7 Replies Latest reply: Mar 18, 2014 5:54 PM by Texas Mac Man
Khalel04 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

How can I update my ipad3 to ios7

  • JimHdk Level 7 Level 7 (28,195 points)

    Use Settings > General > Software Update

  • fjwhiston Level 2 Level 2 (475 points)

    Or better still, do it from your computer with iTunes, backing up and syncing first.

  • MichelPM Level 6 Level 6 (10,040 points)

    I second using iTunes on your computer to update your iPad method.

    If you can update this way, it is more reliable way to upgrade/update your iPad.

    I always use this method and have not ever had an issues with iDevices not functioning properly after an upgrade/update.

  • JimHdk Level 7 Level 7 (28,195 points)

    I never have had a problem updating via Settings > General > Software Update either. Not that such anecdotal accounts are meaningful.


    What if the poster doesn't even use a computer?

  • MichelPM Level 6 Level 6 (10,040 points)


    In that event, the OP has no other choice than to use the WiFi, iOS update feature.


    I just do not trust the WiFi update method as complelely, 100%  reliable and I wonder if this is why there are lots of posts here of iDevices that aren't operating properly after an upgrade/update download and install. I am not always sure if Wifi transfers of data don't introduce data corruption,  data errors and/or data omissions.

    There have been times when I have downloaded and installed an iOS app via WiFi  and it wouldn't work properly, at first. I would delete it and try re-download the app and then the app seemed to be fine after that.

    You can't really do that with an actual iOS. system upgrade/update.

  • JimHdk Level 7 Level 7 (28,195 points)

    iOS updates are "integrity checked" to make sure that they are correct. This is done regardless of whether the update comes through WiFi or via iTunes on a computer. You can see this as a "verifying" pass following the "downloading" to your device.


    You can be 100% confident if the download makes it to your device and "verifies" that it is correct.

  • 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 7.1. The Settings>General>Software Update only appears if you have iOS 5.0 or higher currently installed.


    You can no longer update to iOS 6.x, or down grade the iOS.


    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 antivirus 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.


    How to Upgrade to iOS 7

    The iOS 7.0 update requires around 2.5 GB of storage space, so if your iPad is almost full, you may need to clear up some space. You can check your available space in Settings -> General -> Usage.

    There are two ways to upgrade to iOS 7: You can use your Wi-Fi connection, or you can connect your iPad to your PC and update through iTunes. We'll go over each method.

    To upgrade using Wi-Fi:

    Note: If your iPad's battery is under 50%, you will want to plug it into your charger while performing the update.

    1. Go into the iPad's Settings.
    2. Locate and tap "General" from the menu on the left.
    3. The second option from the top is "Software Update". Tap this to move into the update settings.
    4. Tap "Download and Install". This will start the upgrade, which will take several minutes and will reboot your iPad during the process. If the Download and Install button is grayed out, trying clearing up some space. The space required by the update is mostly temporary, so you should gain most of it back after iOS 7 is installed.
    5. Once the update is installed, you may have to run through the initial steps of setting up your iPad again. This is to account for new features and settings.



    To upgrade using iTunes:

    First, connect your iPad to your PC or Mac using the cable provided when you purchased your device. This will allow iTunes to communicate with your iPad.

    You will also need the latest version of iTunes. Don't worry, you will be prompted to download the latest version when you launch iTunes. Once it installs, you may be asked to setup iCloud by logging into your iTunes account. If you have a Mac, you may be prompted on whether or not you want to enable the Find my Mac feature.

    Now you are ready to begin the process:

    1. If you upgraded iTunes earlier, go ahead and launch it. (For many, it will launch automatically when you plug in your iPad.)
    2. Once iTunes is launched, it should automatically detect that a new version of the operating system exists and prompt you to upgrade to it. Choose Cancel. Before updating, you will want to manually sync your iPad to make sure everything is up to date.
    3. After canceling the dialog box, iTunes should automatically sync with your iPad.
    4. If iTunes doesn't automatically sync, you can manually do it by selecting your iPad within iTunes, clicking on the File menu and choosing Sync iPad from the list.
    5. After your iPad has been synced to iTunes, select your iPad within iTunes. You can find it on the left side menu under Devices.
    6. From the iPad screen, click on the Update button.
    7. After verifying that you want to update your iPad, the process will begin. It takes a few minutes to update the operating system during which time your iPad may reboot a few times.
    8. After updating, you may be asked a few questions when your device finally boots back up. This is to account for new settings and features.


     Cheers, Tom