Backing up iPad to PC is common and easy. But what about backing up your data from your iPad to your iCloud? This can be done with a few steps from your iPad, and you do not need to be tech savvy to do so.

With a step-by-step guide, you can learn how to upload data to iCloud, as well as restore it back from iCloud. Also important is learning how to resolve issues with your iCloud storage being full and how EaseUS MobiMover is a good choice for data transfers.

This article will help you do all this, and ensure the process is a smooth and easy one for you.

Before we dive into the detailed solutions to this issue, let's first take a close look at the table displaying the tools involved and corresponding effectiveness and difficulty:
Tools Effectiveness Difficulty
📍iCloud Quick but with data loss, limited storage Easy
📍EaseUS MobiMover Quick transfer and secure backup, sufficient storage Easiest!🚩

How to Backup iPad to iCloud

As with all Apple products, iCloud is your first go-to option for backing up your files. You can back up iPhone to iCloud on computer easily. It is convenient, and you do not need any third party applications. Well here is how to backup iPad to iCloud in a systematic guide.

Step 1. Connect your iPad to a Wi-Fi network, Go to "Settings" on your iPad.

Step 2. Tap on your name at the top of the Settings menu, and then select iCloud from the pop up options.

Step 3. Choose "iCloud Backup", and toggle on the switch if it is not already on.

Step 4. Tap on "Back Up Now" this will start the backup process immediately. To let your iPad backup automatically, you can leave the "iCloud Backup" toggle switch on and your iPad will automatically backup to iCloud when it is connected to Wi-Fi.

select Back Up Now option under iCloud Backup

If you can't back up your iPhone or iPad to iCloud, you need to fix the "iPhone or iPad not backing up to iCloud issue" first.

How to Restore iPad from iCloud Backup

The good thing with iCloud is how you can access and restore your data across your devices with just your Apple ID and your iPad is not left out. Use the following steps to restore your iPad from iCloud Backup.

Step 1. After the initial setup process, once reached the "Apps & Data" screen, select "Restore from iCloud Backup."

Step 2. Sign in to your existing iCloud account using your Apple ID and password.

Step 3. Go through your available backup and choose the most recent, or the backup that contains the data you want to restore.

Step 4. Where necessary, enter your Apple ID and password to download any previously purchased apps, music, or other content.

Step 5. Wait for the restore process to complete, which might take a while depending on the amount of data and network strength. When complete, follow the onscreen instruction to continue your set-up.

select Restore from iCloud Backup button

What to Do When iCloud Storage is Full

Your iCloud storage can become full when you put in too much data. Most importantly, you'd better manage iCloud storage first. And here are a number of solutions that can help; they include the following:

1. Delete old iCloud backups

If you have old backups that may not be valid, you can delete them to free up space. To do this, go to "Settings" > select "Your Name" > then "iCloud" > proceed to "Manage Storage" > then "Backups" to see a list of your backups. Select from the available backup you want to delete and then tap "Delete Backup".

2. Upgrade your iCloud storage plan

If you realize that you need more storage space for your data, you always have the option to upgrade your iCloud storage plan to get more space. To do this, locate "Settings" > on your phone, click on "Your Name" > then "iCloud" > and "Manage Storage" > then you will find the "Change Storage Plan". Click here to see the available options and find a better storage plan for yourself.

3. Optimize iCloud Photo Library

With iCloud Photo Library, you have the option to optimize it to reduce the amount of storage it uses on your device. In order to do this, go to "Settings" > select "Photos" > then "Optimize iPhone Storage" to enable this feature. Doing this will store your full-resolution photos and videos in iCloud, but keep the smaller versions on your device.

( If you don't want to use iCloud to help you back up iPad, you can then back up iPad to iTunes as a good alternative.

Alternative: Save iPad Data via EaseUS MobiMover in a Few Minutes

An excellent alternative to using iCloud to backup iPad data is using EaseUS MobiMover Pro. The EaseUS MobiMover is a third party application that can be used in data transfer across various devices easily, and within seconds. Some of the highlights of using the EaseUS MobiMover include the following:

  • User-Friendly Interface: EaseUS MobiMover interface is simple and easy-to-use. Whether you are tech-savvy or not, all you need to do is follow the systematic procedure and you are certain to make a hassle free transfer.
  • High-Speed Transfer: Transferring large data sizes can be daunting, as you would have to wait a long time. However, MobiMover uses advanced technology to ensure fast transfer speeds, which helps you save time. For instance, you can cost less time to send long videos from iPhone to computer easily.
  • One-Click Backup: The one-click backup is one of its most important features as you can quickly back up all your iPad data to your computer in just one click.
  • Safe and Secure: The safety of your data is very important, which makes MobiMover advanced encryption technology an excellent choice.

The EaseUS MobiMover is a safe and secure comprehensive data transfer third-party application with high-speed transfer. It risks no data losses, and is a good choice because of its safety and security, comprehensive data transfer, and all other options, which makes it an excellent choice. You can follow the steps below to get it downloaded and installed:

Step 1. Connect your iPhone/iPad to your PC with a USB cable and click "Trust" on your device. Then launch EaseUS MobiMover and click "Backup Manager" > "Back up".

how to back up iPhone to PC - step 1

Step 2. Check the types of files you need to backup. Afterward, click the backup button to start backing up your iPhone or iPad.

how to back up iPhone to PC - step 2

Step 3. Depending on the size of the content, the time the backup will spend varies. Wait patiently for the backup to complete.

how to back up iPhone to PC - step 3


Learning how to backup iPad to iCloud is a knowledge that will come in handy, and this article has helped you do just that. All you have to do is follow the steps provided and you are sure to be good to go! Restoring data back to your iPad from your iCloud is also valid and what to do when you run out of iCloud data. All of which will help make your transfer process easy.

FAQs on How to Backup iPad to iCloud

If this is your first time backing up your iPad to iCloud, then you will have some questions. Here are some frequently asked questions and their answers:

1. How to back up an iPad to an external drive?

To back up your iPad to an external drive, connect your external drive to your computer and use iTunes or Finder to create the backup. In iTunes or Finder, select your device and then choose "Back up Now." You will be prompted to choose a backup location, here select your external drive as the destination.

2. How do I back up my iPad Air to a computer?

To back up your iPad Air to a computer, connect it to a computer using a lightning cable and backup using iTunes. To do this, open iTunes on your system, and click on the iPad icon when it appears to access your iPad. Click on "Back up Now" and ensure that your iPad Air is connected to a power source until the backup is complete.

3. Can I use Google Drive to back up an iPad?

Yes, you can use Google Drive to back up data on your iPad, however it only allows data types and is not a complete backup solution like iCloud. While it will backup data like photos, documents, etc., for example, it will not back up your app data, contacts, or settings. For a complete backup solution for your iPad, iCloud is the best option.

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Daisy is the Senior editor of the writing team for EaseUS. She has been working in EaseUS for over ten years, starting from a technical writer to a team leader of the content group. As a professional author for over 10 years, she writes a lot to help people overcome their tech troubles.

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Gorilla joined EaseUS in 2022. As a smartphone lover, she stays on top of Android unlocking skills and iOS troubleshooting tips. In addition, she also devotes herself to data recovery and transfer issues.

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