How to Download and Install iPadOS 16.2 on Your iPad Right Now « iOS & iPhone :: Gadget Hacks



Many new exciting features are coming to the iPad this fall in iPadOS 16.2, but you can try them all out right now before everyone else as long as you’re OK with running beta software on your device.

Apple revealed iPadOS 16.0 on June 6, 2022, at WWDC22, Apple’s latest Worldwide Developers Conference, but it didn’t unleash it to the masses until Oct. 24 in the form of iPadOS 16.1. Some of the most significant updates include iCloud Shared Photo Library, Messages enhancements, Mail improvements, passkeys in Safari, Stage Manager, and new display modes. Plus, the Weather app is finally not just for iPhone anymore!

The iOS 16.2 software update comes next, which is expected to include the new Freeform app and an updated Home architecture, to mention a few things.

Note: The directions below also work for iOS 16.2 beta, but check out our iOS 16.2 installation guide for the full iPhone instructions.

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iPadOS 16 Beta Release History

Compatible Devices

The iPadOS 16.2 beta is available on all of the following iPad models. Apple dropped support for the iPad mini 4 and iPad Air 2, so those devices are not supported on iPadOS 16.

  • iPad Air (5th generation)
  • iPad Air (4th generation)
  • iPad Air (3rd generation)
  • iPad mini (6th generation)
  • iPad mini (5th generation)
  • iPad (9th generation)
  • iPad (8th generation)
  • iPad (7th generation)
  • iPad (6th generation)
  • iPad (5th generation)
  • iPad Pro 11-inch (3rd generation)
  • iPad Pro 11-inch (2nd generation)
  • iPad Pro 11-inch (1st generation)
  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (5th generation)
  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (4th generation)
  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd generation)
  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2nd generation)
  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (1st generation)
  • iPad Pro 10.5-inch
  • iPad Pro 9.7-inch

Archive an iPadOS Backup

The iPadOS 16.2 beta may not be stable enough for you if it’s your main iPad and not an extra one to play around on. If you want to downgrade, you’ll want to have an archived backup of iPadOS 15.7 or iPadOS 16.1 to downgrade right away, but you can only create the backup before you install iPadOS 16.2.

Without an archived backup, you can wait until Apple releases the next stable iPadOS 15 or 16 updates. If one is issued, delete the iPadOS 16 Beta Software Profile on your iPad, then go to Settings –> General –> Software Update to update your iPad to the latest iPadOS 15 or iPadOS 16 version as you usually would.

Method 1: Install with the OTA Public Profile

The iPadOS 16 public beta software was released on July 11, or 35 days after the first developer beta appeared, but it continued testing as iPadOS 16.1 public beta until its eventual stable release on Oct. 24. The iPadOS 16.2 public beta hasn’t appeared yet but is expected on Oct. 26, one day after the developer version. Use these instructions to upgrade your iPhone to the latest iOS 16.2 public beta version when it’s available.

Apple’s iPadOS 16.2 public beta has not been released yet.

  1. Remove the iPadOS 15 public beta if one is on your iPad. Go to Settings –> General –> VPN & Device Management –> iPadOS 15 Beta Software Profile –> Remove Profile, enter your passcode, and confirm with “Remove.”
  2. Visit beta.apple.com in a browser on your iPad.
  3. If not signed in already, log in with your Apple ID credentials, enter the 2FA code from another device, and “Trust” the browser if it asks.
  4. Read and “Accept” the Apple Beta Software Agreement if you see it.
  5. Tap the “enroll your iPadOS device” link. Alternatively, visit beta.apple.com/profile.
  6. Touch the “Download profile” link.
  7. Tap “Allow” on the pop-up to view the configuration profile, then “Close” when it finishes downloading.
  8. ‘Go to Settings –> General –> VPN & Device Management –> iPadOS 16 Beta Software Profile. Alternatively, tap the “Profile Downloaded” link on the Settings app’s main page.
  9. Select “Install,” enter your iPad’s passcode, and read the consent form.
  10. Tap “Install” and then “Install” again in the action sheet.
  11. Tap “Restart” if a prompt asks you to. Otherwise, continue.
  12. Connect your iPad to a power source and ensure you’re on a Wi-Fi network.
  13. Head to Settings –> General –> Software Update.
  14. Choose “Download and Install” if the software is not already downloading.
  15. Enter your passcode if asked.
  16. Tap “Agree” on the Terms & Conditions if it appears.
  17. Finish installing the iPadOS 16 beta like you would any other iPadOS update.

