Q. I’m going to get a New iPad to upgrade from my old iPad but I want my New iPad to have the same setup as my old iPad, with all the same games, movies, photos and apps on it. Can I do that?
A. Yes, you can set up your New iPad to have the same apps and settings as your previous iPad. You may need to tweak it a bit and sign into some accounts, but setting up your New iPad to mirror your previous iPad can save you a lot of steps.
When you first turn on your New iPad, you will be asked a lot of questions to set it up, such as language, location services, whether you want to use Dictation, whether you want to use iCloud and whether you want to backup to iCloud, etc. I recommend syncing to your computer (see Other Choices, below).
Setting Up Your New iPad
The first step is to close your apps on your older iPad, then sync it to iTunes on your computer.
After your older iPad is finished syncing, eject it by clicking the arrow on the left column in iTunes next to the name of your iPad, then disconnect the cord from the iPad.
Next plug the cord into your New iPad and iTunes will ask you if you want to “Restore from Previous Backup.” Choose this option and select the backup you created from your old iPad. Your New iPad will begin to sync. If you have a lot of apps, movies, music, photos, ebooks and other content, the syncing may last quite a while.
You will be asked a series of questions, such as whether you want to sync to iTunes every time you connect your iPad to the computer. After you have begun the syncing process, check on it every so often to make sure it’s going smoothly. Depending on how much data you have, this syncing could take hours.
After you have finished syncing your New iPad, you’re ready to use it. You will have to log in to some accounts, such as your email accounts, but your apps will all be there, preferences save and high scores on your games preserved.
The New iPad will look the same as your previous iPad. If you’re upgrading from the iPad 2 to the New iPad, you may have difficulty telling the two apart, so perhaps move an app or a folder on your home screen so you can tell the difference between the two.
Setting Up 4G
If you had 3G on your previous iPad and want to switch your account to 4G on your New iPad, you can do that from your iPad. Go to Settings => Cellular Data and follow the steps to transfer your account to your New iPad. Here are the links to help you set up your 4G account on AT&T and Verizon.
The question was about setting up your New iPad to be just like your old iPad, but you should know that there are alternative ways to set up your New iPad than what I just explained. You can also sync to iCloud or set up your New iPad as a new iPad.
When first turn on your New iPad, one of the questions you will be asked is whether you want to Set Up as New iPad, Restore from iCloud Backup, or Restore from iTunes Backup (see image above).
I have heard from several Wonder of Tech readers that they have lost important data, such as Calendar and Contact information when syncing to iCloud. Others prefer the convenience of syncing to iCloud and haven’t had problems.
I sync to iTunes on my computer. I recommend this as it appears that syncing to iCloud has some issues.
Setting Up as New
Some people recommend that if you are setting up a new iPad or iPhone, you should start from scratch and set it up as a new device. This means that you have to reload all of your apps manually. You will lose settings, high scores, login information, etc. if you set up your New iPads as a new device. I haven’t had any problems setting up my iDevices as a Backup from previous devices.
Syncing your New iPad with the same apps, settings and content as your previous iPad will make your transition to your new device as seamless as possible. While the syncing will take some time to complete, you will save time by having a New iPad that seems instantly familiar, but with improved features. The best of both worlds!
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