How to Sync My iPad Through a USB
The iPad can be synchronized with your computer using Apple's iTunes multimedia management software, which creates a backup of the iPad's settings and contents. You can use this backup to restore the iPad to a previous state, to set up a new iPad the same as your previous one, or as part of a troubleshooting procedure. ITunes synchronization can only be performed via USB cable.
Things You'll Need
Download and install the latest version of iTunes on your computer, following the installation instructions detailed on the Apple website. Once installation is complete, launch iTunes by double-clicking its icon on the desktop.
Connect the iPad to the computer using its USB cable. ITunes will automatically detect the iPad and add it to the "Devices" section in the left column.
Select the iPad from the "Devices" menu and open the "Summary" tab in the main iTunes window.
Click the "Sync" button to synchronize the iPad with iTunes, and to create a backup of the iPad's settings and content on the computer. A "Sync in Progress" message will be displayed on the iPad's screen. Once synchronization has completed, the iPad can be disconnected.
Tips & Warnings
- Synchronization may initiate automatically as soon as the iPad is connected to the computer.
- The iPad will only charge very slowly from a standard computer USB socket, so ensure it is well charged before beginning synchronization so the process isn't interrupted by a flat battery.