iPadOS Download Available Now for iPad, iPad Pro and iPad Air (IPSW Links)

iPadOS 13.1 Download for iPad

Apple has released iPadOS for iPad, iPad Pro, and iPad Air. Here’s how to download iPadOS and install it on your iPad to enjoy the hundreds of new features such as Dark Mode, widgets on the Home screen, ability to open multiple windows of the same app, new Photo & Video editor, new Reminders app, performance improvements and lots more.

How to Download iPadOS Update for iPad

Before you download iPadOS update on your iPad, let us go through the steps required to install the update on your iPad.

iPadOS Compatible Devices

iPadOS supports the following iPads:

  • 12.9-inch iPad Pro
  • 11-inch iPad Pro
  • 10.5-inch iPad Pro
  • 9.7-inch iPad Pro
  • iPad (7th generation)
  • iPad (6th generation)
  • iPad (5th generation)
  • iPad mini (5th generation)
  • iPad mini 4
  • iPad Air (3rd generation)
  • iPad Air 2

Warning for Jailbreakers

If you have jailbroken your iPad and cannot live without your favorite jailbreak apps and tweaks then it is recommended that you avoid updating to iPadOS, until a jailbreak for iPadOS is released.

You should also check out the new iPadOS 13 features, so you can weigh the pros and cons before deciding to upgrade or not to upgrade to iPadOS. If you still want to upgrade, it is recommended that jailbreakers update your iPad using iTunes.

Backup iPad

It is always a good idea to take a backup of your iPad before updating it with the latest iPadOS software update. (Note that if you choose to encrypt your backup using iTunes, along with normal data, secure information like passwords etc. are also backed up.)

You can back up your iPad using iTunes or iCloud. If you need help, follow our step-by-step guide by clicking on the appropriate link below.

Note: Since this is a major software update, I would strongly recommend taking an iTunes backup so you have the option to restore back with iOS 12 compatible backup data.

How to Download and Install iPadOS on Your iPad Wirelessly Over the Air (OTA)

Before you start the download, connect your device to a power source so that the battery doesn’t drain during the update process. It can take anywhere from a few mins to an hour for the update to download and install, depending on how Apple’s servers are handling the load and your internet connection. You may also want to connect your iPad to your local Wi-Fi network, so you don’t get charged for downloading the update over your cellular connection.

STEP 1: Once you are plugged in and connected via Wi-Fi, open the Settings app and tap on General > Software Update. iPad will automatically check for available updates and will inform you that iPadOS software update is available.

Note: If you’re interested in jailbreaking then you should install the update using iTunes, as OTA updates are known to give problems while jailbreaking.

STEP 2: You will be presented with a screen which provides the details about all the new features and improvements in iPadOS. Tap Download and Install to download iPadOS update and install it on your iPad.

If you get tired of waiting for the download to finish (it could take a while) then go do something else. Your iPad will continue to download the update and will send you a notification when the update is ready.  Go back to Settings > General > Software Update and then tap Install Now to install iPadOS on your iPad.

How to Download & Install iPadOS on Your iPad Using iTunes

If you’re not getting the iPadOS software update via over-the-air (OTA) as mentioned above, then you can install it manually by downloading the software update from the official download links provided below and use iTunes to manually update your iPad. You may also need to install the update using iTunes if you don’t have enough storage space on your device for the OTA update.

Before you plug in your iPad. take a moment to make sure you are using the latest version of iTunes. Click on iTunes in the menu bar and then click on Check for updates.

Once iTunes is all squared away, it’s time to turn your attention to your iPad and follow these instructions:

STEP 1: Connect your iPad to your computer using a USB cable. Wait for iTunes to open and connect to your device.

STEP 2: Click on the device button to the left of the iTunes Store button in the top right corner in iTunes.

STEP 3: Click on the Check for Update directly without using holding down on the Option key or the Shift key. If the iPadOS update is available it will automatically download and update your iPad.

STEP 4: You will get a popup message informing you the new update is available. Click on Download and Update button. At times it takes some time for the software update to be rolled out on all the servers, so if it says the older iOS version is still the latest version then download the appropriate firmware file using download links provided in step 5.

STEP 5: Skip this step if iPadOS was available in Step 3 and 4.

Download the firmware file for your device by clicking on the iPadOS IPSW Download link on your computer [Note the download file is around 2.0 GB depending on your device].

