How to Install iPadOS 17 Update on iPad

Oct 3, 2023 - 1 Comment

iPadOS 17

Now that iPad users can update to iPadOS 17, have you done so? If not, you’re certainly not alone, as a lot of people sit on the sidelines with no particular rush to install the latest system software versions. But iPadOS 17 offers some nice improvements, like interactive widgets, FaceTime Video Voicemail, new Messages features, the ability to put widgets on your Lock Screen, and more, making it a worthwhile update for most iPad users.

Let’s review how you can install iPadOS 17 onto your iPad so that you’ll be running the latest and greatest iPadOS in no time at all.

Is your iPad compatible with iPadOS 17?

You need to make sure that your iPad is compatible with iPadOS 17, meaning it must one of the following:

  • iPad Pro 12.9″ 2nd generation and later
  • iPad Pro 11″ 1st generation and later
  • iPad Pro 10.5″
  • iPad Air 3rd generation and later
  • iPad 6th generation and later
  • iPad mini 5th generation and later

You’ll notice a few iPad models have been dropped by iPadOS 17, and are not able to run the latest operating system.

How to Update & Install iPadOS 17 on iPad

Upgrading your iPad to the latest iPadOS is simple:

  1. Backup the iPad to iCloud, iTunes, or Finder to make sure that you can restore your data if something goes wrong
  2. Open the “Settings” app on iPad
  3. Go to “General”
  4. Go to “Software Update”
  5. Choose to “Update Now” when iPadOS 17 shows as available to download and install the iPadOS 17 system software update onto your iPad*

The iPad will restart to finish installation.

Once the iPad has started back up again, you can enjoy all the new features, like the new customizable Lock Screen that you can place widgets on, interactive widgets on the Home Screen, Live Activities on the Lock Screen, Safari Profiles, FaceTime video voicemail, new Messages features, Health app, autofill support for PDFs, Safari Private Browsing passcode/Face ID lock, and more.

If you don’t have enough storage available to install iPadOS 17 on your iPad, you’ll need to address that first. Aim to have at least 15GB of storage capacity available on your iPad.

* This will install whatever the latest version of iPadOS 17 is on your iPad. As of writing, that is iPadOS 17.0.2, with iPadOS 17.1 currently in beta.

What do you think of ipadOS 17? How did the installation go? Let us know your thoughts and experiences in the comments.


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Posted by: Jamie Cuevas in iPad, Tips & Tricks

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  1. Ross Ian says:

    I have downloaded IO17. works brilliantly
    But when I open a contact in my contacts the top half covering the forms of contact to that person is
    Greyed out.
    When I hit the edit button the grey goes but when I then hit done the grey comes back.
    Have restarted iPad many times but it will not clear.
    Any suggestions

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