Backing up your iPad makes a copy of all of your information so if you ever lose or replace your iPad, you can transfer everything over to your new device. 

You have two options for backing up your iPad: via iCloud or iTunes. If you have already setup an iCloud account, this is the easier method as you can setup the iPad to automatically backup every time you charge your device. If you don't have an iCloud account, you can backup to iTunes using your desktop or laptop computer by connecting your iPad with a USB cable and opening iTunes.

Follow this step-by-step guide to backup your iPad using iCloud:

Step 1.

Plug your device into your mains charger and make sure you are connected to Wi-Fi.

Step 2.

 iOS Settings Icon

Tap the Settings icon on your device (this should be on the main screen when you switch on your iPad, unless you have moved it onto another page or into a folder)

Step 3.

In the menu on the left of the screen, scroll down and tap iCloud.

If you have an iCloud account already, you should see your name and details on the right of the screen (see image right).

If you do not see any details, you may not have an iCloud account setup already. In this case, follow the instructions for backing up using iTunes further down this page.

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Step 4.

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Scroll down the right hand side of the screen under iCloud and tap Backup.

Turn on iCloud Backup to have your data automatically saved whenever you charge your iPad. 

Tap Back Up Now to save your data immediately (recommended if you are about to install a software upgrade).