1 Reply Latest reply: Sep 23, 2012 12:58 AM by King_Penguin
Ruthie_25 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I am trying to update my IPad to new operating system however I can't find software updates under general tab in settings? Why is my iPad settings different? How do I upgrade?

  • King_Penguin Level 10 Level 10 (113,900 points)

    The Settings > General > Software Update option only appears when you have iOS 5+ installed, if you have iOS 4 then you will need to do the update via your computer's iTunes.


    Connect the iPad to your computer's iTunes and copy any purchases off the iPad to your computer via File > Transfer Purchases. You may also want to copy photos and any important documents off the iPad as well e.g. via the file sharing section at the bottom of the device's apps tab when connected to iTunes, via wifi, email, dropbox etc - they should be included in the backup, but it's best to have a copy of them outside of the backup just in case. You can then force a backup of the iPad by right-clicking the iPad 'Device' on the left-hand side of iTunes and selecting 'Backup'.


    Then start the update by selecting the iPad on the left-hand side of iTunes, and on the Summary tab on the right-hand side clicking the Check For Updates button


    Updating to iOS 5+ : http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4972


    If you update to iOS 6 (which you can't if it's a first gen iPad) then you will lose the built-in YouTube app and the Maps app will change