You can get your iPad up to date with all the latest features and security enhancements.

By keeping your iPad up to date, you can get the most out of your device with the latest features and security enhancements.

We’ll show you how to update your iPad wirelessly and how to update it using a computer. However, before you start, you should back up your device.

If you’re updating wirelessly, you’ll need to plug your iPad into power and connect to Wi-Fi. If you’re using a Mac or a Windows computer to update, you’ll need a compatible cable.

 

How to update your iPad wirelessly

When there is an update available, you might get an alert, which you can tap to start the update process, or a badge might appear on the Settings app icon on your home screen.

 

Check for an Update

  1. Open Settings
  2. Tap General
  3. Then tap Software Update.

 

Update your iPad

When an update is available, you might have the option to choose between two available updates.

If you’d like to continue using your current version of iPadOS, there might be important security updates you can install for a period of time, or you can upgrade to the latest version.

You can tap Update Tonight if you want to wait until later, and your iPad will update overnight while it is locked and the battery has enough charge.

  1. To update right away, tap Update Now.
  2. Then enter your passcode.
  3. Follow any other prompts, which might include reviewing and accepting terms and conditions, to continue.
  4. Your iPad will begin the update process, and when it’s finished, your iPad will restart.

 

How to Update iPad with a Computer

Next, let’s look at how you can update your iPad using a computer. But, before starting the update, make sure your device is plugged into a computer and that the computer is connected to the internet.

If you’re using a Mac with macOS Catalina or later, open the Finder. If you’re using a Mac with macOS Mojave or earlier, or a Windows computer, open iTunes.

  1. A notification might appear when an update is available. You can click it to start the update process. Otherwise, click your device in the sidebar on the left side of the Finder.
  2. Make sure you’re in the General tab, and then click Update.
  3. Then click Update again and follow the prompts, which might include reviewing and accepting terms and conditions to continue.
  4. Your iPad will restart when it’s done.

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