iOS 6 “The iPad could not be updated” Problem Fix

Posted by Mayank on September 20, 2012 in iPad

iOS 6 was released yesterday and I was I expected to it be a smooth affair. I started with the first step of taking the necessary steps before I upgrade to iOS 6. These steps are outlines in our previous post – Before you upgrade to iSO 6.

I started upgrading with my iPhones to iOS 6. It upgraded my iPhones to iOS 6 using over-the-air update. It went smooth, without a hitch!

Next was my iPad. I had it connected to my Mac and I first started the download of iOS 6. Download finished fine and when I started to install iOS 6, I was greeted with an error. “The iPad “my ipad’s name” could not be updated. This device isn’t eligible for the requested build.


Not good.. I pressed “More Information” button and it did not help either. It took me to a page, which has hundreds of errors listed and mine was no where to be found.

I wondered if iOS 6 not made for iPad 2? To find out, I headed over to the Apple website, only to find that yes, iOS 6 is compatible.

I know this error comes due to an entry in your host file redirecting Apple traffic to another location. So, I decided to correct this – I was able to correct the error as well as upgrade my iPad to iOS 6. You can do the same – follow the easy steps to resolve the error: “The iPad “my ipad’s name” could not be updated. This device isn’t eligible for the requested build.”

1. You can try the easy way – Take your iPad, go to Settings > General > Software Update. Upgrade to iOS 6.

2. You can permanently correct the error using the steps below:

Mac OS X

  1. On your Mac, open your Applications folder and navigate to Utilities > Terminal.
  2. Type “sudo nano /etc/hosts” (without quotes) and press enter.
  3. Enter your password
  4. Comment out the line(s) which have entries by entering # in front of those lines.
  5. Save and exit
  6. Restore your iPad.


  1. Navigate to Windows/System32/drivers/etc/hosts
  2. Delete all line that have or similar
  3. Hit Save
  4. Restore your device

You should now be all fixed and up and running! Please feel free to share your experiences in the comments section below.

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2 Abdulrhman September 27, 2012 at 11:53 pm

That’s Right , now i have to thank you

when i entering by Terminal its show me


and i add (#) in this line


then Work !! , thanks for help

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