How to update an old iPad to iOS 16?

iPads are handy. They are easy to carry, offer a variety of features and are packed with all the latest features you need to get through.

However, what you need to realize is that updating your iPad to the latest iOS 16 can be a literal challenge. Since Apple stops providing newer updates for their older iPads, it’s not surprising that you feel that your device won’t give you enough features without the updates.

This article explains several ways to update an old iPad to iOS 16 or iPadOS 16.

How to update an old iPad?

When it comes to updating an old iPad, there are two different routes you can go: wirelessly and using a computer.

Updating an old iPad wirelessly

If you are completely clueless about how to update your old iPad to the latest iOS 16 version, here’s how to update your iPad wirelessly.

  • Your first step is to back up your iPad. This is mandatory, especially if you don’t want your documents and data to be lost in the process. Ideally, we recommend using an iCloud backup for the process.
  • Once the backup is complete, the next step is to look for the latest available update. Follow Settings > General > Software Update to check for the latest update. It could be the new iOS 16 or iPadOS 16. Download and install the update on your iPad.

Updating an old iPad via computer

If the first route doesn’t work for you, then this is another method you can try. To do this, you need to connect your iPad to your Mac or Windows PC. Ideally, we recommend this method if you own a Mac.

Here’s what to do:

  1. Just like in the wireless steps, you should back up your data in this too. Connect iPad to your Mac and follow the onscreen instructions to connect the device.
  2. When you’re done, open Finder.
  3. From there, select the connected iPad and then tap General.
  4. Under that, click Back up all data on your iPad to this Mac. If this doesn’t work, you can also backup using iTunes.
  5. Once the backup is complete, tap “Check for updates” under Finder.
  6. If you find the latest iOS 16 or iPadOS 16 update available, click on it and start the download and installation process.

If you have a Windows PC instead of a Mac, you can complete the backup with iTunes and then check for available updates only through iTunes.

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