When it comes to Apple products, iCloud is the conventional choice of many users for taking a backup. With iCloud, you don't require a Windows or Mac device to take a backup of your iPads; while some users also prefer to backup iPad to PC.

However, there are other ways to take a backup of your iPads instead of iCloud. Now, let's dive into the detailed solutions!

Methods Effectiveness Difficulty
🚩EaseUS MobiMover Quick, accessible and sufficient, without data loss Easiest!
Google Drive Quick, accessible but only 15 GB storage space for free Moderate
iTunes Quick but the backup process is not directly visible Easy

How to Backup iPad without iCloud Using EaseUS MobiMover

EaseUS MobiMover Pro is a state-of-the-art data transfer application for Windows and Mac devices. It has all the functionalities to fulfill your data transfer need between the same and different operating systems, like transferring photos from Mac to iPad. EaseUS MobiMover works efficiently with iPad as it does with iPhones. So, you won't face any issues in this regard. You can also use this tool to back up iPhone photos without iTunes or iCloud.

Alongside this, the EaseUS MobiMover also offers the functionality to back up your devices, including iPad. The procedure remains the same for taking a backup of an iPad and an iPhone. Here's the step-by-step process to back up your iPad without iCloud using EaseUS MobiMover:

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

Backup iPad Data with Google Drive

Google Drive is a good alternative way to back up your iPad with ease instead of using iCloud. With Google Drive, you receive 15 GB of free storage, which is more than what iCloud offers in its free plan. You can easily back up your photos, videos, and documents. Here's the step-by-step guide to back up your iPad with Google Drive instead of iCloud.

Step 1. Download and open the Google Drive app on your iPad.

Step 2. Inside the Google Drive app, select the data you want to back up to the Google Cloud from your iPad. It may include your photos, files, and documents.

Step 3. Once the data is synced to your Google account, you can access it from anywhere by logging into the same account.

tap on Upload Files or Upload Folder under My Drive

Sync iPad Data Using iTunes

If you own a PC or a Mac computer with an older macOS version (macOS 10.15 or earlier), you can use iTunes to sync your iPad data. And it's easier for Mac users to backup iPad to Mac. Additionally, it's considered to be an easy method to back up your iPad via a computer. Before backing up your iPhone/iPad, you should download and install the latest version of iTunes, and fix the problems like Accessory May Not Be Supported. Here's the step-by-step guide to back up your iPad with iTunes.

Step 1. First of all, connect your iPad to a Windows computer or Mac via a USB cable and launch the iTunes application. Make sure you're using the latest version of iTunes. Apart from this, you can also set up syncing over Wi-Fi if you're using a Mac device.

Step 2. Inside the iTunes app, click the iPad icon appearing at the top left of the iTunes window.

Step 3. You're now inside your connected iPad. Here, you first need to click "Summary" and then "Back Up Now" to back up your connected iPad.

Step 4. Moreover, you can also encrypt your backup data with a password. For this purpose, select "Encrypt local backup."

choose Back Up Now and even Encrypt Backup

Why Backup iPad in Other Ways Instead of iCloud

There are several reasons why you should take a backup of your iPad in other ways instead of iCloud:

  • Limited Free iCloud Storage: iCloud offers only 5GB of free storage, which is shared across all your devices where you're using the same Apple ID. It's insufficient if you're supposed to back up a large amount of data, hence, before using it, you'd better manage iCloud storage to get a better use. In comparison to this, many third-party backup applications, such as EaseUS MobiMover offers more capacity in less price tag.
  • Slow Internet Connection: Taking a backup of your iPad via iCloud requires a stable internet connection. Otherwise, it will take a while to back up your data. That's why, it's more convenient to back up your iPad locally via a USB cable on Windows or Mac device. ( For iPhone users, you must check whether there's no Internet connection on iPhone.)
  • Security and Privacy Concerns: Many people usually have concerns about storing sensitive data on a cloud-based service. If you're one of those people, it's better to try other alternative ways to back up your iPad where you feel more secure about your critical data.
  • Lack of Control: Backing up your iPad via iCloud offers way less control over your data in comparison to other ways. With local data backup, you get a complete hold of what you're taking into account.
  • Accessibility: It's one of the most valid reasons why you should consider using other ways instead of iCloud. With a poor internet connection, you may face problems in accessing your data on iCloud. However, other ways don't include any accessibility issues.

FAQs on How to Back iPad Without iCloud

Read out some FAQs on How to back up your iPad Without iCloud:

1. How do I manually back up my iPad?

You can manually back up your iPad while using a third-party application, such as EaseUS MobiMover.

2. Can I back up a disabled iPad?

No, first you need to enable your iPad. After that, you can back up your iPad.

3. What are the steps to back up an iPad to a Mac?

First of all, you should have iTunes or Finder app on your Mac. After that, connect your iPad to your Mac via a USB cable and launch the app. Now, select the connected iPad and click on the "Backup" option to back up your iPad to a Mac.


iPad offers great utility for multiple purposes. You can use it at home for compact entertainment or in the office in place of a notebook to note down key points. With essential data inside their internal storage, it's important to back up iPads.

For this purpose, iCloud is the conventional choice of many users. However, it has some drawbacks. That's why, we presented other good alternatives to take a backup of iPads instead of iCloud.

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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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