How to Restore iPad from iTunes/iCloud Backup without Reset

Last Updated on April 20, 2023 by Jack Robertson

When we purchase an iPad, what should we do first? Yes, to restore data from our previous iTunes backup to it.

If you love drawing on the iPad, never forget to restore your amazing creation back to see and re-edit them anytime you want. For music and movie lovers, you don’t need to re-download everything one-by-one again. And for those who finish their jobs on the tablet, restoring data back makes sure you catch the DDL.

The question left is how do we restore the iPad from backup. For old users, this is so easy while for new iPad users, this matters a lot since nobody wants to lose the data. Also, due to the inconvenient restore process of iTunes, some old users may want to try some new methods to restore your iPad from backup.

To solve all your issues, today, in this article, you will find 3 methods to restore your iPad from previous iTunes backup.

Method 1: How to Restore iPad from iTunes/FInder Backup

iTunes is the recommended data backup and restore option of Apple. If you have backed up your iPad data with iTunes on a computer before, let’s restore it from the iTunes backup.

Note: On the new macOS like Cataline, Big Sur, Monterey, or any newer, iTunes has been replaced with Finder. So, Mac users, you can use Finder instead of iTunes.

Step 1

Take out your iPad and connect it to your computer using a USB lightning. Next, launch iTunes and it will detect your iPad and sync automatically.

For Mac users, launch a Finder window through File - Open a New Finder Window.

Step 2

On iTunes, get into the management interface by clicking the thumbnail iPad icon. For Finder, just stay at the original page and choose the name of your iPad.

Next, locate the Restore Backup option. Click on it, browse and select the iTunes backup you want to restore to your iPad.

If you’ve set a password for your iTunes backup before, you need to enter it this time for the restore.

Caution: Restore backup from iTunes will replace everything on your iPad, including apps, app data, media files, settings, etc. So, if the current data on your iPad is not included on the iTunes backup, restoring from it will result in data loss. Please be notified of this before you restore your iPad.

Method 2: Without iTunes How to Restore iPad from iCloud Backup

For iPad and iPhone users, iCloud are like a blessing while backing up data. iCloud will save your data automatically once it’s activated.

As the official backup and data restore solution, iCloud is, no doubt, the first choice for many iPad users to make a backup. Therefore, we will start with it.

Before we start, you need to reset your iPad so that we can access the activation screen. If this is a new iPad that’s still not activated. Skip the following tip and focus on the steps directly.

Tip: Reset your iPad to restore from iCloud backup

On your iPad, launch the Settings app. Scroll down and tap General - Reset - Reset All Settings and Content. Enter your iCloud password to complete.

Step 1

Start the iPad and you will see the Hello screen. Select the region and language, finish the setup as prompted.

Step 2

When you see the Apps & Data screen, choose Restore from iCloud backup.

Next, you need to sign in to your iCloud account. You will be asked to enter a verification code due to the two-factor authentication system of Apple.

Tip: How to pass the authentication

On another Apple device, tap Trust and get the code, enter the code on your iPad to finish the login.

After signing in, you will see all the iCloud backup files, tap on the latest one to complete.

Method 3: How to Restore iPad without iTunes & iCloud

Restoring from iCloud requires a factory reset, restoring from iTunes will remove all the current data on the iPad. It seems that neither of them is perfect for data restoration.

Don’t get frustrated just yet, we can restore the iPad from backup using a reliable backup extractor program - I’m talking about echoshare iOS Data Recovery.

Restore iPad without iTunes & iCloud

Unlike iTunes and iCloud, echoshare iOS Data Recovery will restore your iPad data without a factory reset. Better still, it will not remove any data from the iPad. All it does is extract the data you want from iTunes and iCloud backup files and import them to your iPad.

With it, you can skip that laborious activation process and avoid the risk of losing some of your important data.

Besides, unlike iCloud and iTunes which will restore the whole backup file to your iPad, this extractor supports a more flexible data restoration. You can preview all the data of a backup file first, select the target ones, and restore them to your iPad without loading everything to the device. This saves the memory space on your iPad and ensures that it can run faster and smoother.

For a much more convenient and flexible restore process, download echoshare iOS Data Recovery, and let’s start!

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Steps of restoring iPad from backup

Step 1: Sync your iPad to the program

On your computer, launch the program and choose iOS Data Recovery from the main interface. Plug your iPad into the computer.

Step 2: Start to restore from iPad

Next, you have two options, either to Restore from iTunes Backup or Restore from iCloud backup. Choose what you need from the program.

Here, I will take the Restore from iTunes backup option as an example.


For those who want to restore iPad from an iCloud backup file, just choose the Recover from iCloud Backup File option of the program. Note that you will need to sign in to your iCloud account on the program first. After that, the steps are basically the same as recovering from iTunes backup.

After choosing this tab, the program will display all the iTunes backups found on this computer. Choose the target backup file and click Start.

If none of them are what you need, click on the Select button and add it yourself.

Step 3: Select the data you want to restore

Next, it will start to scan this iTunes backup file.

Once the scan is complete, you can preview all data inside this backup. Tick the data you need, also, you can narrow the target data by ticking or unticking the category options on the left.

Step 4: Restore from iTunes backup

Lastly, when you finish the selection, click on the Recover button. Wait for a minute and when the process is complete, the data is restored!


1How to restore backup on a new iPad?

Start your new iPad, follow the instructions on the iPad screen to set it up. When it comes to the Apps & Data screen, you will see several options: Restore from iTunes Backup, Restore from iCloud Backup, Transfer Directly from iPhone, Move Data from Android.

Choose one from above and follow the steps it shows and complete the data restoration.

2What to do before resetting an iPad?
Before you reset an iPad, remember to back up all the data on it. Resetting it will remove all the data from it and most likely, there’s no chance to recover them back if you have no backup files.