Updating your iPad to the latest version of iOS ensures you are running the latest bug fixes, security patches and compatibility upgrades released by Apple developers. As of April 2013, iOS 6.1.3 was the latest version of Apple's mobile operating system. You can use the same upgrade method to update your device whenever Apple releases a new OS. If you have an active Wi-Fi or data connection you can upgrade iOS on the iPad itself. Alternatively, you can upgrade through iTunes on your computer.
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Tap the "Settings" icon on your iPad home screen and select "General."
Select "Software Update." Your iPad will then check to see if you're running the latest iOS version. If you haven't yet upgraded to iOS 6.1.3, it should appear as an available update.
Tap "Download" to upgrade your device. When the download is finished, it will be installed automatically, unless you selected "Later" to postpone installation.
Open the "Settings" app and select "Software Update" if you have switched apps during the download process rather than leaving the download on screen. Tap "Install Now" to install iOS 6.1.3.
Update on your iPad
Download and install the latest version of iTunes from the Apple website. If iTunes is already installed, ensure you are running the latest version by selecting "Check for Updates" from the Help menu.
Connect your iPad to your computer using the supplied USB cable. Select the iPad icon on the toolbar and switch to the "Summary" tab.
Click "Check for for Update" to look for iOS 6.1.3. If an update is available you can choose to "Download Only" to save the file to disk and install it at a later stage, or pick "Download and Update" to apply the update to the iPad as soon as the download has finished.
Update through iTunes
Tips and warnings
- Updating iOS over-the-air is available on iPads running iOS 5.0 or later. If you are connected to a mobile network rather than Wi-Fi, you may incur data charges from your network provider. Apple recommends that you plug your iPad into a power source while updating to prevent the device switching off during the upgrade process.
- If you choose to upgrade to iOS 6.1.3 on your iPad, you'll need enough space on your device to store the setup file before installing. If you receive an error message that not enough space is available, delete some apps and files from your iPad or install the update through iTunes instead.
- Ensure you create a backup of your iPad before applying the update should something go wrong.
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