Why can’t I update my iPad and how to fix it?

IOS updates for iPad or any portable device are always in constant innovation. Keeping the operating system updated is beneficial to ensure that the device remains in good condition and have new functions (for this reason it is recommended to have the device even if it is old in the latest version ). However, it is very common for the community to state “I cannot update my iPad”.

Restart iPad in case you can’t update it

Many will think that it seems to be too basic an option but repeatedly, restarting the device is vital for the inconvenience “I can not update my iPad”. Because sometimes, when the failure occurs, it is because the Apple operating system does not support or can not effectively process a large number of update requests at a specific time.

As a first step, once you see the alert message or notification indicating the update error on the main screen. Press ” Close ” to stop the process and in turn, allow the ad to disappear immediately.

Continuing with the step by step, turn off the iPad via the conventional method. Pressing the “Power Button” for a short period of time no longer than a few seconds. Then slide the shutdown bar to the right of the screen to finish the action.


After about 20 minutes, press “Power Button” again to turn on your iPad and wait for the Apple logo to appear on the main screen.

Unlock your device with ease and then proceed to restart the update in progress, so this time there should be no problems. Another constant option is to identify and remove viruses from an iPad .

Check internet connection when updating iPad

“I can’t update my iPad” is usually a complaint related to a common internet connection failure that hinders the process. On repeated occasions, the bandwidth may be congested or the internet service itself is unstable to support the execution of the update progress.

To fix it, just check the router to verify that it is turned on and operating at an optimal level of use. If not, turn it off and wait about 20 minutes to turn it on again.

Once the waiting time is up, turn it on again and connect your iPad to the Wi-Fi network if possible, going to the “ Settings ” application. Then press ” General ” and finally ” Update software” to try to reinstall the latest update.

Update software on iPad using iTunes or manually

The main function of iTunes is to remotely manage iOS-related devices, as long as the latest version is available on your PC. Also try expanding the internal memory of your iPad to avoid space problems when updating.

Make use of your USB cable to connect the iPad to the computer and once iTunes recognizes it, the latter will display its interface with its menu of options.


Press ” Summary ” and then ” Check for update” to verify that there is a new update (remember that for this you must connect an iPad to the internet through an ethernet port , or simply have it linked to a network). If this is the ideal scenario, press ” Update “. Do not disconnect your iPad during the process, otherwise the consequences can be serious. However, if everything goes perfectly, “I can’t update my iPad” will not be your premise.

On the other hand, carrying out the procedure ” manually ” requires downloading an IPSW file according to the device model on the web. Connect the iPad to your computer with the USB and when it is recognized by iTunes, press ” Summary ” and then the “Shift” key (Windows) or ” Option ” (Mac) followed by “Restore iPad”.

Next, a window will appear that allows you to navigate to the place where the IPSW file was downloaded to be selected. Wait for iTunes to finish the process for you and… voila ! No more problems, proceed to recover your backed up data and enjoy your iPad.


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