Apple periodically releases software updates for your iPad ("iPadOS updates"). These are usually minor updates with little to no impact on how you use your iPad with Green Bits, but sometimes these updates may include new iPad features or changes to the iPad user interface. This type of update is for the iPad itself and is different from updating the Green Bits Register app.
In this article we'll go over important things you should know before updating, when to update, and how to update.
- Before updating iPadOS
- How do I know when an iPadOS update is available?
- Where can I find more information on specific iPadOS updates?
- When should I update iPadOS?
- How do I update iPadOS?
- Can I set my iPad to automatically update?
- Can I revert back to a previous iPadOS version?
Before updating iPadOS
iPadOS updates can be downloaded in the background while you continue to use your iPad.
After downloading, the update needs to be installed. Installation can take an hour or more, and you can't use the iPad during the installation process. It's best to wait to install updates overnight or at another time when the iPad isn't needed for making sales.
Before downloading or installing an iPadOS update, make sure you have a stable internet connection and that the iPad is plugged in to power.
How do I know when an iPadOS update is available?
Your iPad will automatically notify you when updates are available, or you can manually check for updates by going to Settings > General > Software Update.
Where can I find more information on specific iPadOS updates?
In Settings > General > Software Update, if an update is available, select Learn More to read the full details of what's included in the update. This information is also available on Apple's website.
Small updates are released periodically throughout the year, though Apple typically releases major updates in September or October each year. These releases may include new features and changes to the overall user interface. Major updates are usually denoted by a change of the primary version number. For instance, an update from version 11.3.2 to 11.4.1 would likely contain minor background changes and bug fixes, whereas updating from 11.4.1 to 12.0 means new features and a reworked interface.
When should I update iPadOS?
Generally speaking, iPadOS updates do not affect Green Bits, nor are they required in order to continue using Green Bits.
As such, whether and when to update is largely a matter of personal preference. If your iPad is working fine and you have no reason to update, you can continue using your current iPadOS version indefinitely.
If you don't update, you may eventually begin to notice degraded performance. Green Bits Support may also advise you to update on a case-by-case basis.
How do I update iPadOS?
- If your iPad automatically notifies you of an update, select Details. Or, go to Settings > General > Software Update.
- Select Download and Install.
- If you want to automatically update between 2:00 AM and 4:00 AM, select Later, and then select Install Tonight. If you are ready to update now, select Install Now.
Can I set my iPad to automatically update?
Yes, though for various reasons we generally don't recommend automatic updates.
You can turn automatic updates on or off in Settings > General > Software Update > Automatic Updates.
Can I revert back to a previous iPadOS version?
No. Apple does not offer a process for reverting to a previous version.