You can update your iPad automatically, or manually through Settings and iTunes. Shutterstock
- It’s easy to update your iPad manually through the Settings app or iTunes, or set it to update automatically.
- You’ll want to update your iPad to the latest version of iPadOS to protect it from security vulnerabilities, as well as to fix bugs and have access to the latest features.
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It’s a good idea to keep your iPad up to date with the latest version of iPadOS, since it protects you from security vulnerabilities and also delivers the latest bug fixes and features.
You can set your iPad to install updates automatically, or perform the updates manually on your own schedule.
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How to update your iPad automatically
The easiest way to keep your iPad updated is to enable automatic updates.
1. Start the Settings app.
2. Tap “General.”
3. Tap “Software Update.”
4. Tap “Automatic Updates.”
5. Make sure automatic updates are turned on by swiping the button to the right so it’s green.
Tap the switch to toggle automatic updates on. Dave Johnson/Business Insider
How to update your iPad in Settings
You can also update your iPad manually by going through your settings.
1. Start the Settings app.
2. Tap “General,” and then tap “Software Update.”
You can find the software update tool in the Settings app. Dave Johnson/Business Insider
3. If there’s an update available, tap “Download and Install.”
4. If your iPad is low on storage space and there isn’t enough room to install the update, your iPad will ask permission to temporarily uninstall apps (the apps will be automatically restored later). Tap “Continue.”
5. After the download is complete, tap “Install.”
How to update your iPad using iTunes
Wirelessly updating your iPad is generally the most convenient way to keep it up to date, but if you prefer, you can connect your iPad to a computer and install updates via iTunes instead.
Note, however, that iTunes will stop being supported on Mac computers soon. That means that this option will only be available on PC.
1. Connect your iPad to your computer using a USB connection cable.
2. Start iTunes on the computer.
3. Click the device icon to the right of the Music dropdown. This connects your iPad to iTunes.
Once iTunes recognizes your iPad, a small icon of the device will appear in the top-left. Dave Johnson/Business Insider
4. If it’s not already selected, click the “Summary” tab on the left side of the screen.
5. Click “Check for Update.”
iTunes will check Apple’s servers for an iPad update. Dave Johnson/Business Insider
6. If there’s an update available, click “Download and Update.”