On September 18, 2013 Apple released a major upgrade to their mobile operating system (iOS). This is the operating system that is used by the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch. The new version, iOS 7 has additional features an a new look-and-feel. All procedures, images, and video clips in this eBook/website use an iPad Mini or iPad Phone running the iOS 7. If your iPad was shipped from Apple before September 20, 2013, you will need to manually upgrade to iOS 7. This upgrade is free. Note that iOS 7 is not supported on the original iPad and older iPhones/iPod Touches.

Updating to iOS 7 takes approximately 45 minutes. It is advised that you perform this procedure with a fully charged iPad or an iPad that is connected to power. The procedure to update your iPad can be run directly on your iPad. There is no need to connect your iPad to a computer, however, as the installation requires the download of a large file, you should ensure that you are connected over WiFi. This procedure begins by downloading the new iOS (10-15 minutes with high-speed Internet connection), and then continues to the installation (20-30 minutes).

To see a video clip of this process, click the image below:

To Download the iOS 7 update:

  1. Launch the Settings app.
  2. Touch General.

You must have enough storage space free in order to update. The iOS 7 download is 728MB; however, it requires 3.1GB of storage space to run. If you do not have enough free space available, the iOS 7 update will warn you and provide you with a link to Usage Settings. The Usage Settings screen will show you which apps are using storage space, so that you can clear up enough for the upgrade.

  1. Touch Software Update.
  2. Touch Download and Install.
  3. Touch Agree.
  4. Touch Agree on pop-up alert.

If you are not connected to power, you will receive a warning. If your iPad is fully charged then you can choose to touch Continue. If not, you may wish to plug in your iPad before proceeding.

If you receive an error message downloading, try again. The survey may be busy.

When the download is complete, the installation will automatically occur unless you touch Later in the pop-up alert.

To see a video clip of the first portion of this process, click the image below:

If your installation did not automatically start after the download, you can launch the installation by:

  1. If you are not already in Settings, Launch the Settings app.
  2. Touch General.
  3. Touch Software Update.
  4. Touch Install Now.
  5. Touch Agree.
  6. Touch Agree (on pop up).

The iPad will verify the update and begin updating. After verifying, the iPad will reboot. You will then see an Apple with a progress bar underneath indicating the progress of the iPad updating. The upgrade process typically takes 20-30 minutes. Once complete, you will be prompted to answer some configuration questions. The update is now complete.

If you receive an error during the verification process, try again. The verification website may be busy.