How to Enable an iCloud Backup on an iPad


It is helpful to create regular backups of your computers and devices, and Apple has made it possible to create automatic backups of your iPhone and iPad. These backups can occur wirelessly, and can even back up to iCloud so that you do not need to worry that you only have a local copy of your backup in case of a disaster that damages your computer.

But if you have noticed that your iPad is not backing up to iCloud, you might be looking to create a backup of the device. Our guide below will show you how to enable the iPad backup to iCloud, then immediately create a backup of the device.

 

Create an iCloud Backup of Your iPad

The steps in this article were performed on an iPad 2, in iOS 9. These same steps will work for other iPad models that are using the same version of iOS.

Step 1: Tap the Settings icon.

open the settings app

 

 

Step 2: Select the iCloud option from the column at the left side of the screen.

select the icloud menu

 

 

Step 3: Select the Backup option in the right column.

tap the backup button

 

 

Step 4: Tap the button to the right of iCloud Backup.

enable icloud backup on an ipad

 

 

Step 5: Tap the OK button to confirm that you would like to enable iCloud Backup for your iPad, and that you understand that this will disable the automatic backup that occurs when you connect your iPad to your computer.

start backing your iPad up in iCloud

 

 

You can then tap the Back Up Now button if you would like to create a backup immediately. Otherwise the iPad will back up the next time it is plugged in, locked, and connected to a Wi-Fi network.

how to create an iCloud backup on an iPad

 

 

If you would still like to create a backup in iTunes on your computer, then you can do so manually when you connect the device.

 

If you have multiple Apple devices that share an iCloud account, then the 5 GB of space that you get for free may not be enough for all of the device backups. This guide will show you how to buy additional storage space.

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