When you have got an iPad, you may have some important files stored in it and don’t want to lose. Backing up iPad is a good way to protect your iPad data from losing, even if you lose data by accidental deleting, you can easily get the lost data back in the backups. So how to back up iPad? Actually, the methods of backing up iPad are various on the Internet, I just picked up some simple ones and would love to share them with you.

Part 1. How to Backup iPad to Computer with Leawo iOS Data Recovery

If you want to know how to backup iPad to computer without iTunes or iCloud, it's not too difficult. Generally speaking, there are no full iTunes substitutes, just as even iCloud could not replace iTunes as a backup tool. But if you want to back up data like photos, videos, messages, notes, contacts, voice memos, notes, call histories, calendars, reminders and Safari bookmarks, an iPad data recovery tool can help. Leawo iOS Data Recovery is a powerful iPad data recovery tool that can not only recover deleted data directly from iOS devices, but can also function as an iPhone/iPod/iPad backup tool to backup iPad data without iTunes. The powerful tool allows you to back up as many as 12 kinds of data from iPad to local computer. You can not only extract data in iTunes iPad backup and transfer them to computer, but can also directly scan iPad and backup all the scanned files to local PC. The following guidance will show you how to backup an iPad to computer with Leawo iOS Data Recovery.

What you need:

An iPad running iOS 5/6/7/8/9/9.2

An iPad USB cable

Leawo iOS Data Recovery

A Windows or Mac computer with iTunes installed

Download Windows Version
Download Mac Version
run ios data recovery

Connect the iPad with the computer

To backup iPad to computer using Leawo iOS Data Recovery, you need to connect your iPad to the computer first, and run Leawo iOS Data Recovery.

Scan the iPad

Scan the iPad for specific files

Once your iPad that has been connected is detected by the program, quick scanning will be performed by the program automatically.

select files for backup

Preview and select files for backup

After scanning, all the 12 kinds of files will be displayed on the left sidebar, including Camera Roll (Photos & Videos), Photo Stream, Photo Library, Contacts, Messages, Message Attachments, Voice Memos, Notes, Call History, Calendars, Reminders and Safari Bookmarks. You can pick out some to backup based on your need, or check all of them for backup.

Backup iPad to computer

Backup iPad to computer

After selecting files, click “Recover” button and select a computer folder to save the files to be backed up. Then click “Go” to start to backup iPad to PC without iTunes.

Part 2. How to Backup iPad with iTunes

If you're looking for a free method to do iPad backup, iTunes is undoubtedly a good choice. It helps to backup settings, wallpapers, app, voicemail, and more. Below is the detailed guide about how to backup iPad with iTunes.

What you need:

An iPad

An Apple USB cable

A computer with iTunes installed

Steps on how to backup an iPad with iTunes:

1. Connect your iPad to computer using an USB cable. Then launch iTunes.

2. Click device button to the left of the iTunes Store button in the top right corner in iTunes. Then click "Summary" in the left sidebar.

3. Click "Back Up Now" in the right part, iTunes will begin to back up your iPad.

If you just want to backup your purchased files, the following steps will show you how to do it:

1. Open iTunes and connect your iPad to your computer.

2. Click File > Devices > Transfer Purchases. Then wait for the transfer to finish. If you're using Windows computer, hold down the Control and B keys.

Transfer Purchases

Part 3. How to Backup iPad with iCloud

Have no USB cable available at hand? Don't know how to backup iPad to computer? iCloud can help you. iCloud is an online storage service, it allows you to upload your iOS files inside and download to your devices when you need. So iCloud can be used for backing up iPad data. The steps are also simple, you only need to enable the Backup on your iPad, which is in Settings>iCloud>Backup & Storage, and then the iCloud will automatically back up your iPad data. It is easy to back up data with iCloud, but the free space of iCloud is 5GB, and you are only permitted to back up limit kinds of files in it. What’s more, you are only able to download the files with the iPad connected over Wi-Fi, so it’s not that convenient.

What you need:

An iPad

WiFi network

An iCloud account with enough storage

Steps on how to backup an iPad with iCloud:

1. Connect your iPad to a Wi-Fi network.

2.Tap Settings > iCloud > Backup.(iOS 8 or later)

Tap Settings > iCloud > Storage & Backup.(iOS 7 or earlier)

3. Make sure that iCloud Backup is turned on.

4. Tap Back Up Now. Stay connected to your Wi-Fi network until the process completes.

5. Make sure the backup finished by tapping Settings > iCloud > Storage > Manage Storage, and then select your iPad.

Part 4. How to Backup iPad with Leawo iTransfer

If you want to backup iPad data like apps, music, movies, TV shows, ringtones, photos, Camera, contacts and text messages, bookmarks, notes, usb storage to computer, you need the professional iPad backup software – Leawo iTransfer.

To backup data on iPad to computer with the iPad transfer tool, you should download Leawo iTransfer first.

Here is a quick how-to guide for you to backup music, movies, ringtones, apps, etc. to computer.

What you need:

An iPad with USB cable

A Computer with iTunes installed

Leawo iTransfer

Download Windows Version
Download Mac Version
Connect the iPad to computer

Connect the iPad to computer

After downloading and installing Leawo iTransfer, launch it on your computer, then connect your iPad to PC. The program will detect the iPad and show all the iPad data in iPad Library on the left sidebar.

Select files

Select files to be backed up

Next, you should select the files you want to backup from the files listed on the left sidebar. The files that can be selected for backup include app, music, movies, TV shows, books, ringtones, photos, etc. To select multiple files, you coluld hold "Ctrl" and click the files you want to back up, and right click the chosen files and choose "Transfer to > My Computer".

Transfer Settings

Transfer Settings

Then a dialog box of transfer settings pops up for you to select a saving location on your computer, and in "Transfer to List", select your computer. When all the setings have been finished, click "Transfer Now" to start to  backup iPad to computer.

Backup iPad to computer

Backup iPad to computer

After clicking "Transfer Now" button, all the files you have chosen begin transferring to the computer folder, you can watch the transferring process bar. Don't disconnect your iPad until the transferring finishes.

Part 5. Comparison about the 4 Methods Above

Leawo iOS Data Recovery iTunes iCloud Leawo iTransfer
Transfer data from iOS devices to computer
Transfer data from computer to iOS devices
Transfer data from iOS devices to iTunes
Transfer data from itunes to iOS devices
Backup iPhone, iPad and iPod files to computer
Support wireless data transfer
Transfer data between Android, iOS devices and computer
Recover lost data from iOS devices, iTunes backup and iCloud backup
Transfer data between iPhone, iPad and iPod
backup non-purchased files to computer