If, at all you are worried about losing saved games, media files or other valuable data from your iPad, somehow, it’s better to have a backup for all before you proceed further. Why? Chances are much of the laboriously gathered data by you might get lost if something unusual had to occur. So let us in this post highlight the main steps to Back-up your iPad data.

How to backup your iPad data/information?

The old and useful iTunes Sync process is the very much viable option for maintaining a backup of your iPad. In this method you need to connect your iPad to your primary computer using a USB cable and then run the iTunes software downloaded onto your computer. The data/information gets stored on your computer hard drive.

How to go about?

  • Connect your iPad to your computer (here, I assume you have already installed iTunes on your computer).
  • Now, do a right-click  on the ‘Devices’ menu and choose ‘Backup’ option from it.
  • Doing so initiates the backup process.
  • Once complete, click on ‘Ok’ to disconnect the process.

Second option is to use the CLOUD BACKUP feature but what is iCloud? Well, it is an Apple service that offers easy back up via its Cloud Backup feature. All the important stuff on your iPad can be backed up easily over a Wi-Fi soon after you connect it to a power source. Once plugged-in, your device is backed up quickly and efficiently.

It is important to mention here that prior to the release of iOS 5, if you wanted to maintain a backup of your iPad it was necessary to use the iTunes Sync process but with the new ‘Cloud Backup’ feature this was made optional.

What one should do while using the cloud backup feature? Follow the steps mentioned below;

  • First, connect your iPad to Wi-Fi and enter your Apple ID password (If you are a first time user, go to the Settings and choose iCloudApple, by default begins with the same email address that you use for the Apple ID to make purchases via iTunes).
  • Once done, Apple will send you an account verification email to the address along with a link that you can follow to complete the process.
  • Next, go to Settings > iCloud and enable the ‘iCloud backup’ option and click on ‘Backup now’.
Now you are done! Pretty convenient and very effortless process, isn’t it?

With iCloud you can backup

  1. Purchased music, TV shows, apps and books
  2. Photos and videos in the camera roll
  3. App data
  4. Message and much more

Please note, the iCloud service only includes 5GB of free online storage space so every time you use the iCloud Backup feature, some amount gets deducted from your 5GB of free online storage space. You can buy more space if you want.

Now suppose you want to restore your iPad, how do you do it? Simple, you can either restore your iPad from iTunes backup or from iCloud backup.

Restoring from iTunes backup:

  • I would recommend you to first download and install the latest version of iTunes on your computer and then connect your iPad to it.
  • When done, under iTunes Device option, select your iPad > Summary tab > Restore. Immediately you will be prompted to create a backup of your settings before restoring but since you already have created the one, skip the process. Instead select ‘Restore’.
  • Wait for sometime after selecting the option.
  • Once the process is complete your iPad will reboot and will display the following message, ‘YOUR iPAD HAS BEEN SUCCESSFULLY RESTORED’.
  • If at all you would like to restore from a previous backup, follow the above mentioned steps in the same sequence but choose ‘Restore from Backup’ option in the end.

Restoring from iCloud backup:

Assuming you already have an iCloud account let us proceed further.

To restore from iCloud backup

  • Go to the ‘Settings’, scroll down and check if the iCloud Backup option is set to ‘ON’.
  • If it is on, tap ‘Back Up Now’ button located just below the ‘iCloud Backup’ option.
  • Then, Pick a language and agree to the license agreement.
  • Now you will be presented with the 2 choices (Restore from iCloud Backup, Restore from iTunes Backup).
  • Choose the former option, sign into your account and select a file. The action will bring up a screen that will display the following message, ‘Restoring from Backup’. It will display a progress bar too.
  • Wait patiently until the process is completed. Once completed, your iPad will restart.
The author Hemant Saxena is a post-graduate in bio-technology and has an immense interest in following technology developments. Quite by nature, he is an avid Lacrosse player.