Where to download manuals for each iPad

Apple updates the iPad operating system every year, so new manuals are released every year that reflect the latest version. Whether you need detailed instructions or quick troubleshooting tips, you can get it by downloading the manual for your iPad.

If you're not sure which operating system is installed on your iPad, check Settings > General > About .

iPadOS 17 is focused on personalization and productivity. It brings a new lock screen experience to iPad, letting you choose wallpapers, fonts, and even add widgets to quickly browse information like the weather or upcoming events. You can create multiple lock screens and switch between them according to different moods or occasions. Stage Manager has become more flexible when it comes to multitasking; more freedom to place windows in any size you want.

The update also introduces the Health app for the first time on iPad, taking advantage of the larger screen to display health and fitness data. Other changes include better note-taking in Notes, support for full-width PDFs and document scanning, as well as improved messaging apps and audio transcription capabilities.

Just like in iOS 16, the iPad is getting some welcome additions to messaging in iPadOS 16, primarily the ability to edit, unsend, and mark messages as read. Mail received some similar updates, with the option to cancel emails and set reminders.

Photo management has also been improved, with a new (very cool) feature that lets you tap and hold on a photo to remove the subject from the background. From there, you can drag and drop it into another app, such as Notes, Messages, or Mail. If your image library is too big, Photos in iPadOS 16 also checks for duplicates and lets you quickly delete them to free up space.

Other updates include updated Home and Weather apps, Home Sharing, and Freeform, a "virtual whiteboard" app that allows for collaboration and quick notes and sketches.

Starting in iPadOS 15, you can add widgets directly above apps on your Home screen. Doing so lets you check weather, stocks, international times, and other information without having to go to another screen. The bigger improvement is multitasking, which gets a dedicated menu and the ability to add apps to Split View from the app switcher.

Although not yet available at launch, iPad 15.1 introduces SharePlay, allowing multiple people to watch movies, listen to music and share their screen via FaceTime calls. For example, a group can set up a music playlist and have it updated in real time, or watch a movie and have it automatically synced to everyone's devices.

Another great addition to Messages is Share With You, which collects all the photos, links, and other items people send you. This feature means you don't have to scroll up to find that news article or podcast; it's all in the conversation details.

The second iteration of iPadOS (although it's called "14") introduces even more changes that take advantage of the tablet's larger screen. App improvements include sidebars and extra menus that let you quickly perform tasks without leaving the window. Scribble lets you take handwritten notes with Apple Pencil; your iPad automatically converts your scribbles into fonts.

Messages also gets the ability to pin conversations, and iPads get the option to set the maximum volume for headphones.

iPadOS is the first iPad operating system that is different from the iOS used on the iPhone, hence the name change. The most obvious change is the introduction of dark mode to the iPad. Nonetheless, there are many other enhancements that can improve the user's iPad experience.

iPad OS 13 supports SD cards and external disk drives natively through the Files app. Markup is introduced system-wide so users can annotate images and documents. Improved multitasking with Slide Over, a new home screen redesign, and reduced latency for Apple Pencil increase its functionality.

Performance improvements in iOS 12 make iPad even faster. New gestures include accessing the app switcher, jumping between apps, going to the home screen, and calling up Control Center. Even the photo import process, which hasn't changed in years, has been improved. Some apps have been redesigned, including News, Books, Voice Memos, and Stocks.

Although iOS 11 is a minor upgrade for iPhone, it is a huge improvement for iPad users. In addition to features like augmented reality, iOS 11 adds an app dock for iPad, improvements to split-screen apps, new drag-and-drop options, system-wide document drawing and annotation, and more.

When Apple released iOS 10, it wasn't so much a revolutionary upgrade to iOS 9 as it was expanding functionality and solidifying the foundations of the operating system. Key changes brought with this release include apps in iMessage, improvements to Siri, and a revamped lock screen experience.

iOS 9 adds a variety of impressive and useful features. In addition to low-power modes, better security, a refined user interface, and more, iOS 9 also brings cool iPad-specific features like picture-in-picture viewing for videos, split-screen multitasking, and iPad-specific keyboard.

Fortunately, there is an iOS 8 manual. When Apple released iOS 8, it made significant changes to the platform. Features such as Handoff, HealthKit, third-party keyboards, and home sharing for connecting devices and computers all debut in this version.

iOS 7 is notable for the features it introduces and the significant visual changes it brings. This version of the operating system transitions from the look and feel that has existed since the iPad was released to a new, modern, and colorful look. The manual covers these changes as well as new features like Control Center, Touch ID, and AirDrop.

The changes introduced in iOS 6 feel pretty standard as we've been using them for all these years, but they were cool for the time. This manual covers new features such as Do Not Disturb, Facebook integration, FaceTime over cellular, and an improved version of Siri.

Not many people (if any) have installed iOS 5 on their iPads. However, if you happen to be one of the few, this PDF can help you understand the new features in iOS 5, such as syncing over Wi-Fi, iMessage, iTunes Match, and new multi-touch gestures for iPad.

In the early days of the iPad, Apple released manuals that combined detailed information about the latest versions of iPad and iOS. When it released the iPad 2 with iOS 4.3, it released a comprehensive user guide.

The first-generation iPad debuted in 2010 with iOS 3.2 (earlier iOS versions were only available on iPhones). At this stage, there may not be much here for daily use. However, the document is interesting from a historical perspective.