Essentially, backup serves to preserve your sensitive data from potential attacks and data leaks. Some backup solutions only back up specific files and folders, while others can take a snapshot of your entire device to enable a full recovery. Other solutions focus on user preferences to only back up PC or Mac but don’t support mobile devices.
However, some services can protect all of the devices within your network. iPad falls under this category. Let’s explore how to back it up correctly.
Why is iPad backup important and useful?
When discussing backup, most people immediately think of pictures and videos on their devices. While your iPad holds those, its data also includes device settings, home screen and app organization, app data, iMessages, texts, visual passcodes, ringtones, health data and more.
To secure all of your information when upgrading to a newer model, iMore suggests you back up the entirety of your device before transferring the data onto the new one. It’s best to do a full-image backup once your new device has arrived, so you’d include any recent photos, texts, or device settings.
Moreover, any device connected to the internet is vulnerable to malicious attacks. Your iPad can fall victim to a spread-out attack on thousands of devices. What’s more, if you lose your iPad or somebody steals it, you can kiss all of your data goodbye unless you have a viable backup you can access.
How to back up your iPad?
There are several backup solutions available to back up your iPad efficiently. For example, iTunes and iCloud are Apple’s native backup services. In addition to them, you can rely on third-party vendors to fortify your backups.
Acronis Cyber Protect Home Office enables intuitive, comprehensive backup, with options to store backups on your computer or in the cloud. In addition, you can back up multiple devices, run antivirus scans, recover accidentally deleted files, automate updates, and more.
It’s important to state here that iTunes and iCloud have their advantages, and we are all for using them. But for users who wish to reach complete peace of mind while backing up their iPad, Acronis Cyber Protect Home Office delivers on swift backups and easy recovery.
iPad iTunes Backup
Many iOS users rely on iTunes to buy music, apps and books from the Apple Store. And alongside downloading content, you can use iTunes to back up your data.
To back up via iTunes, plug your iPad into a Mac or a PC, launch iTunes, and initiate sync between files on your device and iTunes.
You can back up all images, photos, media files purchased outside iTunes, call history, messages, app data, calendar, bookmarks, memos and device settings to your computer using iTunes. However, you can’t use iTunes to copy backups to the cloud.
How to back up iPad using iTunes:
1. Open iTunes and connect your iPad to a computer
2. The computer will typically ask for your device’s passcode or present you with the “Trust This Computer” option. To complete the step, follow the on-screen instructions. (If you have forgotten your passcode, you can get help here)
3. Select your iPad when it appears on the iTunes menu
If for some reason your computer doesn’t recognize your iPad, you can follow the resolution steps here.
if you want all of your data on the iCloud, you can automate backups as long as you have an active Wi-Fi connection. You can back up:
· Photos and videos
· Device settings and app data
· Home screen
· iMessage, SMS Text and MMS
· Purchase history (music, books, movies, purchased from iTunes Store, App Store, or iBook Store)
You can back up data to the iCloud either by selecting the option from your iTunes app or the iPad itself, and you can choose to do backups either manually or automatically. The iCloud doesn’t back up your downloaded music, apps, books and movies; however, it will download all listings in your purchase history once you restore from an iCloud Backup onto any iOS device.
Note that Apple provides 5GB of free cloud storage space per unique Apple ID. Now 5GB doesn’t sound like much if you’re constantly backing up photos and videos. If you need extra storage space, you can purchase additional iCloud storage (fees differ depending on the storage volume).
A crucial thing to remember is that iCloud syncs files automatically. What this means is that your backup mirrors your current iPad data. If you erase a photo from your iPad by accident, it will be deleted from the iCloud once the next scheduled sync hits. With a dedicated backup solution, you can recover all deleted files from the backup location.
How to back up iPad using the iCloud:
1. Connect your iPad to a Wi-Fi network
2. Tap successively on Settings > [your name] > iCloud. If you’re running iOS 10.2 or an earlier version, tap the iCloud menu from Settings.
3. Scroll down and tap iCloud Backup. Again, if you’re running iOS 10.2 or earlier, go for Backup. Ensure that iCloud Backup is on.
4. Tap the Back Up Now option, and don’t turn off your Wi-Fi connection until the backup is complete.
5. Make sure you’ve finished the backup — tap Settings > [your name] > iCloud > iCloud Storage > Manage Storage, and select your iPad. The backup details should appear on your screen, including the time of completion and backup size. If you’re running iOS 10.2 or earlier, the path to check backups is Settings > iCloud > Storage > Manage Storage.
iPad Automatic Backup with iCloud:
1. Ensure iCloud Backup is on by tapping Settings > [your name] > iCloud > iCloud Backup. If you’re running iOS 10.2 or an earlier version, go for Settings > iCloud > Backup
2. Connect your iPad to a power source
3. Connect the iPad to a secure Wi-Fi network
4. Ensure your iPad’s screen is locked
5. Make sure you have enough available space in the iCloud to finish the backup
Why is Acronis Cyber Protect Home Office better?
iTunes and iCloud do an excellent job backing up specific apps and settings. Still, Acronis Cyber Protect Home Office completely covers all of your user-generated content — photos, videos, calendars, reminders and contacts.
You can download the Acronis app in the Apple App Store and search for Acronis Cyber Protect Home Office. If you wish to store iPad backups in Acronis Cloud Storage, you’d need a trial or Acronis account subscription.
With it, you can back up anywhere — the Cloud, your PC, or your Mac. What’s more, you can back up multiple devices to the Acronis Cloud. Additionally, you can migrate data between iOS and Android if you need to.
You can also choose to back up only updated data on your device. No need for a full backup every time you wish to update your storage. Moreover, you can automate backups to the Acronis Cloud whenever you have an internet connection.
Lastly, you can restore single files from backup instead of a complete restore whenever you accidentally delete a file on your iPad.
Cyber Protect Home Office additional features
Seamless data backups are great, but there’s more to the Acronis solution.
With Acronis Cyber Protect Home Office, you can detect and negate cyberattacks in real time. Our machine learning-based anti-malware and antivirus can spot any potential threats to your device via scheduled scans, 24/7 monitoring, web filtering and more.
Also, you can use the solution on more than one device and simplify your data protection via an all-in-one console. Even if attackers manage to compromise your system, you can swiftly recover all of your data from the Acronis Cloud to one or more devices.
Acronis Cyber Protect Home Office enables comprehensive mobile device backup alongside high-tier cybersecurity options. You can rest assured your iPad’s data is safe and ready for recovery in the event of compromise, loss or accidental deletion.
While iTunes and iCloud will successfully sync and safeguard your data, Cyber Protect Home Office protects user-generated data more conveniently, quickly, and granularly. With this complete solution, you can restore single files or entire backups from the cloud to a PC, Mac or your iPad wirelessly.
Whether someone steals your iPad, corrupts it, or you lose it, or accidentally delete files, you can always initiate easy and quick recovery with Acronis Cyber Protect Home Office.