When we talk about tablet computers, iPad is the first name that comes into our mind. As we know, iPad is an involution devices brought by Apple as well as iPhone. Currently, it is best tablet computer for the past a few years. We like to store a huge amount of important data such as, iMessages, contacts, notes, photos, reminders and many more on our exclusively designed iPad. In order to maintain the protection of these files and to increase the available space for storing more data, we back up the iPad with iCloud or iTunes.
As an iPad user, one of the problems you would come across is the accidental data deletion, which happens quite common on touch-based devices. So how to recover deleted files on iPad? Right now, the answer is pretty straightforward.
If you fortunately backed up your iPad with iTunes or iCloud, which are the two official methods to backup iOS devices, then you can easily restore them with the app itself or third party apps. Even you forgot backing up the iPad, it is still possible to recover deleted files from it. However, it is beyond the range of this topic. Alternatively, you can follow this guide to directly recover lost files from iPad.
To restore from old iTunes backup, there are two methods to do that. One is with iTunes itself or with third-part app like iPad Backup Extractor. Both of the methods have its own pros and cons, so it is your choice to select the one you prefer. For iTunes, it will restore all data in the backup file as a whole and you can't choose the data. For example, if you only deleted a couple of text messages, then you probably won't want to restore other data such as photos, videos, contacts to the iPad. That is the reason why I introduce the method two.
Step 1: Connect iPad to the computer, where iTunes backup being stored.
Step 2: Open iTunes and unlock iPad if it was password protected.
Step 3: There will be a message on iPad asking "Trust this computer", tap Yes to Proceed.
Step 4: Click iPad name on the left upper corner in iTunes and click Summary tab.
Step 5: Under the section of Backups, there is a button named Restore Backup. Click on it and select a backup file from list. Finally, click Restore button to extract files from iTunes backup.
Tips 1 : If the backup file was encrypted, you must enter the correct password to unlock it first. If you couldn't remember the password, then you can follow this guide to recover iTunes backup password.
Tips 2: After restore, all the existing data will be erased by backup files, so you should backup them up first. And that is why I didn't recommend this method.
Another available method is by using iPad Backup Extractor, which is able to restore data from iTunes or iCloud backup. One of the most important features of this program is that you can restore the files partially. Only selected data will be restored to iPad.
Step 1: Download and install iPad Backup Extractor.
Step 2: Run the program and click Recover from iTunes Backup File. Then all iTunes backup files will be displayed on the screen. If no one was scanned, you should add the backup file to the program manually.
Step 3: Select one backup file and click Start Scan button. A few minutes later, all the files in backup will be extracted and displayed in categories.
Step 5: Click Recover button to save the selected items on to computer. Afterwards, you can transfer the data to your iPad. No data will be wiped by using this method. So it is much secure than method 1.
The foremost step is to install iPad Backup Extractor and access your own account on iCloud, if you are planning to restore from iCloud backup. Set up the application on a Windows PC or Mac. After you launched the software, you need to select the option Recover from iCloud Backup File.
You need to input the correct Apple ID and password in order to access iCloud backup. The connection was protected by SSL, so there is no need to worry about the privacy.
After accessing the personal account on iCloud, you may have a clear view at all the backup documents in a long list. You have to select one, which is to be restored. So, hit Download button to accomplish this task.
After you have downloaded iCloud backup file, you need to wait for a few minutes in order to allow the software to analyze the files. In some of the backup files, you may see that there are icons of locks. Those files are the encrypted ones, and to scan them thoroughly, you have to enter a password to unlock the backup file.
While iPad Backup Extractor completed the process of scanning, it may enlist all the contents that have been scanned recently. Select the category of content, displayed at the left-hand side of the screen. At the right-hand portion, you can look at the details of various items. After going through the information, you have to tick only the items, which have to be recovered.
Hit Recover button and a popup will open asking you for the directory path where you want to save the particular file, so that you can use it in near future. As soon as you have done it, the data recovering app will begin to retrieve all the removed files to your device.
Personally, it is more convenient to go with iPad Backup Extractor app if you needed to restore files from iTunes or iCloud backup. It provides more flexible recovery options. For most of the cases, there is no need to restore the whole data in backup unless you switched to a new iOS device or the device was stolen/damaged. No potential data loss and it is much safe to recover data.