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9 things to do before installing iPadOS 15.4.1

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Downloading Apple’s new iPadOS 15.4.1 update can be tempting, but there are some steps to take before moving your iPad to the company’s new software.

iPadOS 15.4.1 is a point upgrade and the software is now available for download if you have a compatible iPad, iPad Air, iPad Pro or iPad mini.

The software brings a short list of changes to the iPad. It contains bug fixes and an important security patch. It has no new features on board.

Moving your iPad from iPadOS 15.4 to iPadOS 15.4.1 will give you the shortest list of changes and smallest download size. If you’re moving from an older version of iPadOS, your iPadOS 15.4.1 update may be more significant. That’s because the features and fixes from the updates you skipped are baked into the firmware.

iPadOS 15.4.1 is a major upgrade and most of you will want to install the new software today or sometime in the near future. That said, it’s hard to predict how the software will work on your iPad and that’s exactly why you’ll want to prepare yourself and your device for the move. A little prep work before you start the installation should help you avoid serious problems.

If you’re experiencing issues with iPadOS 15.4.1, keep in mind that you can’t downgrade back to iPadOS 15.4 to improve your device’s performance. Unfortunately, Apple has also closed down the downgrade path to older versions of iPadOS, including iPadOS 14.

So if you have a great experience on iPadOS 15.4 or lower, you should be careful with iPadOS 15.4.1. Once you’ve made the switch, there’s no going back.

With that in mind, we want to take you through the best way to prepare for iPadOS 15.4.1. We recommend that you spend 30 minutes or more preparing for the move.

Back up your data

Backing up your iPad’s data is an important step to take before installing new software, such as iPadOS 15.4.1.

Many of you already know how to properly backup your data (photos, videos, etc.), but if you are not sure, here’s what to do.

You can back up your data with Apple’s iCloud service. It’s an easy way to make sure your important files are safe. If you are not familiar with the iCloud backup process, give it a try Apple’s Guide

If you don’t want to use iCloud, you can back up your data using iTunes. If you’re using macOS Monterey, macOS Big Sur, or macOS Catalina, you should be using Finder, not iTunes.

If you store a lot of data on your iPad, keep in mind that the backup process can take quite a while, so you need to be patient while the process is completed.

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