How to Update the iPad Operating System to iOS 9 - dummies

How to Update the iPad Operating System to iOS 9

By Nancy C. Muir

Most of the information you will find about the iPad will reference the latest version of the operating system, which is currently iOS 9. To be sure you have the latest and greatest features, update your iPad to the latest iOS now (and periodically, to receive minor upgrades to iOS 9 or future versions of the iOS). It’s easy to do.

  1. If you’ve set up an iCloud account on your iPad, updates happen automatically; otherwise, you can update over a Wi-Fi or 3G/4G connection by tapping Settings → General → Software Update.

  2. Read the note above the Check for Update button to see whether your iOS is up to date. If it isn’t, click the Check for Update button. iPad searches for the latest iOS version and performs the update.


A new iOS version may introduce new features for your iPad. If a new iOS appears at any point in the future, go to for updates on new features introduced in major updates.