How to Transfer from the iPad to iTunes

by Spanner Spencer

When you synchronize your iPad with the iTunes multimedia management software, a backup of the device's content and settings is made on your computer. This process transfers all the games and applications currently installed on the iPad to the computer so you can restore them to the device at any time in the future. A backup of music, videos or ebooks stored on the iPad is also transferred to iTunes as part of the synchronization process; the transferred files will then be accessible on the computer.


Launch the Settings application on the iPad, and open the "Store" page. Take note of the iTunes account the iPad is using.


Launch iTunes on your computer by clicking its icon on the desktop.


Open the "Store" menu at the top of the iTunes window, and select "Authorize this computer." Type the username and password of the iTunes account used by the iPad into the relevant boxes, and then click the "Authorize" button.


Open the iTunes "Store" menu again, and select "Sign In." Enter the iTunes account details once again, and then click the "Sign In" button. The computer is now fully linked to the same iTunes account as the iPad.


Connect the iPad to the computer using its USB cable.


Select the iPad from the "Devices" list in iTunes, and click the "Sync" button in the lower-right corner if synchronization doesn't occur automatically when the iPad is connected. All the iPad's settings and content will be transferred to iTunes.


  • close If you sign into a different iTunes account on the computer or iPad, its previous content will be removed.

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About the Author

Spanner Spencer has been writing since 2005 for a variety of print and online publications. Focusing on entertainment, gaming and technology, his work has been published by, "The Escapist," "GamesTM," "Retro Gamer," "Empire," "Total PC Gaming" "The Guardian," among others. Spencer is a qualified medical electronics engineer with a Business and Technology Education Council certificate in technical writing from Huddersfield Technical College.

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