How to Backup Your iPad and iPad Mini

iPad, like every other device, is prone to damage or system issues which may cause your data to be deleted. So it is imperative to keep a backup of your iPad data so that even if your device gets into system issues, your data isn’t lost forever.

This post will highlight some ways to back up the data on your iPad. We will show you how to backup iPad to your Mac or Windows computer, or on the iCloud.

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Method 1. Backup iPad on Mac

macOS Catalina eliminates the use of iTunes to connect and control your Apple devices. Instead, it uses the Finder app.

Method below for Mac users using macOS Catalina (10.15) or later.

Instructions:

  1. Connect your iPad to your Mac with a cable. Tap “Trust” if required.
  2. On your Mac, launch Finder. In the sidebar, under "Location", select your iPad. Click “Trust” if required.
  3. find iPad under location
  4. On the top of the Finder window, click the "General" tab, then check “Back up all the data in your iPad to this Mac”.
  5. Click "Back up Now".
  6. backup ipad
Method below for Mac users using macOS Mojave (10.14) or earlier.

Instructions:

  1. Connect your iPad to your Mac with a cable.
  2. Launch the iTunes app, then click the Device button on the top left corner of the iTunes window.
  3. click device
  4. Click "Summary" under "Settings".
  5. iTunes summary settings
  6. Click "Back Up Now" below "Backups".
  7. backup now

Method 2. Backup iPad on PC

Windows users will require the iTunes app to perform a backup. Make sure you are using the latest version of the iTunes app. Click here to download iTunes if you have not already.

Instructions:

  1. Connect your iPad to your PC with a cable.
  2. Launch the iTunes app, then click the iPad button on the top left of the iTunes window.
  3. click device
  4. Click "Summary".
  5. iTunes summary settings
  6. Under "Backups", click "Back Up Now".
  7. backup now

Method 3. Backup iPad to iCloud

There are two ways to backup your iPad’s data to iCloud. You can either set up the iPad to backup automatically, or you can do it manually.

Backup to iCloud automatically

Instructions:

  1. Go to "Settings".
  2. Click on your name/apple ID on the top left.
  3. Tap "iCloud".
  4. apple id or name
  5. Under "Device Backups", tap "iCloud Backup".
  6. iCloud backup
  7. Turn on “Backup Up This iPad”.
  8. backup ipad

Once enabled, your iPad (or iPad Mini) will automatically do a daily backup when locked, connected to a power source, and connected to the Wi-Fi.

Backup to iCloud manually

You can also back up your iPad to iCloud manually at any specific time. To do that, follow the steps above, and tap “Back Up Now”.

iCloud backup now

This may take a while, depending on how much data it needs to send to iCloud. To optimize the process, ensure you are connected to a stable Wi-Fi connection and the iPad is connected to a power source.

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