How to download iPadOS 13.5 on your iPad

If you are interested in installing iPadOS on your iPad, you may be wondering how to do it. You will see that the procedure is very similar to the one you used to do when you wanted to update the iOS on your Apple device, or the one you carry out on your iPhone.

In this article we will try to solve all your doubts: from what should you take into account before updating the software , to what to do if you have problems such as lack of free space or poor connection to a Wi-Fi network.

Should you install iPadOS on your iPad?

Now that a new version of iPadOS is available, you should have received an alert on your compatible iPad that you can now update the software. Before doing so, we advise you to reflect on whether it really is worth it.

A couple of years ago, Apple replaced the Videos app with the TV app and, although the latter works well, we miss it when episodes of a series were played one after another without having to expressly ask for it to be so.

Leaving this aside, logically the iPadOS brings new features that you can only benefit from if you install it. This is the case of the possibility of using the iPad as the second monitor of your Mac, or of having several windows of an app open.

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Before proceeding with the installation, we recommend making a backup copy. You shouldn’t have a problem, but the last thing you want is to lose your data. We also suggest that you free up space to have enough for the upgrade.

How to install iPadOS 13.5 on your iPad

  1. Connect your iPad to power. If not, you will not be allowed to download the update.
  2. You will also need to connect your iPad to a wifi network. It will not work if you only use mobile data. We recommend that you use a secure network, so you should download public networks.
  3. Now go to the ‘Settings‘ on your iPad, followed by ‘General’ and ‘Software update’. There you should find the option to install iPadOS 13.5. If it tells you that your iPad already has the latest version installed, it can be for several reasons. Firstly, it could be because you already have it installed, or because the latest version is not yet available (it may take a while). Most likely, however, your iPad is unfortunately not supported.
  4. In case it is available, tap on ‘Download and install’.
  5. You must enter your password for security and accept the terms and conditions.
  6. The update will start downloading in the background. You will be given an approximation of the time it will take to complete, but it is usually much longer. At a minimum you can use the tablet while downloading.
  7. Once the download is complete, you will receive a notification. Tap on it and you will be redirected back to the ‘Software Update’ screen.
  8. Tap on ‘Install now’. This process can take a while, especially if you install the update just when it’s just released.
  9. You can also choose to install the update later, or even have your iPad do it when you’re sleeping. Remember to have the iPad connected to power.

Apple surprised everyone when, at WWDC 2019, it revealed that it was preparing to launch a separate operating system for iPads. The first iPadOS is already here and with it come many features designed especially for the tablet .

If you are interested in installing iPadOS on your iPad, you may be wondering how to do it. You will see that the procedure is very similar to the one you used to do when you wanted to update the iOS on your Apple device, or the one you carry out on your iPhone.

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In this article we will try to solve all your doubts: from what should you take into account before updating the software , to what to do if you have problems such as lack of free space or poor connection to a Wi-Fi network.

How to install iPadOS on your iPad without wifi

As we have said in the previous point, you will not be able to download a software update on your iPad if you are not connected to a Wi-Fi network. However, there is a trick so you can do it using the data from your smartphone.

  1. Connect your iPad to the mobile data of your iPhone using the ‘Internet Sharing’ option. You will find it in the ‘Settings’ of your iPhone, while on the iPad it will appear as if it were any wifi network. You must enter the password indicated on your iPhone.
  2. Now, follow the steps in the previous section to download and install iPadOS on your iPad.
  3. You will see how iPadOS will begin to download using the mobile data of your iPhone.

How to install iPadOS on your iPad using iTunes

If you do not have access to Wi-Fi (or a secure network), you have the possibility to install iPadOS using iTunes as long as you have a Mac with Internet access and with the program downloaded. With macOS Catalina, you should be able to do it from the Finder.

  1. Open iTunes on your Mac and connect your iPad to the computer using a compatible cable.
  2. Click the icon representing an iPad that appears in iTunes.
  3. Now, click on ‘Check for update’.
  4. Finally, follow the steps on the screen to download and install iPadOS.

How to install iPadOS on your iPad if you do not have free space

If you do not have enough space on your iPad, you must choose the method of installing iPadOS using iTunes as indicated above. Alternatively, we advise you to free up memory by deleting cache, applications, and files that you don’t need.

You may be concerned that, in case of limited space, some of your data will be erased when installing iPadOS. This has happened in the past, but we think that should not be the case with iPadOS. Anyway, this is why you should make a backup.

How to install iPadOS on your iPad from a beta version

If you installed iPadOS in its beta version, you should know that, before you can install the final version, you must get rid of this beta version. You can do this by going to ‘Settings’, followed by ‘General’ and ‘Profile’.

Then select the option that refers to the iPadOS beta software profile and choose ‘Delete profile’. You will have to enter your password to confirm the changes. It will be then when you will receive alerts of the latest software updates.

How to install a previous version of the operating system

But what if you regret having installed iPadOS 13.5 and want to go back to the previous version? Below we will teach you a trick to achieve it, but remember that this procedure is not always effective.

  1. Open the ‘Finder’ on your Mac.
  2. Choose ‘Library’ and open the folder for iTunes. If you can’t find it, hold down the ‘Option’ or ‘Alt’ key and at the same time go to the ‘Go’ tab followed by ‘Library’.
  3. Select the ‘Software Updates’ folder for your iPad if you find it. You will not find it if you have not updated the tablet through iTunes.
  4. Alternatively, you can go to the IPSW.me page to find the update you need on your device.
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