iPadOS 15.4.1 can be downloaded provided you have a compatible iPad. The software is compatible with iPad mini 4 and newer, iPad Air 2 and newer, iPad fifth generation and newer, and all iPad Pro models.
Apple’s new software brings a fairly short list of changes to the iPad. Changes include major bug fixes and a new security patch.
If you switch from iPadOS 15.4 to iPadOS 15.4.1, you will see the smallest download size. If you’re upgrading from an older version of iPadOS, your iPadOS 15.4.1 download may be larger. That’s because the changes from the update(s) you skipped are baked into the software.
While some of you may want to refrain from downloading iPadOS 15.4.1 right now, most iPad users should install the software today or sometime in the near future.
If you decide to install iPadOS 15.4.1 on your iPad, you’ll want to set aside some time to properly install the new software on your device.
Moving your tablet from one version of iPadOS to another can cause problems, so make sure you have time to check the download, installation, and performance of your device after the installation is complete.
We can’t tell you exactly how long the process will take as it can vary. That said, we can help you estimate how much time you should set aside if you choose to install iPadOS 15.4.1 on your iPad.
If you’ve prepared for the move and your tablet has a fast Wi-Fi connection, it may take 15 minutes or less to complete.
|Sync (optional)||5-45 minutes|
|Backup and transfer (optional)||1-30 minutes|
|Download iPadOS 15.4.1||5 minutes to 1 hour|
|iPadOS 15.4.1 Installation||7 minutes to 15 minutes|
|Total iPadOS 15.4.1 Update Time||12 minutes to 1 hour+|
Before starting the iPadOS 15.4.1 download, make sure you are ready.
If you don’t know how to prepare for a software update, check out our pre-installation guide. It will guide you through the most important steps to take before starting the download.
Most of you should be able to go through these steps in 30 minutes or less, but there’s a chance you’ll need more time. In some cases much more.
You don’t have to follow every step in our guide, but you at least want to make sure your iPad’s data is backed up properly.
Download iPadOS 15.4.1
Once you’re done, you’ll want to start the iPadOS 15.4.1 download.
The exact size of the iPadOS 15.4.1 download again depends on your version of iPad and the version of iPadOS currently running on your tablet.
If you’re using iPadOS 15.4.1, your download should be a few hundred megabytes. If you are using an older version of iPadOS, the download may be larger.
If you’re connected to a fast Wi-Fi network, iPadOS 15.4.1 download can be completed in 10 minutes or less. If your connection is slower, it will of course take longer.
iPadOS 15.4 Installation
Once your iPad has finished getting iPadOS 15.4.1 from Apple’s servers, the installation process will begin. This may take longer than the download.
Installing iPadOS 15.4.1 can take approximately 10 minutes. It took about eight minutes to install on an older iPad Pro model.
Keep in mind that your iPad may reboot itself a few times during the installation process. This is completely normal and not a cause for concern.
After the iPadOS 15.4.1 installation process is complete, you may need to spend time logging into your iCloud account, logging into your device’s various apps and services, and/or setting up Apple Pay.
We recommend that you spend 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 make sure they work normally. If you notice a problem 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 in iPadOS 15.4.1 for bugs and performance issues. If you notice anything, check out our list of solutions to the most common problems.
4 reasons not to install iOS 15.4.1 and 11 reasons why you should
Install iOS 15.4.1 for better security
If security is important to you, then you should definitely consider installing Apple’s iOS 15.4.1 update right away.
iOS 15.4.1 has one new security patch on board and you can read more about it on Apple’s website† It helps protect your phone from damage.
If you missed the iOS 15.4 update, it had a whopping 36 new security patches on board. To learn more about these patches, visit: Apple’s security site for the details†
If you missed iOS 15.3.1, it had one security patch on board. For more information, visit Apple’s security page†
If you missed iOS 15.3, you will also get the corresponding patches with your upgrade. iOS 15.3 brought 10 new security patches for iPhone users. If you are interested in the details, you can read more about it here†
If you missed iOS 15.2.1, you will get the security patch with your upgrade. More information about the switch can be found at Apple’s website†
If you missed Apple’s iOS 15.2 update, you’ll get the 30+ security patches with your upgrade. You can read all about it on the company security site†
iOS 15.2 also included some significant privacy upgrades. The software brought the company’s app privacy report to Settings. This lets you see how many times your apps accessed your location, photos, camera, microphone, contacts, and more in the past seven days. You can also see their network activity.
In addition, iOS 15.2 . brought Apple’s communications security features for children. You’ll find these features in the Messages app, Siri, Spotlight, and Search.
If you missed iOS 15.1, iOS 15.4.1 will bring the security patches to your iPhone. You can read more about it at Apple’s website†
If you missed iOS 15.0.2, you will also get the security patch with your upgrade. You can learn more about it here†
iOS 15.0 also brought numerous security patches to your iPhone. If you’re moving from iOS 14 and you’re interested in the exact nature of these improvements, you can read more about them at Apple’s security website†
Apple has updated its website with new information about iOS 15’s suite of security patches. The company now says the software has fixed an issue that could have exposed a user’s personal Apple ID information and in-app search history. It also states that iOS 15 has fixed an issue that allowed apps to ignore privacy preferences.
If you skipped iOS 14.8 or an older version of iOS, you will also receive the security patches from those updates with your iOS 15.4.1 update.
In addition to these patches, iOS 15 comes with some security and privacy upgrades, including improvements to Siri. Requests to Siri are now processed on the device itself with Neural Engine. This makes it safer.
If you are an Apple Card user, you now get a security code that changes regularly to use when making online transactions.
Apple has also added a built-in authenticator similar to Google Authenticator. Allows you to generate verification codes for enhanced login security under your passwords.
There is also a Mail feature that hides your IP address.