By Lena / Last update April 23, 2021

New iPad always bring many more features than older iPads. So you bought yourself a brand new iPad, perhaps the latest released 11-inch/12.9-inch iPad Pro, as a replacement for the old one. Now it’s time to transfer old iPad to new iPad and let your new iPad work the way you like.

Transfer iPad to iPad

Fortunately, there is more than one way to transfer from old iPad to new iPad. Some methods allow you to transfer all content & settings at once, and some methods allow you to transfer certain types of data, such as music, photos, videos. You can choose the right way to follow according to your situation.

Way 1 lets you transfer from old iPad to new iPad during the setup

Way 2 is able to transfer data from old iPad to new iPad after setup

Way 3 tells you how to transfer old iPad to new iPad with iCloud

Way 4 shows you how to transfer old iPad to new iPad using iTunes

Way 1. Transfer Old iPad to New iPad via Quick Start

Since iOS 11, there’s one utility called Quick Start that is able to help users set up new device using the information from the old device. You can choose to restore from iCloud backup to transfer all contents and settings.

Moreover, for devices running on iOS 12.4 and later, it even lets you transfer data from old iPad to new iPad directly - no need to backup old device in advance.

We have written an article on how to use Quick Start in this How to Set up New iPhone from Old iPhone guide. You can go to this guide to get the detailed steps.

Way 2. Transfer Old iPad to New iPad After Setup

Due to some reasons, you did not transfer data from old iPad to new iPad during the setup process. Now you have been using your iPad for a while but find that you do need some data stored on your old device. So how to transfer from old iPad to new iPad after setup?

There are two ways:

  • Erase your new iPad to restart the setup process - all content and settings will be erased.

  • Let third-party transfer tool transfer needed files - no need to reset your iPad & no data loss.

→ If you don’t mind losing all existing data on your new iPad, you can go to Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings to erase your device and restart the setup process. Then choose to transfer from old iPad, or restore from iCloud/iTunes backup.

→ If you do not want to reset your iPad, you can let AOMEI MBackupper, one professional iOS data transfer tool to help you transfer contacts, messages, photos, videos and songs as per your needs.

You can preview and select the data you need to transfer - all data, a certain type of data, some photos or songs, as you like.

How to Transfer Data from Old iPad to New iPad

1. Download and install AOMEI MBackupper.

2. Launch AOMEI MBackupper > Connect your old iPad to computer via USB cable > Enter the passcode iPad so the software can access your device.

3. Click Custom Backup.

Only Photos Or All

4. You can then click the icon to choose the files you want to transfer and click OK to confirm.

Preview and Select Contacts

5. Choose the storage path > Click Start Backup to start backing up your data.

6. Unplug source iPad and connect new iPad to computer > Go to the Backup Management screen > Click the Restore option > Confirm the data that will be transferred to new iPad > Finally click Start Restore. (Don’t worry, it will not erase any data on your device.)

Restore Contacts to iPad

Note: If you want to give your old iPad to someone, you can wipe your iPad clean through the Erase iPad tool. It will wipe data multiple times ensuring 100% unrecoverable.

Way 3. Transfer Old iPad to New iPad with iCloud

To transfer from old iPad to new iPad with iCloud, you should first backup your old iPad via iCloud. It can help you transfer all content and settings. But iCloud offers 5 GB free storage space to let you store your data. If the data you need to back up exceeds 5 GB, the backup will fail.

● Backup old iPad: Go to Settings > Tap your name > Tap iCloud > Tap iCloud Backup > Tap Back Up Now to create a backup package.

Backup iPad via iCloud

● Restore backup to new iPad: Set up the device until you see the App & Data screen > Choose Restore from iCloud Backup.

Way 4. Transfer Old iPad to New iPad Using iTunes

If you wonder how to transfer everything from old ipad to new ipad, the answer is to use iTunes. It is able to transfer almost all data as well as all settings. Unlike iCloud, there is no space limit and no need to use Wi-Fi. Because the backup file is relatively large, it will take a long time to complete.

● Backup old iPad: Run iTunes > Plug in old iPad > Click the Device tab > Go to Summary > Select This Computer > Click Back Up Now.

Backup Using iTunes

● Restore backup to new iPad: Plug in new iPad > Go to Go to Summary page > Click Restore Backup > Select the backup you created before.

Conclusion

That’s all for how to transfer old iPad to new iPad Pro/Air/mini. If you happen to set up your new iPad, you can complete the transfer during the setup process. If you want to transfer from old iPad to new iPad after setup, you can rely on AOMEI MBackupper to help you transfer needed files.

If you have any questions about transferring old iPad to new iPad, don’t hesitate to leave them in the comments section and we will reply to you soon.