Moving to a new iPad

In my case I have one of the new 10.5 iPad Pro’s and I am quite excited about it.  I am normally very fond of iPad’s but this is  a very powerful iPad, and with a bit more screen real estate and that means I can do more with it.  I understand I can use the big iPad Pro 29W chargers with it to charge even faster too, and I am told the Pencil works better with it.

Lets get started!

But there are a variety of ways to get your world to a new iPad and I have listened to people lately do it the hard way so I thought I would share my way which is much easier and I think safer.

  • You should first make sure you have a good sync – so see if there are any updates, download them and sync.
  • Next, using your old iPad do an encrypted backup.  While most of your backups can be in the cloud – which is in fact good – they do not contain everything.  If you do an encrypted backup they include much more.

Notice in the screenshot above that the Encrypt local backup is enabled?  And see how it mentions that passwords, Health, and HomeKit data will be included as a result of the encryption?

  • Once you have your good backup, you should confirm what Amazon video you have.  You will need to re – download Amazon video. Your stats on what was watch is not lost.
  • Now start up your new iPad and answer all the questions.  Once you get to the end, and have a choice that allows you to restore from iTunes you need to select that.
  • Connect your new iPad to your iTunes via cable.

You will get prompted for which backup to use.  Make sure you pick the right one and the right date / time.

  • It will take a while and a restart or two.  Plus it will not bring all your applications  back. The next sync you do between your new iPad and iTunes will bring back your apps and the organization of them.  And faster then the cloud will.

I had a lot of software and it took less than 1.5 hours to get my my new iPad working, and my old iPad cleaned up.

BTW, once your new iPad is working I suggest you go log out of iCloud on your old iPad.  I also do a complete reset on it so that it is ready for the next users.

  • I also suggest once your iPad is finished, and before you start testing things, to restart the iPad.  I did not and had all the issues I mentioned below.  Many or most were fixed with a restart so I suggest you do it here proactively.

Problems I had, and solved!

  • Amazon (Video) was confused afterwards and said I had network errors.  So I logged out of Amazon. The reset of the iPad fixed that issue.  Still need to log in but now I can. Once logged in I still had to download.
  • Slack knew my teams but could not seem to connect. A restart of the iPad fixed this issue.
  • Twitter could not connect.  A restart of the iPad fixed this issue.
  • My email was present, but it could not seem to connect. A restart of the iPad fixed this issue.
  • My iBooks needed to be re set up but that did not take too long. This was not fixed by a restart of the iPad, but it did not take long after you said to use the cloud.  Even found my right page.  I think that this was fixed by a restart actually.
  • Kindle Reader did not preserve my credentials so need to log in again. Still need to log in after the restart and it synced right away and brought everything back fine.
  • Evernote did not have its password preserved so I had to log into it again.

Test time

Here are some things I did to test my migration.

  • Did I see the latest tweet or Slack message?
  • Could I see and send email?
  • Did you see the iTunes video(s) you expect?
  • Icons in the right place?

All of these turned out good (yes) for me.

I also suggest that once you iPad is ready do not charge it until it is almost dead.  That is a good way to help your battery life.

Here is some info on why I bought this 10.5 iPad Pro.

Hope that this helps,


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