Top 3 Methods to Transfer Data from Old iPad to New iPad without iCloud

This post mainly introduces 3 options to transfer data from old iPad to new iPad without iCloud. If iCloud doesn’t work for you when transferring data between iPads, use the solutions in this post.


By Ellie / Updated on June 18, 2024

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Transfer data from old iPad to new iPad without iCloud

I’ve had my old iPad for several years. Recently, I got a newest iPad Pro. I’m seeking for solutions to easily and successfully move data from one iPad to another. Is there a way to sync two iPads ? How can I transfer everything from an old iPad to another without iCloud? By the way, iCloud doesn’t work for me because the free storage space is too small.

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iCloud only provides 5 GB free storage space to save your data, when it is full, can you sync an iPad to an iPad with other solutions? If you encountered the above issue, don't worry. In this article, we will provide some useful methods to show you how do I transfer data from the old iPad to the new one when iCloud is not working.

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3 Easy Options: Transfer Old iPad to New iPad without iCloud

When you failed to back up your iOS devices using iCloud for some reasons, you are unable to transfer data between them with iCloud backups. But don’t worry, there are other options to help you learn how to transfer data from old iPad to new iPad without iCloud.

Option 1. Use Quick Start to transfer data from old iPad to new iPad

If your old iPad is still in working condition, the simplest way is to use Quick Start. 

Step 1. Switch your new iPad on and follow the guidance to set up your language and country. You will then be prompted with the option to Quick Start.

Quick Start iPad

Step 2. Bring your old iPad that is registered to your Apple ID close to your new iPad, and then follow the on-screen directions to transfer your settings and preferences from the old device to the new one using Quick Start.

enlightened What are the requirements to use the Quick Start feature?
  • The two devices should be placed at a close distance in order to detect each other.
  • Both devices must be linked to the same Wi-Fi network and Bluetooth must be enabled.
  • The two devices need to be running iOS 11 or later.
  • Make sure the two devices are plugged into power until the data migration process is complete.

Option 2. Use Automatic Setup to transfer data to new iPad via iTunes backup

If iPad Quick Start not working, you can also choose to transfer data from old iPad to new iPad using iTunes backup providing you have backed up your old iPad using iTunes. Let’s see how to do it.

Step 1. Launch the Finder on a Mac running macOS Catalina or later. Launch iTunes on a Mac running macOS Mojave or earlier, or on a PC. Using a USB cord, connect your old iPad to your computer.

Step 2. Click the iPad icon and select This Computer, then click Back Up Now and start to export the data on the old iPad to the computer.

Back Up iPad iTunes

Step 3. Switch your new iPad on and follow the setup guide. You’ll see the Apps & Data page then, choose Restore from Mac or PC.

App and Data iPad

Step 4. Using a USB cord, connect your new iPad to your Mac or PC. When your iPad appears in the Finder window or iTunes, select it. Choose Restore Backup. Examine the backups’ dates and select the most recent ones.

Restore Backup iPad

⚠️Notes: Please keep your new iPad connected after it has restarted and wait for it to sync with your computer. You can disconnect after the sync has finished.

Option 3. Transfer data from old iPad to new iPad without iCloud or iTunes

If you don't like to transfer data from old iPad to new iPad with iCloud nor iTunes, you can use the free iOS data transfer tool FoneTool. As a professional data transfer tool for iOS devices, you can easily transfer data from old iPad to new iPad with one click. Before navigating to its operation steps, let’s see its advantages first.

Fully or manually transfer. You can completely transfer data to new iPad, or selectively migrate photos, videos, music, messages, and contacts from old iPhone to the new one.
iPad migration with one click. This easy-to-use interface simplifies the iPhone transfer operation. With just one click, you can easily complete the iPad migration.
No backup space limitation. Unlike iCloud only have 5 GB free backup storage space, FoneTool supports you to backup iPhone to NAS, PC and other external hard drives.
Fast iPad transfer speed. It provides much faster speed helping you quickly switch to a new iPad.
Completely support iOS versions. It supports all iPad/iPhone modes, including the latest iPad, and iPad Air/Mini/Pro, and it also helps you transfer data from iPad to iPad, iPhone to iPad, and iPad to iPhone.

Step 1. Download FoneTool and connect both iPads to the computer with USB cables.

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Step 2. Run FoneTool, go to Phone Transfer, locate iPhone to iPhone option, and then click Start Transfer.

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⚠️Notes: It also provides Transfer to iPhone/iPad and Transfer to Computer features enabling you to selectively transfer photos, videos, music, contacts, and messages to another iPad.

Step 3. The source and target iPads will be listed here. If you want to transfer some private data like Health, and Activity, you can enable backup encryption.

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Step 4. Click Start Transfer then to begin the transfer.

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yes Bonus tips:

>> Besides transfer iPad to a new one, FoneTool also provides a feature of managing iCloud data.iCloud is full can be caused by many reasons, like iCloud unable to load storage info, or messages taking up iCloud storage. With FoneTool, you can view and the cloud data on your computer directly without iCloud. And any changes you make will sync with your iCloud account to other devices.

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>> You can also use FoneTool app on your iPads and iPhones to transfer data freely. Just scan the QR code below to download it and start to transfer photos, music, videos, contacts, and files right away.

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FAQs on Switching to A New iPhone

After you learn how to transfer data from one iPad to another without iCloud, you may also interested in the below questions.

Will transferring to a new iPad delete an old iPad?

No, transferring to a new iPad will not delete the data on your old iPad. When you set up a new iPad and transfer data from your old one, the original data on the old iPad remains intact. You can continue to use the old iPad with all its data unless you choose to manually erase it.

How to transfer data from old iPad to new iPad with iCloud?

If you have purchased enough iCloud storage space and don't mind the iCloud backup speed, you can backup iPad and then set up new iPad with iCloud backup. Click the link you can find the step-by-step guide.


This tutorial mostly explains how to transfer data from old iPad to new iPad without iCloud. You have got other options. In this piece, we will focus on the top three: Quick Start, iTunes, and FoneTool. Choose your favorite after reading this post.

Ellie · Editor
Ellie, a professional and experienced writer who is good at solving iOS-related problems and writing iOS backup/transfer tips.