Sync with a Computer

Although an iPad can do everything you need it to do by itself, chances are your music, movies, and other data reside on a Mac or Windows PC. A computer is also the easiest way to keep a backup of the iPad’s data. iCloud backup is great, but it isn’t appropriate for all situations (namely, when you don’t have robust Internet connectivity).

The iPad’s home base is iTunes, Apple’s media hub software. If you don’t have the latest version, go to to download and install it.

When you connect the iPad using the USB cable, the iPad appears in the Devices list (Figure 16). If the iPad is your only iOS device, its name is used for the button; if you sync other devices, the button is named Devices. Select your ...

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