Is your iPad dead or broken? Read on to find out how to recover data from iPad – whether dead or broken.
There are all sorts of ways that an iPad can break or simply just one day switch itself off and then never switch itself on again. You might have dropped it from a height, have accidentally stood on it, tried to install something which just completely crashed the system, or it might just be too old.
No matter how or why it happened, there were probably files stored on your iPad that you’d like to get back. Because we’re human and fallible, the chances are probably that you haven’t been manually doing backups very often, if ever. Luckily, because there are clever people in the world, backups are made for you- behind the scenes. Apple have inbuilt into their devices two different methods for saving backup files of all the data on your iPad.
The first backup file type is made by the iTunes program that runs on your computer. Every time you plug your iPad into your computer and sync it with your iTunes account, the iTunes software grabs a backup of your iPad and stores it in a directory on your computer. The second type of backup is made on your iPad and sent to the iCloud. This method will usually run when your iPad is plugged in to charge, locked, and with an active wifi connection open. If your iPad is still working and not completely dead, you may even be able to recover files from it using the device itself.
The software to use to recover files from iPad is called Dr. Fone. The name comes from it originally being only for iPhones, but it works for iPad and iTouch too. Dr. Fone can do all three methods of file recovery and is quick, easy and comprehensive.
Dr. Fone is a downloadable software for your Mac or PC. It’s free to try out and offers a money-back guarantee if you go ahead with the purchase. Dr. Fone works with all versions of the iPad including iPad 1, iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad 4, iPad Air, iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 1, iPad Mini 2 and iPad Mini 3.
So what data does it recover? It can get your Messages, Call History, Contacts, Camera Roll, Photo Stream, Facebook Messenger History, WhatsApp History, Notes, Voice Memos, Voicemail, Safari Bookmarks, Reminders, Calendar Events, App Photos, App Videos and App Documents. As you can see, the list is fairly extensive.
If you’d like to know how to use Dr. Fone to recover data from a dead or broken iPad, you can follow the steps below to see how it’s done.
Data Recovery Method #1 – By Your Device
Step 1. Open the Dr. Fone program.
Step 2. Click on Recover from iOS Device.
Step 3. Plug your iPad into your computer.
Step 4. If the iPad shows up on the screen, press Start Scan. If not, you will have to try one of the other recovery methods.
Step 5. Wait for the iOS device scan to finish. You can see how far through it is with the progress bar at the top of the window.
Step 6. Go through each group of files and select/unselect which bits you want to keep in their corresponding checkboxes.
Step 7. Press the Recover button at the bottom right of the window. This will start saving the selected data to your computer.
Data Recovery Method #2 – By iTunes
Step 1. Click on Recover from iTunes Backup File.
Step 2. If your iPad shows up on the list, click on the version of it with the latest date and press Start Scan. If not, you will have to try one of the other recovery methods.
Step 3. Wait for the iTunes backup file scan to finish. You can see its progress at the top of the window.
Step 4. Go through each node and select or unselect which ones you want to keep with their associated checkboxes.
Step 5. Press the Recover button at the bottom right of the window. This will start saving the selected files to your computer.
Data Recovery Method #3 – By iCloud
Step 1. Click on Recover from iCloud Backup File.
Step 2. Enter your Apple ID and password at the prompt.
Step 3. If your iPad shows up on the list on screen, click the version with the latest date then press Download to the right of it.
Step 4. Wait for the iCloud backup file scan to finish. You can see how far is the scanning on the progress bar found on top of the window.
Step 5. Go through each group of data and select or unselect which bits you want to recover by ticking the corresponding checkboxes.
Step 6. Press the Recover button at the bottom right of the window. This will start saving the file/s you’ve selected to your computer.