Since the release of iPad Air on 22nd, Oct. it has become the new and hot favor to iFans. If you’re planning to buy or have just bought the new iPad Air and wondering how to transfer data from your old iPad to the new iPad Air, then reading on. To summarize, transferring old iPad data to new purchased one is firstly to backup your old data to iTunes/iCloud and then restore your new iPad Air from the backup. Follow the steps mentioned below to do it. It is just as easy!
Transfer Old iPad Data to New Purchased iPad Air Using iTunes
Tips: This process will transfer your saved messages, email accounts, photos, notes, and other personal settings originally on your old iPad to your new iPad Air.
And as we know, iPad Air is packed with iOS 7, so in order to be ensure the compatibility, you’d better update your old iPad to iOS 7. But this is not a must and if you don’t want to make the update, you can make a fortune to transfer directly from iOS 6 to iOS 7 iPad Air.
Now let’s get started to transfer old iPad data to new iPad Air.
1. Check if you have installed the latest iTunes on your computer. This will be completed from your computer software manager program –> “Software Update” just as to update other software.
2. Make a back up of your old iPad. Click here to learn more about how to backup iPhone, iPad, iPod touch data with iTunes.
3. After the backup in iTunes is complete, turn off your old iPad and prepare your iPad Air for restore.
Note: It’s important that you don’t use your old iPad when the restore to new iPad Air is not yet completed because it will cause conflicts with the backups in iCloud. You should also unregister or unlink your old iPad from Apple’s website by visiting your profile page.
4. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the setup assistant by selecting your language and country, and choose whether to enable Location Services. When prompted, choose your Wi-Fi network.
5. When prompted to set up, choose “Restore from iTunes Backup,” tap next, and enter your Apple ID and password.
6. Now connect your new iPad to iTunes on the same computer you used to back up your old iPad. Since you are plugging a new iPad to iTunes, iTunes will ask you to restore from backup or set up as new. Now select the backup of your old device and choose Continue and please make sure that iTunes is showing you the latest backup you just created from your old iPad.
Note：Restoring iPad from backup can be a time consuming process and the time depends on the amount of data contained in the old backup and on the speed of your Internet connection.
7. When the restore process is complete, your new iPad Air will restart. Now you can use it as usual.
Transfer Files from Old iPad to Newly Purchased iPad Air Using iCloud
Though iTunes transfer is great to transfer data from one iPad to another, some users used to backup and transfer iPad data with iCloud. So let’s learn how to transfer iPad data via iCloud.
As long as you didn’t disable the automatic sync in iCloud deliberately, iCloud will back up your device once a day. But to ensure nothing missed out, it is advised to backup your old device to iCloud one last time before migrating (Settings -> iCloud -> Storage & Backup ->Back Up now). After the backup is complete, check the Last Backup time to ensure that your backup was successful.
Now let’s get started to make data transfer.
1. Turn off your old iPad and turn on your iPad Air. It is also important not to use the old iPad until the restore is completed.
2. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the setup assistant by selecting your language and country, and choose whether to enable Location Services. When prompted, choose your Wi-Fi network.
3. When prompted to set up, choose “Restore from iCloud Backup,” tap next, and enter your Apple ID and password.
4. Select the latest backup of your old device and tap Restore.
5. When the restore process is complete, your iPad Air will restart. Then you can use it as normal.
If you have encrypted your backup, you will need to enter your password for your Apple ID, email and other accounts, and voicemail again. The passwords are not restored to a new device for security reasons. However, if you want passwords to be restored, you should use the iTunes transfer method introduced in the above. iCloud data transfer won’t backup and restore passwords.
Tips: Always keep a good habit to backup iPad data in case of data loss. If you backup your iPad, iPhone, iPod touch data regularly and frequently, you can save yourself from important data loss. However, iPhone data recovery can help you recover iPad data from device directly if you happen to lose data and didn't make any backup.