How to Update an IPad

By Andrew Tennyson

Keeping the software on your iPad up to date ensures you always have access to the latest features and security fixes. You can update the iPad’s software directly on the device itself or by connecting it to iTunes on your computer. You can also use iTunes on your computer to upload new apps, games, media and other content to the iPad so its library is up to date.

Updating the IPad's Software

To update software directly on iPads running iOS 8, start by connecting the iPad’s power cable. It’s essential that the iPad have power throughout the update process. Launch the Settings app, select “General” and then tap “Software Update.” Touch “Download and Install” and then tap “Install” to confirm you want to update the iPad’s software. The device may need to restart after the update is complete.

Updating the IPad's Software Using ITunes

To update the iPad’s software using iTunes, connect the iPad to your computer using its USB cable and then open iTunes on your computer if it does not open automatically. Select your iPad on the list of devices in iTunes, click the “Summary” tab and select “Check for Update.” Click “Download Update” to initiate the automated download and installation process.

Syncing New Contact from ITunes on Your Computer

You can add new content to your iPad by downloading apps, games and media using the App and iTunes Stores on the iPad itself. You can also sync updated content onto the iPad using iTunes on your computer. Connect the iPad to your computer using the iPad’s USB cable and launch iTunes on your computer if it does not launch automatically. Select your iPad on the list of available devices in iTunes, click the tab corresponding to the type of content you want to upload onto your iPad and then press the “Sync” button.