How to Backup iPad to Computer (PC & Mac) with or without iTunes?

2023-05-11 00:00:00/Posted by Alleny Gavinto iOS Transfer Topic/Follow @ MobiKin

"Hi, I want to backup my iPad Air to my PC. I have instructions but need a part (more on that to follow). I did some reading and it appears you can't do a compete backup like on a PC. Something about restrictions set forth by Apple. I read about various programs.. So I'm wondering; which program do you recommend, if I need one? The instructions I have refer to iTunes, then click Devices on left and I forget the rest. Seemed easy until I read not all is backed up. The part I need is a USB cord to backup iPad to computer." - Posted on


Is there anything more sad for iPad users than losing important work data and precious personal photos? Whenever this time, you will regret why you did not back up your iPad to your computer. Keep a backup of your iPad data is very important, because it can ensure that you can easily restore the backup data to your device when it is accidentally damaged or losing data due to software upgrades. It's not too late to fix the dead sheep. This guide explores 3 ways to backup iPad to computer. Make a backup to protect the songs you bought from iTunes, important phone numbers, precious photos, and more on your iPad.

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Solution 1: How to Backup iPad to Computer Using Assistant for iOS [Hot!]

The best way to back up iPad to computer is to use MobiKin Assistant for iOS, which is one of the newest tools to help users back up iPhone, iPad and iPod data on PC and Mac. As an alternative to iTunes, It enables you to transfer data from iOS device to computer and vice versa. It can also be taken as an iOS content manager that helps to manage your iPad/iPhone/iPod data on computer like deleting iPad photos, editing iPhone contacts, etc. It has already proven a lot of things:

Why choose Assistant for iOS for backing up iPad to computer:

  • Backup iPad to computer completely or selectively.
  • You are allowed to select your target files from your iPad before you backup or restore them.
  • Supports 14+ file types, including Video, Photo, Music, eBook, Contacts, Text Messages, Notes, Safari Bookmarks, Voice Memo, Podcast, Ringtone, Playlist, etc. on your iPad, iPhone and iPod.
  • Backup and restore data between your iDevices directly and import iTunes backups from PC to your device, or delete any unwanted iTunes backups from your PC.
  • Fully compatible with iPad Pro, iPad Air, iPad 4, iPad mini, the new iPad, iPad 2, and so on.
  • It features fast, easy and powerful iPad data backup and restore.

Now let's put MobiKin Assistant for iOS into practice about the methods of exporting data from iPad to computer with one click:

Step 1: Launch Assistant for iOS and connect iPad to PC

To backup iPad without iTunes using Assistant for iOS, you need to connect your iPad to the computer first and launch the Assistant for iOS program after you install it on your computer. Once the detection of the software is done, your iPad information will be displayed in the main interface.

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Step 2: Scan the iPad for specific files

All iPad data will be categorized on the left side of the program screen. Tap on each category, quick scanning will be performed by the program automatically. You can preview and select the files you need on the right part.

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Step 3: Start to back up iPad data to computer

After selecting files, you can click "Export" button on the top to transfer your files from your iPad to PC. You can select a computer folder to save the files to be backed up. When the transfer is done, you can check the transferred files in the destination folder.

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Solution 2: How Do I Backup My iPad to My Computer with iTunes

You can back up your files from iPad to your PC or Mac by using iTunes. It not only gives you the ability to back up contacts, photos, calendars, notes, messages, etc. on your iPad to your computer, but also encrypt your iPad backup. You can restore the iTunes backup to your iPad whenever you need. Please be sure you have installed the latest version of iTunes on your computer.

Step 1: Launch iTunes on your computer and connect your iPad to your computer via a recommended lightning USB cable which is in a perfect working condition. and use Apple provided USB cable to connect your iPad to the PC.

Step 2: iTunes will detect the connected iPad and show it on its interface, Click on the Device icon next to the category drop-down menu on the left side of the iTunes window and then choose the "Summary" option.

Step 3: Tick "This Computer" option under "Automatically Back up" on the right side panel. If you need, you can check the "Encrypt" box and create a password to protect your iPad backups. Remember the password because you need it when you want to access your backup files.

Step 4: After all necessary settings above, you can now click on "Back Up Now" button to begin the backup process at once. When the backup has been completed, you can simply click "Done" button on the bottom right.

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Solution 3: How to Backup iPad to PC via Windows Explorer

If you are not willing to download third-party software and do not like to use complicated iTunes, but you happen to be using a Windows PC, then you can also refer to the third method: backup iPad to Windows PC by using Windows Explorer. This method is the most Easy to implement, because you only need to prepare an available Apple data cable, but it should be noted that this method can only backup photos and videos.

Note: Windows Explorer is called File Explorer in Windows 10.

Step 1: First, connect your iPad to your PC with an available data cable. Once the PC detects the iPad, it sends a prompt to the iPad screen asking if you trust the computer. You need to click on "Trust" to continue.

Step 2: Open Windows Explorer on your computer. You will have three different ways to open it, choose one of them.

1. Select the "Start" button and find it on the Start menu.
2. Press the "Windows logo" key and "E".
3. Select the folder icon on the task bar.

Step 3: In the Windows Explorer screen, tap the iPad icon on the left side screen and click on "Internal Storage" > "DCIM". Basically photos and videos are saved in the DCIM folder. Browse and select the files you want to back up, then copy and paste them to your computer.

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Summary: Which Solution is the Best Choice?

Above we have introduced three methods to help you back up iPad to PC or Mac computer. If you do not know how to choose, then continue reading. Below, we will make a detailed comparison of these three methods.

1. Backup iPad to Computer via iTunes

iTunes is the most official way to backup and manage iPad. But the official tool does not mean that it is the best. It has many inconveniences and disadvantages as below:

  • 1. iTunes can only backup all iPad data and files at one time, and does not allow users to preview and select iPad content. This means that backing up too much data can take a long time.
  • 2. When you restore the backup content to the iPad, the existing data on the iPad will be overwritten and some important files may be lost. This is the biggest drawback.

2. Backup iPad to Windows PC via Windows Explorer

This is the easiest method, but it only allows you to backup photos and videos from iPad to PC. Other file types are not supported.

3. Backup iPad to PC without iTunes via Assistant for iOS

MobiKin Assistant for iOS provides a one-stop way to back up your iPad. It supports 14+ file types, allowing you to preview and select the data you want to back up, regardless of file size or type. It's also very easy to use. With just one click, you can easily and accurately complete iPad backup to computer. If there is a disadvantage, it is not free. You can download the free version to experience its basic functions. If you are satisfied, you can get a full version for a small fee.

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Alleny Gavin
Alleny GavinChief Editor
A chief editor at MobiKin, brings over a decade of experience in technical writing and holds a B.A. in English Literature. With a background as a Project Manager in the IT industry, he has authored 1000+ articles on, offering expert solutions for iOS issues. Gavin, a tech enthusiast, effortlessly recommends software with passion and extensive expertise in smartphones and software.
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