How to transfer iPad Apps to a new computer

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How to transfer iPad Apps to a new computer
You can transfer apps form your old iPad to a new one. (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images News/Getty Images)

It would be incredibly mean-spirited, not to mention commercially unviable, for Apple to make it impossible to transfer apps bought an old iPad to a new one. Thankfully, the Cupertino, California-based tech behemoth does no such thing, and makes it relatively easy for its customers to transfer their content whenever they upgrade to a new device. If you've tired of your old Apple tablet and have stumped up the cash for the latest model, you'll be able to transfer your apps and other data in next to no time at all.

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Things you need

  • iCloud account
  • iTunes
  • USB cable

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    Connect your old iPad to a Wi-Fi network and update to the latest version of iOS. Hit "Settings" on your home screen, then the "General" tab, followed by "Software Update." You'll be prompted to download the latest version of iOS if you don't already have it.

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    Tap "iCloud" from your device's "Settings" menu and then select "Storage and backup." Turn "iCloud backup" on and tap "Backup now." Your device will need to be connected to a power source before it backs up its data and settings to iCloud.

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    Turn on your new iPad and connect it to a Wi-Fi network. Run through the "Setup assistant," tap "Restore from iCloud backup" and enter your iCloud account name and password. Select your most recent iOS backup and follow the instructions to restore.


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    Download the latest version of iTunes on your computer and update your iPad's iOS. Connect your iPad to your computer using a USB cable and click the "iPad" button in the top-right corner of iTunes.

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    Select the "Summary" tab and hit the "Backup now" button. Go to iTunes "Preferences" and select the "Devices" tab to make sure your iPad has been backed-up successfully. The date and time your backup was created will appear alongside your iPad's name.

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    Hook up your new iPad to your computer using your USB cable. Open its "Summary" tab and click on the "Restore backup" button. Don't disconnect your iPad until it says it's safe to do so. You'll then be able to run through your apps to make sure they've all transferred properly.

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