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How to Update an Old iPad to iOS 15

If you are using an old iPad, you will notice that you will not be able to update an old iPad to iOS 15. The main question among iPad users is, How can you update an old iPad to iOS 15?

I will show you what you need to do to upgrade from old iPad operating system versions to iOS 15.

Method 1: Update an Old iPad Before Official Release

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

  • Open Safari on your iPad.
  • Visit Apple 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: How to Update an Old 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).
Update an Old iPad

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 15 and 16?

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.

If you try to update but do not see iPadOS 15 update option, then it means that your iPad can not run iPadOS 15 or 16. Try using an older operating system, like iPadOS 13 or 14.

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What should I do if my iPad is not compatible with iPadOS 15?

If your iPad isn’t compatible with iPadOS 15, 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.