iPad mini-transfer your stuff using iCloud


Follow these steps to back up your previous phone or laptop, and then restore the backup to an iPad Mini. Your saved messages, email accounts, photos, notes and other personal settings will be transferred to your iPad Mini.

Follow these steps if both your devices use iOS 5 or later and you have an iCloud account. If not, follow the iTunes steps below.

Here's how...

  1. If you have one, register your new SIM before activating your new iPad.
  2. Back up your old phone or tablet to iCloud by going to Settings > iCloud > Storage & Backup and toggling iCloud Backup on. Ensure that your iPad with Retina display is connected to WiFi and connected to a power source before backing up.
    Note: The time required to back up and restore from a backup depends on the amount of data contained in the backup and on the speed of your internet connection.
  3. iCloud backs up your iPad Mini once a day. If your iPad Mini needs to be backed up before migrating, tap Back Up Now in Settings > iCloud > Storage & Backup to view the status of your backup. Do not begin migration before the backup is finished to ensure all data has been backed up.
  4. When the backup of your old device is finished, turn on your new iPad Mini and complete the setup assistant by selecting your language and country, and choose whether to enable Location Services. When prompted, choose your WiFi network.
  5. Use the SIM-extractor tool or a paper clip to remove the SIM from your old device and insert it into your new iPad Mini. If you were provided with a new SIM card that you've registered, use that instead.
  6. When prompted to set up, choose Restore from iCloud Backup, tap Next, and enter your Apple ID and password.
  7. Select the backup of your old device and tap Restore. Wait until the device has finished restoring from the backup.
    Note: The time required to back up and restore from a backup depends on the amount of data contained in the backup and on the speed of your internet connection.
  8. When the restore process is complete, your iPad Mini will restart. Then it will be ready for use. You should connect it to iTunes to sync data not contained in the backup (such as music, videos, apps, and so on). You can verify and change the data that's synced by clicking the syncing tabs in iTunes.
    Note: When restoring an iCloud backup to a new iPad Mini, you'll need to enter your password for your Apple ID, email and other accounts, and voicemail again.

Additional Information

iTunes and iOS do not support installing backups of newer versions of iOS on to devices using earlier versions of iOS. If your backup was taken from a device that has a newer version of iOS installed, update your new device before transferring the information.

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