backing up the ipad and data/settings

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  1. andreak

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    when my ipad is backed up, are the data/settings backed up as well? or is it just the apps

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    The backup will save data and settings as well as downloaded content. For example, game progress will be stored in the backup and will be transferred to whatever iPad you use the backup on.
     
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    thx.

    if i set up wifi syncing, does the ipad have to be on the home network? does the desktop have to be turn on whenever i wifi sync in the future?
     
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    Yes, your computer has to be on the same WiFi network as your iPad and it has to be on, with iTunes running.

    Here's how to set up WiFi syncing. http://support.apple.com/en-ca/HT203075
     
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    Hello - please provide some additional information, i.e. what iPad model do you own & what iOS is installed - also, are you backing up to a computer cabled via iTunes and/or to iCloud. The 'backups' to either sites will be much smaller than the actual amount of 'stuff' on your iPad - as an example, take a look at this Apple Support Article describing what is actually placed in iCloud - e.g. your apps are NOT stored but are logged so that if a restore is needed, Apple will simply download the information from their servers - saves a LOT of room.

    As an example, I just bought a new 64 GB iPad Air 2 which I restored from my old iPad 2, and then added 12+ GB of MP3 music; storage now shows about 30 GB free - I've backed up this new device on my MBPro laptop via cabled iTunes and also to iCloud w/ Wi-Fi when the device is plugged to powered (does the backup once a day) - the iCloud BU is just 1.7 GB, so according to the link above the data stored is as described; now my music is obviously not a part of these daily backups, so if I needed to restore, my music would have to be added again.

    NOW, I'm curious since all of my MP3 music is on my laptop and I have this new iPad backed up there also - would a restore from iTunes recognize what music I had on this new device vs. a restore from iCloud? Not a big deal but would be curious to know and would appreciate comments from others. Dave :)
     
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    Giradman, yes it would, because iTunes backup backs up all your info on iPad, including what music is on there.
     
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    Well, I'm not sure that is true unless all of your media (e.g. music not bought through iTunes as in my case) is stored on the computer where your iTunes app is located - on a computer, iTunes backs are placed in this folder in your Username - /Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup/ - so, I looked at a recent backup (see attached image) of my new iPad Air 2, just 1.54 GB, i.e. about the same as my iCloud backup - I believe that this 'compressed' file is containing just what is described HERE - on a restoration done w/ iTunes on a computer that contains your multimedia files (music not from iTunes, movies, etc.), then these are likely put back, BUT if done from an iCloud account, possibly another outcome - this seems more complicated to understand - not a big issue for me since I have my ripped music on multiple other backup devices. Thus, the conversation continues - :) Dave
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    Yes, it would have to be in your iTunes library on your computer, I think.. But how would it get on your iPad's music app otherwise.. Lol. Confusing
     
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    Neither the iCloud nor the iTunes backup store your music files, apps, or other media content. What they do contain is a information about what apps, music, etc you have on the iPad.

    In the case of iTunes, the backup is restored to the iPad, then your content is synced back to the iPad from the iTunes Library. This is why it is important to keep your iTunes library up to date with what is on the iPad. The easiest way of doing this is to sync now and then. You can do the same thing, with less chance of changing the content on the iPad, by using the Transfer Purchases option.

    When an iCloud backup is used the apps, music, etc. are restored directly from online stores. This is why all your apps appear grayed out at first. They have to be downloaded again.

    It is because backups work this way you can fit the backup for a 128 GB iPad into a 5 GB iCloud account. At least as long as documents and media stored in apps don't get too big. Those are also backed up, depending on your settings.

    iTunes Backups
    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4946

    iCloud Backups
    http://support.apple.com/kb/PH12519
     
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    Thanks TP for the clarification - basically, my thoughts also, i.e. the size of those iCloud & iTunes backups are more of an 'inventory' of what is on your iPad; much of the real data, such as music files resides elsewhere in your personal storage and needs to be restored, if needed. Dave :)
     

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