Download iOS 16.2 and iPadOS 16.2 Final for iPhone and iPad

The full and final release of iOS 16.2 for iPhone and iPadOS 16.2 for iPad is now available for download. Here everything is new.

iOS 16.2 and iPadOS 16.2 for iPhone and iPad are now available for download over the air and as separate IPSW files

If you’ve been waiting for iOS 16.2 and iPadOS 16.2 to arrive, this is the big day. For iPad users, the update is even bigger because it brings back full-screen Stage Manager support on external displays if you have a tablet with an M-series chip like the M1/M2 iPad Pro and M1 iPad Air. Everyone else with a regular iPad Pro is getting cut sides when connecting an external display. You also get the just-announced Apple Music Sing feature, and of course it requires an Apple Music subscription at no additional cost on top.

That’s not the only big advantage of this update, there are a lot of changes under the hood as well. We won’t waste any time talking about it and instead let you read the entire feature list yourself. I really hope you have this espresso handy before reading on. ready? Dive directly into:

iOS 16.2 features

free form

  • Freeform is a new app for working creatively with friends or colleagues on Mac, iPad and iPhone
  • The flexible canvas allows you to add files, photos, labels, and more
  • Drawing tools allow you to draw anywhere on the board with your finger

Apple Music Sing

  • A new way to sing along to millions of your favorite songs in Apple Music
  • Fully adjustable sounds let you duet with original artist, solo vocals or mix it up
  • Newly improved rhythm lyrics make it easier to follow along with the music

iCloud Advanced Data Protection

  • The new option increases the total number of categories of iCloud data protected with end-to-end encryption to 23 — including iCloud Backup, Notes, and Photos — to protect your information even in the event of a data breach in the cloud

Lock the screen

  • New settings allow you to hide background or notifications when Always On Display is enabled on iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max
  • The sleep widget allows you to view your most recent sleep data
  • The Medication widget allows you to view reminders and quickly access your schedule
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Game Center

  • SharePlay support in Game Center for multiplayer games so you can play with people you’re on a FaceTime call with
  • The Activity widget allows you to see what your friends are playing and achieving in games right from your home screen

Camel

  • The Live Activities for the Apple TV app lets you follow your favorite teams with live scores on the Lock screen or on Dynamic Island on iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max

residence

  • Improved reliability and efficiency of communication between smart home accessories and Apple devices

This update also includes the following improvements and bug fixes:

  • Improved message search allows you to find images based on their content, such as a dog, car, person, or text
  • The Reload and Show IP address setting allows iCloud Private Relay users to temporarily disable the service for a specific location in Safari
  • Weather news articles display information related to the weather in that location
  • Share indicators in Notes allow you to see live indicators as others make updates in a shared note
  • Now AirDrop automatically returns to your contacts after just 10 minutes to prevent unwanted requests to receive content
  • Crash detection improvements on iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro models
  • Fixes an issue that causes some notes to not sync to iCloud after updates

Some features may not be available in all regions or on all Apple devices. For information about the security content of Apple software updates, please visit this site:

https://support.apple.com/kb/HT201222

iPadOS 16.2 features

free form

  • Freeform is a new app for working creatively with friends or colleagues on Mac, iPad and iPhone
  • The flexible canvas allows you to add files, photos, labels, and more
  • Drawing tools let you draw anywhere on the canvas with your finger or an Apple Pencil

stage manager

  • External display support with up to 6K resolution is available on the 12.9-inch iPad Pro (5th generation and later), the 11-inch iPad Pro (3rd generation and later), and the iPad Air (5th generation)
  • Drag and drop files and windows from your compatible device to your connected display, and vice versa
  • Support for using up to 4 apps on the iPad screen and 4 apps on the external display
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Apple Music Sing

  • A new way to sing along to millions of your favorite songs in Apple Music
  • Fully adjustable sounds let you duet with original artist, solo vocals or mix it up
  • Newly improved rhythm lyrics make it easier to follow along with the music

iCloud Advanced Data Protection

  • The new option increases the total number of categories of iCloud data protected with end-to-end encryption to 23 — including iCloud Backup, Notes, and Photos — to protect your information even in the event of a data breach in the cloud

Game Center

  • SharePlay support in Game Center for multiplayer games so you can play with people you’re on a FaceTime call with
  • The Activity widget allows you to see what your friends are playing and achieving in games right from your home screen

residence

  • Improved reliability and efficiency of communication between smart home accessories and Apple devices

This update also includes the following improvements and bug fixes:

  • Improved message search allows you to find images based on their content, such as a dog, car, person, or text
  • Tracking notifications alert you if an AirTag separated from its owner is nearby and a ringtone was recently played to indicate that it is on the move
  • The Reload and Show IP address setting allows iCloud Private Relay users to temporarily disable the service for a specific location in Safari
  • Weather news articles display information related to the weather in that location
  • Share indicators in Notes allow you to see live indicators as others make updates in a shared note
  • Now AirDrop automatically returns to your contacts after just 10 minutes to prevent unwanted requests to receive content
  • Fixes an issue that causes some notes to not sync to iCloud after updates
  • Fixes an issue that could cause Multi-Touch gestures to become unresponsive while using the Zoom accessibility feature
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Some features may not be available in all regions or on all Apple devices. For information about the security content of Apple software updates, please visit this website: https://support.apple.com/kb/HT201222

Next, we will now talk about why you are here – Download iOS 16.2 and iPadOS 16.2. You have several ways to do this but the easiest and most convenient way is to download the update over the air. Just connect to Wi-Fi and go to Settings > General > Software Update and tap Download and Install. The update will be downloaded directly to your device, verified by Apple and installed. It may take up to half an hour depending on the speed of your internet connection and how much data you have on your iPhone and iPad.

The second method involves performing an update using iTunes and Finder. Connect your iPhone or iPad to your PC or Mac, launch iTunes or Finder, wait for your device to be detected, click the small iPhone-like icon on the left, and then click the unmissable Update iPhone/iPad button.

Last but not least is the clean quarantine method which as the name suggests will wipe everything from your device but will leave you with a fresh install of iOS 16.2 and iPadOS 16.2. Simply download one of the IPSW files from the links below and use Finder or iTunes to recover it.

iOS 16.2 for iPhone IPSW files

iPadOS 16.2 for iPad IPSW files

  • 12.9-inch iPad Pro (6th generation, 5th generation, 4th generation, 3rd generation, 2nd generation, 1st generation)
  • 11-inch iPad Pro (4th generation, 3rd generation, 2nd generation, 1st generation)
  • 10.5 inch iPad Pro
  • 9.7 inch iPad Pro
  • iPad (5th generation, 6th generation, 7th generation, 8th generation, 9th generation, 10th generation)
  • iPad Air (2nd generation, 3rd generation, 4th generation, 5th generation)
  • iPad mini (4th, 5th, and 6th generation)

For clean install instructions, check the following:

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