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How to Backup iPad to Mac Easily? [Top 4 Ways]

Backing up your iPad data to your computer or Cloud service regularly is a necessity in order to prevent data from losing. Are you looking for an easy and quick way to backup iPad to Mac? You come to the right place. Here we will show you 4 most effective ways on how to backup iPad to Mac with or without iTunes. Read on this post and you can find the way that suits you best to backup your iPad to Mac.

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Part 1: The Easiest Way -- How to Backup iPad to Mac with 1 Click
Part 2: How to Backup iPad to Mac Catalina with Finder
Part 3: How to Backup iPad to Mac with iTunes
Part 4: How to Backup iPad to Mac Using iCloud

Part 1: The Easiest Way -- How to Backup iPad to Mac with 1 Click

The easiest way to backup iPad to Mac is to use Coolmuster iOS Assistant for Mac, it is a third-party tool with comprehensive functions on handling data management. With the built-in "iTunes Backup & Restore" feature, you can backup files including contacts, messages, notes, videos, music, photos and many more from iPad to Mac with one click. You can also use it to transfer files to iPad from Mac. (Notes: For Windows PC users, you can refer to Coolmuster iOS Assistant here.)

Highlights of Coolmuster iOS Assistant for Mac:

> Backup & Restore. Backup iPad to Mac with 1 click; restore the backup files in the original quality from Mac to iPad any time you want.

> Supports various file types. Transfer up to 10+ types of files from iPhone, iPad and iPod touch to Mac, including contacts, messages, notes, calendars, bookmarks, music, videos, photos, books, apps, etc.

> Manage iTunes backups at ease. Backup/restore/import/delete iTunes backups as you like.

> Clean & safe. Never misuse your information & No need to use the internet.

> Wide compatibility. Fully compatible with all generations of iOS devices such as iPad Pro, iPad mini, New iPad, iPad 4, iPad 3, iPad 2, iPad 1, iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone XS, iPhone XR, iPhone XS Max, iPhone 8, etc. Supports Mac OS X 10.9 or later.

Free download the trial version of Coolmuster iOS Assistant on your Mac:

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Follow the steps below to backup iPad to Mac:

Step 1: Install and open Coolmuster iOS Assistant on your Mac, and then connect your iPad to Mac with a USB cable. After your iPad has successfully detected by the program, you will get the main interface as below:

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Step 2: Go to the Super Toolkit section and select iTunes Backup & Restore. Click the Backup button and select your iPad from the drop-down menu. Choose a folder on Mac to store your backups files and click OK to start the backup.

Note: Coolmuster iOS Assistant allows you to backup your iPad to the default iTunes backup folder or customize a location on Mac.

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Part 2: How to Backup iPad to Mac Catalina with Finder

If your Mac has updated to macOS Catalina, you will notice that iTunes is no longer on your Mac. So how to backup iPad to Mac? No worry, Finder can get this job done. Using Finder, your iPad will work as a hard drive connecting to Mac.

Here's the guide:

Step 1: Connect your iPad to Mac via a USB cable then open a Finder window.

Step 2: Click your iPad in the Finder sidebar, if this is the first time connecting the Mac and your iPad, you need to click Trust to pair your Mac with iPad.

Step 3: Click the General tab at the top of the Finder window, select back up all of the data on your iPad to this Mac.

Step 4: To keep your data safe, you can click Encrypt local backup checkbox and set up a password for your backup files, then click Back Up Now.

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Part 3: How to Backup iPad to Mac with iTunes

For a PC or a Mac with macOS Mojave 10.14 or earlier, iTunes is still a useful tool to backup your iOS device. Before you start the backup, it is necessary to check if you have installed the latest iTunes on your Mac. To do this, you can go to the App Store and click Updates.

Here are the detailed steps on how to backup iPad to Mac with iTunes:

Step 1: Connect your iPad to your Mac with a USB cable.

Step 2: Open iTunes and click the device icon in the top-left of the iTunes window.

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Step 3: Click the "Summary" tab on the right and go to the Backups section, select "This computer".

Step 4: You select the "Encrypt [device] backup" checkbox and create a password to protect your backup files, and then click "Back Up Now" to start.

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Part 4: How to Backup iPad to Mac Using iCloud

iCloud is a very convenient way to backup iPad without a USB cable. The files are stored in the cloud thus it can help you to save up the storage space on your device. But note that the 5GB free storage space will soon be used up and you may need to purchase for more space.

Step 1: On your iPad, open your Settings app and tap [your name], then select iCloud and enable iCloud Backup.

Step 2: On your Mac, go to the iCloud. com and get the files you want from iPad to Mac.

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Final Words

That's all for the 4 different ways on how to backup iPad to Mac. Among these four methods, iTunes is a freeware that most people will use to sync iOS data with Mac or PC but it is not easy to manage your data with it. If you have a Mac with macOS Catalina, Finder to help you backup your iPad instead of iTunes. iCloud can back up your iPad seamlessly to the internet and lets you access the data across devices.

As for the Coolmuster iOS Assistant for Mac, it would be an ideal choice for you to backup your iPad, and it can not only backup and restore your iPad but also comes with a bunch of useful features to help you manage your data easily. Here we strongly recommend you to download Coolmuster iOS Assistant to have a try.

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