Your iPad contains a wealth of personal information.

This might include text messages, emails, apps, movies, TV shows, music and much more. As a result, it’s important to backup your iPad on a regular basis. It’s also useful for transferring data to a new iPad, if and when you upgrade.

There are two ways to backup your iPad. The first is to save its data to a Mac or PC. The second is to iCloud using a WiFi connection. This tutorial focuses on the former. Read on to discover how easy it is to backup your iPad to a computer.

 

1. Sync with iTunes

The first step is the simplest; just plug your iPad into a Mac or PC using the dock cable supplied within its box. iTunes will automatically open (see www.apple.com/itunes if you need to download it to your PC). Your iPad will appear towards the top of the screen in iTunes, or if you have the Sidebar enabled, in the left-hand panel. Click on it and you’ll see an overview of the device.

 

2. Backup to Computer

On the Summary window you can choose to backup iPad to either iCloud or your Computer. Select Computer, then click the Sync button in the bottom right corner of iTunes. Your preferences have now been saved and the iPad will begin backing up its data to the computer.

Back up your iPad to a computer

3. Sync via WiFi

Check this option from the Summary window. This will enable your iPad to wirelessly sync to your Mac or PC whenever it’s plugged into a power source and connected to the same WiFi network. This is a great way to automatically backup your iPad each night while you sleep.

Sync over WiFi

4. Transfer your data to a new iPad

If you upgrade to a new iPad, just plug it into your computer and iTunes will ask if you’d like to restore your old backup to the new device. Click yes to transfer every message, email, note, photo, web bookmark, apps and more to the new iPad. Don’t worry if the progress bar pauses or takes too long – there might be a lot of data to transfer.

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4 comments
mustangmom2002
mustangmom2002

and I'm not sure my PC is recognizing my ipad.  However, when I attempt restore from itunes it seems it's working.


mustangmom2002
mustangmom2002

I'm having difficulty restoring ipad to factory defaults.  I attempted to update to latest IOS and now have to restore.  However, it isn't working and I get an error -39

mcdonaldrd
mcdonaldrd

in backing up ipad to my pc, how do i change the drive?