How to restore your iPad from a backup

iPad Help, Tips & Tricks
// September 25, 2011

iTunes creates a backup of settings, app data, and other information on iPad when you:

  • Sync iPad with iTunes on your computer.
  • Update iPad using iTunes.
  • Restore iPad using iTunes, if you choose to do so when prompted.

Backups do not include synced items, such as music, videos, photos, or information such as contacts and calendars from your computer. Apps from the App Store are included in the first backup after the apps are downloaded. Subsequent backups include just the app data.

To restore all of your content, you must sync your iPad after restoring the backup information. If your iPad is set to sync automatically, synced items will be restored immediately after you restore or update the device.

Restoring from a backup is not the same as restoring iPad from the Summary page in iTunes. Restoring from a backup doesn’t reinstall iPad software. The backup restores data for apps, settings and other information.

How to Restore Your iPad from a Backup

  1. Connect your iPad to the computer you normally sync with.
  2. In iTunes, Control-click on the iPad (Right Click for Windows) in the sidebar under Devices, then choose “Restore from Backup” from the menu that appears.
    iTunes Backup
  3. Choose the backup that you want to restore from in the pop-up menu, then click Restore. If the backup is encrypted, you’ll need to enter your password.
    itunes ipad backup

To encrypt the backup with a password, select “Encrypt backups” on the summary page and enter a password.

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