[3 Ways] How to Backup iPhone to iPad

How can you get iPhone files on your iPad? The process can be relatively easy if you head to this guide, which offers you three ways to how to backup iPhone to iPad in every detail.

Demi by Demi Updated March 7, 2024
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How do I backup my iPhone to my iPad?

I’m wondering if I can save my iPhone 13 backup to my iPad I haven’t used for a long time. If it is possible, then how can I make it? Any suggestions?

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Can you back up iPhone to iPad?

If you have an iPad that hasn't been used for a long time, it is a wise choice to save your iPhone backup files to iPad. On the one hand, it helps keep iPhone data safe. On the other hand, you can freely check your iPhone backup with no limitation. Thus, here comes the question - Can you back up iPhone to iPad?

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Yes, but not so directly. You may have known how to transfer data from iPhone to iPad to get iPhone files on your iPad, like photos, songs, and movies. While it may be kind of complicated to backup iPhone to iPad. Luckily, this guide will elaborate every detail about how to backup iPhone to iPad/iPad Pro?iPad mini with iCloud, iTunes, as well as a powerful iOS data backup tool. Without any further ado, let's get started.

Way 1. How to backup iPhone to iPad via iCloud

Both your iPhone and iPad are built in iCloud that enables you to backup iOS data and sync specific category of data between two devices.

Please firstly make sure your iPad matches or exceeds the iOS version running on your iPhone and you have enough iCloud space to save iPhone data. Then, follow the instruction below to know how to transfer iPhone backup to iPad fully or selectively as per your need.

Option 1. Backup all data on iPhone to iPad

To full backup iPhone to iPad, you need to create a backup of your iPhone and restore the backup to iPad with the same Apple ID. Follow the steps below to make it.

On your iPhone
Go to the Settings app > Tap [your name] > iCloud > Turn on iCloud Backup. Click Back Up Now to create a backup at once.

turn on iCloud Backup

On your iPad
Step 1. Go to Settings > General > Reset (or Transfer or Reset iPad for iPadOS 15 and later) > Choose Erase All Content and Settings to erase the iPad.

Step 2. Set up your iPad until you see the App & Data screen > Choose Restore from iCloud Backup > Choose your iPhone backup created just now > Finally, complete the setup process.

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Option 2. Selectively transfer iPhone backup to iPad via iCloud sync

Without resetting your iPad, you can utilize iCloud sync function to sync specific data on iPhone and iPad. Ensure you’re logged in with the same Apple ID on your iPhone and iPad, and transfer iPhone photos, contacts, messages, calendars, notes, and more.

How to transfer iPhone backup to iPad
On your iPhone: Go to the Settings app > Tap [your name] > iCloud > Toggle on the switch next to the data categories that you need on iPad.

turn on the sync icon

On your iPad, you can perform the same operation to get iPhone data on your iPad.

Way 2. How to backup iPhone to iPad by FoneTool

The professional iOS data backup and transfer tool - FoneTool is highly recommended, which can meet all your demands to fully or selectively backup iOS devices. If you wonder how to backup iPhone to iPad without iCloud, FoneTool must be one of the best choices for you.

Let’s firstly have an overview of features and advantages of FoneTool and download FoneTool on your computer.


? Simple UI and operations. The user-friendly design and interface help you handle the tool in a few seconds. The entire operation is as simple as ABC.

? Backup all or selective iPhone data. You can choose to backup not only everything, but also selective files from iPhone to iPad.

? No Apple ID limitations. Different from iCloud, FoneTool enables you to change Apple ID without losing data on iPhone and iPad.

? Wide compatibility. FoneTool supports models of iPhone, iPad, and iPod. You can freely backup iPhone 6/7/8/X/12/13/14/15 to iPad (Pro/mini). It is widely compatible with versions of iOS.

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Option 1. Sync all data from iPhone to iPad

You can utilize the Full Backup function in FoneTool to full backup your iPhone and restore the backup to your iPad in three simple steps.

Steps to how to backup everything from iPhone to iPad
Step 1. Connect your iPhone to computer with USB > Launch FoneTool and choose Phone Backup > Mouse over to Full Backup > Click Get Started to continue.

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Step 2. Optionally, you can enable Backup encryption to encrypt local backup > Choose a backup storage path > Click Start Backup and wait until it finishes. Unplug your iPhone when backup completes and plug in your iPad to computer.

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Step 3. Go to Backup History page to locate the latest iPhone backup > Click the three-dot and Restore to restore iPhone backup to iPad.

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You can also try the iPhone to iPhone transfer function to transfer all data from iPhone to iPad without backup. Besides, FoneTool can help you learn how to backup iPhone to external hard drive Windows 11.

Option 2. Selectively backup iPhone to iPad

Wonder how to selectively backup iPhone to iPad or how to backup iPhone pictures to iPad only? Just try FoneTool Selective Backup function to selectively backup photos, videos, songs, contacts, and messages from iPhone to iPad.

Step 1. Connect iPhone to computer with USB > Launch FoneTool, choose Phone Backup > Get to Selective Backup and click Get Started.

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Step 2. Check each icon to preview and choose the files you’d like to backup > Click Start Backup to backup wanted iPhone files to computer.

selective backup start backup

Step 3. Unplug iPhone and plug in iPad > Go to Backup History > Click the three-dot icon and choose Restore to restore iPhone backup to iPad.

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Way 3. How to backup iPhone to iPad with iTunes

Apple iTunes is another excellent way to connect iPhone and iPad. What iTunes backup includes is nearly the same as iCloud backup. However, unlike the iCloud backup option, you must need a PC to complete the operation. To get iPhone backup on iPad with iTunes, just backup your iPhone to iTunes, and then restore the backup to your iPad. Follow the steps below to make it.

Step 1. Make sure you have the latest version of iTunes installed on your computer > Connect your iPhone to computer with a USB cable.

Step 2. Click the phone-shape icon > Click Summary > Click Back Up Now to let iTunes backup your iPhone.

Step 3. Disconnect iPhone and plug in iPad to computer > Summary > Click Restore Backup and select the right iPhone backup to restore.

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Whether you wonder how to backup iPhone to iPad, the methods described above are trustworthy. Before you use any of them, please be sure they meet your needs. Overall, FoneTool is the best since it allows you to effortlessly backup all or selective data from your iPhone and iPad. If this guide is helpful, remember to share it with others.


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