How to Backup and Restore an iPad with iCloud and iTunes

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If you run into a problem with your iPad, you may need to restore it, and we're guessing you'd like to avoid resetting it to its factory settings. Luckily Apple offers ways to back up your iPad with iCloud, as well as with iTunes on your Mac or PC.

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Backing up to iCloud is convenient because it allows your tablet to upload in the background, while syncing to a Mac or PC requires you to plug your iPad in directly. Those users who backup locally do have some perks, such as password-protected encryption and restoring passwords and data from Apple's Health and HomeKit apps.

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How to Backup an iPad to iCloud

1. In the Settings app, tap iCloud.img 0001

2. Tap Backup.img 0007a

3. Turn on iCloud Backup.img 0007b

4. Tap Back Up Now.img 0010

You've backed up an iPad to iCloud.img 0012

How to Restore an iPad Backup with iCloud

1. In the settings app, tap General.img 0013

2. Tap Reset.img 0015

3. Tap "Erase all content and settings."img 0016

4. Tap Erase.img 0017

5. Tap Erase.img 0018

6. Slide the multi-lingual "Slide to setup" button to the right.img 1721

7. Select a language.img 1725

8. Select a country or region. img 1726

9. Choose a Wi-Fi network.img 1727

10. Enable or disable location services.img 1728

11. Enter a password for unlocking the iPad. It doesn't matter what you enter, since you're going to enter a new password after you restore from iCloud.img 1730

12. Select Restore from iCloud Backup. img 1732

13. Enter your Apple ID and Password and tap Next. img 1735

14. Tap Agree.img 1736

15. Select a backup. The iPad will begin restoring. img 1739

16. Slide "Slide to set up" to the right.img 174916. Tap Continue.

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17. Enter a password for unlocking your iPad.

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18. Enter your Apple ID password and tap Next.img 1753

19. Select if you want to use Find My iPad or not.img 1754

20. Tap Get Started.

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21. Tap OK.img 1756 coverYou've restored an iPad from iCloud.


How to Backup an iPad with iTunes

These instructions show how to back up and restore with a Mac, but the same instructions work for Windows 7 and 10.

1. Connect your iPad to your computer and open iTunes.

2. Click on the iPad logo in the top left corner.1 01

3. Select This computer.

4. Check the box next to Encrypt local backup if you want to protect your backup with a password or include your passwords, Health and HomeKit data. 1 03

5. Enter a password twice and click Set Password.1 04

6. Click Back Up Now to back up your data.1 05

You've backed up an iPad.1 end

How to Restore an iPad with iTunes

1. Connect your iPad to your computer and open iTunes.

2. Click on the iPad logo in the top left corner.

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3. Click Restore Backup.

4. Click the iPad Name drop-down menu. 2 03

5. Select a backup. 2 04

6. Click Restore. 2 05

7. If you encrypted your backup, enter your password and click OK. Wait a few minutes for the backup to be restored.

You've restored an iPad from a local backup.img 1709

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Henry T. Casey
Henry T. Casey,
After graduating from Bard College a B.A. in Literature, Henry T. Casey worked in publishing and product development at Rizzoli and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, respectively. Henry joined Tom's Guide and LAPTOP having written for The Content Strategist, Tech Radar and Patek Philippe International Magazine. He divides his free time between going to live concerts, listening to too many podcasts, and mastering his cold brew coffee process. Content rules everything around him.
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