How to Restore iPad With and Without Backup [2022 Updated]

By Gina Barrow, Last updated: September 21, 2022

“Can I restore my iPad without losing everything?"

Do you experience any problems on your iPad that you need to restore it to its original setup or have you deleted some important data on it? IPad and gadgets alike are the most convenient devices for everyday uses, especially for personal and business profiles.

It makes your document, photos, calendars, and even videos all intact and convenient and ready for just one device. Just like other iOS devices, you can also backup all your files to iTunes and iCloud so you can easily restore them when things go wrong.

If you accidentally delete the text message, you can still recover the deleted text message.

Is it possible to restore iPad without backup? In this article, you will find the detailed steps.

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Part 1. How to Restore iPad from a BackupPart 2. Restore iPad from iTunes or iCloud backupPart 3. Restore iPad without BackupPart 4. Fix iPad from iTunes using FoneDog Toolkit- iOS Data RecoveryPart 5. Restore iPad from iCloud using FoneDog Toolkit- iOS Data RecoveryPart 6. Conclusions

Part 1. How to Restore iPad from a Backup

To be able to restore iPad from any backups, first, you need to erase and restore the device back to its factory settings. Remember that doing a factory restore erases all the information and settings on your iPad, and installs the latest version of iOS.

To restore iPad to factory settings:

  1. Launch iTunes on your computer (Windows or Mac)
  2. Connect the iPad using an original lightning cable
  3. Click on your device when it appears on iTunes
  4. From the Summary tab, click Restore iPad
  5. Click Restore again for confirmation
  6. Wait until iTunes erases the device information and installs the latest software version
  7. IPad will restart and your device is now ready and you can set up as new.

Part 2. Restore iPad from iTunes or iCloud backup

Once you have restored the iPad to its factory default and are now on its clean slate, you can now restore from your iTunes or iCloud backup in order to get back all the important iPad data. Refer to the guides below on how to restore iPad from backups.

Restore iPad from iCloud Backup

  1. Turn on the iPad and you should see the “Hello” screen
  2. Follow the onscreen guides until you reach the Apps & Data screen
  3. Tap ‘Restore from iCloud backup’
  4. Sign in to iCloud
  5. Select the most recent iCloud backup among the lists and then the transfer begins
  6. To restore your purchased apps and downloads, sign in with your Apple ID
  7. Wait until the process is completed

Icloud Backup Web

Tips:

All apps and other background settings will be restored for the next several hours or days depending on their file sizes and network connection

Restore iPad from iTunes Backup

  1. Launch iTunes on the computer (Windows or Mac). Make sure that you are using the computer with the iTunes backup on
  2. Plug in the iPad with a USB cable
  3. Choose the iPad when it appears on iTunes
  4. On Summary panel under Backups, choose ‘Restore Backup’
  5. Choose Restore backup from iTunes
  6. Select the most relevant backup file in iTunes and click ‘Restore’
  7. Wait until the ‘Restore from iTunes’ is finished. Keep the device connected to the computer until the process is completed.

Choose Data

Part 3. Restore iPad without Backup

If you have gotten into serious trouble that you have accidentally deleted some important data from the iPad but you don’t have the backup, then you are on the right page. There is one effective solution that will easily help you restore your iPad effectively without any backups needed.

All you need is FoneDog Toolkit- iOS Data Recovery and you are good to go. FoneDog Toolkit- iOS Data Recovery has three different restore options that will surely allow you to recover a lot of files such as contacts, text messages, video, calendars, photos, WhatsApp messages, call logs and more. To learn how to restore iPad without backup, follow these steps:

Step 1. Launch FoneDog Toolkit- iOS Data Recovery and Then Connect iPad

First, you need to download and install the program, FoneDog Toolkit- iOS Data Recovery on the computer and launch it when it is ready. Go to the main menu and choose Data Recovery and click “Recover from iOS device” and then plug in the iPad using an original USB cable. Click ‘Start Scan to continue.

Connected

Launch Fonedog and Start Scan--Step1

Tips:

Before doing the recovery, make sure you turn off the auto-sync option in iTunes. To do this, go to: iTunes> Preferences > Devices, check “Prevent iPods, iPhones, and iPads from syncing automatically”

Step 2. Scan and Preview iPad Data

The program will scan the iOS device thoroughly until all the deleted data will be restored. This is possible because not everything on our devices is deleted even if we erased them from the iPad or iPhone. These files are transferred into a hidden storage that becomes unreadable and the only way to get them back is by means of third party recovery tools.

