It is important to backup iPad every now and then. Backing up an iPad is similar to how to backup the iPhone or iPod Touch. The backup contains all your data such as photos, movies, music, contacts, notes, documents, settings, passwords, and more. Pretty much everything that’s important to you can be backed up.
There are two ways to perform a backup of your iPad. You can either backup iPad to the cloud, a.k.a iCloud, or you perform a manual backup with iTunes. The latter will store a backup of your device on your computer.
If you do not want all your data to be stored on the cloud, then you can backup the iPad to your computer with the help of iTunes. However, storing the backup on the iCloud will allow you to access all your data from any device and from anywhere. If you backup to your computer, then you can only gain access to it from the same computer.
In this post, we are going to look at how to backup iPad using both iCloud and iTunes. Let’s get started.
1. Backup iPad using iTunes
To store your iPad backup on your computer, you will need to perform an iTunes backup. Make sure you have the latest version of iTunes installed on your Mac or PC, and also the latest version of iOS on your iPad.
1. Launch iTunes.
2. Connect your iPad to your computer using the provided cable.
3. Your iPad should appear on iTunes. Even if you do not connect your iPad, you can prepare iTunes to automatically backup when your connect the iPad.
4. Select your iPad. You should now see a Backup option when you right click on the tablet.
5. Select the summary option from the Device icon in the category dropdown.
6. Check the box that says This Computer, which is located under Automatically Backup.
7. Now select the box that says Encrypt backup. This will make sure that all your data is password protected. Remember the password that you create. If you want, you uncheck this box, and not have to worry about a password.
8. Click on Done.
That’s it. You have now enabled iTunes backup for your iPad. If you want to perform a backup right then and there, then do the following:
1. In the Summary section, select the Backup Now option.
2. It should be available in the Manually Back up and Restore section.
3. The backup should begin automatically.
4. Make sure your iPad remains connected to the computer.
5. Click on Done when the backup is finished.
You have now successfully created a backup for your iPad on iTunes. This backup will be stored on the computer and you can access it whenever you connect your device.
2. Backup iPad using iCloud
The process to backup iPad using iCloud is similar to how you backup your iPhone. Before you start, make sure iCloud backups are enabled on the device. To do this, launch the Settings app and click on your Apple ID. Scroll down to find the iCloud option and then find iCloud Backup. Make sure this is enabled.
Your iPad should automatically backup to iCloud every 24 hours when it is connected to Wi-Fi. It will also need to be charging, or the backup will not happen. It will most likely happen when you’re sleeping and charging the iPad. To perform a manual iCloud backup, follow these steps:
1. Launch Settings app on your iPad.
2. Select your Apple ID.
3. Now head to iCloud > iCloud Backup.
4. Here, you should see an option that says Backup Now.
5. Click on it to perform a backup manually.
There you go, you have now learnt how to backup iPad to iCloud and iTunes.