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Here’s How Long the iPadOS 15 Update Takes



Apple’s new iPadOS 15 update requires a sizable download and it could take quite a bit of time to install on your iPadiPad ProiPad Air, or iPad mini.

The iPadOS 15 update is finally out of beta and available to download provided you have a compatible iPad. The software is compatible with iPad mini 4 and later, iPad Air 2 and later, iPad fifth-gen and later, and all iPad Pro models.

Apple’s new operating system brings a long list of changes to the iPad including improved Widgets, improvements to Messages, new Memoji, and a number of other changes.

If you’re moving from iPadOS 14.8 to iPadOS 15, you should see the smallest download size. The iPadOS 15 update is around 3GB for those of you running iPadOS 14.8.

If you are upgrading from an older version of iPadOS, your iPadOS 15 download could be even larger. That’s because the changes from the update(s) you skipped are baked in.

While some of you might want to refrain from downloading iPadOS 15 right now, most iPad users should install the software today or at some point in the near future.

If you do decide to install iPadOS 15 on your iPad, you’ll want to set aside some time to get the new operating system properly installed on your device.

Moving your tablet from one operating system to another can cause problems so you’ll want to make sure you have time to monitor the download and installation.

We can’t tell you exactly how long the process will take because it will vary. That said, we can help you approximate how much time you should set aside if you choose to install iPadOS 15 on your iPad.

If you’ve prepared for the move and your tablet is on a fast Wi-Fi connection, it could take 20 minutes to complete during peak hours.

Sync (Optional)5-45 Minutes
Backup and Transfer (Optional)1-30 Minutes
iPadOS 15 Download10 Minutes to 1 Hour
iPadOS 15 Installation10 Minutes to 20 Minutes
Total iPadOS 15 Update Time20 Minutes to 1 Hour+


Before you initiate the iPadOS 15 download, make sure you’re ready.

If you don’t know how to prepare for a software update, please take a look at our pre-installation guide. It’ll take you through the most important steps to take before you start the download.

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

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 is backed up properly.

iPadOS 15 Download

Once you’re ready, you’ll want to start the iPadOS 15 download.

The exact size of the iPadOS 15 download will, again, depend on your version of the iPad and the version of the operating system your tablet is currently running.

If you’re running iPadOS 14.8 your download should, again, be around 3GB. If you’re running an older version of iPadOS, your download will likely be bigger.

If you’re connected to a speedy Wi-Fi network, the iPadOS 15 download could finish up in 10 minutes. If your connection is slower, it could take 15 minutes or longer.

iPadOS 15 Installation

Once your iPad is done pulling iPadOS 15 from Apple’s servers, the installation process will begin. This will almost certainly take longer than the download.

The iPadOS 15 installation could take around 10 minutes or so to complete. It took around 10 minutes to install on an older iPad Pro.

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 iPadOS 15 installation process finishes, 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.

We recommend spending some time checking your important data (photos, videos, music, etc) to make sure everything is where it should be.

After 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 15 support updates and they should help stabilize performance.

You’ll also want to poke around iPadOS 15 for bugs and performance issues. If you notice something take a look at our list of fixes for the most common problems.

4 Reasons Not to Install iOS 15 & 11 Reasons You Should

Install iOS 15 for Better Security

Install iOS 15 for Better Security

If security is important to you, think about installing Apple's iOS 15 update right away.

iOS 15 brings numerous security patches to your iPhone. If you're interested in the exact nature of these improvements, you can read about them over on Apple's security website.

If you skipped iOS 14.8 or any older versions of iOS, you'll get the security patches from those updates with your iOS 15 update as well. 

In addition to those patches, iOS 15 comes with some security and privacy upgrades including improvements to Siri. Requests made to Siri are now processed on the device itself using Neural Engine. This makes it more secure. 

If you're an Apple Card user, you'll now get a security code that changes regularly to use when you make online transactions. 

Apple's also included a built-in authenticator that's similar to Google Authenticator. This will let you generate verification codes for enhanced sign-in security under your Passwords.

There's also a Mail feature that hides your IP address and the company's added a new App Privacy report that will tell you when an app has accessed sensitive information. 

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