How to transfer data from your old iPad to your new iPad

One of the biggest hassles of getting a new device can be transferring data over from your old one. For its iPhones and iPads, Apple's done its best to make this process as painless as possible with tools like Automatic Setup. Here's how you go about moving your data from an old iPad to a new one.

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How to use Automatic Setup with your iPad

In iOS 11 and later, you can use any current device to set up a new iPad by transferring the settings from your current device to your new device when in close physical proximity.

  1. Select your language on your new iPad with your new and current devices in close proximity.
  2. Tap Continue on your iPad on the popup that appears asking you to set up your new iPad with your Apple ID.

    Choose language, tap Continue

  3. Use your current iPad to scan the image that appears on your new iPad.
  4. Enter your current iPad's passcode on your new iPad.
  5. Set up Touch ID on your new iPad.

    Scan the image, enter passcode, setup Touch ID

  6. Choose whether or not to restore your new iPad from your most recent compatible backup, if that option presents itself.
  7. Choose to restore your new device from an iCloud or iTunes backup, set up as a new iPad, or transfer data from an Android device.

    Choose if you want to restore device

  8. Agree to the terms and conditions.
  9. Tap Continue under Express Settings to use the settings for Siri, Find My iPhone, Location, and usage analytics that were transferred over from your current iPad.

    Agree, tap Continue

  10. Complete the setup process for your new iPad as you normally would.

How to transfer your data to your new iPad using iTunes

Just as you can with an iPhone, you can use iTunes to back up your old iPad, then restore that backup on your new iPad.

  1. Plug your old iPad into your Mac or PC.
  2. Open iTunes.
  3. Click on the iPad icon.

    Open iTunes, click iPad icon

  4. Click Back Up Now under Manually Back Up and Restore. Wait for the backup to complete.
  5. Disconnect your old iPad.
  6. Connect your new iPad to the same Mac or PC that you used to back up your old iPad.
  7. Click the iPad icon in iTunes.

    Click Back Up Now, click ipad icon

  8. Click Restore from this backup: if it's not already clicked.
  9. Choose the backup you want to use.

    Click restore from this backup, choose backup

  10. Click Continue. iTunes will then restore your iPad from your iTunes backup. This can take awhile.
  11. Tap Continue on your new iPad.

    Click Continue, tap Continue

Follow the instructions on your new iPad to finish setting it up.

How to transfer your data to your new iPad using iCloud

If you use iCloud to back up your iPad, you can transfer everything to your new iPad wirelessly. Before you do that, however, you'll want to trigger one last manual backup on your old iPad to make sure you get everything as up-to-date as possible on your new device.

  1. Open Settings on your old iPad.
  2. Tap the Apple ID banner.
  3. Tap iCloud.

    Open Settings, tap Apple ID banner, tap iClouda

  4. Tap iCloud Backup.
  5. Tap Back Up Now.

    Tap icloud backup, tap Back Up Now

After you back up your iPad, you'll want to get started with your new iPad and restore the older device's back up to it.

  1. Press the Home button on your new iPad to start the setup process.
  2. Follow the instructions for initial setup. If you're looking to transfer everything from your old iPad to your new iPad, try using the Automatic Setup process in iOS 11.
  3. Tap Restore from [date of most recent backup] Backup to restore from your latest iCloud backup when you're using Automatic Setup.
  4. Tap Agree.
  5. Finish setting up your new iPad with settings for Siri, location, app analytics, and Apple Pay.

    Tap Restore from date, tap Agree, finish setup

Your iPad will now restore from your iCloud backup. This could take some time.

Brand new iPads

Apple's latest iPads fill in spots in the company's tablet lineup, offering excellent performance and capabilities for those that can't or don't want to spend the money on an iPad Pro.

The new mainstream

Apple iPad (2019)

The entry-level iPad gets an even bigger display.

Apple's entry-level iPad now sports a larger 10.2-inch display and, like last year, supports the Apple Pencil. For the first time, Apple's entry-level tablet also features the Smart Connector, allowing it to use accessories like the Smart Keyboard.

For people just looking for a decent tablet at a fairly low price, the seventh-generation iPad is a good choice. The inclusion of the Smart Connector, and thus Smart Keyboard support, allow this iPad to have similar flexibility for productivity as more expensive iPads.

Great accessories

The Apple Pencil is compatible with the new iPad Air and iPad mini, while the Smart Keyboard works with the smart connector found on the iPad Air.

Apple Pencil (first generation) ($95 at Amazon)

Usable by both the new iPad mini and iPad Air, the first-generation Apple Pencil is an excellent stylus, whether you're writing, drawing, or working with fine details on a photo edit.

Apple Smart Keyboard ($159 at Apple)

No Bluetooth or battery required, this keyboard cover uses Apple's smart connector to get data and power from the iPad Air, and it's a great accessory for anyone who plans to type a lot on their new iPad.

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