How to Backup Your iPad to iCloud

  Matt Cone       August 28, 2021      Tutorials iPad Backups


iCloud provides an easy way for you to back up your iPad to iCloud. Enable this feature, and your iPad will automatically create a copy of the information stored on your iPad and upload it to Apple’s cloud servers. If you ever lose your iPad or purchase a new iPad, you can use the iCloud backup to restore the backup to the new iPad.

Enabling iPad Backups to iCloud

Here’s how to backup your iPad to iCloud:

  1. From the iPad’s home screen, tap Settings.

  2. Tap your name, as shown below.

    iPad iOS system settings

  3. Tap iCloud, as shown below.

    iOS personal settings

  4. Tap iCloud Backup, as shown below.

    Backing up iPad to iCloud

  5. Tap the iCloud Backup slider to the on position, as shown below.

    Backing up iPad to iCloud

You’ve successfully enabled automated iCloud backups for your iPad. In the future, your iPad will automatically back itself up when it’s locked, connected to a WiFi network, and connected to a power source.

Adjusting the Information Your iPad Backs Up

If your iPad backups are taking up a lot of space on iCloud, you may be able to reduce the size by not backing up the data in certain apps.

Here’s how to adjust the information your iPad backs to iCloud:

  1. From the iPad’s home screen, tap Settings.

  2. Tap your name, as shown below.

    iOS system settings

  3. Tap iCloud, as shown below.

    iOS personal settings

  4. Tap Manage Storage, as shown below.

    Managing iPad iCloud backups

  5. Tap Backups, as shown below.

    Managing iPad iCloud backups

  6. Tap your iPad, as shown below.

    Managing iPad iCloud backups

  7. To remove an app’s data from your iCloud backup, tap an app’s slider to the off position.

    Managing iPad iCloud backups

What’s Backed Up to iCloud?

By default, iPad backups to iCloud automatically back up the following files and information:

iCloud only backs up the stuff that’s stored on your device (and not iCloud). For example, if you’ve stored Calendar dates in iCloud, those won’t be backed up as part of this backup.

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