How to Transfer Data to New iPad Air/Pro/mini
[Last Updated: Aug. 03, 2017]
The 9.7 inch or 12.9 inch iPad Pro, iPad Air or iPad mini, no matter which tablet you've got, after purchasing, the first thing you may need to do is setting up and activating your new iPad, you will then maybe seek ways to transfer data like photos, videos, songs, apps, contacts from the old iPad or your iPhone 6/6s/SE/7 to the iPad. Or some of you may keep those data on your home computer, and are looking for an easy way to transfer data from PC/Mac to your iPad.
In this detailed post, we will show you how to transfer data from iPad/iPhone/computer to your new iPad step by step, they work for all models of iPad.
If you just upgraded to a new iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus, we also offer you detailed tutorial to help you move data to new iPhone 7/7 Plus and the step-by-step instructions on how to set up your iPhone 7 (Plus) correctly.
Part 1. How to Transfer Data from iPhone or iPad to New iPad Pro/Air/mini
For those Apple fans, iPad may not your first Apple device, so there is the possibility that you want to transfer data from your old iPad or iPhone (iPhone 7, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6…) to iPad.
Referring to transferring data from old iPad to another iPad or transferring data from iPhone to iPad, many tend to choose iTunes or iCloud to do backup first, then transfer those data to new iPad. However, neither iTunes and iCloud would let you choose which items you want to transfer and which not. So before talking about how to transfer data from iPhone or iPad to new iPad, we will show you one way that allows you to selectively transfer data to new iPad.
Method 1. Transfer Data from iPhone/iPad to New iPad with AnyTrans
AnyTrans is a professional iOS data transfer tool and it could help users to selectively transfer data on iOS devices to new iPad. Below are reasons why you will like AnyTrans:
- AnyTrans manages to transfer data between any two iDevices, so you can transfer data from iPhone/iPad to the new iPad Air/iPad Pro/iPad mini directly..
- It also allows you to transfer data between iDevice and computer/iTunes, which enables you to move data from computer or iTunes to iPad Air/iPad Pro/iPad mini without wiping.
- The iOS data it supported includes photos, videos, songs, apps, contacts, notes, messages, voice memos, ringtones, books, etc.
- Phone Merge feature allows you to merge content between two iPads without erasing data.
- Phone Clone feature helps clone data from old iPad to iPad Air/iPad Pro/iPad mini all at once, including music, movies, photos, ringtones, voice memos, TV shows, notes, even customized settings like wallpaper, iCloud account, sounds, etc. Learn More >>
- Content to Device feature allows you to transfer data from one iPad to another quickly.
Next, we will take iPad Pro as an example to show you how to use AnyTrans to transfer data from iPhone to iPad. It also works to transfer data from iPad to another iPad.
Step 1. Download AnyTrans and install it on your PC or Mac. Connect your iPad Pro and your old iPad or iPhone. Go to the manage page of your old iPad or iPhone by clicking the device name.
Step 2. To transfer data to your new iPad Pro, you can click the Content to Device button.
Transfer Data from iPhone/iPad to iPad Air/Pro/mini with AnyTrans – Step 2
Step 3. Confirm your target device – your iPad Pro.
Transfer Data from iPhone/iPad to New iPad Air/Pro/mini with AnyTrans – Step 3
Step 4. Choose content you want to transfer to your iPad Pro, and click the start transfer button.
Transfer Data from iPhone/iPad to New iPad Air/Pro/mini with AnyTrans – Step 4
Method 2. Transfer Data from iPhone/iPad to New iPad with iTunes
Just like mentioned above, while using iTunes to transfer data from old iPhone/iPad to new iPad, iTunes wouldn't allow you to select the data you want to transfer. To selectively transfer data from old iPhone/iPad to new iPad, please refer to Method 1.
Step 1. You need to make sure that you have backed up your old iPad or iPhone via iTunes. You can go to iTunes > Preference > Devices to check the backup list.