During this stage, it is best that you stop using the device to avoid data overwriting. Now when the scanning stops, you can now see all the files recovered by FoneDog Toolkit- iOS Data Recovery, on the left panel and then you can have the chance to preview them one by one on the right side.

Ios Scanning Results

Scan and Preview iPad Data--Step2

Step 3. Choose Desired Files and Recover

Go over the recovered files and then tick the boxes of those important ones and click the “Recover” button at the end of the screen. This will then allow you to create a folder to save all the recovered items.

In just 3 steps, you have been able to restore iPad easily even without backup.

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Choose Files to Retrieve--Step3

Part 4. Fix iPad from iTunes using FoneDog Toolkit- iOS Data Recovery

If you have iTunes backup but hate to restore all of the contents then you can simply use FoneDog Toolkit- iOS Data Recovery. This program has 3 recovery methods and one of them is to “Recover from iTunes”.

This option allows you to perform selective recovery from the backup contents. To learn how to use this method, check out the steps below:

Step #1. Launch FoneDog Toolkit- iOS Data Recovery and Choose Recover from iTunes

Launch FoneDog Toolkit- iOS Data Recovery and when you reach the main menu, click on the second recovery method on the left which is to ‘Recover from iTunes’. No need to launch the iTunes on the computer as long as you are using the same with the backups on. FoneDog Toolkit- iOS Data Recovery automatically detects the entire iTunes backup.

Select the most relevant iTunes backup among the given lists and then click ‘Start Scan’ to begin the recovery.

Select Itunes Backup

Start Scan--Step #1

Step #2. Preview and Restore iPad Data

The scanning takes a while but you can see its progress onscreen. FoneDog Toolkit- iOS Data Recovery will scan, extract and download the entire iTunes backup contents. You can see the display of files per categories and you can perform selective recovery by simply marking those important files only. You can preview the items on the right and then click ‘Recover’ and save them to a new folder on the desktop for future references.

You have just performed selective recovery to restore iPad using FoneDog Toolkit- iOS Data Recovery’s ‘Recover from iTunes’ option.

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Restore iPad Data--Step #2

Part 5. Restore iPad from iCloud using FoneDog Toolkit- iOS Data Recovery

The last recovery option offered by FoneDog Toolkit- iOS Data Recovery is to ‘Recover from iCloud’ which works similar to iTunes wherein you can perform selective recovery. To find out how you can restore iPad using this option, check out below:

1. Launch FoneDog Toolkit- iOS Data Recovery and Sign in to iCloud

Launch the program FoneDog Toolkit- iOS Data Recovery and then click the third recovery option on the left panel “Recover from iCloud” and then sign in to iCloud.Once logged in.

Login Icloud

Log in iCloud Account--1

2. Select iCloud Backup and Download

Choose the most recent iCloud backup and then click ‘Download’ to extract the backup contents. On the pop-up window, select the files you want the program to scan and download for you. Click ‘Next’ to continue.

Select File Type Icloud

Select iCloud Backup and Download--2

3. Preview and Recover

FoneDog Toolkit- iOS Data Recovery will now scan, extract, and download the iCloud backup contents. This process will take some time depending on the file size and network connection. When the scanning and download stop, you can now see the extracted backup files from iCloud and from here you can perform selective recovery by ticking the boxes of the files you desire to recover. Don’t forget to save them to a new folder for easier navigation in the future.

You have been able to recover important files from iCloud backups without the need to extract the entire contents only by using FoneDog Toolkit- iOS Data Recovery.

Recover Icloud Contacts To Pc

Preview and Recover--3

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Part 6. Conclusions

There are a lot of ways to restore iPad and one of the most effective options is to use FoneDog Toolkit- iOS Data Recovery. There is no need to endure severe data loss once you have undergone ‘restore to factory settings’.

Now you can freely take advantage and use the iPad’s maximum potential. There is always a way to get back deleted data as long as you have backups and as long as you have FoneDog Toolkit- iOS Data Recovery ready on your computer.

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Gina Barrow

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Kitchen, my safe space; black, my favorite color

Was a Technical Specialist for a while, troubleshooting Smartphone and Software-related issues until a writing stint caught my attention.

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