Set up new iPad from iTunes backup

Discussion in 'iPad' started by irishgreenapple, Jun 14, 2017.

  1. irishgreenapple macrumors member

    Apr 2, 2011
    Reposting in this forum since I didn't get any suggestions in another forum:
    Just got the new iPad 10.5, want to restore it from backup of old iPad that has never been synced to iTunes (don't want to use iCloud). However, iTunes library is enormous and don't want all those songs transferred onto either iPad- old or new. How do I make sure that only the songs that are on old iPad now sync and transfer to new iPad?
    Thanks for any help, obviously not a master of iTunes!
  2. Velin macrumors 65816


    Jul 23, 2008
    Hearst Castle
    Set it up as a new iPad. Best option for optimal performance. Then just sync the songs you want, it won't take long at all.
  3. alFR macrumors 68020

    Aug 10, 2006
    Well, you're going to have to back up to either iCloud or iTunes or you'll have nothing to restore from!

    You can set iTunes to "sync checked songs only" in the summary page that appears when you connect the iPad (same section as where you set the quality/compression for synced songs) then uncheck the ones you don't want to sync. This article walks you through that, plus a couple of other ways of limiting what syncs e.g. with playlists.

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