How to backup your iPad to iCloud or a computer
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- You should always have a current backup of your iPad so that if it's lost, stolen, or damaged, you can restore all of your data and apps to a fresh device.
- Backing up to Apple's iCloud is easy and automatic (if you've turned it on), so you can always have a current backup with no hassle.
- If you prefer, you can manually back up to a computer using iTunes. It requires physically connecting your iPad using a USB cable.
- If you're running low on storage space in iCloud, you can choose what apps and data you want to back up, or you can buy an iCloud subscription for additional storage space.
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The easiest, most dependable backup is via iCloud - your iPad can be configured to back up automatically every day, as long as it is plugged in, has access to Wi-Fi, and the screen is locked. In other words, it'll happen when it's charging and not being used.
Automatically back up your iPad with iCloud1. Open the Settings app.
2. Tap your name at the top of the settings screen.3. Tap iCloud and then tap iCloud Backup.
4. Turn on iCloud Backup.5. Close the Settings app. Now your iPad will try to back up to iCloud every day.
Manually back up your iPad to iCloud
If you notice that your iPad hasn't backed up in a while - this can happen when you don't regularly have access to Wi-Fi or you leave your iPad on frequently, so it never has a chance to back up - you can trigger a backup manually whenever you like. To do that, just navigate back to the iCloud Backup screen and tap "Back Up Now."
If you don't have enough space on iCloud
It's possible that you don't have enough space on iCloud - particularly if you have more than one iOS device. You can choose to back up fewer items to make better use of the available space, or you can purchase more storage space.
To manage your storage:1. Open the Settings app.
3. Tap iCloud and then tap Manage Storage.
4. Tap Backup and then tap the entry for your iPad.Under "Choose Data to Back Up," you should now see a list of all the apps installed on your iPad. (You might need to tap "Show All Apps" to see them all.) Since iOS stores all the data with its app, turning off an app like "Photos" also stops the iPad from backing up your photos and videos.
If you'd rather purchase additional storage, do this:1. Open the Settings app.
2. Tap your name at the top of the settings screen.
3. Tap iCloud and then tap Manage Storage.4. Tap Change Storage Plan. From here you can choose a storage plan and payment options.
Back up using iTunes
Rather than backing up to the cloud, you can choose to back up to your personal computer using iTunes. At one time, this was the only backup method Apple offered, and some people are still more comfortable with having a backup stored locally. That said, this is less convenient and more subject to failure (your iCloud backup is accessible from anywhere and won't disappear if your computer's hard drive fails, for example).
1. Start iTunes on your computer.2. Connect your iPad to your computer using the appropriate USB connection cable.
4. Tap the device icon in the upper left part of the iTunes window.
5. In the Backups section of the window, click "This Computer" and then click "Back Up Now."
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