Downloading the iPadOS 13.3.1 update right now might be tempting, but there are some steps you should take before you move your iPad, iPad Pro, iPad Air, or iPad mini to Apple’s latest firmware.
iPadOS 13.3.1 is a maintenance release which means it comes with a mix of bug fixes, enhancements, and security patches
If you’re moving your iPad up from iPadOS 13.3 you get the shortest list of changes and the smallest download size. If you’re moving up from an older version of iPadOS, your iPadOS 13.3.1 update will be more substantial. That’s because the changes from the updates you skipped are baked in.
iPadOS 13.3.1 is an important upgrade and most of you will want to install it today or at some point in the near future. That said, it’s difficult to predict how the software will run on your tablet and that’s why you’ll want to prepare yourself, and your device, for the move. A little prep work before the installation should help you avoid serious issues.
If you run into issues on iPadOS 13.3.1, note that you can no longer downgrade your software to an older version of iPadOS 13. Apple has stopped signing on iPadOS 13.3.
So, if you’re having a great experience on iPadOS 13.3 or older, you’ll want to approach iPadOS 13.3.1 with caution. Once you make the move, there’s no going back.
With that in mind, we want to take you through the best way to prepare for iPadOS 13.3.1. We recommend spending 30 minutes, or more, prepping for the move.
Backup Your Data
Backing up your iPad's data might be the most important step to take before installing iPadOS 13.3.1.
Data loss issues are pretty rare these days, but there's always a chance something gets fouled up during the transition process so you'll want to play it safe.
A lot of you probably know how to backup your data, but if you don't know where to start, we've got a few guides that will help.
If you don't want to use iCloud, we have a guide that will take you through the backup process using iTunes. If you're running macOS Catalina, you'll need to use Finder, not iTunes.
If you have a lot of data on your iPad, this process could take awhile so you'll want to remain patient.
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