iPadOS is the newest Apple operating system on the block, but it’s certainly not an unknown. That’s because, as an offshoot of iOS, iPadOS is very similar to the software on an iPhone and offers some additional features to take advantage of the enlarged screen size. It’s extraordinary software and one of the reasons Apple continues to dominate the tablet space. Now, the latest version of iPadOS – iPadOS 14 – is here, bringing a slew of great new features. Here’s how to download iPadOS 14 and install it on your iPad.
First of all, you need to make sure that your iPad can access iPadOS 1
- iPad Pro 12.9 inch (4th generation)
- iPad Pro 11 inch (2nd generation)
- iPad Pro 12.9 inch (3rd generation)
- iPad Pro 11 inch (1st generation)
- iPad Pro 12.9 inch (2nd generation)
- iPad Pro 12.9 inch (1st generation)
- iPad Pro 10.5 inches
- iPad Pro 9.7 inches
- iPad (7th generation)
- iPad (6th generation)
- iPad (5th generation)
- iPad Mini (5th generation)
- iPad Mini 4
- iPad Air (3rd generation)
- iPad Air 2
Back up before you begin
It’s always a good idea to back up a device before a major update. Although final releases are less of a problem than beta builds, problems can arise. There are several ways to back up your iPad – just choose the one that works best for you.
Back up with iCloud
Apple’s own iCloud is definitely the easiest way to back up an iPad. That’s how it’s done:
- Connect to a Wi-Fi network.
- Go to your Settings app, select your name and tap iCloud.
- Scroll down and tap iCloud Backup> Back Up Now.
You can check if the backup is complete by going back the settingsbeat iCloud > iCloud storage > Manage storageand tap your device in the list.
Back up on a Mac with MacOS Catalina
iTunes may have officially closed in macOS 10.15 Catalina, but you can still back up your iOS device on the new macOS. Here’s how:
- Connect your iPad to your Mac and make sure your Mac is completely up to date.
- Follow the on-screen instructions to enter your device passcode, or select Trust this computer.
- Open your finder App and choose your iPad from the sidebar.
- Hit that General Tab, then press Get it now back up manually.
Back up on a Mac or PC using iTunes
Older Macs or Windows PCs can also play Tango with your iPad, and you can use iTunes on one of them to back up your iPad:
- Make sure iTunes is up to date and connect your device.
- If you are required to enter your device passcode, follow the on-screen instructions or select Trust this computer.
- Select your iPad in iTunes.
- Beat Get it now to save your data.
Download and Install iPadOS 14
This has to be the easiest part of the whole process. Updating to the latest version of iPadOS is as easy as getting it the settings > General > Software update and wait for the system to check if an update is available. If it doesn’t, please try again later. IPadOS may not have been released in your region. If there is an update available, just tap Download and install to start the update.
After the update has been downloaded and prepared, you need to confirm that you want to update it. You may need to enter your passcode and in some cases you may need to agree to new terms and conditions. Once that’s done, your iPad will begin installing the update. Eventually, your iPad will restart and after a (hopefully) short while, iPadOS 14 will be running.