How to Download and install iPadOS 13.3.1 on your iPad

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Download and install iPadOS 13.3.1 on your iPad

Apple has always been coming up with innovative techniques to provide its customers with the best experience ever. With iPhones and Macs winning everyone’s heart with flawless performance, the company has left no stones unturned to provide the best tablet experience to its users as well. The release of iPad OS, specially designed for iPad, has come as great news for all iPad users.

With Apple releasing its iPadOS version 13.3.1, every iPad user is eagerly looking forward to downloading and install the same to experience the new features. If you are an iPad user and face difficulties in installing the new version, this blog is for you.


No matter how bad you want the new OS in your device, you can’t help it if it is not compatible. Hence, the first step is to check out the computability. Unfortunately, some older models are not eligible for the new OS. Only the following devices support the new IOS: iPad Air 2 and 3

  • iPad Mini 4 and 5
  • iPad (6th and 7th generations)
  • 9.7-inch iPad Pro
  • 10.5-inch iPad Pro
  • 11-inch iPad Pro
  • 12.9-inch iPad Pro

Back up your Data

You might be wondering you need to backup your data for a software update. Well, it might be possible that you don’t like the new OS and decide to roll it out to the previous version. What if some issues crop up during the update, and you accidentally lose some of your valuable data? It is always a good practice to back up your data to prevent unexpected data loss.

You can back up your iPad data by using iCloud or iTunes.

Backing up using iCloud

Follow the below-mentioned steps to backup using iCloud:

  • Connect your device to a Wi-Fi network.
  • Go to the “Settings” menu, press on your device name, and then tap on “iCloud.”
  • Click on “iCloud Backup” and then tap “Back Up Now.”
  • To check if the backup is complete, go to Settings, then iCloud > iCloud Storage > Manage Storage> device.

Backing up using iTunes

If you have a Mac (other than macOS Catalina) or a PC with iTunes, follow these steps to back up using iTunes.

  • Install the latest version of iTunes first
  • Connect your iPad to the PC or Mac
  • Follow the onscreen instructions. 
  • Open iTunes and then select your iPad.
  • Press the “Back Up Now” button to backup your data.

Backing up on a Mac with macOS Catalina

If you’re running macOS Catalina, you’ll need to use the Finder app for the backup. 

  • Connect your iPad to the Mac.
  • Follow the onscreen instructions. 
  • Open the Finder app and select your iPad 
  • Press the “General” tab, then tap “Back Up 

Downloading and installing iPadOS 13.3.1 on your iPad

Important points you must know before proceeding:

  • If your iPad is currently running iPadOS 13.3, the download will be of a few hundred megabytes. If you’re running an older version, the chances are that your download could be more than one gigabyte.
  • If you have a fast Wi-Fi network, the complete download could finish up in less than five minutes. A Wi-Fi connection is a must for a software update.
  • If your connection is slower or your firmware is older, it could take longer than 10 minutes.
  • The installation process is what takes way longer than the download process.
  • If you are updating an older version of OS 13, the installation should be completed in less than 10 minutes. However, if updating from an older firmware, the installation time could stretch to 10 minutes.

Follow the instructions to download and install iPad 13.3.1:

  • Make sure your iPad has more than 90% battery. If not, connect it to the charger.
  • Go to the settings menu.
  • Go to General and click on Software Update.
  • Your iPad will check for updates and notify you of upcoming updates.
  • Tap to Download and Install the update
  • Leave your device aside and let the update gets downloaded and installed.
  • Your iPad would reboot itself a couple of times during the installation process.

Post-Installation steps

You need to conduct some post-installation checks to make sure you’re the update was done properly.

  • Log in to your iCloud account and sign up for your device’s various apps and services.
  • Check your important data like photos, videos, music, etc., to make sure nothing has been accidentally lost.
  • Also, run and test your core applications and services. 
  • Some apps might not work fine, and you would need to install their latest versions.
  • There are many apps whose developers are still working on rolling out the updated versions. You might have to wait for some time to get your hands on the latest updates. 

Why you need to install iPadOS 13.3.1

  • The new update has addressed many bugs in the older versions and introduced many new interesting features.
  • It has introduced advanced security features to keep your device safe at top priority.
  • It has introduced a new feature named “communication limits for screen time.” With this, you can control the screen time of communication with your contacts.
  • It supports Airpods Pro.

Rolling back from iPadOS to iOS 12

Just in case you decide to roll back to iOS 12 from iPadOs, here is what you need to do:

  • On an iPad with Face ID, hold together the power button and one of the volume buttons until you see the Recovery Mode icon. 
  • If your iPad has a Home button, hold the side or top button until you see it.
  • Connect your iPad to your computer/Mac.
  • The iTunes will popup, then click on the “Restore” button.
  • Click Restore and Update
  • An iOS 12 updater will appear. Press Next.
  • Agree to accept the Terms and Conditions.
  • Once the update is finished, you’ll have a clean install of iOS 12 on your device. 
  • Restore your backed up data to get it back

Restoring from an iCloud backup

  • Open the Apps & Data screen from settings, 
  • Tap on Restore from iCloud Backup and then sign in to iCloud on your device.
  • Tap Choose Backup
  • Choose the backup you made before installing the iPadOS.

Restoring from an iTunes backup

  • Connect your iPad to the Mac
  • Go to Apps & Data screen from the settings menu on your iPad
  • Tap Restore from iTunes Backup  
  • Open iTunes and Select your device.
  • Press Summary and hit the Restore Backup button.
  • Pick the backup 
  • Keep your iPad connected to the PC until the backup finishes.

Author Bio:

Name:  Akash Tripathi

Bio:   Akash Tripathi is a Content Marketing Manager at Top Mobile Tech. It is a blog where I cover all the tips & tricks related to Mobile and more related to tech. Stay connected to the rest of the world with Top Mobile Tech. 

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