Get ready for iPadOS 15. Unveiled at Apple’s WWDC 2021, it offers a number of significant improvements over iPadOS 14, including upgraded widgets, even more features for the Notes app, and vastly improved multi-app support so you can get more done. can get at once with that big screen.
But the question is, how do you download iPadOS 15? Currently, the operating system is only available for download as a developer beta, so you’ll need an Apple Developer account to access it. At the same time, you need to prepare yourself for the usual help with blemishes and problems, as the whole point of a beta is to test the system and smooth out the last wrinkles. As such, we recommend that you do not download and use it unless you are willing to put up with a lot of bugs, or even risk blocking your device.
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Get an Apple Developer Account
While we can expect a public beta in the coming weeks, iPadOS 15 is now available nothing but as developer beta. You therefore need an Apple Developer account, which currently costs $99 per year, to download it.
As Apple describes on its website, you must download the Apple Developer app on your iPad and then enroll as an individual (or as an organization if you are an employee of a company, nonprofit, or government) in the Apple Developer Program body) . You’ll also need an Apple ID with two-factor authentication enabled, as well as up-to-date personal information.
After launching the Apple Developer app, you need to click the Account tab and sign in with your Apple ID. You must then read the Apple Developer Agreement and click . to tap Agree, before you tap subscribe now.
Congratulations, you are now ready to actually download iPadOS 15.
The new iPadOS 15 will be compatible with the iPad Pros launched this year, as well as any iPadOS 14 compatible device. Here’s the full list:
- iPad Pro 12.9-inch (5th generation)
- iPad Pro 12.9-inch (4th generation)
- iPad Pro 11-inch (3rd generation)
- iPad Pro 11-inch (2nd generation)
- iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd generation)
- iPad Pro 11-inch (1st generation)
- iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2nd generation)
- iPad Pro 12.9 inches (1st generation)
- iPad Pro 10.5-inch
- iPad Pro 9.7-inch
- iPad (8th generation)
- iPad (7th generation)
- iPad (6th generation)
- iPad (5th generation)
- iPad Mini (5th generation)
- iPad Mini 4
- iPad Air (4th generation)
- iPad Air (3rd generation)
- iPad Air 2
Back up your iPad
Apple recommends beta operating systems “install only on devices and systems used for development and testing.” We’d follow that advice, but if you absolutely can’t wait to download iPadOS 15 on your regular iPad, make sure to back up your device before installing the new OS. In fact, you should back up your device even if you only use it for development and testing.
Probably the easiest way is to back up your iPad through iCloud. On your iPad, just go to Settings > [your name] > iCloud > iCloud Backup. You can enable iCloud backup to make sure your iPad backs up daily, when it’s connected to Wi-Fi, when it’s plugged into a power outlet, and when it’s locked.
You can also tap Backup now to perform a manual backup.
If you want to make room for a new backup, you can also view and manage previous saves by going to . to go Settings > [your name] > iCloud > Manage Storage > Backups.
Back up with your Mac or PC
It’s also pretty easy to back up your iPad using your Mac or PC. Here’s what to do:
Step 1: Connect your iPad to your Mac with the correct cable.
Step 2: If you have MacOS 10.15 or later, open Finder and click on your iPad. If you have a PC (or MacOS 10.14 or earlier), launch iTunes.
Step 3: In Finder, click General, select Back up all data on your iPad to this Macand then click Backup now. In iTunes go to Device > Overview > Back Up Now.
Download and install the iPadOS 15 developer beta
Downloading iPadOS 15 is extremely easy. Once you’ve signed up for an Apple Developer account (as described above) and logged in, you can simply go to the Apple Developer download page and choose iPadOS 15 to download. From there you have to go Settings > Profile downloaded > Install to install the configuration profile for iPadOS 15.
This will only install the configuration profile for iPadOS 15, which is not quite the same as the operating system itself. As such, you need to take one more step to install the actual software on your iPad. First go to Settings > General > Software Update. Then tap Download and install. After agreeing to the terms and conditions, go through the operating system installation process.
That is it. Keep in mind that iPadOs 15, as a developer beta, should have quite a few bugs at this point. So don’t expect the smoothest ride. However, once the public beta – and then the official release – becomes available, you’ll be able to download it, something that should give you a more seamless experience.