Downloading the iPadOS 13.1.2 update right away might be tempting, but there are some steps you should take before you move your iPad, iPad Pro, iPad Air, or iPad mini from iOS 12 or iPadOS 13.1/iPadOS 13.1.1.
Apple’s released a new version of iPadOS 13 for the iPad. iPadOS 13.1.2 is a maintenance release which means it’s focused on under-the-hood improvements. It doesn’t have any new features on board.
If you’re moving your iPad up from iPadOS 13.1.1 you get the shortest list of changes and the smallest download size. If you’re moving up from an older version of iOS, your iPadOS 13.1.2 update will be more substantial. That’s because the features and fixes from the updates you skipped are baked in.
iPadOS 13.1.2 is an important upgrade and most of you will want to install it today or at some point in the near future. However, 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 13.1.2, you’ll have to try and fix the issue on your own. Apple’s closed off the downgrade path back to iPadOS 13.1.1, iPadOS 13.1, iOS 12.4.1, and older versions of iOS 12.
So if you’re having a great experience on iPadOS 13.1.1 or below, you’ll want to approach iPadOS 13.1.2 with extreme 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 13.1.2. 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 13.1.1.
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 prefer using iTunes to backup your data, we have a guide that will take you through that version of the backup process.
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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