Restore iPad from Backup

Restore iPad from Backup with Dr. Fone from Wondershare

Do you regularly back up your data? Most of us tend to believe that data loss is something that always happens to others.

With their innate ability to multi-task, high resolution, large screen and the ability to put through calls, iPads hold a lot of valuable information and sentimental value and thus are especially susceptible to data inaccessibility. The reasons are myriad – there might be accidental deletions, there might be hardware trauma or virus corruption. To make matters simple, Apple provides two separate backup avenues:

  • The iTunes account which is a part of Apple’s legacy and requires users to backup data manually and offline.
  • The relatively newer iCloud cloud storage that backs up information to Apple’s servers using the power of the internet.

There is an extremely effective software solution that can restore iPad from backup in two exhaustive modes from the same dashboard. Dr. Fone from Wondershare makes the whole process of recovery fast and user friendly.

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Mode 1: Recover from iTunes Backup File

Data recovery from iTunes entails five steps:

1.      Users connect the iPad to a PC or laptop with Dr. Fone installed on it through the Apple provided USB power cord. This is to ensure that the files marked for retrieval can be directly reinstated to the device if needed instead of saving them to the computer’s hard disk.

2.      They are then required to launch the Dr. Fone application and select the second option – Recover from iTunes Backup File from the navigation of the home screen.

3.      Doing so calls up a list of iTunes backup files or zipped containers that are present in the iTunes account on the same PC or laptop. Users must choose the container that is most likely to hold the targeted information with the help of qualifying data like name of file, size of file and date of creation. Hitting ‘Start Scan’ initiates the scan right away.


4.      A scan underway is characterized by two things:

  • A progress bar that notes the time to scan completion
  • The buttons ‘Stop’ and ‘Pause’ to the right of the bar that are used to terminate the scan prematurely or halt it mid-way. Both find their use because the tree to the left with a number of nodes is actually the Dr. Fone file perusal directory. Here each node stands for a particular data format (like images, video, files, contact information and so on). Even when a scan is ongoing, users can click on these nodes and take note of the files that are identified for recovery in real time by the system. If they find their desired data before scan completion they can stop or halt it anyway and through the ‘Recover’ button retrieve the needed items.


5.      When a scan is allowed to culminate of its own accord, users are presented with the display screen from which they can:

  • Choose files individually or in bulk from all the data types through appropriate checkboxes.
  • Call files by name or by keyword.
  • Use the On/Off slider to focus on only the files and information that has been deleted.

The option ‘Recover to Computer’ saves a copy of the data in original format or as an HTML file to the hard disk of the computer. And the option ‘Recover to Device’ allows reinstatement to the connected iPad.



Mode 2: Recover from iCloud Backup File

1.      Users connect the iPad to Dr. Fone and from the home screen they choose the third option – Recover from iCloud Backup File.

2.      Immediately they are prompted to input the iCloud account login credentials to provide Dr. Fone access to the backup containers. Please keep in mind that the use of this mode necessitates the presence of broadband or Wi-Fi.


3.      Since an iCloud account accommodates backups from all Apple devices owned by a user, meta-information like file size, date of creation and name are required to choose the right container that has the needed information. Clicking ‘Download’ brings up the dialogue box.


4.      This pop-up is unique because it gives users the flexibility to choose data types/formats that are of importance to the scan and instructs Dr. Fone to focus only on them. As an example if contact information is being sought, it is useless and time consuming to download large images and gigabyte videos from the Apple’s servers. After ticking the right checkbox, users must hit ‘Next’.


5.      This triggers the chosen container data download and the scan. The actual recovery mimics the process described in Mode 2.




To restore iPad from backup sounds technically complicated but in reality, with Dr. Fone, it is a breeze. Recapitulating the sequence:

  • Connect the iPad to Dr. Fone
  • Choose the mode that is convenient
  • Select the right backup file
  • Allow the scan to proceed
  • Recover the required files

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