How to Download & Install iPadOS on iPad Pro/Air/mini

Do you want to download new iPadOS on your iPad? Here is the complete guide to help you learn how to download and install new iPadOS on iPad.

Bella Miller Last Updated: Mar. 12, 2020

iPadOS introduced by Apple has completely changed the way operating system functions, feels and words on the iPad. The good news is that it’s beta version is now available, and it brings a lot of exciting features along with it, which include a revamped home screen, mouse support, etc. In short, there are tons of new features to explore.

Download New iPadOS on iPad

Download New iPadOS on iPad

But, if you want to give a shot to all these features yourself, then you need to download and install new iPadOS on your device. That’s why we come up with this guide so you can learn how to install iPadOS on iPad and try new features on your own.

Part 1: How to Download & Install iPadOS on iPad

Before installing new iPadOS, you need to ensure that your iPad is fully compatible with this new operating system. And iPadOS provides support for iPad Mini 4 and above. Also, there is another important thing you need to do prior to installing iPadOS and it is backing up your iPad. With backup, you can easily roll back to the previous version, if needed.

When it comes to backing up iPad, there are two ways to do that – via iCloud or iTunes. And you can choose the way you want to backup your device data. Once the backup completes, you are then ready to download and install new iPadOS on your device.

Downloading and installing the new operating system on the iPad involves two main things to do – sign up for the beta version and updating your device.

How to Sign up for the Beta Profile

Step 1: To start with, navigate to beta.apple.com. Here, click Sign Up button and log-in using with your Apple ID. Now, you’ll be navigated to the Guide for Public Betas page.

Step 2: Next, choose Enroll Your Device and then, choose “iPadOS.

Step 3: Now, scroll down the screen to the Install Profile section and here, click the Download Profile” > “Allow”.

Download iPadOS Profile

Download iPadOS Profile

Step 4: After the download completes, move to “Settings”  General” Profile to check that it’s there. Here, click on it and you need to follow the instructions to ensure that profile is active and verified.

Ensure the Downloaded iPadOS Profile

Ensure the Downloaded iPadOS Profile

How to Update Your iPad

Once the beta version is installed successfully, you can now easily update to the beta. Here’s what you need to do:

Step 1: To start with, open Settings”  General” Software Update.

Install iPadOS on iPad

Install iPadOS on iPad

Step 2: Here, you’ll get to view the beta version listed there. Just, click on the Download and install button to try new iPadOS on your device.

That’s how you can download and install new iPadOS on your iPad. Following the above steps will help you to get your job done. But, what if you can’t install iPadOS? Well, don’t be panic as we have also provided some possible solutions you can try to fix “iPadOS download and install not working problem” without much hassle.

Also Read: iPadOS New Features & Other Basic Info >

Part 2: Fix: iPadOS Download and Install Not Working

You aren’t alone to experience trouble while downloading and installing new iPadOS. The first you need to note that Apple says that users with big photo libraries might have to wait for a long duration while their iPad shows the Apple logo along with a progress bar.

If your installation process is taking quite a long time, then you should have some patience. But, if your installation process gets stuck, then following are some methods you can try to come out of this problem.

Solution 1: Check internet connection

Make sure that you are connected to a reliable and strong internet connection for downloading and installing the new iPadOS on your device. Most of the time, weak internet connection is one of the main reasons for installation problems.

Solution 2: Hard reset your iPad

The first thing that you can try is performing a hard reset on your device and after a while, you can try again to install the new operating system.

On iPad with a Home Button

Press and hold the Top and Home button together until your device switches off and restarts. Let go buttons when the Apple logo appears on your device screen.

On iPad without a Home Button

Press and quickly release the Volume Up button and follow the same process with the Volume Down button. Finally, press and hold down the Top button until the iPad reboots.

Hard reset Your iPad

Hard reset Your iPad

Solution 3: Check your device storage

Another common reason to face iPadOS download and install problems is insufficient storage space. In order to download and install the new operating system, you need enough storage space on your device for the successful installation: Go to Settings > General > iPad Storage. You can try to clear unwanted files and apps from your device to make some room for the update.

Solution 4: Install iPadOS with iTunes

You can also install the new operating system using iTunes. Just, follow the below steps to learn how you can do.

Step 1: Move to beta.apple.com and select the Download Profile button. In a while, the profile will be downloaded to your computer.

Step 2: Run iTunes and connect your device to your computer. Here, click the device icon.

Step 3: Now, hold the “Option” key on your keyboard and choose “Check for Update”. This will open a dialog box that enables you to select the file you downloaded.

Install iPadOS on iPad with iTunes

Install iPadOS on iPad with iTunes

Step 4: Finally, tap Open and allow iTunes to install the new iPadOS to your device.

If the above solutions don’t help you to fix the “can’t download iPadOS” problem, then it’s time to restore your device to the previous version in recovery mode.

Step 1: To start with, run the latest version of iTunes on your computer.

Step 2: Next, you need to enter your device in recovery mode:

  • Press and hold down the Side/Top button until you see the power-off slider.
  • Next, drag the slider to switch off your device.
  • Connect your iPad to the computer while holding down the Home button. Hold down the button until the recovery-mode screen appears on your screen.

Step 3: Once iTunes detects your iPad in recovery mode, you will get options –Update or Restore. So, choose the “Restore” option.

The Bottom Line

That’s all on how to download new iPadOS on iPad. It’s easy to install the new operating system on your device and all you need to do is to follow the right steps that we have mentioned in this guide. As iPadOS is still a beta version and thus, you can face problems while installing the update. But, solutions are also available to resolve the problems.

Bella Miller

A senior editor, an Apple fan at iMobie Inc.. I love both dancing and helping users to solve iOS & Android related issues by writing various types of tutorials.