iPad Pro Restoring Data from Previous iPad ?

vish26

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I have been told, when setting up the new iPad when I boot up the new iPad and continue with the steps on the welcome screen and set up the iPad as new device, and till the time I reach the Home Screen, I can restore data from my previous iPad even then, using iTunes is it correct ?

In other words even after setting up the iPad as New after all the steps are done there after also I can restore data from iTunes ? is that right ?
 

Shirasaki

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You cannot restore from backup AFTER you finish setting up your iPad as new, nor you can restore from backup if you decide to set up iPad AS NEW. During the setup screen, after you login to your Apple ID, you will have an option to restore backup from either iCloud or iTunes (or transfer from an Android device, just for the curiosity sake). At that point only you can restore from backup.
 
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vish26

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You cannot restore from backup AFTER you finish setting up your iPad as new, nor you can restore from backup if you decide to set up iPad AS NEW. During the setup screen, after you login to your Apple ID, you will have an option to restore backup from either iCloud or iTunes (or transfer from an Android device, just for the curiosity sake). At that point only you can restore from backup.
How sure are you on this information ? I just got off call from Apple Tech Support and he said even after completing setting up the iPad as new I can still restore data from iTunes from my previous iPad !
 

Shirasaki

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How sure are you on this information ? I just got off call from Apple Tech Support and he said even after completing setting up the iPad as new I can still restore data from iTunes from my previous iPad !
I get this information based on my personal experience. And trust me, Apple tech support sometimes know as much as we know, and they often need to google the answer before they answer our questions. They are not trained to know every bit of iOS or macOS or iTunes or any hardware they are supporting.
 

*~Kim~*

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How sure are you on this information ? I just got off call from Apple Tech Support and he said even after completing setting up the iPad as new I can still restore data from iTunes from my previous iPad !
You can, but I think that would involve wiping the iPad and then proceeding with a restore set up process.

Have you tried syncing the iPad with your iTunes library?
 

akash.nu

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I think the answer depends on how one looks at it. After finishing the setup of an iPad if you wanted to restore then you need to pretty much wipe everything and start a fresh, so yeah technically you can but that will mean you going through the setup process again.
 

vish26

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You can, but I think that would involve wiping the iPad and then proceeding with a restore set up process.

Have you tried syncing the iPad with your iTunes library?
I think the answer depends on how one looks at it. After finishing the setup of an iPad if you wanted to restore then you need to pretty much wipe everything and start a fresh, so yeah technically you can but that will mean you going through the setup process again.
And I am absolutely not talking about, first setting up the iPad as new and then wiping it completely, to restore data back. That is certainly not what I meant.
 

akash.nu

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And I am absolutely not talking about, first setting up the iPad as new and then wiping it completely, to restore data back. That is certainly not what I meant.
In that case that apple employee provided incorrect information. You can’t do what you want.
 
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Shirasaki

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They aren’t? o_O
Yeah. They aren’t supposed to know “every bit”. They are trained to know what Apple tells them to know and nothing much else. For example, they are not trained to tell the customer data from water damaged device could still be recovered. And they are not trained to know disabling Bluetooth from iPhone could speed up WatchOS update .
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And I am absolutely not talking about, first setting up the iPad as new and then wiping it completely, to restore data back. That is certainly not what I meant.
Then you need to scrap what you have heard and realise without restoring an iPad, restoring from backup is impossible.
 

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And I am absolutely not talking about, first setting up the iPad as new and then wiping it completely, to restore data back. That is certainly not what I meant.
Then what are you trying to do? This is what you said in your original post:

"In other words even after setting up the iPad as New after all the steps are done there after also I can restore data from iTunes ? is that right ?"

As Kim said, you can set up your iPad as new and restore from a previous backup. But this would be part of the same process.
 

vish26

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Yes thats what I wanted to know, If I skip the Process of restoring the data the first time when I am setting up my iPad which is newly purchased, when I boot it up the first time, If I skip the first time, I can then only restore data if I then wipe it clean. Thats what I was trying to figure out ?
 

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Yes thats what I wanted to know, If I skip the Process of restoring the data the first time when I am setting up my iPad which is newly purchased, when I boot it up the first time, If I skip the first time, I can then only restore data if I then wipe it clean. Thats what I was trying to figure out ?
I don’t know why you repeat “if I skip the first time”, but based on your post, what you want to know is: “If you skip restoring from backup, a.k.a, choosing to setup as a new iPad, after finishing setup and booting to home screen, can you then restore iPad from backup later on using iTunes?” Is that what you want to know?

The bottom line is, if you want to restore from backup, you HAVE TO do it during initial setup, when iOS prompts you to restore from a backup. You cannot restore from a backup if iPad is booted to the home screen directly. If you setup your iPad as a new iPad, you then HAVE TO erase the iPad and start initial setup process again to restore from backup.
 
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digitalexplr

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If both systems are running iOS 11 or newer the process of getting everything from old to new is simple.

Chose NEW. You will be prompted to make sure both systems are near each other. The old system will display a circular image and you will be prompted use the camera on the new system to center the image being displayed on the old. The will connect and iOS handles everything from there. You will need to restore all you non-system apps.

Just did this 2 days ago when upgrading my iPP 9.7 to iPP 11.

You will get back your data if it backed up in iCloud other cloud storage. Anything saved locally on the old iPad will be gone.
 

vish26

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The bottom line is, if you want to restore from backup, you HAVE TO do it during initial setup, when iOS prompts you to restore from a backup. You cannot restore from a backup if iPad is booted to the home screen directly. If you setup your iPad as a new iPad, you then HAVE TO erase the iPad and start initial setup process again to restore from backup.
Thanks for the explanation ! That is what I wanted to know. Just surprised how is the Apple Tech Support saying something else. And he was boasting about it that I am pretty sure you can restore data from back up even after setting up the new iPad and he was saying I do this and have been doing since last 5 years !! lol !!