How to Backup iPad Air/Pro/Mini

Lost iPad Photos and other data? There are few things the iPad users dread than the loss of iPad contents. You should backup iPad contacts, notes, photos, videos and other data frequently to help prevent the loss of treasured information, in case the iPad malfunctions or lose data after iOS 12/11/10 update, jailbreak, or factory restore.

In this article, we will introduce the users how to backup iPad to iTunes and iCloud, we also introduce an efficient method to backup iPad without iTunes. All the backup options have its own advantages and luckily, you have many options available.

Part 1: Different iPad Backup Methods

Here we are listing the top solutions to backup iPad Pro, iPad Air, iPad Mini, iPad 4/3/2/1.

Method 1. Backup iPad without iTunes/iCloud

One method that you can try is to create a backup iPad to Mac or any other computer you have with the help of iOS Data Manager. This free iPad backup software enables you to backup iPad to computer without iTunes/iCloud, and it supports selective iPad backup. To learn how to backup iPad on a computer with iOS Data Manager, follow the steps below:

Step 1. Download and launch this program on PC/Mac, connect your iPad with it. Then from the main interface, select the "Backup and Restore" tab.

go to the backup and restore tab

Step 2. Select the file types you'd like to backup then click "Backup"

select file type for backup

Then the selected files will be backed up. You can also restore iPad backup files with this software. You won't require either iTunes or iCloud for the backup and restore process. Moreover, the software is entirely free so you won't have to spend extra money on the backup.

Method 2. Backup iPad to iTunes

Using iTunes is the most preferred backup solutions for many iPad users. You can download iTunes on any desktop or laptop and then perform a backup of the data. Follow the steps below to backup iPad with iTunes.

Step 1. Launch iTunes on your computer and get the latest updated version. Then connect your iPad with it and iTunes will automatically detect the device.

Step 2. Now select the device and go to the Summary tab. It will display some options, and from the options, select the Backup Now option and it will start syncing your device data with iTunes.

backup iPad to iTunes

The backup will take some time depending on the size of the files. With iTunes can save up your photos, videos, music files, reminders, and other data too.

Method 3. Backup iPad to iCloud

For an iCloud backup, you won't need a desktop or any laptop. The iCloud backup feature is inbuilt in iOS devices. So, if you don't have a computer then it will be better to create an iCloud backup. Follow the steps below and create a backup of your data and settings quickly and easily:

For iOS 10.2 and earlier devices, go to "Settings" > "iCloud" > "Backup" > "Back Up Now".

For iOS 10.3 or above, go to "Settings" > "Your profile" > "iCloud" > "iCloud Backup" > "Back Up Now".

backup iPad via iCloud

Part 2: Which iPad Backup Option Should I Use?

To analyze which backup option is easy so that the users can decide how to backup iPad, we are providing you with this comparison chart.

Features Spyera XNSPY Norton Family Premier
Developer Apple Apple Tenorshare
Availability inbuilt inbuilt Third Party Tool
Storage Option Depends upon the availability of the system Online Storage limited to 5 GB. Additional storage can be bought Don't have any storage restriction. It can be used on any computer
Backup Data Options It can back up photos, videos, text messages, app data, etc It can be used to backup photos, videos, messages, app data, contacts, mail, etc It can backup over 20+ file types
Price Free Free up to 5 GB Free
Additional Function Can be used as a Media Player Find My iPhone/iPad service Can also be used to transfer files and fix various iOS issues.

Wrapping It Up

Hopefully, now you can figure out which would be the best method for you to back up your iPad files. iTunes and iCloud are Apple's methods to backup up iPad/iPhone/iPod, and both have some downsides. You can consider the free iPad backup tool for more flexible backup and restore.

/ Posted by Jerry Cook to iPad Follow @Jerry Cook