Disclosure: As an Amazon Associate Creativesblock earns from qualifying purchases

How to Update an Old iPad to iOS 13 and above

Are you wondering if you can update an old iPad with the home button to the latest iPadOS 16? Sometimes, your iPad might falsely claim that it’s up to date when it’s not.

In this article, we’ll explore two methods to help you resolve this issue and successfully install iPadOS 16 on your older iPad. Let’s dive in!

Method 1: Update an Old iPad Before Official Release

The first way is to Try the Public Beta (Before Official Release).

  • Open Safari on your iPad.
  • Visit beta.
  • Sign in with your Apple ID.
  • Select iPadOS.
  • Scroll down and tap “Enroll your iPad.”
  • Create a backup if desired.
  • Tap “Download profile” and confirm with “Allow.”
  • Go to Settings > [Your Account Name].
  • Tap Profile Downloaded and install it.
  • Restart your iPad when prompted.

Now, go to Settings > General > Software Update. Your iPad will check for updates, and you can download and install the iPadOS public beta.

Method 2: Update iPad Using iTunes

  • Open iTunes on your computer.
  • Plug your iPad into the computer.
  • Click on the iPad icon in the upper left corner once detected.
  • Click Check Update
  • iTunes will prompt that it will update your iPad to iPadOS 16; click “Update” to confirm.
  • Wait for iTunes to download the firmware and perform the update (about 10 minutes).

Congratulations! Your iPad should now be running iPadOS 16. If you encounter any issues with iTunes, consider using ReiBoot as an alternative for updating without data loss.

Which iPads are compatible with iPadOS 16?

  • iPad Pro models
  • iPad Air (3rd generation) or later
  • iPad (5th generation) or later
  • iPad mini (5th generation) or later

Some features, such as the Stage Manager and full external display support, require iPads with the M1 chip.

Updating your iPad to the latest iPadOS version ensures you have access to new features and security improvements. Whether you use the public beta or iTunes, keep your iPad up to date for the best experience.

  1. How to Factory Reset Your ONN Tablet: A Step-by-Step Guide
  2. How to Clean a Magic Keyboard Safely

Best iPad Available today

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  1. What should I do if my iPad is not compatible with iPadOS 16?

    If your iPad isn't compatible with iPadOS 16, don't worry. Apple typically provides updates for older iPad versions, especially for security. You can still use your older iPad for another year or two. If you're considering a new iPad, check out our iPad buyer's guide for recommendations.