How to Update iPad to iPadOS 15

Learn how to download iPadOS 15 and update iPad software to the latest version.

Ready to upgrade to the latest iPadOS update? If you've been wondering, "how do I update my iPad?" we’ll cover which iPads are compatible with iPadOS 15, how to get the iPadOS download, and how to update your iPad so you can begin to take advantage of the new iPad software features right away.

Related: How to Download iOS 15 & Update Your iPhone to the Latest Apple Software

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Which iPads Are Compatible with the New iPadOS Update?

In addition to the newest iPads, the iPad versions listed below are capable of downloading and running iPadOS 15. If you aren't sure which iPad version you own, we have an article that will help you identify which iPad you own, no matter which model or generation.

  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (4th generation)
  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd generation)
  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2nd generation)
  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (1st generation)
  • iPad Pro 11-inch (2nd generation)
  • iPad Pro 11-inch (1st generation)
  • iPad Pro 10.5-inch 
  • iPad Pro 9.7-inch 
  • iPad (8th generation)
  • iPad (7th generation)
  • iPad (6th generation)
  • iPad (5th generation)
  • iPad mini (5th generation)
  • iPad mini 4
  • iPad Air (4th generation)
  • iPad Air (3rd generation)
  • iPad Air 2

How to Update My iPad Software

For more great Apple device tutorials, check out our free Tip of the Day. Follow the steps below to complete your iPad software update.

  1. Back up your device to iCloud or to your Mac.
  2. Plug your device into power and make sure you're connected to Wi-Fi. 
  3. Open the Settings app.

  4. Tap General.​

  5. Select Software Update.

  6. Tap Download and Install. If your iPad already has the most current software, you will see a message noting your iPad is up to date. 

  7. Enter your passcode.

  8. Tap Agree to accept the Terms and Conditions.

  9. Tap Install Now.

  10. Your tablet will power down. Then it will power back up and install the software.
  11. Once your Lock screen comes back up, unlock your iPad.
  12. Follow any on-screen directions to complete the update.

If for some reason your iPad won't update, and you've followed the steps above, troubleshoot the issue and try again! It is important to keep your devices updated for security purposes

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Leanne Hays

Leanne Hays is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life, and has written hundreds of in-depth how-to and troubleshooting articles. She's a former Associate Editor for iPhone Life magazine, and has written for the Iowa Source, as well as web content for education marketing. Leanne has an associate's degree in education, with a focus on curriculum development, as well as a bachelor's degree in science. She has over nine years of experience with SEO, social media management, and web development and writing. Despite years of web work, Leanne is by no means an early adapter; she's only owned a smartphone for five years, which makes her highly sympathetic to the learning curve of new iPhone owners. She enjoys making reader's lives easier and putting her education experience to work by walking them through the most practical ways to use Apple devices, step-by-step.

In off-work hours, Leanne is a mother of two, homesteader, audiobook fanatic, musician, and learning enthusiast.