About Updating Your iPad
Apple frequently updates iOS, the operating system that runs iPads and iPhones. We recommend that students update their iPads when iOS updates are available. You will know that an update is available when you see an alert on your Settings app icon along with an alert listing under Settings>General>Software Update (examples shown below).
Below are a few important recommendations surrounding updating iOS versions for students.
- Before updating, back up your device - process outlined here.
- If updating via wifi connection or "over the air (OTA)" be sure your iPad is plugged in and charging.
- Be aware that updating iOS versions requires a certain amount of free storage on the device. There may be instances in which students have to remove apps, images, videos, and other content to free up space on their device so it can updated. The process of Managing Storage is outlined here.
- Consider updating through iTunes if you can.
How Update Your iPad
1. Plug your device into power and connect to the Internet with Wi-Fi.
2. Go to Settings>General>Software
This will trigger your device to check with Apple and see if there is an update available for you.
3. Tap Download and Install.
If a message asks to temporarily remove apps because iOS needs more space for the update, tap Continue or Cancel. Later, iOS will reinstall apps that it removed.
4. To update now, tap Install.
Or you can tap Later and choose Install Tonight or Remind Me Later. If you tap Install Tonight, just plug your iOS device into power before you go to sleep. Your device will update automatically overnight.
5. If asked, enter your passcode.
iOS Update Advisory
Prior to major releases to iOS, Apple does a significant amount of testing to ensure the operating system is working properly. Students are encouraged to update to the latest version of iOS when it is available. Note: There can be errors when updating your iOS version. At times a device can become inoperable after a device has begun or completed the update process (this is a known and accepted fact regarding mobile operating systems). If errors occur, we recommend students restore their iPad to the "backed up version" you have in iTunes. If you do not have a backup of your device, you will have to restore the iPad to its "factory settings" which will result in students activating the iPad as they did when they first received it from PALCS.