Apple surprised everyone when, at WWDC 2019, it revealed that it was preparing to launch a separate operating system for iPads. A year and a half later, the second iPadOS arrived and with it came new features designed especially for the tablet.
If you are interested in installing iPadOS on your iPad, you may be wondering how to do it. You will see that the procedure is very similar to what you used to do when you wanted to update the iOS on your Apple device, or the one you carry out on your iPhone.
In this article we will try to solve all your doubts: from what should you take into account before updating the softwareWhat to do if you have problems such as lack of free space or poor connection to a Wi-Fi network.
Should you install iPadOS on your iPad?
Apple just introduced a new version of iPadOS, iPadOS 15, but it won’t be until next fall when you get an alert on your compatible iPad warning you that you can now update the software. Before doing so, we advise you to reflect on whether it is really worth it.
Logically, the iPadOS brings new features that you can only benefit from if you install it. This is the case of the possibility of using the iPad as a second monitor of your Mac, or of being able to have several windows of an app open.
Before proceeding with the installation, we recommend that you make a backup. You shouldn’t have a problem, but the last thing you want is to lose your data. We also suggest that you free up space to have enough for the update.
How to install iPadOS 15 on your iPad
As we said, iPadOS 15 has not yet officially arrived. For now, only developers who are part of Apple’s Beta Software Program can test its beta version. In July, anyone who wants can also be with the first public beta.
If you dare to try the beta version of iPadOS 15, read our article How to install iPadOS 15 beta on your iPad to know how to do it.
Now, when iPadOS 15 is finally official, the steps to follow will be even simpler:
1. Connect your iPad to the power. If not, you will not be allowed to download the update.
2. You will also need to connect your iPad to a Wi-Fi network. It won’t work if you only use mobile data. We recommend that you use a secure network, so you should download public networks.
3. Now, go to the ‘Settings’ of your iPad, followed by ‘General’ and ‘Software update’. There you should find the option to install iPadOS 15. If it tells you that your iPad already has the latest version installed, it could be for several reasons.
First of all, it could be because you already have it installed, or because the latest version is not yet available (it may take a while). Most likely, however, unfortunately your iPad is not supported.
4. If it is available, tap on ‘Download and install’.
5. You must enter your password for security and accept the terms and conditions.
6. The update will start downloading in the background. You will be given an approximation of the time it will take to complete, but it is usually much longer. At least you can use the tablet while downloading.
7. Once the download is complete, you will receive a notification. Tap on it and you will be redirected back to the ‘Software Update’ screen.
8. Tap on ‘Install Now’. This process can take a while, especially if you install the update just when it has just been released.
9. You can also choose to install the update later, or even have your iPad do it when you are sleeping. Remember to have the iPad connected to the power.
How to install iPadOS on your iPad without Wi-Fi
As we said in the previous point, you will not be able to download an update from software on your iPad if you are not connected to a Wi-Fi network. However, there is a trick so that you can do it using the data of your smartphone.
1. Connect your iPad to your iPhone’s mobile data using the ‘Internet Sharing’ option. You will find it in the ‘Settings’ of your iPhone, while on the iPad it will appear as if it were any Wi-Fi network. You must enter the password indicated on your iPhone.
2. Now, follow the steps in the previous section to download and install iPadOS on your iPad.
3. You will see how iPadOS will start downloading using your iPhone’s mobile data.
How to install iPadOS on your iPad using iTunes
If you don’t have access to Wi-Fi (or to a secure network), you have the option of installing iPadOS using iTunes as long as you have a Mac with Internet access and the program downloaded. With macOS Catalina, you should be able to do it from the Finder.
1. Open iTunes on your Mac and connect your iPad to the computer using a compatible cable.
2. Click on the icon representing an iPad that appears in iTunes.
3. Now, click on ‘Check for update’.
4. Finally, follow the on-screen steps to download and install iPadOS.
How to install iPadOS on your iPad if you don’t have free space
If you do not have enough space on your iPad, you will have to opt for the method of installing iPadOS using iTunes as indicated above. Alternatively, we advise you to free up memory by deleting memory cache, applications and files that you do not need.
You may be concerned that if your space is low, some of your data will be erased when you install iPadOS. This has happened in the past, but we think it shouldn’t be the case with iPadOS. Anyway, this is why you should make a backup.
How to install iPadOS on your iPad from a beta version
If you installed iPadOS in its beta version, you should know that, before you can install the final version, you will have to get rid of this beta version. You can do this by going to ‘Settings’, followed by ‘General’ and ‘Profile’.
Then, select the option that refers to the profile of the software iPadOS beta and choose ‘Delete Profile’. You will need to enter your password to confirm the changes. It will be then that you will receive alerts of the latest updates from software.
How to install an older version of the operating system
But what if you regret having installed iPadOS 15 and want to go back to the previous version? Next we will teach you a trick to achieve it, but remember that this procedure is not always effective.
1. Open the ‘Finder’ on your Mac.
2. Choose ‘Library’ and open the folder corresponding to iTunes. If you can’t find it, hold down the ‘Option’ or ‘Alt’ key and at the same time go to the ‘Go’ tab followed by ‘Library’.
3. Select the ‘Software Updates’ folder for your iPad if you can find it. You won’t find it if you haven’t updated the tablet via iTunes.
4. Alternatively, you can go to page IPSW.me to find the update you need on your device.