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How to update your iPad

Updating your iPad can bring new features and patch security issues. Here’s what to know.

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Apple releases updates for the iPad throughout the year, with a major update every fall. This means you should be familiar with how to update your iPad when the time comes.

The smaller updates bring feature updates that missed the major release, vulnerability patches, and other bug fixes.

The major updates, on the other hand, can completely change the experience of your iPad.

You can manually update iPadOS on your iPad or let the iPad do it automatically. The best way to keep your iPad secure from attack is to keep it updated, so we’ll show you how.

How to update your iPad to the latest version of iPadOS

If you want to update your iPad (and you totally should), here’s how you can do that in just a couple of quick steps:

  1. Open the Settings app on your iPadipad homescreen showing the settings icon

  2. Tap on Generalgeneral settings menu on ipad

  3. Then, tap on Software Updatesoftware update screen on digital screen

  4. Tap on Download and Installipados 16 update screen

  5. You might get asked if you want to temporarily remove apps because the update needs more space. Tap on Continue. iOS will reinstall those apps after the update is finished.

  6. Tap on Install once the update has been downloaded

Now you’ve got your iPad updated to the latest version of iPadOS.

It’s never a bad time to update your iPad

We get it. It can be annoying updating your iPad, but don’t let the wait time stop your from doing this important step.

Out-of-date iPads are vulnerable, and that vulnerability can be leveraged by bad actors. But that’s not all. Updated iPads also gain access to all of the best new features Apple has to offer.

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