How to Restore iPad from iTunes Backup

Have you ever experienced sudden and inconvenient data loss from your iPad?

With their larger screen, brilliant display, the ability to click pixel rich pictures and ample storage memory, Apple tablets (or iPads) have quickly become crowd favorites. They are especially handy for busy professionals who enjoy the ability to work on documents and presentations directly from their portable device.

It is easy to conclude that when iPads suffer liquid damage, virus corruption (because of malware that comes hidden in some App Store applications), processor overheating because of incessant use and other forms of physical trauma, the subsequent lockdown of the ability to access information inconveniences users greatly.

Under such circumstances, the only plan of action is to attempt a retrieval or recovery of the compromised data. Dr. Fone from Wondershare is an effective tool that is capable of scanning Apple devices in three exhaustive modes. So how to restore iPad from iTunes backup? One of the easiest mode is the recovery from an iTunes backup file.


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What is an iTunes Backup File?

iTunes is Apple’s legacy backup platform. Before iCloud hit the market, iTunes was the only way to save critical information to ensure availability of the data under unforeseen circumstances. With iTunes, users leverage their PC disk space to create copies of their images, videos, apps, messages and contacts. When needed, these data units can be transferred back to the device like the iPad.

There are a few restrictions though and these should be noted. In-app purchases and songs or books that are bought from the online iTunes store do not get saved in backup files. Touch ID settings as well as photos and visual data already in the iCloud library are also excluded.

Thus, if you wish to recover all the content of your iPad from an iTunes backup container, the data types discussed will not be available to you.


Let’s Get Started How to Restore iPad from iTunes Backup

At this stage, please keep in mind the fact that a scan should be initiated as soon as data loss is detected. This is to ensure that if certain files are not found in backup, an iOS body search can be carried out to complement the iTunes recovery process. An iPad used post data loss has poor chances of supporting a successful body scan.


1.     Before choosing the scan mode or even connecting the device to the PC/laptop supporting Dr. Fone, put the iPad first in Device Firmware Upgrade (DFU) setting. This is done by:

  • Pressing the Power button for 3 seconds
  • Pressing the Power and the Home buttons for 10 seconds
  • Releasing the Power button but keeping the Home button pressed for 15 more seconds


Since the countdowns need to be quite specific, Dr. Fone offers a convenient guide to prompt the process if the iPad is connected to it outside of DFU mode.



2.     Next, connect the iPad to the PC or laptop where Dr. Fone is installed. This is done through the USB cable that is provided with the device.


3.     Launch Dr. Fone by clicking on its desktop icon. The welcome screen will offer three options. The second one – “Recover from iTunes Backup File” is the one that is needed.


4.     As soon as this is done, you can access a list of backup files or containers that are stored in the iTunes application of your computer. Select the file that is the most likely to hold the data you are seeking to recover. Use filters like name of file, size of file and date of creation to choose the correct selection. Once the right choice has been made, hit the ‘Start Scan’ button to initiate the process.



5.     A scan underway is identified by a progress bar that notes the time to scan completion and the buttons ‘Pause’ and ‘Stop’ to the right of the bar. Either can be used to halt the scan midway before completion for data recovery on the fly.



Once a scan is through, the display screen is presented. To the left of the screen, the directory gives an overview of the different data types and the number of files for each category that can be recovered by Dr. Fone. Clicking the directory nodes, you can select data in bulk or tick individual items. The search bar on the upper right allows you to pull up files by keywords. Choose the data you require and click ‘Recover’ to reinstate it to the connected iPad.





And you are done!

This is how simple it is how to restore iPad from iTunes backup with Dr. Fone from Wondershare. Summarizing the process:

  • Put the iPad in DFU mode and connect to Dr. Fone.
  • Launch Dr. Fone and select Recover from iTunes Backup File.
  • Choose the right backup file.
  • Tick the needed files from the data categories available.
  • Recover the files to the iPad.


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