How to Restore iPad from Backup

Written By Axel Nash | Aug 25,2020

Backing up the data on your iPad is one of the best things you can do. Not only do you protect the data from loss, you also ensure that should you ever lose the data on your device, you will be able to get it back easily, by simply restoring the backup. But how do you restore an iPad from a backup. In this article we take a look at some of the best ways you can restore an iPad.

Part 1: Restore and iPad from iTunes

If you backup your iPad to iTunes regularly, then you can restore the backup from iTunes either directly from iTunes or without iTunes. The following steps show you how to do that;

Restore iPad from iTunes without Opening iTunes

If you don’t have access to iTunes or iTunes fails to recognize the device from one reason or another, you might still be able to restore the device from an iTunes backup. A great way to do that is to use a third-party tool known as MobileTrans- Restore. This tool acts as an interface between your device and iTunes, allowing you to restore a backup to the iPad without opening iTunes.

Follow these simple steps to use it to restore an iPad from iTunes;

Step 1: Install MobileTrans-Restore on to your computer and then launch the program. In the main window, click on “Restore”. Connect the device to the computer and wait while the program detects the device.

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Step 2: Once the device has been detected, select “iTunes Backup file” on the left and then select the most relevant backup.

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Step 3: In the next window, you should see the types of data that you can restore to the device. Select the types of data that you want to restore and then click on “Start” to begin the process.

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Just keep the device connected to the computer until the process is complete and you will have restored the iPad from iTunes.

Restore iPad from iTunes Directly

Step 1: Open iTunes on your computer and then connect the iPad to the computer. When iTunes detects the device, click on it to select it.

Step 2: Click “Restore Backup” and then select a relevant backup from the list of backups in iTunes.

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Step 3: Click “Restore” and then simply wait for iTunes to complete the restore process.

Part 2: Restore iPad from an iCloud Backup

You can also very easily restore an iPad from an iCloud backup. For this process to work however, you must have a backup of the device’s data in iCloud. You will also need to make sure that the device is connected to a reliable Wi-Fi network to facilitate the restore process. To restore your iPad from an iCloud backup, follow these simple steps;

Step 1: Begin by first making sure that there is a backup of the device’s data in iTunes. This step is necessary since we will need to erase all data and settings on the device before restoring the backup. To check if a backup is available, go to iCloud Settings > Storage > Manage and check to see if the backup is there.

If it is there, you’re good to go. If not, take a moment to create a full back up in iCloud before you proceed to the next step.

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Step 2: Now, we will need to erase all data and settings on the device. This is to enable us to get to the setup screen, from which we can restore the device from an iCloud backup. To remove all data and settings from the device, go to Settings > General > Reset > Erase Contents and Settings. If prompted, enter the passcode to confirm that you actually want to erase all data on the device.

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Step 3: This will bring you to the setup screen. Here, select “Restore from iCloud Backup” and then sign in to your iCloud account using your Apple ID and password. Select the most recent backup and the restore process will begin immediately.

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Ensure the device remains connected to a stable Wi-Fi network to avoid interrupting the process.

Part 3: What to Do if iPad Couldn’t be Restored

Sometimes, you may find that you are unable to restore the device. This problem commonly occurs when trying to restore the device in iTunes. When this happens, there are several things that you can do to help the process along. These include the following;

1. Force Restart the iPad

The first thing you should do when you’re unable to restore the device in iTunes is to force restart the iPad. This will help remove some of the bugs in the device’s software that could be interfering with the process.

The process for restarting the iPad depends on the device mode;

iPad with Face ID: Press and hold one of the volume buttons and the power button until the power off slider appears. Drag the slider and wait about 30 seconds for the device to turn off then Drag the slider and wait about 30 seconds for the device to turn off.

iPad with a Home Button: Press and hold the top button until the power off slider appears on the screen. Drag the slider and then wait at least 30 seconds for the device to turn off, then press and hold the top button until you see the Apple Logo.

2. Check the Cable and USB Port

If the lighting cable you are using to connect the device to the computer is faulty in some way, iTunes may not be able to detect the device. Therefore, check the cable you are using or if possible, try using a different cable.

You should also try connecting the device using another USB port on the computer or try using a different computer.

3. Update iTunes on Your Computer

You may also want to make sure that the version of iTunes running on your computer is up to date. If it is not, you are likely to experience problems like this one and more. Follow these simple steps to check of the version of iTunes you are using is updated;

On Mac;

Step 1: Open iTunes and then click on the “iTunes” button at the left-hand side of the Apple toolbar,

Step 2: Click on “Check for Updates” and if iTunes is not up to date, the computer will update it for you.

On Windows;

Step 1: Open iTunes and then click on “Help” in the Windows toolbar

Step 2: In the drop-down menu, select “Check for Updates” and if an update is available, it will be downloaded and installed automatically.

4. Reboot Your Computer

If iTunes is up to date and you’re still having problems restoring the device, restarting the computer may prove very useful.

To restart your Mac, click on the “Apple” button at the top-left corner of the screen and then select “Restart”.

To restart your PC, click on the Start Menu > Power and then select “Restart”

5. Put iPad in Recovery Mode

If all else fails, you should try putting the iPad in recovery mode. This will allow the program to detect the device and then fully restore the operating system. Follow these simple steps to put your iPad in recovery Mode and then restore it in iTunes;

Step 1: Connect the iPad to the computer using the device’s original lightning cable and then open iTunes.

Step 2: Now, quickly press and release the Volume up button, quickly press and release the Volume Down button and the press and hold the Power button. Keep holding the power button until you see the Recovery mode screen.

Step 3: You should see a message in iTunes saying that a device in recovery mode has been detected. Click “Restore” and wait while iTunes repairs the device.

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6. Put the iPad in DFU Mode

This should be the last resort, but if recovery mode doesn’t work you should consider putting the device in DFU mode. To restore the iPad in DFU mode, follow these simple steps;

Step 1: Connect the iPad to the computer and then open iTunes

Step 2: On the iPad, quickly press and release the Volume Up button, press and quickly release the Volume Down button.

Step 3: press and hold the Power button until the screen goes black. While still pressing the Power button, press and hold the Volume Down button for about 5 seconds. Release the Power button, but keep holding the Volume Down button for another 5 seconds.

Step 4: In the message that pops up in iTunes, click “Restore” to restore the device in DFU mode and hopefully fix the problem.

Restoring your device in iTunes should be simple. But sometimes iTunes may fail to detect the device. It is our hope that the solutions above will help you fix this problem and restore the device. If you have problems restoring the device in iTunes, you may want to use an alternative solution like the ones outlines above.

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