How to update iPad software


Apple release updates for software installed on your iPad device. It is important to keep software on iPad updated for best performance, newer features and security. You will need a computer with itunes and internet connection for updating iPad software. During software update no data is lost. However, all settings and data is lost – if you are required to perform restore after update (in some cases).

Update to latest version iPad software

1. To get started, make sure latest version of iTunes software is installed on your Windows or MAC system. (You can download it form Also make sure internet is working on the computer.

2. Now connect the iPad device to the computer. iTunes screen should pop-up automatically, otherwise open it manually.

3. Select iPad in the iTunes left sidebar and then click Summary tab.

4. Click ‘Check for Update’, you will get notification if new version of iPad software is available or not.

5. Then click Update to install the latest version of the software on iPad. Keep iPad connected to the computer till the update is completed.

If you face any issue as a result of software update on iPad you can always restore iPad contents like it was when you got it new. However, all data and settings will be lost as a result of iPad restore.



  1. Philip Wilson says

    Besides apples high prices they have not provided the 6.0 software for the early versions of iPads. This seems to be a business dicission to SCREW customers with the full intent to make users want to upgrade to more current models. ASUS seems to be the only company that does not do this.

  2. dewi masyithah says

    I’ve already download the update software, but it took time. i disconnect the ipad, n the download sttill running. after completing the update, where the update save?

    • Apple doesn’t go out of it’s way to tell you where iTunes stores the firmware files it downloads before it updates your iPhone / iPod / iPad Should you ever need to access these files, it helps to know where to find them.
      Firmware files have an .ipsw extension and can be found at the following locations:
      On Windows XP :
      Documents and Settings\\Application Data\Apple Computer\iTunes\iPhone Software Updates
      On Windows Vista/Windows 7:
      Users\\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\iTunes\iPhone Software Updates
      On Mac:
      ~/Library/iTunes/iPhone Software Updates

  3. I was trying to update iPad software to 4.2 but continued to give me the message ” iPad software update server could not be contacted ” though Internet connection is there.

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