How to Restore iPad from iPhone Backup

If you have bought a shiny new iPad and you are looking to put your iPhone content on it, you will want to find out if you can restore an iPad from an iPhone backup. This post is all about discovering the possibilities of restoring an iPhone backup’s content on an iPad.

Joy Taylor Last Updated: Jul. 14, 2020

If you have been using an iPhone as your primary device, you have likely stored most of your important data on it. This can include your contacts, photos, videos, messages, and so on. If you are someone who cares about the safety of your data, you have also likely created a backup of your iPhone with apps like iTunes. This data can then be restored when things go wrong and you lose data on your iOS device.

A good thing about your iPhone backup is that you can restore it on your iPad as well. If you have got yourself a brand new iPad and you are looking for ways to get your iPhone content on it, you can totally do that using your iTunes backup. There are a few things you need to know before you start restoring the backup on your iPad.

When you restore an iPhone backup to the iPad, you cannot move all your backup data to your iPad. It is because Apple does not let you do that for some reason. The following conditions apply when you restore an iPhone backup on an iPad:

You cannot restore your backup on an older iOS device. For example, if you created the backup while running iOS 13 on your iPhone, you cannot restore that backup on an iPad that runs iOS 12. One way to overcome this issue is to update your iPad.

The following data types cannot be restored from an iPhone backup on your iPad: photos, messages and attachments, voice memos, and apps that are not compatible with your iPad.

Restore iPad from iCloud Backup

With the introduction of iCloud, Apple allowed you to create backups of your iOS devices on cloud servers. You can make a full backup of your iPhone via iCloud and then restore it whenever you want on any of your compatible devices. If you used this service to make your iPhone backup, you can restore the backup from iCloud on your iPad.

Except for the content types mentioned above, it will restore all other files on your device. All you basically need to do is to use the same Apple ID that you used on your iPhone to restore your backup on your iPad. It will download all your backup files from the Internet so you need to make sure you have an active Internet connection.

Keep in mind that this method does not allow you to restore your data selectively. This means all the file types from your backup will be restored on your iPad. However, once the files are all restored, you can remove the ones that you do not wish to keep. There is nothing stopping you from doing that.

Step 1. Turn on your iPad and start setting up as a new device. If your iPad is already set up, head to Settings > General > Reset and tap on Erase All Content and Settings to reset it.

Reset iPad to Factory Settings

Reset iPad to Factory Settings

Step 2. Keep following the setup instructions displayed on your iPad. When you get to the screen that says Apps & Data, tap on the option that reads Restore from iCloud Backup. It will let you restore your iPad from an iPhone backup in your iCloud account.

Restore An iPhone’s iCloud Backup on iPad

Restore An iPhone’s iCloud Backup on iPad

Step 3. Log-in to the iCloud account that you also use on your iPhone.

Step 4. Follow the on-screen instructions and your iPhone backup will begin to restore on your iPad. Wait for it to do that and it can take quite some time depending on the size of the backup.

Restoring An iPhone’s iCloud Backup on iPad

Restoring An iPhone’s iCloud Backup on iPad

When the backup is restored, your iPad will turn on and you should see all your iPhone files on your iPad.

Restore iPad from Backup on the Computer

While many users prefer to create their iPhone backups with iCloud, there is still a large group of users who use the traditional method to create the backup. If you are one of those users, you have likely created your iPhone’s backup with iTunes or Finder. This does not require you to have an Internet connection and the backup can be locally stored on your computer.

There are many advantages to creating a local backup of your device. When you need to restore this backup, all you need to do is plug your iOS device into your computer and choose an appropriate option in iTunes or Finder.

If this is how you have made a backup of your iPhone, you can restore it on your iPad just like how you can restore an iCloud backup. This will restore all the contents from your iPhone’s backup on your iPad, of course, excluding the content types mentioned above. You will need to do the following to make this happen.

Step 1. If you are on a Mac, launch the Finder app. If you use a Windows PC, open the iTunes app on your computer.

Step 2. Plug your iPad into your computer using a USB cable. If a prompt appears on your iPad, tap on the option that says Trust. This will allow your iPad to be able to interact with your computer and vice versa.

Step 3. Find and click on your iPad in the iTunes or Finder. Click on the Summary tab in iTunes or click on the General tab if you use the Finder. Then, select the Restore Backup button on the right-hand side pane.

Restore An iPhone’s Computer Backup on iPad

Restore An iPhone’s Computer Backup on iPad

Step 4. A box will appear on your screen. Select the backup you want to restore from the dropdown menu, enter a password if your backup is encrypted, and click on the Restore button.

Choose the iPhone Backup to Be Restored on iPad

Choose the iPhone Backup to Be Restored on iPad

Restore iPad from Third-Party Tool

Apple’s official methods to create and restore backups are great but they are not the most convenient and flexible. If you want to only restore certain types of files from your backups, you cannot do that as Apple restricts that ability. You can either restore all the contents from your backup or you cannot restore anything at all.

AnyTrans, a management tool, allows you to selectively restore data from your backups to your iOS-based devices. This way you can select exactly the type of content that you want to restore and it will only restore those select files on your phone.

You can use AnyTrans to selectively restore the contents of an iPhone backup on your iPad. The procedure works just the same as if you were restoring the backup on an iPhone. If this is how you want to bring your iPhone’s data to your iPad, the following should teach you how to do it.

Step 1. Grab the latest version of the AnyTrans and run it on your computer> Connect your iPad to your computer.

Plug-in the iPad and Open AnyTrans

Plug-in the iPad and Open AnyTrans

Step 2. Click on the option that says Backup Manager in the left sidebar to view the available backups. This will show both AnyTrans as well as iTunes backups.

Open Backup Manager to Access iPhone Backups

Open Backup Manager to Access iPhone Backups

Step 4. On the following screen, click on the large option that says Restore to restore a backup on your iPad.

Restore A Backup with AnyTrans

Restore A Backup with AnyTrans

Step 5. The following screen lets you select the backup that you want to restore on your iPad. Choose a backup and click on Next.

Select the Backup to Restore on iPad

Select the Backup to Restore on iPad

Step 6. Wait while the app restores your iPhone backup on your iPad.

iPhone Backup Being Restored on iPad

iPhone Backup Being Restored on iPad

Soon all the data from your iPhone’s backup will be restored on your iPad. You can verify this by opening the apps on your iPad and checking the available data for yourself.

Conclusion

If you have been wondering “can I restore an iPad from an iPhone backup”, the above guide should have answered your question. The guide also offers methods that you can use to transfer all the data from your iPhone’s backup over to your newly purchased iPad.

Joy Taylor

Member of iMobie team as well as an Apple fan, love to help more users solve various types of iOS & Android related issues.