How to Upgrade to iPadOS 17 | Quick Guide

  • iPadOS 17 supports devices with A10 Bionic chip or later.
  • Always back up your iPad before updating.
  • To update to iPadOS 17, navigate to Settings > General > Software Update and tap “Install Now”.
ipados 17 release

With the recent announcement from Apple, the anticipation for iOS 17 and iPadOS 17 is palpable. Released on September 18, 2023, this version is set to transform how we engage with our iPads. If you’re excited to get your iPad updated to the iPadOS 17, we have you covered. In this guide, I will walk you through the process to make the transition smooth and hassle-free.

Compatible Devices

iPadOS 17 is compatible with iPads equipped with an A10 Bionic chip or its successors. Here’s a quick checklist to see if your iPad is eligible for the iPadOS 17 update:

  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2nd generation and onwards)
  • iPad Pro 10.5-inch
  • iPad Pro 11-inch (1st generation and onwards)
  • iPad Air (3rd generation and onwards)
  • iPad (6th generation and onwards)
  • iPad mini (5th generation and onwards)

How To Install iPadOS 17

Prioritizing the protection of your data is essential before making any updates. Be it family pictures, work files, or other critical data, having a backup ensures its safety.

There are various backup options available to you:

Time needed: 1 minute

Once your backup is secure, you’re all set to install the new iPadOS 17. Here’s how:

  1. Connect your iPad to Wi-Fi and plug it into a power source.

  2. Open Settings > General > Software Update.

  3. Tap Install Now or Download and Install under the iPadOS 17 update.

  4. If the iPadOS 17 update doesn’t show up immediately, you should check again in a couple of hours.

  5. Input your passcode then review and accept the terms to proceed.

  6. Your iPhone will begin downloading and initiating the installation; anticipate some restarts.

  7. Once the update is complete, follow the on-screen steps and set up your preferences.

Once again, if the iPadOS 17 update doesn’t show up immediately, you should check again in a couple of hours.

During the update, if a message pops up indicating a need for more space, it might temporarily remove some apps. Don’t fret, these apps will automatically reinstall after the update is complete.

For further reading, check out the best features coming with iPadOS 17.

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