How to Restore iPad (iPad Mini/Air/Pro)

Don’t know how to restore iPad, iPad mini/Pro/Air? Read on this guide to get 3 different ways to restore iPad easily.

By iMobie | Posted: Aug. 14, 2018, Last Updated: Aug. 14, 2018
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If you are not satisfied with certain settings on your iPad, your iPad is running slow, or your current configuration gives errors, restoring iPad can easily help you resolve these issues. When it comes to restore an iPad, iCloud and iTunes can be the most common methods for iOS users to do the job. Here in this tutorial, we will not only explain in detail how to restore iPad using iCloud and iTunes, but also share you another professional way to restore iPad without erasing any data.

It is worth reminding that restoring iPad from iTunes and iCloud requires you to erase all existing data and settings on iPad. And the data on your iPad will be replaced by the backup files. Also, you can’t check the backup details and both the two ways will be a full restore. If you just want to restore certain file, these two ways do not work.

If you lost some of your important files after restoring from iTunes or iCloud, or just want to selectively restore some important data, move to Method 3 to easily make it.

Method 1. How to Restore iPad from iCloud

First of all, you should sign up for the iCloud storage service and create an iCloud backup. You should be aware that when you restore an iPad from a cloud backup, it will delete/replace all the data you currently have on your device. Follow the below steps to restore an iPad from iCloud:

Step 1 Go to Settings > General > Reset > Select “Erase all content and settings”.

Restore iPad from iCloud – Step 1

Restore iPad from iCloud – Step 1

Step 2 On the Apps & Data screen, select Restore from iCloud Backup > Sign in to iCloud > Choose backup > Choose from a list of available backups in iCloud.

After you restore your iPad, it will restart and will start downloading all the data you have stored into the selected backup. Note that if your iPad is unable to restore an app it will download and install the latest available version of the app.

Method 2. How to Restore iPad from iTunes

When restoring from an iTunes backup you need to connect to a Mac or PC that runs iTunes. Then, you can restore your iPad by using a local backup you have stored on the computer. Follow the below steps to restore iPad from iTunes:

Step 1 Run iTunes on the computer where your backup resides > Connect your iPad using a USB cable and enter your passcode (if asked).

Step 2 Select your iPad when it shows in iTunes > Choose Restore Backup in iTunes (update device software if required).

Restore iPad from iTunes – Step 2

Restore iPad from iTunes – Step 2

Step 3 Select the backup you want to use > Click “Restore” to restore them from your iTunes backup.

Method 3. How to Restore iPad without Data Loss

If you just want to recover some lost files on your iPad, or don’t want to lose any data while restoring from iTunes or iCloud, then here’s the way for you. To restore data from iPad without erasing data, the only choice for you is to take advantage of some professional iPad data recovery tool. And here we highly recommend the #1 iOS data recovery tool – PhoneRescue for iOS to help you complete the job.

PhoneRescue has won a good reputation among iPhone and iPad users for data recovery, and it has helped over millions of iOS users recover files successfully. It supports recovering up to 31 iPad file types, including photos, messages, videos, notes, etc.

To ensure the highest success rate, PhoneRescue for iOS offers you 3 different restore modes: from iPhone/iPad directly (without any backup), from iTunes backup (without erasing data) and from iCloud backup (without erasing data). That’s to say, no matter no you available backup or not, it helps you restore iPad and get lost data back effortlessly.

Moreover, unlike traditional iTunes/iCloud restore way, it allows you to view the backup files and you can select the files you wanted most to recover, but not a blind full restore. Now, let’s check how to restore iPad without data loss.

Step 1 Free Download PhoneRescue for iOS on your computer, or directly click the Download button below > Open it.

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Step 2 Connect your iPad to the computer with a USB cable > Choose Recover from iOS Device mode > Click on Right Arrow on the bottom-right corner to continue.

How to Restore iPad without Data Loss – Step 2

How to Restore iPad without Data Loss – Step 2

Step 3 Check the file types you want to restore > Click OK button to scan your lost file.

How to Restore iPad without Data Loss – Step 3

How to Restore iPad without Data Loss – Step 3

Step 4 Preview and select the files you want to restore > Click To iOS Device button to recover the lost files to correspond apps on iPad directly, or click To Mac/PC computer to store them on your computer for a backup.

How to Restore iPad without Data Loss – Step 4

How to Restore iPad without Data Loss – Step 4

If you do have made an iTunes or iCloud backup, but can not confirm whether the backup includes the data you want or not, refer to below guides to check your backup files. The two guides will also show you how to restore iPad from iTunes/iCloud without erasing any data on your iPad.
How to Restore iPad from iTunes Backup without Data Loss >
How to Restore iPad from iCloud Backup without Data Loss >

The Bottom Line

Recovering your iPad settings and data through iCloud or iTunes is easy and both methods have advantages and disadvantages. With iCloud you need Internet connection to access Apple’s cloud storage while with iTunes you need to have access to the computer on which you backup is stored.

However, since both the two traditional ways need erase existing data on device, many iPhone iPad users prefer to Method 3 – PhoneRescue for iOS to finish the task. At last, if you find this guide useful, just share it to help more people.


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