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How to Update Your iPad to iOS 6.0

By September 19, 2012

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Apple has released iOS 6.0 for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. This update to the iPad's operating system brings a lot of new features, including Facebook integration and Siri. It also replaces Google Maps with Apple's own Maps app, enhances iCloud, includes a new Clock app, allows FaceTime over 4G/3G and a ton of other features both big and small. No doubt, you'll want to download and install it as soon as possible. So how do you update your iPad to iOS 6.0?

Note: You will want to be on Wi-Fi to download the update. Not only will it take a while over 3G or 4G, it will also eat up a lot of your data plan. Also, it is usually best to connect your iPad to a charger (either your PC or an outlet) while updating.

  1. Go into the iPad's Settings. It's the icon that looks like gears turning.
  2. On the left-side menu, choose "General". This will pull up the general settings in the window to the right.
  3. Choose "Software Update". It's the second option from the top, just below "About".
  4. Choose Download and Install. This will begin the process of updating your iPad to iOS 6.0. Don't worry if your iPad reboots while installing the update -- that's part of the process.

You'll need a little over 2.5 GB of free storage to install the update. If the button to Download and Install is grayed out, check how much available space you have under the "Usage" option in the general settings. If need be, you can delete a few large apps you no longer use. Much of the space needed is only temporary, so you should get some back after the operating system installs.

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September 27, 2012 at 8:33 pm
(1) maddy says:

what if you don’t have software update under general? And yes, this is an ipad 2.

September 29, 2012 at 4:17 pm
(2) Angela Mascall says:

How do you delete the iOS if you don’t want it?

October 1, 2012 at 12:14 pm
(3) john says:

Same, there is no software update choice with my iPad2. My current version is 4.3.1 (8G4).

November 5, 2012 at 5:42 am
(4) jon says:

what will I do if I don’t have software update under general setting? I’m using ipad 2 version 4.3.3(8J2)..

November 30, 2012 at 5:08 am
(5) Divya says:

Software update option is not found in my iPad ? It’s iPad 2

December 22, 2012 at 3:56 am
(6) Brendan says:

Same problem. No install software tab. Mine is version 4.3.5 (8L1) ipad 2

December 26, 2012 at 5:12 pm
(7) Cinbin says:

I also do not have the software update option on my IPad version 4.3.5 help

January 2, 2013 at 12:05 am
(8) Carson says:

I dont have software update either. But im using ipad 1. Mine is 4.3.3. (8j2)

January 10, 2013 at 12:11 am
(9) Jim says:

Have a iPad 2 and cannot update to ios6 because there is no update software option in the general section

January 20, 2013 at 3:45 pm
(10) Joe says:

I have iOS 4.3.3 (8J2) loaded and just like the other comments – when I go to Settings -> General there is no Upgrade option. Do any of you know how to do this?

January 23, 2013 at 11:56 pm
(11) Mary says:

I also have ipad 2 Version 4.3.5 (8L1) and am trying to upgrade iOS6 and instructions say to go to Settings, General and ther is no Upgrad option under about? What should I do???

January 26, 2013 at 4:00 am
(12) Sean says:

Yeah, me too, no software update option

February 8, 2013 at 1:13 pm
(13) E says:

I have the ipad2 and do not have thevsoftware update option.
Do I need to do a rain dance Steve?

February 18, 2013 at 12:38 am
(14) Tiffany says:

I dont have a software update button either. What do I do??

March 2, 2013 at 8:56 am
(15) Mphd says:

Ipad2 has no software button

March 7, 2013 at 1:28 am
(16) Sean says:

Dude, you don’t know what you’re talking about. There’s no option in general section. Don’t waste people’s time if you don’t know what your doing, character.

March 27, 2013 at 12:09 pm
(17) Pmoe says:

When I click UPDATE , these words appear ‘ the iPad software server could not be contacted . Make sure your network settings are correct and your network connection is active , or try again later . ‘ I tried many times over past 3 days …still the same message .
Pls advise

March 29, 2013 at 3:29 pm
(18) Bonny sovereign says:

I don’t have software upgrade on my general setting. For I pad 2 . What do I do to up grade my I s o ? I need to up grade to get my face book back app back on. It says I have to have iso 5 to get my fb back. Please tell me how to do so.

June 26, 2013 at 5:51 pm
(19) Sundai says:

If you don’t see an option to update your software, you need to connect it to the most updated version of I-Tunes on the computer. From there, you should back it up, to avoid losing anything. After you back it up, you can update the software. It takes a while, so don’t do it when you’re on a time crunch.

July 1, 2013 at 4:35 am
(20) D says:
December 15, 2013 at 12:57 am
(21) Nicole26 says:

I have software update but it doesn’t say install or download. What should I do?

January 25, 2014 at 11:32 pm
(22) Casey says:

We are trying to download Netflix app and it says he has 5.1 and needs 6.0 but under the setting general & update it says there are no updates.

January 26, 2014 at 3:43 pm
(23) Amanda says:

My kids’ 1st gen iPads says that software is up to date at iOS 5.1.1. How do get it to recognize there’s a new update available?

March 7, 2014 at 5:58 pm

Mi iPad 3 is jailbroken .Can I upgrade it?

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