As you invest more time and effort into using your iPad, you want to make sure that you have a backup just in case something should ever go wrong. It is also recommended to have a backup before updating your iPad as well. Below are the steps for backing up your iPad and it is recommended that everyone who uses an iPad create a backup of your device. Making a backup is free and automatic after the initial setup.
- First click on the Settings gear on your iPad
- Once Settings are displayed, navigate to iCloud in the left column
- In the iCloud section on the right, you should see your Apple ID displayed under the Account section. (The Apple ID is the account you use to install apps) If you do not have an Apple ID or there is nothing in this area, enter your Apple ID info or select Get a Free Apple ID.
- Once your Apple ID account info has been entered, click on Storage & Backup
- On the Storage & Backup screen, turn on iCloud Backup and select Back Up Now to begin your first back up (the backup will run in the background so you can do other things). The date and time of your last back up will always be displayed at the bottom and you can also manage which devices and what content is backed up under the Manage Storage selection. Apple allows you to have 5 gigabytes of storage for free. You can also buy additional storage if needed. NOTE: If you have multiple devices (like an additional iPad or iPhone) sharing the same Apple ID, you may use all of your free storage. It might be worth creating a separate Apple ID for each device to have enough free storage for all of your backups.
- Once your backup is done it will automatically update your camera roll, accounts, documents, and settings when the iPad is plugged in, locked, and connected to Wi-Fi. You can also manually select Back Up Now at any point to create a new back up if you notice that the automatic backup is not current.