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How to Update an Old iPad to iOS 14 and above

In this article, I will show you How to Update an Old iPad to iOS 14 and above. You need to be keen when confirming whether your iPad OS is up to date or not.

There are a number of methods that you can use to update iPad OS on an older iPad. This article will cover 2 methods that you can use to easily update it up to iPad OS 17.

Update an Old iPad Using Settings Application

How to Update an Old iPad to iOS 14 and above

This is the easiest way you can update an old iPad OS. Choose Settings then General finally Software update.

Once you click update, the system automatically searches for the latest iPadOS available for your device.

After it searches for the latest version, just download and install.

Update an Old iPad through Public Beta

If your iPad is too old, you may not be able to use the latest version of iPadOS. Some older versions  will only support  iOS.

Method 1: Update an Old iPad through Public Beta (Before Official Release)

Updating your iPad through the public beta program is a popular choice for early access to the latest iPadOS features. 

Please note that beta versions may have bugs, so proceed with caution.

Steps to Update Using the Public Beta

  1. Open Safari on your iPad.
  2. Visit beta.
  3. Sign in with your Apple ID.
  4. Select iPadOS.
  5. Scroll down and tap Enroll your iPad.
  6. Create a backup if desired.
  7. Tap Download profile and confirm with Allow.
  8. Go to Settings > Account User name.
  9. Tap Profile Downloaded and install it.
  10. Restart your iPad when prompted.
  11. Choose Settings then General then Software Update. Your iPad will check for updates automatically.
  12. Download and install.

Method 2: Update iPad Using iTunes

If you prefer to use your computer to update your iPad, iTunes can be a reliable method. Here’s how you can do it:

Steps to Update Using iTunes

  1. Open iTunes on your computer.
  2. Plug your iPad into the computer.
  3. Go to the iPad icon in the upper left corner.
  4. Click Check Update.
  5. You will be prompted by iTunes to update.
  6. Choose update to confirm.
  7. Wait for iTunes to download the firmware and perform the update (about 10 minutes).

Troubleshooting with ReiBoot

If you encounter any issues with iTunes during the update process, consider using ReiBoot as an alternative for updating without data loss. ReiBoot is a third-party tool that can help you with various iOS-related problems.


Updating your older iPad to the latest software can breathe new life into your device, providing access to exciting features and improved performance. 

Whether you choose the public beta or the iTunes method, make sure to back up your data before starting the update process.

By following these steps, you can keep your iPad up to date with the latest and greatest iPad OS versions.

Which iPad Models are compatible with iPadOS 15

  • iPad – 5th gen
  • iPad – 6th gen
  • iPad – 7th gen
  • iPad – 8th gen
  • iPad – 9th gen
  • iPad mini 4
  • iPad mini – 5th gen
  • iPad mini – 6th
  • iPad Air 2 – 2nd gen
  • iPad Air – 3rd gen
  • iPad Air – 4th gen
  • iPad Pro 12.9″ – 1st gen
  • iPad Pro 9.7″ – 1st gen
  • iPad Pro 10.5″ and 12.9″ – 2nd gen
  • iPad Pro 11″ and 12.9″ – 3rd gen
  • iPad Pro 11″ and 12.9″ – 4th gen
  • iPad Pro – 5th gen

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