Note: If you’re downloading the firmware file using Safari then ensure that auto unzip feature is disabled or use Chrome or Firefox.

iPadOS 13.1 (iPad Air 2 Wi-Fi): iPad_64bit_TouchID_13.1_17A844_Restore.ipsw
iPadOS 13.1 (iPad Air 2 Cellular): iPad_64bit_TouchID_13.1_17A844_Restore.ipsw
iPadOS 13.1 (iPad Mini 4 Wi-Fi): iPad_64bit_TouchID_13.1_17A844_Restore.ipsw
iPadOS 13.1 (iPad Mini 4 Cellular): iPad_64bit_TouchID_13.1_17A844_Restore.ipsw
iPadOS 13.1 (iPad Pro Wi-Fi): iPadPro_12.9_13.1_17A844_Restore.ipsw
iPadOS 13.1 (iPad Pro Cellular): iPadPro_12.9_13.1_17A844_Restore.ipsw
iPadOS 13.1 (iPad Pro 9.7 Wi-Fi): iPadPro_9.7_13.1_17A844_Restore.ipsw
iPadOS 13.1 (iPad Pro 9.7 Cellular): iPadPro_9.7_13.1_17A844_Restore.ipsw
iPadOS 13.1 (iPad 5 Wi-Fi): iPad_64bit_TouchID_ASTC_13.1_17A844_Restore.ipsw
iPadOS 13.1 (iPad 5 Cellular): iPad_64bit_TouchID_ASTC_13.1_17A844_Restore.ipsw
iPadOS 13.1 (iPad Pro 12.9 Wi-Fi 2nd Gen): iPad_Pro_HFR_13.1_17A844_Restore.ipsw
iPadOS 13.1 (iPad Pro 12.9 Cellular 2nd Gen): iPad_Pro_HFR_13.1_17A844_Restore.ipsw
iPadOS 13.1 (iPad Pro 10.5 Wi-Fi): iPad_Pro_HFR_13.1_17A844_Restore.ipsw
iPadOS 13.1 (iPad Pro 10.5 Cellular): iPad_Pro_HFR_13.1_17A844_Restore.ipsw
iPadOS 13.1 (iPad 6 Wi-Fi): iPad_64bit_TouchID_ASTC_13.1_17A844_Restore.ipsw
iPadOS 13.1 (iPad 6 Cellular): iPad_64bit_TouchID_ASTC_13.1_17A844_Restore.ipsw
iPadOS 13.1 (iPad Pro 11 Wi-Fi): iPad_Fall_2018_13.1_17A844_Restore.ipsw
iPadOS 13.1 (iPad Pro 11 Wi-Fi 1TB): iPad_Fall_2018_13.1_17A844_Restore.ipsw
iPadOS 13.1 (iPad Pro 11 Cellular): iPad_Fall_2018_13.1_17A844_Restore.ipsw
iPadOS 13.1 (iPad Pro 11 Cellular 1TB): iPad_Fall_2018_13.1_17A844_Restore.ipsw
iPadOS 13.1 (iPad Pro 12.9 Wi-Fi 3rd Gen): iPad_Fall_2018_13.1_17A844_Restore.ipsw
iPadOS 13.1 (iPad Pro 12.9 Wi-Fi 3rd Gen 1TB): iPad_Fall_2018_13.1_17A844_Restore.ipsw
iPadOS 13.1 (iPad Pro 12.9 Cellular 3rd Gen): iPad_Fall_2018_13.1_17A844_Restore.ipsw
iPadOS 13.1 (iPad Pro 12.9 Cellular 3rd Gen 1TB): iPad_Fall_2018_13.1_17A844_Restore.ipsw
iPadOS 13.1 (iPad Mini 5 Wi-Fi): iPad_Spring_2019_13.1_17A844_Restore.ipsw
iPadOS 13.1 (iPad Mini 5 Cellular): iPad_Spring_2019_13.1_17A844_Restore.ipsw
iPadOS 13.1 (iPad Air 3 Wi-Fi): iPad_Spring_2019_13.1_17A844_Restore.ipsw
iPadOS 13.1 (iPad Air 3 Cellular): iPad_Spring_2019_13.1_17A844_Restore.ipsw

After downloading the firmware file, hold the Option key (Mac) or the Shift key (Windows) and click on the “Check for Update”. Important: Remember to click on the Check for Update button, and not the Restore iPad button to avoid restoring your iPad and setting up your device all over again.

STEP 6: You will get a popup message informing you that iTunes will update your device to iPadOS and will verify with Apple. Click on the Update button.

STEP 7: It will then show you the release notes for iPadOS. Click on the Next button. Then click on the Agree button for the terms and conditions.

STEP 8: iTunes will now download the firmware file (which can take a long time depending on your internet connection as it can be as big as 2.0 GB). After downloading the file, it will process it, extract the software, prepare the device for the software update, and install the update.

STEP 9: Do not disconnect your device until the update has finished. It can take a few minutes. Your device will be updated to iPadOS and reboot once or twice during the process. You will see while Hello screen after it is successfully updated. Follow the on-screen instructions to start using the device.

You can check out our post for the list of all the new iPadOS features and improvements for iPad, iPad Pro, and iPad Air so you can make the most of the iPadOS software update.

Let us how it goes in the comments. If you need help or have any questions, please free to drop us a line in the comment section below, and we will revert back to you as soon as possible.