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Here’s How Long the iPadOS 13.1.2 Update Takes



The iPadOS 13.1.2 update is a small upgrade, but it still could take some time to download and install on your iPad Pro, iPad mini, iPad Air, or iPad.

The latest maintenance release for iPadOS 13 comes with a short list of bug fixes for lingering issues with the new operating system.

If you’re moving your iPad from iPadOS 13.1.1 to iPadOS 13.1.2 you get the shortest change log and the smallest download size.

If you are moving your tablet from an older version of iOS, say iOS 12.4.1, your iPadOS 13.1.2 update will be much bigger because the features and fixes from the updates you skipped are baked in.

While some of you might want to stay put on iOS 12, iPadOS 13.1, or iPadOS 13.1.1, most people should download the iPadOS 13.1.2 update right now or in the near future.

If you do decide to install iPadOS 13.1.2 today, you’ll want to set aside some time to get the new firmware installed on your tablet.

Moving your iPad from one version of iPadOS to another can cause problems so you’ll want to monitor the download and installation process.

We can’t tell you exactly how long your iPadOS 13.1.2 installation will take because it will vary from person-to-person, device-to-device. That said, we can help you approximate how much time you should set aside when you decide to move from iOS 12 to iPadOS 13.1.2 or iPadOS 13.1/iPadOS 13.1.1 to iPadOS 13.1.2.

If you’ve prepared yourself and your device for the iPadOS 13.1.2 update and your iPad is connected to a fast Wi-Fi connection, it could take less than 10 minutes to complete.

Sync (Optional)5-45 Minutes
Backup and Transfer (Optional)1-30 Minutes
iPadOS 13.1.2 Download1-15 Minutes
iPadOS 13.1.2 Installation7-15 Minutes
Total iPadOS 13.1.2 Update Time8 Minutes to 1 Hour+


Before you initiate the iPadOS 13.1.2 download, make sure you and your device are prepared for the move.

If you don’t know how to do this, please take a look at our pre-installation guide. It’ll take you through the most important steps to take before you tap download.

Most of you should be able to get through these steps in 30 minutes or less, but there’s a chance it takes longer. In some cases, a lot longer.

You don’t need to follow every single step in our guide, but at the very least you’ll want to make sure your iPad’s data (photos, videos, etc) is backed up.

iPadOS 13.1.2 Download

Once you’re prepared, you’ll want to start the iPadOS 13.1.2 download.

The exact size of the iPadOS 13.1.2 download will depend on your version of the iPad and the version of the operating system on board.

If you’re running the latest version of iPadOS, your download is less than 100MB. If you’re running a newer version of iOS 12 like iOS 12.4.1, your download will be around 3GB.

If you’re connected to a speedy Wi-Fi network, the iPadOS 13.1.2 download could finish up in less than a minute. If your connection is slower or if you’re running older firmware, it’s obviously going to take longer, perhaps as long as 10 minutes.

iPadOS 13.1.2 Installation

Once your iPad is done pulling iPadOS 13.1.2 from Apple’s servers, the installation process will begin. This could take longer than the download.

If you’re moving from iPadOS 13.1.1, the installation could take around seven minutes to complete. It took about seven minutes on an iPad Pro running iPadOS 13.1.1.

If you’re moving your iPad up from older firmware, your installation could take around 10 minutes to complete.

Note that your iPad might reboot itself a few times during the installation process. This is perfectly normal and isn’t a cause for concern.


After the installation process finishes up, you might need to spend time logging into your iCloud account, signing into your device’s various apps and services, and/or setting up Apple Pay.

You might want to spend some time checking your important data (photos, videos, music, etc) to make sure everything is still there.

After you do that, you should test your core applications and services to ensure they’re working normally. If you notice an issue with an app, try downloading the latest version. Developers are rolling out iPadOS 13 support updates and these should help to stabilize performance.

You’ll also want to poke around iPadOS 13.1.2 for bugs and performance issues. If you notice something take a look at our list of fixes for the most common problems.

9 Things to Do Before Installing iPadOS 13.1.2

Backup Your Data

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 want to backup using Apple's iCloud service, take a look at our guide. If you need additional help, you'll want to check out Apple's guide to using iCloud

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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