Update software on your iPad

Update software on your iPad using Mac

On your Mac, you can update software on your iPhone, iPad, or an iPod touch.

  1. Connect your device to your Mac.
  2. In the Finder on your Mac, select the device in the Finder sidebar.
    A device selected in the Finder sidebar.
  3. Click General in the button bar.
    The button bar showing General selected.
  4. Click Check for Update.
    The “Check for Update” button appears next to the “Restore device” button.
  5. To install an available update, click Update.

If you don't have an Apple Mac you can connect the iPad to a local network. 

Connect to a Wi-Fi network

  1. From your Home screen, go to Settings > Wi-Fi.
  2. Turn on Wi-Fi. Your device will automatically search for available Wi-Fi networks.
  3. Tap the name of the Wi-Fi network that you want to join. Before you can join the network, you may be asked to enter the network's password.

After you've joined the network, you'll see a blue tick next to the network and the connected Wi-Fi icon in the top right-hand corner of your display.


Wirelessly update your iPad

  1. Plug your device into a power source and connect to the internet with Wi-Fi.
  2. Go to Settings > General, then tap Software Update.
  3. If you see two software update options available, choose the one that you want to install.
    The Settings app on iPhone showing options to update to iOS 14.8 or iOS 15.
  4. Tap Install Now. If you see Download and Install instead, tap it to download the update, then tap Install Now.
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