iPad Essentials - Backing Up Your iPad  Watch the Video

Back Up in iTunes to Your Computer

1. Connect your iPad to your computer by using the connector.

2. In iTunes on your computer, click on the icon in the first row that looks like an iPad.

iTunes Backup Page

3. On the left side of the iTunes window, tap on theSummary tab.

4. In the Backup section, under Automatically Back Up, select the radio button for iCloud or This computer. This setting will prompt an automatic back up when your iPad is connected to your computer with the USB connector and iTunes opens up.

iTunes setting to enable backup

5. If for some reason you want to force a back up at another time, you can simply click on the Back Up Now button, which resides under the area labeled Manually Back Up and Restore. Sometimes this process takes a while so please be patient.

Back up selected in right click menu

6. The Manually Back Up and Restore area also shows you a date/time stamp for when your iPad was last backed up and if it was backed up to your computer or iCloud.

Back up with iTunes to your computer OFTEN! It is your best means of recovery should something go wrong.

Backing Up to iCloud From Your iPad

1. Click on the Settings icon on your iPad.

2. Click on iCloud.

3. Click on word Off in the Backup section to the right.

iCloud Backup Settings

4. Click the toggle next to iCloud Backup so that it is on.

iPad Backup to iCloud

5. With this setting chosen, your iPad will back up on a daily basis as long as your device is:

  • connected to wifi
  • connected to a power source
  • turned on with the screen in lock mode

6. If you wish to manually force a back up, click on the Back Up Now button in this location.

How to Restore From the Back Up on Your Computer

1. Connect your iPad to your computer by using the connector.

2. In iTunes on your computer, click on the icon in the first row that looks like an iPad.

3. On the left side of the iTunes window, tap on theSummary tab.

4. From the Backups area that displays, select Restore from Back Up.

Restore from Backup Selected

Find Where Back Ups are Stored on Your Computer

1. In more recent version of the Macintosh OS, Apple has chosen to hide the User Library on your Macintosh, which contains the back up files you have saved. However, there is a trick you can do to access them.

2. Choose the Finder on your Macintosh.

3. While holding down the Option key, select the Go menu and choose Library. (Note: If you don't hold down the Option key, you cannot see the Library).

4. Here is the path for where your iOS device back ups are stored on your Macintosh computer:

  • Path = Users > Username > Library > Application Support > Mobile Sync > Backup

Computer location for backup


Restore from an iCloud Backup

This is the kind of restore you would implement if you desire to erase your iPad completely of all its current content and replace it with your latest iCloud Backup:

  1. First, erase all contents and settings: Settings > General > Reset > Erase all content and settings.

    Erase all content and settings
  2. Next, you'll be asked to confirm the erasure. (Note: Be sure you really want to erase everything. This data cannot be retrieved once you take this step.)
  3. You'll see the Apple logo and progress bar while it is erasing the contents of your iPad.

  4. When it is finished erasing your content, you'll see a big iPad logo on the screen.

  5. Start your configuration by setting the language, the country, and enabling Location Services.

  6. Select your network connection, enter your network password and join network.

  7. You'll be given 3 options: (A) Setup as New iPad; (B) Restore from iCloud Backup; (C) Restore from iTune Backup.

  8. Select "Restore from iCloud Backup"

  9. Restore from iCloud Backup
  10. You'll then be required to enter your Apple ID and Password.

  11. Agree to the Terms and Conditions by selecting "Agree."

  12. Terms and Conditions Agree to Terms and Conditions
  13. Select the Backup file you wish to restore.

  14. You'll then see the Apple logo and the progress bar.

  15. The red slider will appear; slide to unlock it.

  16. Pre-installed Apple apps will be restored first.

  17. You'll see a message telling you that your purchased apps and media will now be automatically downloaded.

  18. You'll see a page full of apps with Waiting/Loading/Installing indications of progress.

  19. When the restore process is complete, your device will restart once more. You should connect the device to iTunes to sync any data not contained in the backup (such as music, videos, apps, and so on).

Set Up a New Device from an iCloud Backup

  1. Turn on your iOS device.

  2. In the Setup Assistant, connect to your network, then tap “Restore from iCloud Backup.”

  3. Sign in to iCloud, then choose from a list of your backups in iCloud.

    Restore from iCloud backup
  4. Your device will begin to restore. Your settings and accounts are restored from the iCloud backup you chose. Your device restarts and begins downloading your purchased music, movies, TV shows, apps, books, Camera Roll, and other content. If your device can’t download the version of an app that was backed up, it downloads the latest version.
  5. You may be asked to enter passwords for iTunes, App Store, and iBookstore accounts to restore purchased items.
  6. Progress bars appear below Home screen icons for apps being downloaded. You can make an app a priority for downloading by tapping its icon.

  7. For information about messages that may appear while restoring information from an iCloud backup, go to the Apple Support article iCloud: Troubleshooting restore issues with iCloud Backup.

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