Method 2: Install with the OTA Developer Profile

The simplest way to install the iPadOS 16.2 beta on your iPad is via the configuration profile on Apple’s developer website. Follow the below instructions if you’ve never done so before. You will need a developer account to access the configuration profile. After completing the process, all future iPadOS 16.2 beta updates will be over the air (OTA) via the “Software Update” screen in Settings.

Apple’s iPadOS 16.2 developer beta was released on Oct. 25, 2022.

  1. Visit developer.apple.com/download in a browser on your iPad.
  2. If not signed in already, log in with your Apple ID credentials, enter the 2FA code from another device, and “Trust” the browser if it asks.
  3. Select “Install Profile” under the iPadOS 16 beta section. Alternatively, visit the “Install Profile” link.
  4. Tap “Allow” on the prompt, then “Close” after the configuration profile downloads.
  5. Go to Settings –> General –> VPN & Device Management –> iPadOS 16 Beta Software Profile. Alternatively, tap the “Profile Downloaded” link on the Settings app’s main page.
  6. Select “Install,” enter your iPad’s passcode, and read the consent form.
  7. Tap “Install” and then “Install” again in the action sheet.
  8. Tap “Restart” if a prompt asks you to. Otherwise, continue.
  9. Connect your iPad to a power source and ensure you’re on a Wi-Fi network.
  10. Head to Settings –> General –> Software Update. Alternatively, tap the “iPadOS 16 Developer Beta Now Available” link on the Settings app’s main page.
  11. Choose “Download and Install” if the software is not already downloading.
  12. Enter your passcode if asked.
  13. Tap “Agree” on the Terms & Conditions if it appears.
  14. Finish installing the iPadOS 16 beta like you would any other iPadOS update.

Method 3: Install with the IPSW Developer Restore Image

The configuration profile is the easiest way to install the iPadOS 16.2 beta, but you can also use a restore image if you want a fresh start. Follow the below instructions if you’ve never done so before. You will need a developer account to access the IPSW for your iPad model.

Apple’s iPadOS 16.2 developer beta was released on Oct. 25, 2022. These instructions work on macOS Catalina (10.15), Big Sur (11), Monterey (12), or Ventura (13).

  1. Visit developer.apple.com/download in a browser on your Mac.
  2. If not signed in already, log in with your Apple ID credentials, enter the 2FA code from another device, and “Trust” the browser if it asks.
  3. Select “View all” under the iPadOS 16 beta section.
  4. Download the IPSW file for your iPad model. (Links are also listed after these instructions for your convenience.)
  5. Open Finder.
  6. Connect your iPad to your Mac with a Lightning to USB cable or Lightning to USB-C cable.
  7. If you see an “Unlock iPad to Use Accessories” notification on your iPad, unlock your iPad using Face ID, Touch ID, or your passcode to proceed.
  8. Tap “Trust This Computer” if prompted on your iPad, and follow the on-screen steps. You can always untrust the computer later.
  9. Select the name of your iPad in the sidebar.
  10. Hold down the Option key and click “Check for Update” in the Summary panel.
  11. Choose the IPSW restore image you downloaded to your Mac, and click “Open.”
  12. Click “Update” if prompted to let your Mac contact Apple to verify and install the iPadOS 16 beta.
  13. You may have to enter your passcode on your iPad during the installation.
  14. Your iPad will restart once Finder finishes installing the image.
  15. Follow the instructions on your iPad to activate and set up iPadOS 16 beta.

IPSW Download Links

Make sure to download the link associated with your specific iPad model. These are official Apple links to the iPadOS 16.2 developer beta (20C5032e) restore images. You may be able to use these links if you are not a developer, but we recommend that you use the public beta (see Method 1 above) since these versions are optimized for developers.




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