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How to Recover iPad Data on Mac

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Mode 1: Recover Data Directly from iPad without Backup
Mode 2: Recover iPad Data from iTunes Backup
Mode 3: Restore iPad from iCloud backup
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How to Use Tenorshare UltData (iPad Data Recovery for Mac) ?

Tenorshare UltData (iPad Data Recovery for Mac) provides the easiest and fastest way to recover photos, notes, contacts, messages and other files on iPad Air, iPad mini with Retina Display (iPad mini 2), iPad with Retina Display (iPad 4), the New iPad (iPad 3), iPad mini and previous models.

In addition to recovering a wide variety of data, the program can be a quick solver on fixing iOS system issues, such as stuck at recovery mode, apple logo, boot loop, black screen, blue screen of death, etc.

Follow the user guide below to learn how to use this iPad data recovery software to recover lost iPad data.

Download UltData (iPad Data Recovery for Mac), install and launch it on your Mac.

It offers you 3 recovery modes: recover data directly from iPad without backup, recover iPad data from iTunes backup, and restore iPad from iCloud backup.

Mode 1: Recover Data Directly from iPad without Backup

Select "Recover Data from iOS Device" when you don't have iTunes or iCloud backup file on this computer. This recovery mode directly scans your iPad to find lost or inaccessible data on your iPad.

Note: As soon as you realized that you've mistakenly deleted or lost important data, you'd better not use your iPad for anything. Any operation on your iPad like sending/receiving messages, calling/receiving calls may overwrite your lost data and make them unrecoverable. Therefore, set your iPad to the flight mode.

Step 1. Connect iPad to Mac

connect your ipad to mac

In general, UltData (iPad Data Recovery for Mac) can detect your iPad quickly once your iPad is well connected with the program.

However, in some cases, when your iPad gets stuck at recovery mode, the program will show an interface of exiting recovery mode, you should follow the prompts to click “Exit Recovery Mode” button. After that, you can continue using UltData (iPad Data Recovery for Mac) to help you recover the data.

click exit recovery mode

In other cases, when your iPad gets stuck at apple logo, boot loop, black screen, blue screen of death and so on, the program will lead you to download iCareFone directly and you shoulduse the functionality of “Repair Operating System” to repair your device. Rest assured that you won’t lose any data after repairing. And after finishing the repair, UltData (iPad Data Recovery for Mac) can help you recover your deleted or lost data as you like.

Step 2: Selectively Start to Scan

Make sure your iPad is powered on and connect it to your Mac. On the main interface of this software, click "Start Scan" to scan all the data. You can also choose some file types you want to recover by unchecking the options you don’t want to recover to start scanning.

start scanning ipad

Step 3: Preview and Select Lost Files

When scanning is finished, all the files including lost ones and existing ones are displayed by file type, such as photos, contacts, messages, notes and so forth. Of course, the unchecked file types before scanning are blocked by the program, you can only see the selected file types. Highlight one file type and you can preview all the files under this type on the right pane. Select the files you need to recover and click "Recover".

Tips: Tick "Only display the deleted items" to hide the existing data.

preview file types to recover data

Step 4: Recover Lost Data

Specify a location on your Mac to save the recovered iPad files. For contacts, text messages, call history and other text file, they are saved in .xls, .xml, .txt file. For media file (photos, videos, audios), they are saved in their original formats.

save the recovered data

Mode 2: Recover iPad Data from iTunes Backup

Select "Recover Data from iTunes Backup File" if your iPad is broken, lost, or stolen, or you failed to recover directly from your iPad. This mode allows you to recover previous data by extracting iTunes backup. Therefore, make sure you have synced your iPad with iTunes before or manually backed your iPad up ever.

Note: Don't sync your iPad with iTunes as soon as you realize that you've lost data, otherwise, the iTunes backup file of iPad will be updated after the sync.

Step 1: Select iTunes Backup File to Scan

This software automatically queries the root directory on your computer that contains your unreadable backup (SQlitedb file), displays copies of backup file and allows you to extract iPad data from backup on your Mac. Select your iPad backup and click "Start Scan".

ipad 3 data recovery

Step 2: Preview and Recover Lost Data

After scanning, all your files backed up by iTunes on this Mac are shown. Hit one category and you can preview them on the right pane. Selectively tick some files or tick "Check all" on the bottom to select all of them. Click "Recover" to start recovering.

Data in Camera Roll, SMS Attachments and Videos can also be listed in time order for preview, which makes it a lot more easier to find the data you want to recover.

ipad mini file recovery

Step 3: Recover Lost Files

Choose a location on your Mac to save the recovered files on the popup. For text files, they are saved in .xls, .xml, .txt format for better reading. For media file (photos, videos, audios), they are saved in their original formats.

ipad 2 data recovery

Mode 3: Restore iPad from iCloud backup

Select "Recover Data from iCloud Backup File" if you have ever backed up your iPad with iCloud. This mode allows you to extract and recover iPad data from iCloud backup.

Step 1: Login in iCloud Account

Then you will get the interface like below. Enter your Apple ID and password to login into iCloud account. If you've logged in to iCloud on your computer before, you can switch to Software Access which enables you to log in automatically and saves you the process of entering your Apple ID.

ipad air file recovery

Step 2: Download and Scan iCloud backup

All individual iCloud backups are listed here.

ipad mini 2 file recovery

Then a window will pop up for you to choose a file type you'd like to preview. Then click "Next" to download. After the download process bar reaches 100%, it will scan the backup file for the lost iPhone data.

ipad data recovery mac

Step 3: Preview and Recover Lost iPad Data

After a while, all the recoverable data are displayed by category. Select one file type on the left, and then preview and select the files you need to recover. Click "Recover" to save the recovered files on your Mac. Again, for text content like contacts, text messages, call history, they are saved in .xls, .xml, .txt file (contacts can be saved as VCF/Vcard files as well). For media file (photos, videos, audios), they are saved in their original formats.

ipad air data recovery

Even you are a novice, you can easily retrieve lost iPad data by using Tenorshare UltData (iPad Data Recovery for Mac).

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