Sometimes people want to update their iPad to the latest version but their iPad won’t update. This can be discouraging for the tech lovers out there but it is really easy to troubleshoot the reason for this issue and fix it. This problem can be encountered occasionally by users anytime Apple releases a new version of iPadOS. And the problem is usually different depending on the user. There are a few reasons why your iPad won’t update:

  • Low battery
  • Insufficient storage space
  • Corrupted files

It doesn’t matter what the reasons are, you can always fix them by following these solutions.

Steps to follow if your iPad won’t update

Restart your iPad

Although this stage in troubleshooting may seem the simplest, it is the most effective and will work in many situations. This is because it’s very likely that the problem you’re having is just a minor software bug that can be fixed with a fast device reboot. Simply shut down and restart your device. Restart the computer, then attempt to load the update once more to see if it launches without any problems this time.

Connect the iPad to the charger.

Many people appear to be unaware that to start a software upgrade, their iPads must still have at least 50% battery life. Although 50% battery life is the absolute minimum, it’s ideal to have at least 55%. This is because it typically takes a few minutes for the device to prepare for the update, and during that time the battery life may drop significantly. Connect your iPad to the power adapter if the battery is running low before attempting to update the software once more. You shouldn’t have any problems with iPad updates anymore.

Verify Internet Connection

The first thing you should do is make sure you’re connected to the internet. Especially if you’re in the Software Update menu and you receive an error message stating that your device is unable to search for new updates. Since you cannot install updates over a cellular network, it is better to be linked to a Wi-Fi network. On your device, open your web browser and see if web pages load reasonably fast. If not, then this is the reason your iPad won’t update.

Verify the available storage

The software update file that your iPad gets from Apple’s servers needs to be kept in physical storage on your device. If your device has a very small amount of storage, updating will undoubtedly present problems and your iPad won’t update. For your device to operate at its best, it’s generally advised that at least 10 to 15% of the overall storage space be set aside as free space. Since the files are deleted after the update is finished, this free room can be used momentarily for software updates. Simply navigate to Settings -> General -> iPad Storage on your device to see how much storage is accessible.

Delete the Update File & Re-Download

The update file is probably corrupted if none of the troubleshooting methods mentioned above were successful. And still, your iPad won’t update. This could, among other things, be the outcome of frequent internet disconnections. While the update was being downloaded on your device. In any case, you can simply delete the damaged update file and retry the upgrade. Go to Settings -> General -> iPad Storage. Then tap on the update file next to the list of applications using your storage to remove the iPadOS update file from your device.