Top 3 Ways to Recover iPad mini Photos, Notes, SMS and More on Mac

Just hours after the iPad mini went on sale, car audio specialists are already installing it in the dashboards of cars, using iPad mini to play Pandora and iHeartRadio. Just from this news, we could know that iPad mini has so many fans and consequently I received many questions relating to data recovery for iPad mini on Mac.

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Actually you can easily recover data from iPad mini on Mac, and in more than one way. You can retrieve iPad mini data on Mac from iTunes backup, iCloud backup or recover iPad mini data directly from iPad mini with the help of iPhone Data Recovery for Mac, a tool that supports to recover data on iPhone, iPad and iPod alike.

I. How to Restore iPad mini Data on Mac from iTunes Backup

Every time you sync or back up your iPad with iTunes, the data, settings, and other information will automatically be backed up on your computer. If you lost data on iPad mini, you could restore from iTunes backup provided that you have the backup on your computer. Here's how to recover data from iPad mini on Mac.

  • Connect iPad mini with PC and open iTunes.
  • On the main interface of iTunes, choose the device name signifying your iPad mini. Select "Restore from Backup"
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Editor's Note: If the iTunes backup of iPad mini is deleted from your Mac, you cannot use this way. You should also know that once you click the "Restore from Backup" all data on iPad mini will be replaced by data on the backup.

II. How to Recover iPad mini Data on Mac from iCloud Backup

iCloud could help you back up important data on your device using iOS 5 or later. And you can back up 5GB data for free. If your data on iPad mini takes up more than 5GB space, you will have to pay for the iCloud backup on a yearly basis. Detailed steps to restore iPad mini from iCloud backup are listed below.

  • On your iPad mini, go to Settings > General > Software Update.

    Note: If a newer version of iOS is available, update your device to the latest version of iOS to make sure you can restore from a recent backup.
  • Go to Settings > General > Reset, then tap "Erase all content and settings."
  • In the Setup Assistant, sign in to iCloud, tap "Restore from a Backup" and then choose from a list of your backups in iCloud to restore.
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Editor's Note: To backup and restore via iCloud, you have to ensure that you have good Wi-fi connection. Also you should remember your Apple ID when restore from iCloud backup.

III. How to Recover Data from iPad mini without Backup on Mac

If you have neither iTunes backup nor iCloud backup, you can still recover deleted files from iPad mini on Mac. The key to recover data from iPad mini without backup on Mac is to have iPad Data Recovery for Mac in aid. Using this software, you can recover iPad mini data on Mac OS X 10.9, 10.8, 10.7 and earlier versions.

If your computer is running Windows instead of Mac OS, download the Windows version which is called iPad Data Recovery.

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  • Download and install iPhone Data Recovery for Mac and launch the program.
  • Connect iPad mini to Mac through USB cable and start to scan iPad mini data.
  • In a few minutes, the scanning will be completed. You can see a list of files on the program interface. Preview and select needed ones. Then you can selectively recover those files to Mac.

The image below shows you how to recover deleted photos from iPad mini on Mac. You can restore contacts, notes, videos and other files as well.

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In addition, if your iPad mini is damaged or stolen you could still use iPhone Data Recovery to get back last files, which is enabled by "Recover Data from iTunes Backup File" mode.

To summarize, you can use any of the 3 methods if you need iPad mini data recovery for Mac. The first 2 solutions use service provided by Apple, which require you to have a previous iTunes or iCloud backup. The last one resorts to iPhone Data Recovery for Mac, a reliable data recovery application which could recover iPad mini data directly from iPad mini.

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