How to update an old iPad

Do you want to upgrade your old iPad? All the options to update your older iPad: iPad of the first generations, iPad mini, iPad Retina and more

Let's see how to update your iPad ancient to the latest supported version of iOS or iPadOS. And not all iPad models (especially the oldest ones between 2010 and 2014) can update to the latest versions of the operating system. Manzana, since depending on your hardware they will be compatible or not. Therefore, we offer you a complete guide on how to update a old iPad through the device itself or through a computer, in addition to the list of all iPad models and their supported iOS versions. Don't miss everything about how to update a iPad ancient.

How to update an old iPad

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How to know what version of iOS an iPad has

iPads, like the rest of Apple devices, download the latest version of iOS available for you to install whenever you want; However, over the years, some models they are no longer compatible with new versions of iOS, especially older models.

If we want to check what version of iOS our iPad has, we just have to go to the device settings following the following route: Settings – General – Information. In this section you will find the Model name and the Software version, where the version of iOS installed on that iPad will be detailed.

How to update an old iPad

All iPad models and their iOS versions

As new iPad models have appeared, older ones have been left behind. stuck on previous versions of iOS, without the possibility of continuing to update your operating system due to the limitations of your hardware. Below we offer you the list of the different iPad models and their supported iOS versions most recent:

iPad models that are no longer updated

  • iPad: iOS 5.1.1
  • iPad 2: iOS 9.3.5
  • iPad (3rd generation): iOS 9.3.5 and iOS 9.36 for Cellular versions)
  • iPad (4th generation): iOS 10.3.4
  • iPad Air (1st generation): iOS 12.5.4
  • iPad Air 2: iPadOS 13.7
  • iPad mini (1st generation): iOS 9.3.6
  • iPad mini 2: iOS 12.5.4
  • iPad mini 3: iOS 12.5.4

iPad versions that continue to be updated with iOS 14.7

  • iPad
  • iPad (5th generation)
  • iPad (6th generation)
  • iPad (7th generation)
  • iPad (8th generation)
  • ipad mini
  • iPad mini 4
  • iPad mini (5th generation)
  • iPad Air
  • iPad Air 2
  • iPad Air (3rd generation)
  • iPad Air (4th generation)
  • iPad Pro
  • iPad Pro (9.7 inches)
  • iPad Pro (10.5 inches)
  • iPad Pro (11-inch, 1st generation)
  • iPad Pro (11-inch, 2nd generation)
  • iPad Pro (11-inch, 3rd generation)
  • iPad Pro (12.9-inch, 1st generation)
  • iPad Pro (12.9-inch, 2nd generation)
  • iPad Pro (12.9 inches, 3rd generation)
  • iPad Pro (12.9-inch, 4th generation)
  • iPad Pro (12.9-inch, 5th generation)

How to update an old iPad wirelessly

The first option to update an iPad through your Internet connection involves checking its status through the Settings Of the device. Although first of all you will have to make sure that the iPad is connected to a Wi-Fi network. To do this, follow the following steps:

  1. Accede to Settings via gear wheel icon.
  2. Now click on the option General.
  3. Access now Software update.

Here you can check if there is a new version of iOS available for download; you can also activate the option Automatic Updates to have iPad download new iOS updates automatically when they become available.

How to update an old iPad

If there is any version of iOS available, click on Download and Install; Remember that the iPad must be connected to the internet via Wi-Fi and we recommend connecting the charger so that the iPad does not run out of battery during the process, especially if it has a low battery.

How to update an old iPad with a computer

The other option available to charge the iPad is through a computer with iTunes installed. To do this, you will have to connect the iPad to the computer (Windows or Mac) and make sure it is connected to the internet. Follow the steps below:

  1. With the iPad connected to the computer via the Lightning cable, access iTunes (connecting the iPad can open iTunes automatically).
  2. Now click General either Setting on iTunes.
  3. Then click on Search for updates.
  4. If iTunes detects a new version of iOS, click on Download and Install.

How to update an old iPad

Now you know everything about how to update an old iPad and whether or not your iPad model has access to the latest versions of iOS.

How to update an old iPad

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