How to Backup iPad Files to Computer

In this tutorial you are going to learn how to backup iPad to computer. This tutorial is going to look at backing up through iTunes.


Step # 1 – Finding the Backup Option

Before we get started on the backup procedure you are going to need to take your iPad and connect it to your computer using a USB port. Open iTunes if you do not have it open and click “File”, navigate to “Devices” and click “Back up”.

The backup option in iTunes

Step # 2 – Creating the Backup

At the top of the screen you will see a progress bar telling you of the progress of the backup, this can take a while and you simply need to wait for the process to complete. Once the bar has disappeared your back up will have been made.

The backup in progress


Step # 3 – Secondary Backups

If you want to make extra sure you have a backup it can be a good idea to store the files externally, either on a hard disk or DVD. To find the backup files, navigate to this folder, which can be found in “C, Users, your user name, AppData, Roaming, Apple Computer, Mobile Sync, Backup”. You can then copy these files to any external location.

Where your backups are stored


Step # 4 – Restoring

It’s all well and good having back ups, but what if you want to use one of them to restore your iPad to a previous point. All you need to do is click “File” again, navigate to “Devices” and click “Restore from Back up”. In the dialog box that appears, click “Restore” and the process will begin.

Your iPad will say “Restore in Progress” on its screen. You will need to wait for this process to complete which can take a few minutes. The window will close when it is done and then you just need to power on your iPad. That is the simple process for how to backup iPad to computer.

Restoring the iPad from the backup