How to update an iPad manually, or set it to update automatically

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 via its 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.

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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.

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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.

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6. If there's an update available, click "Download and Update."

How to turn on automatic updates on an iPad

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.

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