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How to Update an Old iPad

by on September 21, 2020
in Tips & How-Tos, Computers and Software, Tablets & eReaders, Phones and Mobile, iPhone/iPad Apps :: 11 comments

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While most iPads can be upgraded to the latest operating system, iPadOS 14, some are stuck at an earlier generation of the operating system. Apple leaves devices behind when they don't have the hardware that's necessary to smoothly run the new operating system. 

Consult the chart below to find out the latest version of iOS or iPadOS that your tablet supports. To identify which iPad model you own, go to Settings > General > About. There you will find the "Model Name" and "Model Number." 

The Latest Version of iOS or iPadOS by iPad Model
 

Devices

Latest Version of iOS or iPadOS

iPad - 1st generation (2010) iOS 5.1.1
iPad 2 - 2nd generation (2011)
iPad  - 3rd generation (2012)

iPad mini - 1st generation (2012)
iOS 9.3.5 for WiFi only models
iOS 9.3.6 for WiFi + cellular models
iPad with Retina Display - 4th generation (2012) iOS 10.3.4
iPad mini 2 - 2nd generation (2013)
iPad mini 3  - 3rd generation (2014)

iPad Air - 1st generation (2013)
iOS 12.4.8
iPad - 5th generation (2017)
iPad - 6th generation (2018)
iPad - 7th generation (2019)
iPad - 8th generation (2020)

iPad mini 4 - 4th generation (2015)
iPad mini - 5th generation (2019)

iPad Air 2 - 2nd generation (2014)
iPad Air - 3rd generation (2019)
iPad Air - 4th generation (2020)

Pad Pro 12.9" - 1st generation (2015)
iPad Pro 9.7" - 1st generation (2016)
iPad Pro 10.5" and 12.9" - 2nd generation (2017)
iPad Pro 11" and 12.9" - 3rd generation (2018)
iPad Pro 11" and 12.9" - 4th generation (2020)
iPadOS 14

How to update an old iPad

There are two ways to update your old iPad. You can update it wirelessly over WiFi or connect it to a computer and use the iTunes app. 

How to update an old iPad wirelessly

Back up your iPad. Make sure your iPad is connected to WiFi and then go to Settings > Apple ID [Your Name] > iCloud or Settings > iCloud. Make sure iCloud Backup is turned on and select "Back Up Now." You'll receive a confirmation when the backup is complete.

Back up your iPad wirelessly

Check for and install the latest software. To check for the latest software, go to Settings > General > Software Update. Your iPad will then check for a software update. On the screen, you'll either see your current version of iOS or iPad OS and the message "Your software is up to date," or if your software is not up to date, you'll see the option to "Download and Install." 

Check for and install the latest software wirelessly

How to update an old iPad using your computer

Back up your iPad. Connect your iPad to your computer with your Lightning cable. (You may see a message asking for your iPad passcode or for your to "Trust This Computer." Follow the directions.) On a Mac with macOS Catalina 10.15, open Finder. On a Mac with macOS Mojave 10.14 or earlier, or on a PC, launch iTunes. Locate your iPad in iTunes and click on it. You'll then see an option to "Back Up Now." Click on the "Back Up Now" button, and you'll receive a confirmation when the backup is complete.

Back up and update your old iPad using iTunes

Check for and install the latest software. On a Mac with macOS Catalina 10.15, open Finder. On a Mac with macOS Mojave 10.14 or earlier, or on a PC, open iTunes. Then, connect your device to your computer. Locate your device on your computer. Click "General" or "Settings," then click "Check for Update." Click "Download and Update." You may be asked to enter your passcode.

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13.0 update

From Donald Cercone on November 05, 2020 :: 4:27 pm

Can I update my mini 2 to version 13.0?

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No. The last update for

From Suzanne Kantra on November 05, 2020 :: 4:57 pm

No. The last update for iPad mini 2 is iOS 12.4.8

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Old ipad

From Dorcas on November 11, 2020 :: 5:21 pm

What can I do to improve this iPad? It is a 9.3.5 model MD531Ll/A

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Also 9.3.5 that won't update to a newer IOS

From Dave on November 18, 2020 :: 11:05 am

Is this model obsolete?

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With an iPad that can't

From Suzanne Kantra on November 18, 2020 :: 4:22 pm

With an iPad that can’t be upgraded beyond iOS 9.3.5, you may find that you can’t install some apps that require a later version of iOS.

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Oh no!

From Dave on November 18, 2020 :: 5:23 pm

That is/had been my experience. I was hoping for a work around that doesn’t exist. Thank you for letting me know. D

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There is a potential work

From Suzanne Kantra on November 19, 2020 :: 11:49 am

There is a potential work around. If you’ve already installed an app on another iOS device, you may be able to still install an earlier compatible version of the app on your old device.

Go into App Store > Account > Purchased and you’ll see all of the apps that you’ve downloaded on all of your iOS (or iPadOS) devices. If the app you’re interested in installing is listed, there may still be a version available that’s compatible with your device.

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ios

From Lama on November 21, 2020 :: 7:41 am

I have an old iPad I backed up the iPad but when I got to software they say I have to update with a computer like there isn’t download and install how do I do it I need Microsoft world and power point on my ipad

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What version of iOS is

From Suzanne Kantra on November 24, 2020 :: 10:37 am

What version of iOS is your iPad running now? And, is the only back up of your iPad on iCloud? If so, you should download iTunes and back up your iPad to your computer and then update your iPad. Once your iPad has the latest version of iOS that it can run, check for the Microsoft Power Point and Word apps to download.

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thanks for information

From Dhel Bundles on November 23, 2020 :: 9:52 pm

thanks for information

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Ipad 4

From Georgina on November 25, 2020 :: 2:48 pm

Certain apps wont work on my ipad 4,its running ios 10.3.4.is there a way of bettering it?

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