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How to (manually) update iOS 4.3 for iPad.

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How to (manually) update iOS 4.3 for iPad.

Update (October 12, 2011): Apple released iOS 5.0 for iPad and other Devices. You can go HERE for instructions and direct/manual iOS 5.0 Operating System download for iPhone, iPad, iTouch, Apple TV

Update (August 16, 2011): Apple released iOS 4.3.5 for iPad. You can go here for instructions

Update (July 19, 2011): Apple released iOS 4.3.4 for iPad. You can go here for instructions

Update (April 14, 2011): Apple released iOS 4.3.2 for iPad. You can go here for instructions

UPDATE (March 31, 2011): A few days after Apple released iOS 4.3, they released a revised update to fix a few major bugs. The newest iOS as of March 31, 2011 is iOS 4.3.1. If you are looking to execute a manual update, follow the instructions below in the original article but use these new IPSW files for iOS 4.3.1. You can manually update by downloading the IPSW corresponding to your particular iPad model. These links are safe as you can see from the link domain, they are straight from Apple.com

iPad 1 (1st Generation). Download here. (iPad1,1_4.3.1_8G4_Restore.ipsw)

iPad 2, WIFI only. Download here. (iPad2,1_4.3.1_8G4_Restore.ipsw)

iPad 2, GSM. (Most commonly ATT in the USA) Download here. (iPad2,2_4.3.1_8G4_Restore.ipsw)

iPad 2, CDMA. (Most commonly Verizon in the USA) Download here. (iPad2,3_4.3.1_8G4_Restore.ipsw)

 

To update any Apple product, you must have the most up to date version of Apple iTunes.  Currently that version is 10.1.2. To double check your iTunes version and/or install the newest iTunes version, go to iTunes on your computer and click “Check for Updates.” You can also go directly to Apple for the latest update.

NOTE: If you haven’t backed up your iPad, it might be wise to do it before installing the new iOS 4.3.

After you have updated iTunes to the most recent version, follow the instructions below to update your iPad to iOS 4.3.

Normal Update Procedures:

1)      Open iTunes

2)      Connect your iPad to you computer

3)      Select your iPad in the Source List.

4)      Click “Check for Updates” on the right hand panel.

5)      A pop up box will appear. Click “Download and Update”

6)      Follow the instructions on the screen.

7)      Updating takes anywhere from 10-45 minutes depending on your download speed. The file size for iOS 4.3 is just under 600 mega bytes.

Update Troubleshooting

For PC users: If you are having trouble downloading and installing the operating system on your iPad, many times that is due to your computer’s  anti-virus or firewall software. Disable your anti-virus and firewall software and restart iTunes before trying to update your iPad again.

Manually updating your iPad

I generally love Apple products but the most annoying thing as a techie is the limitations one has in using and customizing the Apple OS . For some strange reason I can never update my iPad normally simply going through iTunes. I get an error right at the end of the download. I even shut down my firewall and anti-virus software and still the problem exists. The glitch I always get is at the end of the file when I have update 596.9MB of 596.9MB, I get an error message stat err=-3259. I know it’s not my internet connection since I have a fiber optics internet connection at home, and every download I ever do goes just fine. So for those of you frustrated with Apple’s update through iTunes, here is a tutorial on manually installing the software yourself.

Apple released iOS 5.0 for iPad and other Devices. You can go here for instructions and direct/manual iOS 5.0 Operating System download for iPhone, iPad, iTouch, Apple TV

1)      Download the iOS 4.3 IPSW file for the iPad. The direct download link from Apple is here.

2)      Open iTunes on your computer and connect your iPad using the USB cable.

3)      Depending on whether you run Windows or have a MAC, follow these steps:

a.      Mac – Hold the Option key and then click on the “Check for Update/Update” button.

b.      Windows PC – Hold the Shift key and then click on the “Check for Update/Update” button.

4)      A Dialog screen will appear prompting you for the location of the IPSW file you downloaded. Find the file in the file browser and select the IPSW file you downloaded.

5)      iTunes will now use the iPSW file and update your iPad to iOS 4.3. This will take approximately 10 minutes.

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  • Adi

    Great info..
    By the way, do you have the link for the official iOS 4.2.1
    Many thanks…

  • admin

    Here is the Apple direct download link for iOS 4.2.1 IPSW for iPad:

    http://appldnld.apple.com/iPad/061-9857.20101122.VGthy/iPad1,1_4.2.1_8C148_Restore.ipsw

    You really should use the iOS 4.3 because of its new features such as 4 and 5 finger multi-touch gestures. However, if you are jail breaking or unlocking the iPad disregard the preceding sentence. Just be aware of the consequences if you do.

  • Bhuwan

    Very useful info. After many frustrating attempts at updating the IOS 4.3 through iTune failed, your suggestion of manual update worked very well.

    Thanks a ton for the note. Really appreciate.

    Any suggestions/list of must-have apps on the iPad :-)

  • Calvin P.

    Excellent

  • AL

    I DOWNLOADED THE FIRMWARE BUT I CANT FIND THE IPSW FILE TO UPDATE, where is it in the zip file ive d/l 4.2.1 and 4.3

  • AL

    i see dfu and all_flash in firmware folder but no ipsw

  • Al

    Anyone help me manually trying to put on ios 4.2.1. My iPad is at 3.2 and I d/l the file
    but I can’t find the Ipsw needed to upgrade I just open the zip and find files and dfu and other stuff but no ipsw file. Any help appreciated

  • admin

    the ipsw file is the huge (~600mb) file you downloaded. The link I provided is the direct download link from apple.com. It only downloads one single file. There is no need for you to unzip the file. Just follow the manual install instructions in the article and remember the location where you downloaded the file on your computer.

  • http://marketingactuary.com Promod Sharma | @mActuary

    Thanks for these instructions. Starting with iOS 4.3, I also get an error right at the end of the download. That’s especially annoying with bandwidth caps. Selecting the Download Only option made no difference.

  • Deef

    I tunes won’t see a zip file for the update. Just rename the .zip to .ipsw and it will find the file.

  • Liketo Run

    thank you so much, the apple home page was useless, and they wanted me to pay for tech help even though I’ve only had the ipad for less than a month. So happy to have the new IOS 4.2,1 downloaded.

  • Liketo Run

    thank you so much, the apple home page was useless, and they wanted me to pay for tech help even though I’ve only had the ipad for less than a month. So happy to have the new IOS 4.2,1 downloaded.

  • Daniel 2710577

    I do see too just dfu and all_flash, but nom ipsw. What can I do?

  • Adnansq19

    thanx for the help but when i try to update it start installing update but soon after 2 min an error occure that ” ipad can not be updated error 1439 ” kindly help

  • Find Cutie

    Thanks so much.. ur a life saver!!!

  • http://www.error3259.com/ Error3259

    I face different errors while updating itunes but i fixed it after taking help from this article.