential setting options underneath the description. For example, Wi-Fi has the on-off toggle and the currently-connected Wi-Fi network listed.


The order of items as they appear in the main Settings list has also been refreshed as part of the update.

At the top of the list is the main account profile and Family settings, if applicable. That’s followed by a section containing Airplane Mode, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Mobile Service or Cellular, and Personal Hotspot. Battery is moved up to this collection too, while VPN is a freshly broken-out item.

Four iPhone screens showing settings menus with various options like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, General, Accessibility, and more, in light and dark modes.

The front page of the Settings app in iOS 17 [left, dark mode] and iOS 18 [right, light mode]

Notifications, Sounds & Haptics, Focus, and Screen Time remain the same grouping as before. However, they are pushed down from their high location in iOS 17 to further down the list in iOS 18.

The larger group starting with General takes its place. The group has listings for Accessibility, the Action Button, Camera, Control Center, Display & Brightness, Home Screen & App Library, Search, Siri, Standby, and Wallpaper.

The options for Face ID & Passcode, Emergency SOS, Exposure Notifications, and Privacy & Security are in a separate group further down.

App Store and Wallet & Apple Pay are still together, but are accompanied by Game Center.


The main Settings page is often a long and sprawling list for users, as the bottom includes settings for individual apps. In iOS 18, this is not the case.

iPhone settings screen showing a list of apps including Amazon, Adobe, and Apple Store. 'Apps' is highlighted in the lower section of the left screen.

iOS 18’s Settings app puts app-specific settings in an App section.

To shorten the length of the initial Settings page, Apple has finally included a catch-all section for Apps. Selecting it brings up an alphabetized list of app settings, including a search box at the top to save time finding the right option.