Clean Install iOS 13 Final or iPadOS on iPhone, iPad Right Now [Tutorial]


Here's how you can clean install iOS 13 final on your iPhone or iPad (iPadOS) the right way. You can't go wrong here at all.

iOS 13 and iPadOS is here, and you've made up your mind on how to install it - the fresh restore route. It's the best thing you can do right now if you want to experience Apple's brand new OS to its maximum greatness.

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Backup All the Things!

But there is one huge downside to all of this: you will lose your files and settings, meaning you have to take a backup of everything before going ahead. So, grab your iPhone or iPad and take a backup using iTunes or iCloud. Once done, read forward.

Check if Your iPhone and iPad is Compatible with iOS 13 / iPadOS

If you don't have an iPhone or iPad that is compatible with iOS 13, then you are definitely not going forward at all. Check out the list below and make sure your phone supports iOS 13:

  • iPhone XS Max, iPhone XS
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus
  • iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus
  • iPhone SE
  • iPod touch 7th-generation
  • 2018 iPad Pro
  • 10.5-inch iPad Pro
  • 12.9-inch iPad Pro
  • 9.7-inch iPad Pro
  • iPad 5, iPad 6
  • iPad mini 4, iPad mini 5
  • iPad Air 2, iPad Air 3

Download Firmware File for Clean Install iOS 13

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For the clean install, you'll need the iOS 13 firmware file. We have all the ones for iOS 13 / iPadOS linked below for your iPhone and iPad. Download the correct one and save it to your desktop:

Clean Install iOS 13 Using iTunes

Once you have made a backup of everything, downloaded the iOS 13 firmware file, follow the final steps below:

Note: Turn off Find My iPhone before proceeding. You can do so by going to Settings > Apple ID > Find My iPhone.

1. Connect your iPhone or iPad to your PC or Mac using a Lightning cable. Please use the original Lightning cable that came with your iPhone or a MFi-Certified one. Do not use cheap, shoddy, non-certified cables.

2. Launch iTunes and wait for your iPhone to be detected. If you are asked to trust the computer on you iPhone or iPad, then tap on Trust. You might even be asked to enter your device's passcode.

3. Click on the little iPhone-like icon on the top left hand corner.

4. Press and hold down the left Shift key (Windows) or the left Option key (macOS) and then click on the Restore iPhone button.

5. Select the iOS 13 / iPadOS firmware file you downloaded before.

Now let iTunes extract the firmware file, restore your device, verify everything will happen. The entire process should not take more than 15 minutes at best. During that time, grab a cup of coffee or maybe do a yoga routine.

Once the restoration is complete, you'll jump right into the Hello screen after which you can start setting up your device as brand new or just restore from a previous backup to get your files and settings in place exactly how it was before.

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