Apple iPad: How to install iOS 9 with Firmware in iTunes

Through iTunes, you can download and update your iPad to iOS 9 for some older iPad models. Here’s how.

Updating to iOS 9 Manually with Firmware and iTunes

This will update a device running a prior version of iOS to iOS 9, as described here it will perform a software update, it does not restore or reset the device. Nonetheless, always backup before beginning a software update.

  1. Place the downloaded iOS 9.0.1 firmware file or downloaded iOS 9 firmware file somewhere easy to locate, like the desktop

  2. Launch iTunes after you have the latest version

  3. Connect the iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to the computer with a USB cable

  4. Select the device in iTunes

  5. Under the Backups section, either choose iCloud, or choose “Back up to this computer” and select ‘Encrypt iPhone backup’ , then click “Back Up Now” – don’t skip backing up! When finished backing up, continue

  6. Now you must choose to use an IPSW file by entering an alternate update method:

    • For Mac: OPTION + Click on the “Update” button

    • For Windows: SHIFT + Click on the ‘Update’ button

  7. Navigate in the file system to the IPSW file you downloaded and select it

  8. Confirm that you want to update to iOS 9 by clicking on ‘Update’

  9. Let the process complete, this can take a little while

iTunes will show a progress bar as it extracts the software from the IPSW file, updates the iPhone / iPad / iPod touch, and then reboots. DO NOT INTERFERE with the device when it is being updated, doing so may mess up the update.

When finished, the iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch will reboot itself automatically and enter the iOS 9 setup screens. You’ll be prompted to pick a six digit passcode, setup Hey Siri, and asked a few other questions. Run through the simple setup, and you’ll be presented with your device that is freshly updated to iOS 9. Enjoy!


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