Step 2. Launch iTunes and connect your iPad (iPad Air/iPad Pro/iPad mini) to computer. Click the device button, and under Summary tab choose "Restore Backup…".
Transfer Data from iPhone/iPad to New iPad Air/Pro/mini with iTunes
Step 3. Select the latest backup of your old iPad/iPhone, and click Restore button. The time depends on the backup size. After your iPad (iPad Air/iPad Pro/iPad mini) is restored, it will restart automatically.
Method 3. Transfer Data from iPhone/iPad to iPad with iCloud
As for transferring data from iPhone/iPad to iPad Mini/iPad Pro/iPad Air via iCloud, the shortcoming would be iCloud doesn't allow you to selectively backup data as you wish, moreover, there are data that iCloud couldn't backup, thus if you want to transfer data from old iPhone/iPad to new iPad as you wish, we suggest you refer to Method 1.
If your iPad is completely wiped data or it has not been set up, you can restore it from an older iCloud backup with the Setup Assistant by following the setting up prompts.
Transfer Data from iPhone/iPad to iPad Pro with iCloud
Step 1. Turn on your iPad, and you should see a Hello Screen.
Step 2. Join the Wi-Fi network and follow the steps to set up your iPad until you see the Set Up iPad screen.
Step 3. Tap on Restore from iCloud Backup, and Sign in to iCloud.
Step 4. You will see a list of backups. Select the latest backup of your old iPhone or iPad and tap Restore, and stay connected.
Step 5. The restoring time depends on the backup size and the network speed, please be patient.
Note: As Apple said, if you use a backup of one device for another kind of device, like an iPhone backup for your iPad, some types of data won't transfer: photos, messages and attachments in messages, voice memos, and apps that aren't compatible with the device you’re setting up. Frankly, there are some tools that could help you extract data from backups then you can transfer them to new iPad. Learn more: Extract Data from iTunes Backup >
Part 2. How to Transfer Data from Computer to iPad
Some of you may want to transfer photos, videos, songs, books, and more from computer to your iPad Air/Pro/mini. As we all know that iTunes is capable of syncing data from computer to your iPad, but it may erase the existing content. So before talking about how to use iTunes to transfer data from computer to iPad, we will first show you one way that is one hundred percent safe for your data.
Method 1. Transfer Photos/Videos/Music and More from Computer to iPad with AnyTrans
As we mentioned in the first part, AnyTrans manages to add content to your iPad without wiping any data. You can add photos, videos, songs, apps, contacts, books and more from PC/Mac to your iPad/iPad Pro with it.
Step 1. Open AnyTrans and connect your iPad Pro to computer. Click the Add Content button.
How to Transfer Data to New iPad Air/Pro/mini from PC/Mac with AnyTrans
Step 2. Browse the files on the computer, select it and click Open to add it to the iPad Pro.
How to Transfer Data to New iPad Air/Pro/mini from PC/Mac with AnyTrans
Method 2. Transfer Photos/Vidoes/Music and More from Computer to iPad with iTunes
As mentioned above, using iTunes to transfer data from computer to iPad may erase the existing content. If you don't want any data loss issues occur, please refer to Method 1.
Step 1. Launch iTunes and connect your iPad/iPad Pro to computer. Click the Device button.
Step 2. Under Summary, you will see Apps, Music, Movies, TV Shows, Photos, etc. Choose the data you want to sync to your iPad/iPad Pro, and click Sync XX, tap Apply.
Transfer Photos/Videos/Music from Computer to New iPad Air/Pro/mini with iTunes
After transferring data to your iPad/iPad Pro, you can start enjoying the new experience of your Apple life. With time and use, if your iPad get sluggish, don’t forget to check the tips to speed up your iPad. At the same time, we can also provide you the top maintenance tips and tricks for your iPad Pro, which helps you make full use of your iPad, most of the tricks can be applied to other modes of iPad.
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