Among the 9.7 inch or 12.9 inch iPad Pro, iPad Air or iPad mini, no matter which tablet or iPhone you have got, after purchasing, doubtlessly, the first thing you need to do is to set up and activate your new device. Then transferring data like photos, videos, songs, apps and contacts to new iPad or iPhone is the next important issue. Here’s how to move data from your old device to your new device.

Transfer data from your old Mac to your new Mac
Transfer data from your old Mac to your new Mac

Follow the steps mentioned below to first take a back up of your old iPad and then restore the backup to your newly purchased iPad using iTunes, iCloud or Automatic Settings.

Before you start, it is highly recommended that you first update your old iPad (or iPhone) to the latest iOS to ensure that you do not hit any compatibility issues when you migrate from your old device.

Please note that if you also want to transfer passwords to your new iPad (or iPhone) then it is possible only using iTunes backup. This process will transfer your saved messages, email accounts, photos, notes, and other personal settings to your new iPad.

How to transfer your data to your new iPad using iTunes

This is the old fashioned way since it requires hooking up the iPads to a computer, but it works just fine if you don’t have iCloud or you aren’t on a fast internet connection. 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
Open iTunes, click iPad icon
    1. Click Back Up Now under Manually Back Up and Restore. Wait for the backup to complete.
    2. Disconnect your old iPad.
    3. Connect your new iPad to the same Mac or PC that you used to back up your old iPad.
    4. Click the iPad icon in iTunes.
Click Back Up Now, click ipad icon
Click Back Up Now, click ipad icon
    1. Click Restore from this backup: if it’s not already clicked.
    2. Choose the backup you want to use.
Click restore from this backup, choose backup
Click restore from this backup, choose backup
    1. Click Continue. iTunes will then restore your iPad from your iTunes backup. This can take awhile.
    2. Tap Continue on your new iPad.
Click Continue, tap Continue
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

Using iCloud is by far the easiest method, but you’ll obviously need to have iCloud set up and configured for this to work.

Pros: iCloud helps you to back up and restore most of your data. It is the purchased music history, TV shows, movies, apps, photos and videos, device settings, messages, ringtones, visual voicemail, home screen, app data and so on.

Cons: A stable WiFi network connection is required to ensure that the backup and restore process runs smoothly. It takes a lot of time. Worse still, media that you didn’t purchase from iTunes can’t be backed up and recovered from the iCloud.

If you use iCloud to back up your iPad, your 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 iCloud
Open Settings, tap Apple ID banner, tap iCloud
    1. Tap iCloud Backup.
    2. Tap Back Up Now.
Tap icloud backup, 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 backup 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 (see section below).

Automatic Setup is Apple’s proximity-based process for transferring data, settings, and content from an old device to a new one. You can use Automatic Setup on your iPhone, Apple Watch, or Apple TV. Here’s what it is and how to go about it!

Introduced in iOS 11, Automatic Setup streamlines the setup process for new iPhones and iPads, transferring over Apple ID info, your WiFi network credentials, your preferred settings, and your iCloud Keychain.

What is Automatic Setup, and how does it work?

ios11 Automatic Setup iPad

ios11 Automatic Setup iPad

Auto Setup ios11 iPpad iPhone

Auto Setup ios11 iPpad iPhone

Apple’s Automatic Setup feature began as an easier way for users to set up the Apple TV with “tap-to-set-up,” which let you use your iPhone’s sensors to quickly connect to your Apple TV and automatically enter in data like an Apple ID and Wi-Fi network. Since then, the feature has evolved and expanded to cover not only the Apple TV, but new iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch models as well.Automatic Setup is great because it lets users skip much of the form-filling present in older versions of setting up new devices — you shouldn’t have to manually enter Wi-Fi network names and passwords, Apple IDs, or settings from previous devices. It’s also proximity-based, keeping that data secure by requiring you to physically have both old and new devices in the same location.

Apple uses a slightly different method to automatically set up each device, depending on whether it’s an iPhone or iPad, Apple Watch, or Apple TV.

In order to use the automatic configuration mode, you will need an active device running iOS 11. Arrange it in the immediate vicinity of the new gadget. All that is required of you is to wait for them to automatically pair.

Now you need to confirm activation using your existing Apple ID. If everything went as it should, a QR code will appear on the screen of the activated model, which should be scanned by the active device and enter the predefined security password, and then wait for the setup to finish.

Upon completion of the procedure, you will receive a device connected to your Apple ID and containing all the necessary data, including billing information for Apple Pay and access passwords. If necessary, you can transfer applications that have been installed on the active device.

Important: for quick setup, you can only use your device connected to your Apple ID. Also, do not break communications, shifting devices and increasing the distance between them. Otherwise, the process of activation and exchange of data will have to start anew.

    1. Tap Restore from [date of most recent backup] Backup to restore from your latest iCloud backup when you’re using Automatic Setup.
    2. Tap Agree.
    3. Finish setting up your new iPad with settings for Siri, location, app analytics, and Apple Pay.
Tap Restore from date, tap Agree, finish setup
Tap Restore from date, tap Agree, finish setup

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

Notes: If you’re coming from an Android tablet or Microsoft Surface, you can still move some of your data, though you can’t transfer apps.

Restoring from iTunes may actually be quicker than restoring from iCloud, depending on the size of your backups and the speed of the internet connection. Even so, migrating with iCloud is the easiest and thus what is most recommended.

Note: If you already set up the new iPad, you can easily return to the original set up and configuration screen required for the transfer by tapping from Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings, this will reset any iOS device to factory defaults.

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