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3 Ways to Backup iPad before Updating to iOS 8

On Sept 17, 2014, the most expected iOS 8 finally rolls out, but it's too big for your iPad. You have no choice but to delete music, video, photos and more files to free up space. Don't want to lose these files? Don't worry. You can backup iPad to computer or iCloud first. Here, in this article, I'd like to tell you 3 ways to backup iPad with or without iTunes.

Method 1. Backup iPad to Computer with MobileTrans

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Backup iPad photos, music, video, photos and iMessages in 1 click!

1 Click to backup iPad non-purchased audio and video as well as the purchased ones.
Backup iPad Photo Library and Camera Roll to computer.
Backup iPad contacts with email, company name and more detailed info.
Export iMessages and calendar on iPad to computer for backup.
Work well with iPad, The New iPad, iPad with Retina display, iPad mini, iPad mini with Retina display and iPad air running iOS 5/6/7/8.
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What you need:
An iPad running iOS 5/6/7/8
An iPad USB cable
Wondershare MobileTrans
A Windows or Mac computer with iTunes installed

Step 1. Run Wondershare MobileTrans on computer. In its primary window, go to Back Up My Phone mode. Then, connect your iPad to computer with a USB cable. Once detected successfully, your iPad will be shown on the left of the backup window.

Note: iTunes must be installed to make sure Wondershare MobileTrans work properly.

how to backup ipad to computer

Step 2. Tick the files you want to backup in the middle of the window. Click Start Copy to backup photos, music, video, contacts, calendar and iMessages from iPad to computer. During the whole process, be sure your iPad is connected.

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Step 3. By default, the iPad backup file will be saved at the following locations:
In Windows OS: C:\Users\Administrator\My Documents\Wondershare\MobileTrans\Backup
Mac: ~/Document/MobileTrans

Method 2. Backup iPad to Computer via iTunes

Wondershare MobileTrans makes it extremely easy to backup iPad to computer, but it's not free. If you're looking for a freeware 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

How to backup iPad with iTunes
Step 1. Install iTunes on computer.
Step 2. Plug into a USB cable to connect your iPad to computer.
Step 3. After detected, your iPad will be shown in the left sidebar of iTunes. Click your iPad under DEVICES.
Step 4. Your iPad management panel shows up on the right. Click the Summary tab.
Step 5. Go to Backup section and click Back Up Now.

backup ipad with itunes

Step 6. Or, you can tick Encrypt local backup and fill in a password, to protect the backup. Then, backup process automatically.
Step 7. In the backup process, don't disconnect your iPad.
Note: By encrypting your iPad, you can keep your personal data safe. But you must remember the password.

backup ipad to computer with itunes

Make an iPad Backup with iCloud

Have no USB cable available at hand? Feel troublesome to backup iPad to computer? You can try iCloud. It enables you to directly backup purchased history of music, movies, TV Shows, books, apps, Camera Roll, settings, app data, iMessages and more from iPad to cloud server without computer. However, it only offer 5GB free storage for you. If you run out of the storage, you have to pay for more.

What you need:
An iPad with sufficient battery,
WiFi network
An iCloud account with enough storage

How to backup iPad to iCloud
Step 1. On your iPad, tap Settings > iCloud
Step 2. Tap Storage & Backup > Backup Now.

backup ipad with icloud

Compare the 3 Methods Above

Wondershare Mobiletrans iTunes iCloud
Pros 1. 1 clik to backup iPad without iTunes
2. Backup non-purchased audio and video
3. Backup Camera Roll and Photo Library
1. Free
2. Backup most iPad data
1. Free
2. Need no computer
3. Backup much data to cloud
Cons 1. Need to pay
2. Doesn't backup settings, wallpaper, app data, etc.
1. Take too much time
2. Can't backup non-purchased audio and video
1. Need WiFi network on iPad
2. Can't backup non-purchased audio and video
3. Must have sufficient storage in cloud server.

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