4 Ways to Backup iPad before Updating to iOS 9

On Sept 16, 2015, the most expected iOS 9 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 without itunes to computer or iCloud first. Here, in this article, I'd like to tell you 3 ways to backup iPad with itunes and how to backup ipad without itunes.

Method 1. backup ipad without itunes 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 5/6/7/8/9, and iPhone 6S Plus/iPhone 6S.
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What you need:
An iPad running iOS 5/6/7/8/9
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 your iPad can be connected to the computer successfully.

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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:UsersAdministratorMy DocumentsWondershareMobileTransBackup
Mac: ~/Document/MobileTrans

After Wondershare Mobiletrans backup ipad without itunes successfully, you will be able to restore the backed up files to your iPad after iOS update or to other iOS/Android devices whenever you need.

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Method 2. Backup iPad With iTunes

Wondershare MobileTrans makes it extremely easy to backup iPad to computer, but it's not free. 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

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.

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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.

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Method 3. How to Backup iPad 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.

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Method 4: Backup iPad with dr.fone for ios

Recently Wondershare dr.fone for ios rolls out a new feature-Device Data Backup & Export. With this new feature, we can easily backup ipad without itunes, and export the iPad data to the computer.

What you need:
An iPad with USB cable,
A Computer with iTunes installed
Wondershare dr.fone for ios


How to backup iPad with Wondershare dr.fone for ios

Step 1. Open Wondershare dr.fone for ios on your computer. Click on More Tools from the left column, select Device Data Backup & Export .

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Step 2. Connect your iPad to the computer via the USB cable. Normally Wondershare Dr. fone for iOS will recognize your iPad automatically. Then Wondershare dr.fone for ios will display the file types. Select what file types to backup and click on Backup.

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Then the program will take a few minutes to analysis the data you need to backup and display each file by catogory. Here you can select some of the files or all files to export to computer. Also, you can select the text data like Contacts, Messages, Notes, etc to print them directly.

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Wondershare Dr.Fone for iOS - iPad Backup without iTunes

  • Backup iPhone/iPad data to computer, as well as backup and restore Whatsapp data on iOS devices.
  • Recover iPhone data by scanning your iPhone, extracting iTunes and iCloud backup files.
  • Preview and selectively recover what you want from iPhone, iTunes and iCloud backup.
  • Fix iOS to normal without losing data such as recovery mode, bricked iPhone, white screen, etc.

Compare the 4 Methods Above


Wondershare Mobiletrans iTunes iCloud Wondershare dr.fone for ios
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
1. Backup and restore iOS device data
2. Not only existing data on device, but also recover deleted data
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.
1. Not Free
2. Doesn't backup settings, wallpapers, etc.

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