2 Replies Latest reply: Jul 16, 2013 7:47 PM by Texas Mac Man
Leilah16 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I have an iPad 1 and I have seen in the forums that iOS 5.1 is available but I can't seem to update. I go to General > Settings bu there is no Software Update available on my iPad. Does anyone know how I would update? I am currently running on iOS 4.2.1 & many of my apps require at least iOS 5. Thank younfor ur help!

iPad, iOS 4.2
  • sberman Level 7 Level 7 (29,350 points)

    Software Update was not available until iOS 5.  You therefore do not have it.


    To update your software, you must plug your iPad into iTunes (use the current iTunes - version 11.0.4).  Let it sync, then choose "Check for Updates" from the iPad's summary page in iTunes.

  • Texas Mac Man Level 8 Level 8 (46,550 points)

    If you have an iPad 1, the max iOS is 5.1.1. For newer iPads, the current iOS is 6.1.3. The Settings>General>Software Update only appears if you have iOS 5.0 or higher currently installed.


    iOS 5: Updating your device to iOS 5 or Later



    How to install iOS 6



    iOS: How to update your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch



    If you are currently running an iOS lower than 5.0, connect the iPad to the computer, open iTunes. Then select the iPad under the Devices heading on the left, click on the Summary tab and then click on Check for Update.


    Tip - If connected to your computer, you may need to disable your firewall and anitvirus software temporarily.  Then download and install the iOS update. Be sure and backup your iPad before the iOS update. After you update an iPad (except iPad 1) to iOS 6.x, the next update can be installed via wifi (i.e., not connected to your computer).


    Tip 2 - If you're updating via wifi, place your iPad close to your router to preclude getting a corrupted download.


     Cheers, Tom